Beautiful Netherlands stamps explore streams and river valleys

Postzegels Mooi Nederland zijn ontdekkingsreis langs beken en rivierdalen

The Hague, 30 January 2017 – Five stream and river valleys are highlighted in the stamp series Beautiful Netherlands 2017. Three new stamp sheetlets will come out today, featuring the Drentsche Aa (Drenthe), the Reest (Overijssel) and the Linge (Gelderland). Since 2005, PostNL has brought out new stamps each year in this series covering the local history, cultural wealth and natural beauty of the Netherlands.

The Beautiful Netherlands 2017 series depicts the meandering course of streams and river valleys, the cultural and historical landscape, along with a striking national monument. For example, the historic Saxon farm in the village of Anderen is featured on the Drentsche Aa stamp. The stamp for the Linge also shows Fort Asperen (near Leerdam) and the stamp for the Reest features the Reestkerk from the village of Oud-Avereest.

Images of the peace and calm along streams and river valleys

The three streams pictured have meandered through the landscape for centuries. Because humans have left this historic landscape intact, the streams retain their original form. Nature, agriculture, culture and liveability are central to the landscape and coexist well. Each stamp sheetlet combines nature and culture in the form of monumental architecture.

Meandering stream

PostNL marketing director Ludo Voorn on the stamp sheetlet: “Designers Sonja Haller and Pascal Brun from Amsterdam have very cleverly managed to cast the stream and river valleys in the lead role. They’ve achieved this by incorporating the meandering streams from beginning to end as lines on the stamp sheetlet, without people or buildings. This brings the striking landscapes of Drenthe, Overijssel and Gelderland into view.”
Later this year, PostNL will bring out further Beautiful Netherlands stamp sheetlets focusing on the river valleys of the Dommel and the Geul, and a collection sheet containing all five stream and river valleys.


The Beautiful Netherlands 2015 stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands. These stamps will be available from 30 January 2017 at all Bruna shops and via The stamps are valid until further notice.

Postzegels Mooi Nederland zijn ontdekkingsreis langs beken en rivierdalen 2

Postzegels Mooi Nederland zijn ontdekkingsreis langs beken en rivierdalen 3