"De Hoge Veluwe National Park" Otterlo Things to Do Tip by annase

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by annase

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

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  • Updated Oct 5, 2007
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