Things to see and do - Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe
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Who could have imagined that this land, once considered too poor for farming, would be turned into one of the largest nature preserves in the Netherlands? The National Park's 5000 hectares are a real godsend now in this most densely populated country in continental Europe. Woods, heather heaths and sand dunes are now connected by manmade biological corridors known as ecoducts. The Kröller-Müller Museum in the heart of the park has a unique collection of outdoor sculptures.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
This large lodge (1914-1920) built from Berlage's plans is considered to be one of his masterpieces. The house, its 31m tower, its two lakes and its gardens are in geometric shapes. Outside as well as inside (also by Berlage), every shape, every colour and every detail symbolises the legend of St. Hubert, the patron saint of hunters. The hunting lodge, former home of Mr and Mrs Kröller, sometimes welcomes members of the Dutch government.
This very attractive museum which is found in the centre of the De Hoge Veluwe national park was inaugurated in 1938 and was enlarged in 1961 (the creation of a sculpture garden) and again in 1977 (addition of a new wing). It has a large collection of, sculptures, drawings and paintings including many works by Van Gogh. Among the many artists represented here one should mention Zadkine, Mondrian, Picasso, Braque, Ensor, Signac, Cézanne, Renoir, Monet, Jongkind, Millet, Corot.
In the area surrounding the village, several belvederes have vast panoramic views to the right over the jumble of hills covered in heather over which the walkers' paths wind.