Photo by Anne Hamers

Standing in the middle of these sand dunes, you might think you’d been transported into the desert. But the Korte and Lange Duinen (jointly known as the Soester Duinen) south of Soest are areas of drifting sand that evolved during the last ice age. It’s a great place for walks. If you’re feeling peckish after your exercise, try De Soester Duinen or the authentic Italian osteria Stazione Pazzo, both of which are between the two sand dune areas.

> daily, entrance and car park on Foekenlaan or Sparrenlaan