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When you arrive at the park, you will be greeted by 400 odd white bikes at the 3 entrances to the park. You can either bring your own bicycle, borrow a white bike or hire a blue bike. Cycling around the national park makes sense, since cycling is very much part of the Dutch way of life and it is, of course, an environmentally means of transport.
There are altogether about 1700 bikes in the park. They can be found at the entrances, the visitor's centre (Marchantplein, at the heart of the park) and the Kröller-Müller Museum. This enables you to be able to ride from one point to another at any time. After the ride you can return the bicycle at one of these locations. The white bikes can be used free of charge within the park. However, they only come in one standard size. I rode a white bike to the museum and back and it was a bit unfortable, since the bike was too small for me. However, you can hire blue bikes, which are available in both adult and child sizes as well as tandems. Unlike the white bicycles, these hired bicycles can be locked. They are issued at the bicycle workshop in the centre of the park.
You can book the blue bicycles through the Visitors Centre (Tel 0900-4643835 / €0.20 per minute or if you call from abroad: + 31 55-3788116). At the end of the day, return the bicycles to the centre of the park or one of the 3 entrances. The cost is €3.50 per bike and €10 per tandem a day.
There a cycle pumps at various places along the cycle paths, and in the centre bicycle repairers offer expert cycle repairs. In the event of a fault on your own bicycle, they can carry out most common repairs. Available in the centre every day 8am-5pm.
There are more than 42km of scenic cycling paths in case you would like to make a day out of it and see more of the park.
The distance to the museum from the entrance at Otterlo is 2,5 km (approximately 15 min by bike).
Address: Entrance Otterlo, Houtkampweg 9, 6731 AV Otterlo
Directions: From the A1, A50, and A12 motorways follow the signs for Park Hoge Veluwe/Kröller-Müller Museum. The park is easily accessible by train from Amsterdam and the by bus from Arnhem.
Phone: +31 (0)318 591 241 (Otterlo)
De Hoge Veluwe National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in the Netherlands. It consists of 6000 hectares of woodland, heathland, lakes and drift sand. Together with the Kröller-Muller Museum and the sculpture garden it offers a unique combination of nature, art and architecture. The Kröller-Muller Museum is home to the second largest Vincent van Gogh collection in the world.
You can enjoy the tranquility of the park by walking or cycling undisturbed for hours. You can either bring your own bike, use one of the free white bicycles found at the entrance or hire a blue bike. In addition to peace and tranquility, there is also a lot to do in the park: a wide range of sporting, cultural and educational activities are regularly organised for all age groups.
Marchantplein (at the heart of the park) is home to the Visitors Centre, where you can find all sorts of information about walks, cycle routes, and the natural and cultural features in the park. It also houses temporary exhibitions and films. Under the Visitors Centre lies an underground museum 'Museonder'. This museum shows what lives and has lived under the ground in a playful, interactive way. Alongside Museonder is the park shop where you can buy nature films, maps of the park and souvenirs.
The St. Hubertus Hunting Lodge provides a free guided tour of this magnificent building. The Hunting Lodge is the former home of the Kroller-Muller family, designed by H.P. Berlage. Tickets can be obtained from the Visitors Centre.
If you would like to stay in the area, you can camp on the Park's natural campsite. Please note that in order to protect the parks wildlife, the activities are concentrated in the central area of the park. The park is home to many endangered plant and animal species. It is also possible to come face to face with a red deer, moufflon or roe deer.
There are 3 entrances to the park at the Hoenderloo, Otterlo or Schaarsbergen.
Address: Entrance Otterlo, Houtkampweg 9, 6731 AV Otterlo
Directions: From the A1, A50, and A12 motorways follow the signs for Park Hoge Veluwe. The park is easily accessible by train from Amsterdam and the by bus from Arnhem.
Phone: +31 (0)318 591 241 (Ottelo)
The spacious galleries of the Kröller-Müller Museum houses a considerable collection of paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh. There are all together 93 paintings and 183 pencil sketches and early pieces. One of the paintings include the famous "Cafe Terrace at Night". The collection is the second largest of van Gogh paintings in the world after the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
In addition to van Gogh, other highlights include works by Seurat, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, Gris, Courbet, Corot, Millet, Mondrian, van der Leck and Redon. There is also some changing temporary exhibitions. The museum is also famous for its large Sculpture Garden, which includes works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Joep van Lieshout. A stroll through the Sculpture Garden is not to be missed. Surprising works of art can be found, some of them hidden in the woods.
Helene Kröller-Muller saw van Gogh as “one of the great souls of modern art, on whom the times had no grasp.” In 1912, only 22 years after his death, she was able to add 35 of his paintings to her collection. Considering that van Gogh’s entire career as an artist lasted no more than a decade, and that prior to his suicide in 1890, he had sold only one of his 800 paintings, her instincts as a collector were excellent.
The museum is located in National Park the Hoge Veluwe. There are three entrances to the park; at Otterloo, Hoenderloo and at Schaarsbergen. Trucks and coaches can not enter the Park through the entrance at Schaarsbergen.
You can buy a combined ticket for the Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum at the Park ticket office.
Adults: Park €7.00 and Museum €7.00
Children 6-12 years: Park €3.50 and Museum €3.50
Children up to 6 years: free
Parking fee car: €6.00. Parking is possible at the museum, but also near the porter's lodge of the park where you can continue by bicycle.
Open all year round 10.00-17.00 (except on Mondays and 1 January)
The sculpture garden closes at 16.30
Address: Park Hoge Veluwe, Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo
Directions: From the A1, A50, and A12 motorways follow the signs for Park Hoge Veluwe/Kröller-Müller Museum. The museum is easily accessible by train from Amsterdam and the by bus from Arnhem.
Phone: +31 (0)318 591241
The Hoge Veluwe National Park has plenty of facilities for disabled visitors. There are two tarmac footpaths, and the Koeverbos hide has disabled access.
Various types of cycle for disabled visitors are available from the bicycle repair centre on the Marchantplein free of charge. There are wheelchair bicycles, three-wheelers for children and adults, a wheelchair bicycle to which 'your' wheelchair is attached, electric bicycles which pedal very easily and are noiseless and a few tandems. The bicycles can also be booked through the Visitors Centre or be collected from the workshop (subject to availability)
You can book bicycles through the Visitors Centre. Tel. 0900-4643835 / €0.20 per min. If you are phoning from abroad: + 31 55-3788116)
Phone: +31 55-3788116
Dogs are allowed in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, but must be kept on a leash. Dogs are not allowed in the Kröller-Müller Museum or in the sculpture garden. However, this does not apply to guide dogs.
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