Berg en Dal
Why visit Berg en Dal
Berg en Dal presents to you a unique set of natural landscapes, wildlife and historical monuments located next to the border of Germany. It is named after its hills (Duivelsberg, Sint Jansberg) and polders (Ooijpolder). Berg en Dal is rich with history, which can be experienced at the Bevrijdingsmuseum. Enjoy a glass of wine from one of the vineyards in Groesbeek.
Culture & Local Life
In Berg en Dal a visitor can taste a variety of local products. The area is famous for its wine form one of the Groesbeekse vineyards. The area is rich in history that goes back to when icecaps covered most of the area. If you are interested in WOII, the liberation museum and the Duivelsberg (Devils mountain) will teach you about more recent history.
With extensive natural landscape management plans, Berg en Dal has been able to improve environmental quality of the area. Since Staatsbosbeheer and Natura 2000 protect and manage most of the natural areas in Berg en Dal their conservation practices are strong. The municipality aims to be climate neutral by 2050, and involves local businesses in their activities to reach this goal. Although locals have a high level of involvement in the tourism industry in Berg en Dal, currently it does not have a strong baseline assessment of the effects of the industry on the environment and local life.
Several towns in Berg en Dal are easily reached via public transportation; use 9292 for info on connections. Your best buy is an OV chip card to use any train or bus service. Bear in mind that buses do not run to the outskirts of some areas, especially in more natural areas such as Millingerwaard or the Ooijpolder.
Although it is possible to take public transportation to most towns in Berg en Dal, it is recommended to rent either a bike or car to get places a bit further away. The biking paths in the Netherlands are well-paved, so alternative forms of transportation such as skating during the spring and summer are great ways to get from place to place while enjoying the scenery.
In Berg en Dal you can explore a rare mixture of natural areas where you can unwind and experience wildlife up close. In the Ooijpolder (part of greater natural area Gelderse Poort) you can encounter wild horses, beavers, goose and cows. The Millingerwaard you can enjoy the diversity of forest, meadows and swamps. On Duivelsberg you have a panoramic view of the surrounding.
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Travel tips from our editors
Respect the nature
Between the rivers Waal and Maas – near Nijmegen – the area of Berg en Dal shows a rare mix of hills and polders. Best way to explore this wide and magnificent scenery is by foot or bike. Above that, nature area Gelderse Poort received the title of National Landscape.
Hiking in Berg en Dal
Put your walking shoes on and be prepared to be amazed by the nature around Berg en Dal. Known for its hills and polder, your hiking trip will be anything but boring. If you have more time to spend, be sure to visit the neighbouring area Nijmegen. Click here for more info about tips and walking routes in and around Nijmegen.