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Orchids at Lauwersmeer in The Netherlands

Lauwersmeer park is a beautiful area at any time, but when the orchids bloom it turns into magic

Best time: May–June

Orchids at Lauwersmeer
Orchids at Lauwersmeer
Orchids at Lauwersmeer

Every year during late spring to early summer you have a wonderful opportunity to see orchids in full bloom all around the Lauwersmeer National Park. The territory of the Park is interesting in its own right since it boasts to have Wadden Sea in the north and fresh water Lauwersmeer, which is, interestingly, a man-made lake formed in 1969. This means diverse flora and fauna. It is home to one of the rarest orchids - the musk orchid, and borders the provinces of Groningen and Friesland.

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What is the blooming season of orchids at Lauwersmeer?

Late spring until early summer is the blooming season of various unique orchids at Lauwersmeer National Park. A visit to Lauwersmeer during May to June allows you to witness the full bloom of these colorful orchids. It is also an excellent time for outdoor activities and sightseeing due to the warm weather during these months. Show more

Why should one visit Lauwersmeer National Park?

Lauwersmeer National Park is one of the must-visit places due to its picturesque landscape and rare saltwater and freshwater ecosystem combination. The vast park is home to unique flora and fauna, including the musk orchid, which is one of the rarest orchid species in the world. Visitors can explore the vast park through different activities such as biking, hiking, or sailing, making it an ideal spot for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. Show more

In which part of The Netherlands is Lauwersmeer National Park situated?

Located in the northern part of The Netherlands, Lauwersmeer National Park sits on the borders of Friesland and Groningen provinces. Being close to the Wadden Sea, the vast park spans around 6,000 hectares and has become one of the region's top tourist destinations. People can reach the park from Amsterdam by car or public transport such as buses and trains, with tourism centers in nearby towns providing more information on directions. Show more

Which varieties of orchids grow in Lauwersmeer National Park?

Different unique varieties of orchids thrive in Lauwersmeer National Park. These include the bee orchid, elder-flowered orchid, and the rare musk orchid. The park's diverse flora provides an excellent habitat for these magnificent orchids to grow and bloom, adding vibrant colors and pleasant fragrance to the park's landscape from late spring to early summer every year. Keep in mind not to pluck orchids as it's prohibited and could harm the ecosystem. Show more

What led to the formation of Lauwersmeer lake?

Lauwersmeer lake was created in 1969 after a significant flood that struck North Netherlands back in 1953. The Dutch government decided to shut down the Lauwerszee, a saltwater bay that once ran deep into the Dutch countryside. As a result, a freshwater lake, which became known as Lauwersmeer lake, started to form. The water's unique ecosystem has allowed different flora and fauna to adapt and thrive in the area, making it a compelling attraction for science and nature buffs to explore. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin