TOP – Ambonezenbosje

This is the most north-eastern polder in The Netherlands: the Carel Coenraadpolder. It was reclaimed in 1924 as the last polder to be reconquered from the Dollard.

The poplar grove you see here has a rich history. In the 1930s the Dienst Uitvoerende Werken (a government body set up to provide work for the unemployed specifically by means of public works) constructed barracks at this location for the silt workers who worked on the continued reclamation of the Dollard. In 1942 the Germans set up a gun position here named Dollart Süd, one of the 16 batteries for the air defence of Emden.

Between 1945 and 1950, an internment camp for NSB members was located here. Between 1953 and 1961 the barracks constructed for this purpose were used for the temporary relief of about 300 Amboinese people who fought at the Dutch side in former Netherlands East Indies. After they left, the camp was demolished and the poplar grove laid out. The grove also includes the former ammunition depot of the Germans that was used as a prison for NSB members. The house was converted into a holiday cottage and is now called Dollart Süd, but in popular speech is still referred to as the Amboinese grove.

Cycling

Cycling along the Dollard, 31 km
Signposting via bicycle junctions 22-97-93-95-88-90-92-75-20-21-22

Hiking

Salt marsh and polder route, circa 12.2 km
Signposting via the Waddenwandelen (Wadden walks) junctions 52-45-(49-45)-71-90-87-88-89-50-52
If you feel like a walk across the Dollard salt marsh, cross the dyke at junction 50 or 45 and follow the signposts that depict a sheep.


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