De Hoge Veluwe National Park is one of the largest continuous nature reserves in Holland, measuring in at 5,400 hectares, or 13,343 acres. Hike or cycle through this beautiful natural landscape on a white bike, free of charge, or visit the Kröller-Müller Museum, with its sculpture garden and largest private Van Gogh collection in the world.
- 5,400 hectares of forest, heath, meres and sand drifts.
- 1,800 free white bicycles for use on 40 km of bike paths.
- See wild animals during an exciting safari.
- View the world’s largest private Van Gogh collection in the Kröller-Müller Museum.
De Hoge Veluwe National Park comprises 5,400 hectares or 13,343 acres of variable landscape. It has beautiful forests, heathlands, sand drifts, meres and ponds, and is teeming with life, including wild hogs, red deer, roe deer, and mouflons.
Free White Bicycles
The easiest way to explore these wide lands is by bicycle. De Hoge Veluwe National Park has 40 kilometres (25 miles) of cycling paths and 1,800 bicycles for free use. These white bicycles can be found in various locations throughout the park, as well as at the Hoenderloo, Otterlo and Schaarsbergen entrances, allowing you to hop on the saddle as soon as you enter. There are also white bicycles for children (without trainer wheels) and bicycles with front or rear children’s seats.
Safaris and wildlife spotting
Of all the ways to become acquainted with the natural life of De Hoge Veluwe, the most fun way is by going on a safari, where the forester will take you on a four-hour walk to show you al the park’s special spots. A safari after dark, sleeping under the stars, is also an option – the safaris vary every month to match the (wildlife) season. During summer, there are also special children’s safaris.
Of course, you can also go wildlife spotting on your own. You’ll have the best chances of observing wild animals in the late afternoon and evening from one of the various wildlife observation posts that have been placed throughout the park.
The Kröller-Müller Museum
The Kröller-Müller Museum is the cultural peak of De Hoge Veluwe. Deep in the forest, this world-famous museum lies hidden, boasting the largest private Van Gogh collection worldwide and one of the most beautiful sculpture gardens in Europe. Further places worth seeing and visiting are the Saint Hubertus hunting lodge and the Museonder in the visitor’s centre.