Het Zwin

Natural reserve Het Zwin

Natural reserve Het Zwin


Natural reserve area

Retranchement - Het Zwin Natural reserve is located on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands. The dunes and marshes are formed by the wind and tide and are the habitat of various birds such as the falcon and the redshank.

During the dark ages Het Zwin was the gateway to the cities Brugge, Sluis and Aardenburg. It was a period of growth and wealth.

When Het Zwin silted-up the ships could no longer reach Brugge and the economy collapsed.

Nature reserve

In 1872 large parts of Het Zwin were impoldered except the waterway and the surrounding land. The waterway is still an open connection to the sea. 20% of Het Zwin is located in the Netherlands. The other 80% is located accross the border in Belgium.

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    Adress and visitor information

    Het Zwin

    Address: Gerrit van Hoekestraat 2
    Postal code and City: 4525 NH  Retranchement
    Region: Zeeuws-Vlaanderen
    Province/Region: Zeeland

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 2 hours.
    Het Zwin nature reserver is freely accessible throughout the year

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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