I love the Veluwe because of the beautiful nature of forests, shifting sand plains and heathlands. The Veluwe stretches in the Netherlands between the cities Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Wageningen, Ede and Harderwijk. I live in Nijmegen and so I regularly find a day to spend there and sometimes I book a hotel and I also make it a wonderful weekend away. I enjoy walking, cycling, enjoying the fresh air and enjoying nature in the Veluwe. The Veluwe is different in every season and will never get bored. What are nice things to do on the Veluwe?
I like to share my 5 favorite things to do during a weekend on the Veluwe.
My favorite spot on the Veluwe is the nature reserve Kootwijkerzand. This is the largest drift sand area in Western Europe with an area of 700 hectares. Kootwijkerzand is a large series of graceful sand dunes formed by the wind.
From the observation tower on the Kootwijkerzand you have a fantastic view over these graceful sand dunes and the Veluwe.
You can follow various marked trails or discover the area by bike. But I always choose to wander around on the enormous sand plain. The Kootwijkerzand has, besides the drift sand area, another nice attraction: Radio Kootwijk. This is a small town with special buildings and this town had an important role in telecommunications until the rise of the internet. Now Radio Kootwijk is a partially dilapidated place, where the spaces are used for exhibitions.
You can park for free in the parking lot at the Houtvester van het Hoffweg in Kootwijk. Kootwijk is located in the western part of the Veluwe at about 20 minutes drive from Apeldoorn. Kootwijkerzand is one of the best things to do on the Veluwe!
2. National Park de Hoge Veluwe
Your visit to the Veluwe is not complete without a visit to the Hoge Veluwe National Park. This is a park where you can spot many animals in the wild, because besides a lot of small game there are about 200 deer, 150 roe deer, 50 wild boar and about 200 mouflons in the park grazing. The park is approximately 5,400 hectares. It is the only national park in the Netherlands where the sale of entrance tickets is the most important source of income since the park is practically operated without government subsidies.
This park is extremely popular and has 600,000 visitors annually.
You can use the white bikes for free and that is why I think this is the ideal way to explore the park. There are more than 40 kilometers of cycle paths and while cycling you can see the beautiful and varied landscape! You can also enjoy walking in the park and you can then follow one of the various routes.
There are three entrances to the park: Schaarsbergen, Otterlo and Hoenderloo and in these three locations there is paid parking and here you can also get the free bikes.
3. Palace Het Loo
Palace Het Loo is a former royal palace, but it is currently a museum. William III, great-grandson of William of Orange, bought the palace in 1684 and for years it was the summer residence of the Dutch governors and kings. The last resident in 1975 was Princess Margriet. In the museum in the palace you can see how the members of the Royal House lived in the palace at the time. Exhibitions are regularly organized in the museum with items from the collection of the Royal Household Archives.
The stables I find very interesting to visit, because here you see a large collection of royal carriages.
But the reason that I think Palace Het Loo is worth a visit is the great palace gardens. One side of the garden is the mirror image from the other side. The gardens remind me very much of the beautiful gardens at Versailles in France.
The opening times of the palace and the garden are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4. The Posbank
This is a nature monument at Rheden and is part of National Park Veluwezoom. Posbank itself is a stone bench that was placed at a high point on the edge of Herikhuizerveld in 1918 and from here you can enjoy a magnificent view. But most people mean with the Posbank the surrounding moorland when they talk about the Posbank.
This area is one of the most beautiful places in the entire Veluwe.
Especially at the end of the summer when the heather turns purple it is a great place to take a walk. Horses, sheep, Scottish highlanders, deer and wild boar live in this nature reserve. The Posbank is one of the nicest things to do on the Veluwe!
You can park for free at Paviljoen de Posbank, Beekhuizenseweg 1 in Rheden.
5. Kröller-Müller Museum
This museum is located in the middle of De Hoge Veluwe National Park and here you will find the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world. There are 90 paintings and more than 180 drawings and a changing arrangement of about 40 works by Vincent van Gogh can be seen. You will also see masterpieces of modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan. I also find the sculpture garden at the museum very impressive. This is one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe and there are more than 160 sculptures by artists.
The opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located in the National Park at Houtkampweg 6 in Otterlo.
These are my favorite things to do on the Veluwe! What is your favorite things to do on the Veluwe?
A great place to stay is B&B De Droomhoeve. They have spacious and spotless rooms and has large windows overlooking the courtyard. B&B De Droomhoeve serves a fantastic breakfast outside. The garden area is very nicely done. If you are interested in visiting the Veluwe, Nunspeet is a very nice location. The owner is very friendly and supportive.
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