Tiengemeten, a nature reserve island near the city

The very last true island in South West Netherlands: Tiengemeten. Nearby industrial Rotterdam, the only way to reach the island is by ferry. Here you will find an oasis of vast water-rich delta nature and leave the rush of the city behind you. Get acquainted with the grazing sturdy cattle, the swampy reed-lands, thousands of water birds and centuries-old orchards. If you look carefully, you will see beaver lodges along the banks.

Nationaal Park NLDelta - Natuureiland Tiengemeten schotse hooglanders
Nationaal Park NLDelta - Tiengemeten landschap
Nationaal Park NLDelta - Pontje Tiengemeten
Photo: Claudia et Clément

Lush, Wild and Melancholy

Tiengemeten is the largest nature development project in the Netherlands. It originated as a sandbar in Haringvliet and has grown into an island over the course of centuries. 
The virtually uninhabited island consists of three areas, each of which has its own charm and nature. On the eastern side, you can imagine you are back in 19th century farm country, with heirloom vegetables such as runner bean and beet still being grown here. In the centre of the island, the rugged grassland and open water define the landscape. A true paradise for birds. On the western side, you will find the least accessible area with mud flats and swamps. This area can be explored, too! You are welcome to walk everywhere on the island.

Nationaal Park NLDelta - Sluiswachterswoning Bron: Natuurmonumenten - J Lehmann
Photo: J Lehmann - Natuurmonumenten

A night under the starry skies

You can extend your island adventure by spending the night in a cozy lockkeeper’s cottage or one of the other Buitenleven holiday homes. True adventurers will enjoy a stay at the nearby campground.

Tiengemeten island in hibernation mode

The nature is magnificent during the winter months, too, and you can visit Tiengemeten almost every day. Not much vegetation means you have a good view of wintering birds. Warm clothes and a Thermos of something hot to drink are recommended on cold days. 

Tiengemeten, een natuureiland dichtbij de stad