The Achterhoek: peace, space and a friendly atmosphere
A versatile region where you can enjoy breathtaking nature with vast landscapes. You can walk, cycle and relax in the wooded and green environment. Besides peace and quiet, there is plenty to experience: discover picturesque villages and (Hanseatic) cities, cultural heritage and enjoy the Burgundian lifestyle. The Achterhoeker is modest, helpful and warm. People greet each other and are hospitable. In short: a visit to the Achterhoek is always a good idea.
Bekendelle lies to the south of Winterswijk and is one of the few swamp forests in the Netherlands. From De Twee Bruggen it takes about 20 minutes to cycle to this beautiful nature reserve that is part of the Winterswijk National Landscape. Here you will see babbling brooks, woods, plants and animals. Bird lover? The area is home to rare birds such as the spotted woodpecker and the kingfisher.
Within walking distance of the park, you will find the Slingeplas. A recreational area where you can go for a lovely walk, relax in the sun or swim in the water. Active people can also do their own thing on the lake. From canoeing to supping and fishing: there is plenty to do on the water. Access to the recreation area is free.
At 20 minutes cycling from De Twee Bruggen you will find the Korenburgerveen nature reserve. It lies northwest of Winterswijk and is a high moor area characterised by the special animals that live there. From special birds and mammals to reptiles. Walk over the adventurous plank path and along deserted meadows.
Please note: the 4.5 km walking route starts at the car park on the Arrasveldweg in Winterswijk. It is not allowed to bring dogs as the plank paths are narrow and the route passes breeding grounds of special birds.
The Stone Quarry
The Stone Quarry in Ratum is a unique piece of nature. A quarry that owes its existence to industrial lime extraction. The area owes its fame mainly to the rare breeding eagle owls in the area. The eagle owl is the largest owl in the world, measuring up to 75 centimetres in length. Because it is a vulnerable nature reserve, many parts of it are closed to visitors. Nevertheless, it is still worth a visit.
The Wooldse Veen nature reserve is located at the highest point in Winterswijk and forms a unity with Burlo-Vardingolter Venn in Germany. With over 150 hectares, there is plenty to see: forest, plants, animals, peat and dike pits and lavender heaths. In one word: breathtaking. A plank path has been laid out where you can walk the 'Commiezenpad', also known as the old smugglers' route.
Walking & cycling
Do you like walking and cycling? Then you will love the Achterhoek and the Winterswijk region. Holidaypark and camping De Twee Bruggen is in the middle of the countryside, from the park you can walk or cycle straight into nature. With numerous walking and cycling routes connected by nodes, there is a suitable route for everyone. Whether you want to make a small stroll (with the dog), or a mile-long tour.
Besides the beautiful environment of Winterswijk, a visit to the town centre is a must-do. Stroll through the bustling streets with shops, taste the atmosphere of the rich history and enjoy the burgundian lifestyle. What is unique about the restaurants in the Achterhoek is that they are known for their love of fresh products from their own region. This fact is also reflected in the shops. Besides national chains, there are a lot of hip boutiques with unique products developed in their own region.