The Veluwe has a long history which has given it a very varied and interesting culture. Its illustrious past is still visible in many places in the form of high city walls and impressive fortifications, some of which are still completely intact.
Vast estates with grand country houses nostalgically combine scenic beauty with history. Explore delightfully historic Veluwe villages, the centuries-old Hanseatic Towns of Hattem, Elburg and Hardewijk or one of the numerous country estates and castles. And there are also superb museums – there’s one for practically any topic, including Vincent van Gogh, Anton Piek, castles, modern art, old crafts, toys and war history.
Top 5 cultural locations in De Veluwe
5. Hanseatic Towns, centuries of history
A visit to the Hanseatic Towns is the ‘in thing’ to do at the moment. Shop in old alleyways, absorb a bit of culture between the monumental buildings and stop for a snack on one of the many charming squares. Most of the Hanseatic Towns can be visited in one day, but there is also plenty to do if you stay a bit longer.
History is all around you in the Hanseatic Towns, and so too is the Hanseatic mentality. The Hanseatic League was an alliance between towns who sought assistance from each other at a time when there were few laws, and piracy, robbery and murder turned trade expeditions into dangerous ventures. The Hanseatic League was a powerful alliance in the Middle Ages. Some 200 towns from Russia to France were affiliated.
Visit the Historic Hanseatic Towns website for more information.
4. Castles in the Veluwe
The Veluwe has a rich selection of castles and country houses. Some of them are open to the public, enabling you to sample the life, the architecture and the art of bygone days. Others can only be viewed from the outside, such as Kasteel De Banenburg, Kasteel Middachten and the country estate, Landgoed Oldenaller. But almost all of them are situated in splendid, vast country estates and magnificent scenic beauty where you can feel nostalgic for times gone by.
Visit the Geldersch Landschap & Kastelen website for more information.
3. Paleis Het Loo, Royalty in the Veluwe
The 300-year-old palace, Paleis Het Loo lies in the centre of the Netherlands, on the outskirts of Apeldoorn. This former summer residence of the Dutch royal family has been open to the public since 1984, following extensive restoration work. The varied design of the rooms takes you through more than three hundred years of residence by the Orange-Nassau dynasty.
The starting point for the redevelopment of the palace was the 17th century apartments of the first occupants, King and Stadtholder Willem III and Queen Mary II. These apartments are part of a chronological series of rooms dedicated to the Royal Family, ending with the rooms belonging to Queen Wilhelmina and Princess Juliana. The rooms are fitted out with the furniture, objects and paintings that surrounded the Royal Family. The authentic soft furnishings covering windows and walls are a unique feature.
The 300-year-old garden with its elegantly laid out formal gardens exudes the atmosphere of the 17th century. Delight in its rare flowers and plants and find a cool spot beside the pond sculptures and spectacular fountains.
Paleis Het Loo opens its roof terrace every Wednesday in the summer months. Go up and enjoy the magnificent view! In the royal stables, there is a chance to admire the Royal Family’s coaches, carriages, and cars, many of which are still in use.
2. Kröller-Müller Museum
The Kröller-Müller Museum, in its magnificent setting in the National Park De Hoge Veluwe, houses the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world. No less than 90 paintings and over 180 drawings by the world-famous artist can be admired there. The museum also has major works by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian and frequently presents temporary special exhibitions.
Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum website for more information.
1. The National Park De Hoge Veluwe
The scenic beauty of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe is overwhelming. The distinctive, ancient landscapes of the Veluwe provide constant variety throughout the 5,400 hectares of the park. You will encounter deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests during your journey through the park, but also heathlands, grassy plains and stunning dune landscapes.
The diverse landscapes are home to an unprecedented diversity of plants and animals, ranging from rare forest mother-of-pearl butterflies to imposing red deer, from Alcon Blues to little black salsify. The Park also has uniquely rich birdlife: some 100 species of summer birds can be found there. But don’t miss the ‘big four’ either as you make your way through the Park: red deer, wild boar, mouflon and roe deer. And watch out for other mammals such as the fox, badger and pine marten, too.
Inextricably bound up with the National Park De Hoge Veluwe are the free White Bikes. The Park has 1,800 of them that can be found in bike racks at the various entrances and at the Kröller-Müller Museum and the hunting lodge, Jachthuis Sint Hubertus. Cycle routes, walks and GPS routes can be obtained from the Visitors’ Centre where the underground museum, Museonder is also situated.
A variety of activities are organised every month, such as safaris with the ranger, excursions with the nature guide and tours of the hunting lodge, Jachthuis Sint Hubertus.
Visit the website of The National Park De Hoge Veluwe for more information.
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