Dutch people voted the Veluwe region as the finest area of scenic beauty in the country. It is where forests, sand drifts, lichen steppes and heathlands form a splendid natural landscape. And where you can spot the Dutch ‘Big Five’: foxes, badgers, roe deer, wild boar and red deer, as well as Highland cattle, beavers and hundreds of other mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
But the Veluwe region is even more than that. It is home to the Hanseatic Towns of Harderwijk, Elburg and Hattem, for example, which were already booming back when Amsterdam and Rotterdam were still only villages. Plus there’s Paleis Het Loo with palace gardens that rank amongst the most beautiful in Europe. The Veluwe region is also where, right in the middle of De Hoge Veluwe National Park, Helene Kröller-Müller assembled her huge art collection which includes the second-largest collection of Van Gogh’s artworks in the world. Besides that, in the Veluwe region you can savour an impressive culinary experience, perhaps even in a Michelin-starred restaurant if you choose. The Veluwe can even mean sun and beaches: it has over 100 pools and lakes, including the lakes bordering the Veluwe National Park – an Eldorado for recreation and water sports!
You will always find a warm welcome awaiting you at any of the numerous friendly chalet parks, large and small campsites, cosy B&Bs and comfortable hotels. From there you can go on long bike rides and wonderful walks and return home satisfied after a fantastic, memorable day in the versatile Veluwe region.
If you’re not sure what to do today or tomorrow, simply take a look outside or check the forecast to align your plans with the weather conditions, just like the Dutch do. Here are our tips for a perfect day out, come rain or shine!