Rijsterbos woods are one of the most famous in Friesland. The largest woods of the rolling Gaasterland region are ideal for 'kuieren', which is the Frisian word for walking. Rijsterbos woods were created by Amsterdam Regent Hiob de Wildt in 1676. This would have been the setting for ladies parading in bustling skirts along star-shaped wooded lanes. An ideal walk around the 'Rysterbosk' is to follow the red or blue routes. But perhaps even more fun is simply to wander along the old paths and suddenly be surprised by the panorama of the IJsselmeer lake from Mirnserklif.
if trees could talk.....
.... the trees in Rijsterbos woods would have many stories to tell. The oldest trees date from the original planting era, in the 17th century. The family responsible for planting the woods was not particularly fortunate. They were first unsuccessful in planting a tobacco plantation, and the very charitable Squire then gradually gave away his fortune to the poor people in the region. During the Second World War, the woods were the launching point for V2 missiles for a couple of weeks. Nowadays, Rijsterbos woods are fun for all the family.