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The best attractions on the Veluwe

Visit the gems of the Veluwe

Located in the heart of the Netherlands, the Veluwe is an enchanting area known for its breathtaking nature and diverse landscapes. But in addition to its natural beauty, the Veluwe is also home to a wealth of fascinating must-visit attractions. From historic palaces and atmospheric villages to captivating unique attractions, there is something for everyone. Discover the rich history, cultural highlights, and lively activities that make the Veluwe a top destination. Be enchanted by the best places of interest this beautiful region has to offer.t

Paleis Het Loo

Palace Het Loo

Palace Het Loo, located in Apeldoorn, is a royal palace with a rich history and beautiful architecture. The palace is known for its lush gardens, impressive collections, and its connection with the Dutch royal family.

Palace Het Loo

The history of Palace Het Loo dates back to the 17th century when Cityholder William III and his wife Mary Stuart had it built as a hunting lodge. The palace served as a summer residence for the Orange-Nassau family and was later expanded into an imposing palace with regal allure.

The palace's design is a masterpiece of Dutch Baroque architecture. With its symmetrical facades, elegant towers, and imposing domes, the palace exudes grandeur. The interior is equally impressive, with magnificent halls decorated with luxurious furniture, tapestries, and works of art.

A highlight of a visit to Palace Het Loo is the magnificent gardens. The formal baroque gardens were laid out in the 17th century and are a feast for the eyes. With geometric patterns, fountains, statues, and beautifully landscaped flowerbeds, the gardens exude an air of elegance and perfection

The palace also houses an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts. The museum offers insight into the history of the Dutch royal family and its special connection to Paleis Het Loo.

Paleis Het Loo is not only a museum but also a lively place where you can participate in various activities. From garden tours and workshops to children's activities and concerts, there is something for everyone.

A visit to Paleis Het Loo is a trip back in time, where you can wander through the opulent chambers of kings and queens, stroll through beautiful gardens, and enjoy a wealth of art and culture.
 

Radio Kootwijk

Radio Kootwijk

Radio Kootwijk is a historic building and former transmitter park that symbolizes the communication and technology of the past. The building was established in 1918 as a radiotelegraph station for contact with former colonies such as the Dutch East Indies.

Radio Kootwijk

The imposing main building, resembling a large sandstone castle, is a striking example of Amsterdam School architecture. The architect, Julius Luthmann, crafted an impressive design with clean lines and decorative details that give the building a unique character.

Today, Radio Kootwijk is a cultural heritage site and event venue where visitors can experience the special atmosphere of yesteryear. Surrounded by beautiful nature, nestled in the Kootwijkerzand, it is a popular destination for tourists and nature enthusiasts alike. Radio Kootwijk remains a lively tribute to the history of communication, a fascinating and inspiring monument.

During World War II, Radio Kootwijk played a remarkable role in the communication of the Dutch royal family. When the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany, the then Princess Juliana fled to Canada with her children. Despite the distance, she wanted to maintain contact with the Dutch people and her government.

Radio Kootwijk served as the primary communication channel between Princess Juliana and the Netherlands during this difficult period. Messages were exchanged via radiotelegraphy between Radio Kootwijk and the Soestdijk estate, where the Dutch government was in exile. In this way, the princess could stay informed about important events and developments in the Netherlands and express her support for the resistance against the occupation.

Hoge Veluwe

National Park De Hoge Veluwe

National Park De Hoge Veluwe is a large nature reserve. The park covers an area of more than 5,400 hectares and is the largest contiguous nature reserve in the Netherlands. The different landscapes are home to a wide diversity of plant and animal species.

National Park De Hoge Veluwe

The park is characterized by its varied landscape, with vast moorlands, dense forests, sand drifts, and picturesque fens. This creates a unique biodiversity, where you can enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna the park has to offer.

What makes National Park De Hoge Veluwe truly unique is the ability to walk and cycle freely through the park. There are more than 40 kilometers of hiking and biking trails that lead you to the most beautiful spots in the area. Whether you want to enjoy the serenity of nature, spot wildlife, or just relax in the natural surroundings, the park offers something for everyone.

In addition to its pristine nature, De Hoge Veluwe is also home to some cultural highlights. The famous Kröller-Müller Museum is located in the heart of the park and houses an impressive collection of modern art, including works by Vincent van Gogh. Here you can wander among the paintings, sculptures, and other artistic expressions.

The park is also home to the Jachthuis Sint Hubertus, an architectural masterpiece designed by world-renowned architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage. The Jachthuis is a symbol of the close relationship between man and nature, and its interior is as impressive as its exterior.

To explore the park, you can take advantage of the famous white bicycles that are available to visitors free of charge. This allows you to discover the beautiful surroundings in an environmentally friendly and active way. There are also excursions and activities organized by the park, such as wildlife observations and guided walks, which help you learn more about the natural and cultural value of De Hoge Veluwe.

Kasteel Staverden

Staverden Castle

Staverden Castle, also known under the name Peacock Castle, is a beautiful historic estate located in the village of Staverden of the same name. The castle has its origins in the 13th century, making it one of the oldest castles in the Netherlands.

Staverden Castle

It was built by the Counts of Gelre as a fortified residence and played an important role in the region's medieval history. Over the centuries, Staverden Castle has had many owners, including noble families and wealthy merchants.

What makes the castle so striking is its distinctive white color. The exterior walls are covered with a thick layer of white lime plaster, giving the castle a fairytale appearance. This has led to the nickname "The White Castle" and makes Staverden a unique architectural gem.

In addition to the castle, the surrounding Staverden estate is a breathtaking place. The estate consists of vast forests and lush gardens. The whole forms an idyllic setting perfect for hiking and relaxation. The castle and estate are now owned by the Natuurmonumenten Association, which is dedicated to preserving this historic heritage and the natural beauty of the area.

Inside the castle, you can catch a glimpse of the past. Although the castle is not fully open to the public, guided tours are regularly organized where you can take a look at the beautiful halls and rooms. You can imagine how the noble residents of yesteryear lived here and enjoyed its splendor.

Landgoed Schovenhorst

Schovenhorst estate

Schovenhorst Estate in Putten on the Veluwe, is an enchanting 170-year-old estate known for its impressive and exotic trees. The heart of Schovenhorst Estate is the imposing "Bostoren", a 40-meter-high watchtower.

Schovenhorst Estate

Once at the top of the tower, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the vast forests and lush greenery of the Veluwe. Climbing the Forest Tower is an adventure in itself, with several staircases and platforms offering panoramic views of the surrounding nature along the way.

Nachdem Sie den Gipfel des Turms erreicht haben, werden Sie atemberaubende Ausblicke auf die weiten Wälder und üppige Vegetation der Veluwe genießen. Der Aufstieg auf den Waldturm ist bereits ein Abenteuer für sich, mit mehreren Treppen und Plattformen entlang des Weges, die panoramische Aussichten auf die umgebende Natur bieten.

The estate itself is a true paradise for nature lovers. It houses a unique collection of trees, including several exotic species. A walk through the beautiful arboretum, with its winding paths and serene atmosphere, is a soothing experience. You can also visit the impressive giant sequoia, one of the largest trees in the Netherlands.

For those seeking relaxation, there is an attractive brasserie on the estate where you can enjoy a refreshing drink or a tasty meal. The terrace offers beautiful views of the surroundings, making it an ideal place to unwind after a walk through the woods.

Estate Schovenhorst with the "Bostoren" is a must-visit destination on the Veluwe. Whether you want to enjoy breathtaking views, explore the natural splendor, or learn more about the history and culture of the area, this estate offers something for everyone.

Schaapskooi Ermelo

The sheepfold

The Sheepfold in Ermelo is not only a home for the beautiful Veluwe Heath Sheep, but also a meeting place for visitors who want to learn about traditional shepherd life and enjoy the serene peace of the surrounding countryside.

Schaapskooi Ermelo

One of the most iconic features of the Schaapskooi (sheepfold) in Ermelo is the presence of the Veluwe Heath Sheep. These sheep are known for their imposing appearance and thick, woolly coat. They play a crucial role in maintaining the natural balance of the Veluwe heathlands. By grazing on the moors, they help keep the landscape open and prevent the terrain from becoming overgrown with bushes and trees. This helps preserve the unique biodiversity of this special nature reserve.

The Schaapskooi in Ermelo offers visitors the opportunity to admire these beautiful sheep up close. Here you can see how the shepherds care for the flock with care and dedication. With their traditional sheepdogs, they guide the sheep across the moors, giving them space to graze and manage the landscape. It is a fascinating spectacle that shows how humans and animals work together in harmony.

Events and activities are regularly held at the Schaapskooi in Ermelo, including sheep shearing demonstrations and educational tours. Whether you are an animal lover, interested in Veluwe nature or just want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a visit to the Schaapskooi in Ermelo is a unique experience.

 

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