De Boschplaat, Netherlands

De Boschplaat, Netherlands

De Boschplaat, located on the eastern side of the Dutch island Terschelling, is a charming Dark Sky Park that offers an exceptional stargazing experience. Covering an area of approximately 40 square kilometers, this small park has been designated as a Dark Sky Park since 2015, showcasing its commitment to preserving the beauty of the night sky.

As part of the "Natura 2000" network, a collection of protected natural areas within the European Union, De Boschplaat holds a special status that ensures the safeguarding of its unique ecosystem.

De Boschplaat is accessible to visitors at any given time, except for occasional closures for conservation purposes. Within the park, there are eight designated spots that provide optimal conditions for observing the stars. Whether you're an astronomy enthusiast or simply wish to enjoy the ethereal sparkle of the night sky, this serene location offers a tranquil and captivating experience.

To make the most of your stargazing adventure, it is recommended to visit De Boschplaat during the winter, spring, or autumn seasons when the skies are typically clearer. It is also advisable to check the weather forecast in advance to ensure a cloud-free night.

Remember to bring your stargazing equipment to immerse yourself in the celestial wonders that await you fully. Whether it's a telescope, binoculars, or just your own eyes, the dark skies of De Boschplaat provide a mesmerizing backdrop for observing the stars in all their glory.

Embark on a journey to De Boschplaat and let the serene ambiance of this Dark Sky Park envelop you. Experience the beauty of the starry nights, connect with nature, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Oosterend, 8897 HZ Oosterend Terschelling, Netherlands


In Spring, the driest months of the year, the probability of clouds is low. When the wind blows from the north, dry and clean air, often directly from Greenland, flows to the Wadden Islands. The starry sky is then unforgettable, and the atmosphere is as transparent as in the mountains a few kilometers above sea level.

In early summer, it does not get completely dark at night on the Wadden Islands. Evening and dawn then merge into each other. Therefore, the summers do not offer particularly good conditions for stargazing.

Autumn is a season to enjoy the Milky Way. From horizon to horizon, the Milky Way stretches across the sky like a milky white band with thousands of stars.

In winter, the nights are the longest, and the stars shine especially brightly in the night sky.

We recommend checking the weather in advance for a perfect view of the starry sky.


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