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Flamingo Route

The 450 km long, circular and signposted Flamingo Route has something for everyone and leads through the Westmünsterland and the Dutch regions of Achterhoek and Twente. Numerous incomparable natural areas are linked by this route.

In Bocholt you drive along Lake Aasee, where you can watch sand martins digging their nesting holes in an artificially constructed steep face. Then you pass fallow deer and wild boars through the Bocholt municipal forest. As the flamingo route continues, it is worth stopping at the Burloer Venn to discover teals, bog waters, swamp forest and wet meadows on a circular walk in this nature reserve.

Further north is the Zwillbrocker Venn. Two easily accessible observation pulpits offer excellent opportunities to see the flamingos and laughing gulls that give this route its name, as well as numerous water birds.

A matching cycling and hiking guide with maps at 1:50,000 is available, price: 12.80 euros.
Available here in the shop.

Elaborated tours as 3- or 7-day cycle tours lead through the heart, to the south or to the north of the Flamingo Route.


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© BSZ, C.Rueckriem

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Discover the nature and culture in the German-Dutch border region and visit the northernmost flamingo colony in Europe.

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