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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
November 11, 2012
From journal Apeldoorn in the netherlands
July 18, 2007
From journal G-rated Amsterdam
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
December 10, 2006
Hoge Veluwe is one of the only places in the Netherlands where you can actually see nature! Everywhere else, as you must know if you've visited the country, is composed of houses and people and highways and very little of what you might call "nature."My Dutch friend Ruud and I visited the park on a Saturday in December. Luckily, it was a very nice day, but I still wish I had brought a scarf and definitely some gloves! We didn't make it back to the car until nearly dark, and my hands were so cold they weren't functioning properly. So, if you go during a winter month, bring 'em along, no matter how nice the day might seem when you start out.The best part about the park (and the reason my hands nearly froze) is the white bicycles! You can use them free of charge to bike along the 10-or 26-km trails through the park. We picked our bikes up at the entrance and started peddling, admiring the trees and the grass and the strange tree trunks in the sand and the absolute peace.If you come during the summer and are worried about the availability of the white bicycles, you can reserve a blue bicycle for a small fee. White bicycles cannot be reserved.We saw a few other people, but not many. It was nice to visit during a not-so-busy time of year.I had been wanting to visit the park ever since I had heard it is home to a small herd of wild boars! I was definitely on a boar hunt, but alas, no luck. In fact, we didn't see any wildlife except for a few birds. Very disappointing, but not that surprising -- the park is fairly large, by Netherlands standards, and the collection of boars and deer is small.In the park you will also find the Kroller Muller Museum. It has a fine collection of works, and costs another 6 euros for adults.If you have a day to spare, visit the park. Pack a picnic and a camera, and go!
De Hoge Veluwe National ParkWinter hours: 9am-6pm (hours vary by month and season)Admission: 6 euros (horses 3 euros)Be aware -- prices will increase slightly in 2007.
From journal All Netherlands, All the Time
by Matt Keedy
February 12, 2003
The best aspect of the park is the 1,000 white bicycles that are free to visitors. The park has over 42km of scenic cycle paths, and visitors can pick up bikes at any entrance to the park or at the visitor center. Specially adapted bicycles for disabled visitors are also available. I spent a whole day here riding bicycles through the park, eating alfresco at one of the two restaurants, and exploring the Kroller Muller Museum, which houses one of the world's largest collections of van Goghs and a sculpture garden featuring Rodin (among others). See my separate write-up for the museum. There is also an excellent visitor center, where you can learn more about the nature, landscape, wildlife, culture, and history of the park.
This is a great cultural "day away" for the family, as you can easily combine outdoor explorations and riding bikes with a heavy dose of art. What a combo!
From journal The Great Waterways of Europe/Amsterdam