An exceptional way to experience nature
In parallel with the expansion work for the Zwin plain, efforts have also been made to improve the experience of nature in the area. Looking, listening, feeling, smelling, tasting, experiencing: visitors will be able to enjoy the Zwin with all of their senses.
Highlights, of course, include the new Zwin Nature Centre in Knokke-Heist and the smaller Infocentrum Zwin in Cadzand. These visitor’s centres will be linked together through cross-border cycling and walking pathways along the new dikes. Thanks to the series of observation points integrated into the dikes, cyclists and walkers will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the tidal zone and the polder. A nice spot for a break is the Dutch village of Retranchement, a fortified village where the ancient city walls are still fully intact.
In addition, the new wooden walkway in Retranchement, the ‘Brillenroute’, the ‘Barefoot path’ and the path for the blind and visually impaired have unexpected experiences in store for all visitors.
The Hosts of the Zwin region (Gastheren van het Zwinstreek) will be happy to point the way to the prettiest spots and most delicious local specialties, while enthusiastic Zwin guides will take visitors on an unforgettable journey of discovery.
The Zwin Nature Centre in Knokke-Heist has a new baby brother in Cadzand!
All about sand
The Zwin Nature Centre in Knokke-Heist has a new baby brother in Cadzand: the Infocentrum Zwin. This unstaffed centre is all about sand: sand al as protection against the water, but also as a source of fun and art. It makes the perfect starting point for a visit to the Zwin region on the Dutch side.
The new cycling and walking path on the new dike provides a convenient connection with the larger visitor’s centre in Knokke-Heist. The Infocentrum Zwin is an initiative of the city of Sluis with the support of the Province of Zeeland and the European Union.
Collaboration for recreation and ecotourism
The new infrastructure for reception, recreation and nature education has been made possible thanks to a collaboration between various Belgian and Dutch partners. In recent years, funding has been received from the European Union via the Interreg-project REECZ (Recreatie en Ecotoerisme in de Zwinstreek or Recreation and Ecotourism in the Zwinstreek).
The Flemish partners in the project include the Province of West-Flanders, the Agency for Nature and Forests (Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos), the city of Knokke-Heist, Westtoer, and the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (Agentschap voor Maritieme Dienstverlening). The Dutch partners are the city of Sluis and the Institute for Nature Consultancy Zeeland (IVN Consulentschap Zeeland). The educational content is provided by Parels van de Zwinstreek, the Centre for Nature and Environmental Education Nature (Centrum voor Natuur- en Milieueducatie), various divisions of Natuurpunt, the Sincfala Museum of the Zwin Region, Toerisme Knokke-Heist, the Province of Zeeland, Natuur&Zo, Stichting Het Zeeuwse Landschap, ’t Duumpje, the municipal council and business association of the village of Cadzand.