De Hoge Veluwe

De Hoge Veluwe is the largest National Park in Holland and an ancient human made landscape. It occupies the territory of about 5 500 hectares. The park boasts of various species of plants and animals. It consists of a parkland and a woodland and is home to a fantastic art museum called Kröller-Müller Museum.

The museum was founded by Helene Kröller-Müller. She was an art collector and one of the first to appreciate Van Gogh’s works and to recognize him as a genius. She collected his works and later donated the whole collection to the state of Holland which was opened to the public. Nowadays, the museum has the second largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the world.  The first one is the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Besides Van Gogh paintings, Kröller-Müller Museum also houses the works of such famous artists as Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, James Ensor, Lucas Cranach, Paul Gauguin, George Braque, Odilon Redon, Georges-Pierre Seurat and Piet Mondrian.

Kröller-Müller Museum sculpture garden added in 1961 is another attraction on the territory of the park that is extremely loved by tourists.  It contains a pretty big collection of ancient and modern sculptures of Joep van Lieshout, Fritz Wotruba, Claes Oldenburg, Lucio Fontana, Mark di Suvero, Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. The garden reflects the conception of a symbiosis between nature, architecture and art. 

Since the territory of the park is pretty huge, all visitors can use one of its 1 700 white bikes absolutely free to cycle along its path to explore the park and enjoy the fantastic scenery.  There are also wheelchair bikes and children’s bikes. Those who love horseback riding may use bridle paths. Another option to explore the fields of Veluwe is to walk with the shepherd. On the very entrance to the park you can take free maps showing all museums and routes within the park. 

If you want to get a full picture of the history and the culture of the area of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe you should explore the museums, castles and ancient cities around. Among the good places to visit are Wageningen, Elburg, Harderwijk and Arnhem

Wageningen is an old university town with lots of historical buildings. To enjoy some of the oldest monuments in the country one most go to Elburg. There you can take a walking tour which is the best way to explore the city. Being an old and a historical city Harderwijk is nowadays more known for its Dolphinarium. If you are travelling with your kids, this is the place where you should take them. Lots of fun and positive emotions are guaranteed. The biggest city in this area is Arnhem.Here you may visit such well-known museums as the Netherlands Water Museum and the Netherlands Open Air Museum. But besides that in Arnhem you can also go shopping. Thanks to its Fashion Academy, Arnhem bears the name of a fashion city.

The park and its area is rich on historical and cultural attractions and you will never run out of things to do and to in the National Park De Hoge Veluwe.

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