The scenic beauty of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe is overwhelming. The distinctive, ancient landscapes of the Veluwe provide constant variety throughout the 5,400 hectares of the park. You will encounter deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests during your journey through the park, but also heathlands, grassy plains and stunning dune landscapes.
The diverse landscapes are home to an unprecedented diversity of plants and animals, ranging from rare forest mother-of-pearl butterflies to imposing red deer, from Alcon Blues to little black salsify. The Park also has uniquely rich birdlife: some 100 species of summer birds can be found there. But don’t miss the ‘big four’ either as you make your way through the Park: red deer, wild boar, mouflon and roe deer. And watch out for other mammals such as the fox, badger and pine marten, too.
Inextricably bound up with the National Park De Hoge Veluwe are the free White Bikes. The Park has 1,800 of them that can be found in bike racks at the various entrances and at the Kröller-Müller Museum and the hunting lodge, Jachthuis Sint Hubertus. Cycle routes, walks and GPS routes can be obtained from the Visitors’ Centre where the underground museum, Museonder is also situated.
A variety of activities are organised every month, such as safaris with the ranger, excursions with the nature guide and tours of the hunting lodge, Jachthuis Sint Hubertus.
Visit the website of The National Park De Hoge Veluwe for more information.
Country Residence/museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus, the former residence of the Kröller-Müllers, is one of the most important and iconic buildings in the Netherlands. Jachthuis Sint Hubertus was designed by the renowned Dutch architect Hendrikus Petrus Berlage (1856-1934). Jachthuis Sint Hubertus is a rather unusual building in Berlage's oeuvre. His careful attention to the art of design in the house is a departure from the rational and methodical style for which he was known. This is just one of the many reasons why Jachthuis Sint Hubertus has enjoyed such critical acclaim in the Netherlands and abroad. While Berlage was usually commissioned to design buildings alone, in the case of Jachthuis Sint Hubertus he also designed the interior, right down to the cutlery. He also designed the grounds, a park with a large pond and a bridge extending over a portion of the pond. This means that Jachthuis Sint Hubertus is a so-called Gesamtkunstwerk, or universal artwork.
The paintwork by artist and designer Bart van der Leck is also worthy of special attention. Van der Leck (1876- 1958) designed the colour scheme and the patterns of the paintwork. The recurring colours yellow, blue, and red in the various rooms are distinctive, ensuring great variation in the atmosphere of each room. The many square and rectangular panels in walls and ceilings are striking and add extra character to the rooms.
The Country Residence/museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus was completed in 1920. At the time, the couple used the it mainly as a country house. Only in their final years did it become their permanent residence.