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De Hoge Veluwe

Mouflons and Van Goghs

De Hoge Veluwe National Park, located roughly in the centre of the Netherlands, used to be the private property of Anton Kröller, a merchant and shipbroker, and his wife Helene Müller. During the early 20th century the couple acquired the hunting grounds, fenced off the park and brought in mouflons, red deer and wild boar. In 1920 the St Hubertus hunting lodge, one of the country’s most iconic buildings, was completed. These years also saw the start of the construction of a museum to house the artwork that Helene collected in the years preceding the 1920s financial crisis. As a result of the recession, the Kröllers donated the estate and the art collection to the Dutch state in order to keep things together, which worked out fine: the park still exists and the Kröller-Müller Museum eventually opened its doors in 1938.

Mouflons observing hikers at De Hoge Veluwe National Park
Mouflons spotting hikers at De Hoge Veluwe

Today, De Hoge Veluwe offers a great opportunity for a day out. At the entrances in Otterlo, Hoenderloo and Schaarsbergen you will find white bicycles that you can use free of charge to explore the park’s extensive heaths and grasslands, sand drifts and forests. The Kröller-Müller Museum, with its superb Van Gogh collection and many masterpieces by famous modern artists such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, is surely one of the most fascinating art museums in the Netherlands, and the St Hubertus hunting lodge is equally well worth visiting. The park closes around sunset, by which time the mouflons and deer come out, and you are well advised to make enquiries at the visitor’s centre about the best places for spotting wildlife.

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Admission to De Hoge Veluwe is € 9½ for adults and € 4¾ for children aged 6–12. If you stay the night at the park’s campsite in Hoenderloo (€ 7 for adults and € 3½ for children), you will not have to pay any park fees on the second day. On Ascension Day, visitors who arrive at the park between 6 and 8 a.m. enjoy free access. Museumkaart holders can enter the Kröller-Müller Museum without charge; admission to the park is not included.


Avoid camping at De Hoge Veluwe during the Hoenderloo Summer Festival, as the festival grounds are in the immediate vicinity of the park’s campsite, and the villagers are known to be outright savages, making the most incredible racket until far beyond midnight.


The Hoge Veluwe Loop running event normally takes place during the first weekend of October and offers 5-km & 10-km runs, a half marathon, several trail runs and a special kids’ run. The website is in Dutch only, but Google Translate is there to help. Please note that you need to register online in advance.