"Bikes at the Hoge Veluwe National Park" Otterlo Things to Do Tip by annase

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  White bikes
by annase

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)
Website: http://www.hogeveluwe.nl/

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2007
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