The Netherlands’ oldest national park, high summits like the Posbank, endless moorlands, game-spotting and dizzying hairpin bends. But along with it all: convivial towns, imposing country estates and the winding IJssel river. Plenty to discover and experience. So grab your walking shoes or bike, or hire an electric scooter in the area. Go for it. We look forward to welcoming you!
Veluwezoom National ParkThe oldest Dutch national park, Veluwezoom National Park is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. More than 5,000 hectares of forest, moorland, shifting sands and country estates lie on the eastern edge of the Veluwe. Race over the hills on your mountain bike or enjoy a gentle ride through the lovely moorlands and you might spot a red deer or wild boar along the way. From the 90-metre-high Posbank you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Veluwe and the IJssel, far off towards the Achterhoek region. Other hotspots: the herd of sheep in Rheden, the brooks and springs at Beekhuizen and Laag-Soeren, and De Elsberg game-spotting hide in Dieren.
Perhaps you’d like to explore the Veluwezoom another way, by Segway or e-scooter or on a GPS trip? Polysport Activiteitenpark in Dieren or Veluwe Actief Oversteegen in Rheden will be happy to help you!
Start your Veluwezoom visit at the Society for the Preservation of Nature Monuments visitor centre in Rheden, the Beekhuizen Estate in Velp, De Lappendeken parking area in De Steeg or De Priesnitzhoeve in Laag-Soeren. You can choose your hiking trail here
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The IJssel is often called the Netherlands’ most beautiful river, which is hardly surprising! The river winds through expansive forelands dotted with birds, deer and flowers. This is where you can really unwind. Take the bike and cross the river on a tiny ferry, tour the area and take a refreshing dip in the Rhederlaag. Not that keen on natural water? Then try Rheden’s open-air swimming pool.
Coming by boat? You can moor alongside in Dieren, spend the night in the marina in De Steeg. In Rhederlaag you can hire a boat or take a sailing lesson.
Naturally after an active day it’s wonderful to unwind in a hospitality venue in one of the towns along the edge of the Veluwezoom: Velp, Rozendaal, Rheden, De Steeg, Ellecom, Dieren, Spankeren, Laag-Soeren, Eerbeek and Loenen. Velp is famous for its varied range of shops. Dieren has a theatre and cinema.
Take a tour of the Netherlands’ largest walled vineyard, Domein Hof in Dieren. The children can play to their hearts’ content at De Spelerij /Uitvinderij in Dieren, a playground and action park where imagination and creativity are given free rein. Take a ride with the steam train along the ‘Koningslijn’ or King’s Line from Dieren to Apeldoorn. Take in a show at the Pinkenberg Open-Air Theatre in Velp. And discover what lies beneath us in the Gelderland Geological Museum in Velp, where you’ll find a huge collection of minerals, rocks and fossils.
Throughout history the Veluwezoom attracted prosperous families. This is where they built their majestic villas and country estates. Be transported back in time and visit Middachten Castle, Rhederoord Estate or Rosendael Castle. If you cycle the Gelderland Arcadia East route, you’ll encounter it all!