Dive into the hidden underwater world of fish!

Waal Onder

From Saturday, September 14, De Bastei hosts 'Waal Onder', an attractive interactive family exhibition about the underwater life in the river Waal.

The flood plains and tributaries of the Rhine and Waal are an important habitat for migratory fish. The presence of these fish indicates that the river is clean and healthy. This exhibition highlights the wonderful underwater world of the Waal in various themes. What are the threats and opportunities for the fish? And what is the role of organizations that deal with the living conditions of migratory fish, such as Rijkswaterstaat (Department of Public Works), Staatsbosbeheer (Forestry Commission), Sportvisserij Nederland (Anglers’ Commission) and ARK Natuurontwikkeling (Nature Development)?

Waal Experience

Travel stories with a bonus

Life in the Waal is more varied and richer than you probably think. 'Waal Onder' shows the life of no fewer than 40 species of native fish, including 12 migratory fish. And what's more ... you can also see these fish with your own eyes! Come and see our life-sized 3D print of the sturgeon, a first in the Netherlands!

Swim Fish Swim

Fish expert Karel Kieuw takes you on his wonderful underwater search for the Wet 12 - the twelve migratory fish that swim in the Waal. Short films by Kieuw lead you to the 'finals' of the exhibition, where you can play Swim Fish Swim. In this game you have to make sure that Harry the Herring, Steve the Sturgeon and Sam the Salmon arrive safely at their final destination. Have watched Kieuw's clips closely? If so, you will probably play this game successfully.

Waal Experience

De Bastei has developed a unique VR experience for 'Waal Onder': the Waal Experience! With an HMD you can take a look under water and experience what it is like to swim to the sea as a migratory fish. Find out which obstacles fish encounter along the way?

Waal Onder