Zandvoort Beach for Amsterdam

See the raging deer

When you walk through the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes in October, you may suddenly hear a kind of loud burp. Don't be alarmed: it's not an animal. What you hear is part of an impressive natural phenomenon: the rutting season among the deer.

The Waterleidingduinen have the largest population of fallow deer in the Netherlands. You are guaranteed to see more than one. But you're really lucky if you also experience their mating ritual. You'll hear them 'knur' (a kind of burping), see them run after each other and hopefully see them bash in each other with their antlers. An amazing spectacle you won't forget easily.

In October, Visitzandvoort organises various walks to the deer, so that you can admire the ritual with your own eyes. Special children's walks are organised during the autumn holidays. *These walks are in Dutch


Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, Zandvoortselaan 130.




€ 1.50 entrance fee per person over 18 years of age.

A guided walk costs € 12.50 per person, including admission

A guided children's game walk costs €10 per person, including entrance fee.

Extra Information

The entrance to the AWD is a 5-10 minute bike ride from the centre of Zandvoort. If you come by car you can park at the entrance. Look here for more information.

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  • Fighting deer
  • Only in October
  • Unique experience
  • Organised walk
  • Not suitable for disabled persons or strollers
  • Book in advance


Zandvoortselaan 130
2042 XC Zandvoort
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