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Apeldoorn Travel Guide: 248 reviews and 1,031 photos

Between city and village

Apeldoorn has about 150.000 inhabitants and is the 10th city of the Netherlands. So it is more or less a city, with all facilities belonging to it, like a huge town hall, a brand new theatre, excellent library, some museums, nice shopping malls and a spectacular indoor sporting facility.
On the other hand it is still a village: no students, no real nightlife, deserted streets after shopping time, no real historical buildings/houses and last but not least it doesn't have city rights.

Apeldoorn is situated next to one of the biggest scenic areas of our country, called 'the Veluwe', with forest, heath and sand hills. There are lots of tracks, walks and cycle tracks. Accessible by car and only 15 minutes away with a bike. As you know (perhaps) every Dutchman has at least one bicycle.
On the east side lies the 'IJssel Valley', a landscape with small meadows, groves, little streams and some (water)mills. Stretching to the river IJssel, streaming trough typical Dutch landscape.

Apeldoorn lies more or less in the middle of the country. All the highlights (or west, east, north or south) are within easy reach from my city (or village), also for day trips. All together an ideal place to live.

Tourist highlights

The main attraction in Apeldoorn is 'Paleis Het Loo' (Palace Het Loo), nowadays a famous museum, which attracts lots of visitors (www.paleishetloo.nl).

Another great spot is the 'Apenheul' (www.apenheul.nl), a monkey zoo, where some monkeys walk around freely between the visitors. Located close to the city centre is CODA, a museum with a mixture between 'old' Apeldoorn and 'modern' art (www.coda-apeldoorn.nl).

For the kids we do have in our city:
- 'Koninging Juliana Toren', an amusement park (www.julianatoren.nl);
- 'Malkenschoten', a children's farm (www.malkenschoten.nl);
- 'Boschbad', a beautiful outdoor swimming pool (http://www.accres.nl/zwembaden/openluchtbad-boschbad/).

About 15 km's away you will find the 'Kroller Muller Museum' (www.kmm.nl), with an extensive collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh and an outdoor sculpture garden.

But Apeldoorn does have also a lot of hidden and unexpected gems, like(water)mills, monuments, small villages, nice scenery and some castles. I will try to add as much as possible of these 'off the beaten path' sites on my page.

Tribute to our Canadian liberators

Apeldoorn the most 'Canadian' city outside Canada.

On May 2, 2000 a monument Man With Two Hats was unveiled to mark the 55th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and to serve as a lasting reminder of the role of Canadians in securing freedom.

Two years later a replica of the statue was unveiled in Ottawa. And as the artist did intend this two statues are now bond on VT with a link to a picture on an Ottawa page of VT-member 'Kathryn'.

Since 1985 Apeldoorn had every five years a big parade of war veterans from Canada (and other countries) in Apeldoorn. May 9th 2010 was the last parade, because in the meantime the war veterans have become too old to take part.
But Apeldoorn will show its gratitude with a Liberation Festival, which was hold for the first time this year (2010) after the Veterans Parade.

Pictures of the impressive parades of 2005 and 2010 are on my travelogues.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:in the middle of nice scenery, still a 'village'
  • In a nutshell:Apeldoorn has a central location and lots of facilities for a break or holiday.
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    It does look like a wonderful village with many nice sites. Your descriptions are well done

    • vtveen's Profile Photo
      Mar 12, 2013 at 1:55 AM

      Thank you for your kind comment on my Apeldoorn page (although I would call it a city or town with its 150.000 inhabitants).

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2011 at 4:03 AM

    That’s a great idea to restore the Beekbergerwoud to its (former) natural state. Also I like the new network of bike tracks with the numbered intersections ('knooppuntroutes' is a nice word!) -- -- I didn’t think there were any waterfalls in the Netherlands, but now I know about the ‘Niagara of the Veluwe’.

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Mar 22, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Me again, coming back to read some of your recent updates on your home city. I have been through Apeldoorn on the train, but have never stopped there for a proper look.

    • vtveen's Profile Photo
      Mar 22, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Thanks for visiting my Apeldoorn page. You really should stop another time in my home town.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    Looks a very nice city; I'll come back later to have a closer look

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    thought for sure Id visited yr pg as saw yr pic of Het Loo after my last trip to Holland-stopped my car in driveway to walk thru the trees to see this scene as too late to visit..but no comment here so..wonderful pg with many interesting places to visit!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Ek reken dat Apeldoorn defnitief besoek gaan word ;-)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Looking forward to visiting this area. Enjoyed your pages, and have found places of interest to visit.

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    I enjoyed your Apeldoorn Page. The tips and pictures are very good. Thanks, Diane

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Thank you for bringing back memories with your Apeldoorn Page. I was there a very long time ago - 33years! - The Kroller Muller Gallery was a special treat.

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2007 at 8:38 AM

    OK Dat gedonder met die bussen ook altijd. Amersfoort had ik al omgezet naar Veolia; Apeldoorn is nu ook omgezet. Bedankt! PJ

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    I love reading home town pages. You can learn so much about a city from the people who live there.

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