The Maasheggen
Maasheggen, a mosaic of hedgerows and unique cultural heritage

Hear the stories!

There are wonderful stories to tell in and about De Maasheggen. About the Romans who were passing through. About the Duvelskökske. And about the animals that live there. Get on your bike and discover the special history of the area.
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See the splendor!

De Maasheggen are at their best in spring and summer. When the hedges are blooming, the grass smells wonderful and you can watch the sun rise and set. Put on your walking shoes or cycle through the area.

Taste De Maasheggen!

De Maasheggen produces delicious products, made with ingredients from De Maasheggen. From beer and gin to tea and from jam to syrup. When you visit, don't forget to taste these products from De Maasheggen.

The Maasheggen

Welcome to the Maasheggen 

This is the oldest cultivated landscape in the Netherlands. A journey through the Maasheggen is like a journey through time. Here, the woven hedgerows enclose fields and meadows, and the mosaic of hedgerows, meadows, ponds, and aged pollard trees offer sanctuary to an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna. In this relatively small area, on the border between the provinces of Noord-Brabant and Limburg, thousands of years of history have been compressed. There is no area in Europe where landscape, nature, culture, and economic activity have been so visibly intertwined, for such a long time, as here. Therefore, since the summer of 2018, the Maasheggen has been designated as a biosphere reserve within UNESCO’s ‘Man and the Biosphere’ (MAB) Programme.

The great story of the Maasheggen continues. Residents, local businesses and other stakeholders are working together toward further developing the area in a sustainable way. This has brought us to a new chapter. One that keeps true to its rich heritage, while moving forward to an ever-brighter future. Welcome to the Maasheggen.

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