Star tour of Apeldoorn – The wooded Veluwe in the heart of the Netherlands
From 3 days / 2 nights to 7 days / 6 nights | Self-guided cycling tours
Forest, heath, dunes – bike through the green Veluwe in the heart of the Netherlands. The Veluwe is the largest continuous forest and heath area in the Netherlands covering more than 1100 km² between the Veluwemeer and the Lower Rhine. The Hoge Veluwe national park spanning a total of 54 km² is the perfect place to explore. A trip to the park is superbly complemented with a visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum that is home to works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian and other artists. The "Het Loo" Palace is surrounded by an impressive Baroque garden with a café.
In the evening, the city of Apeldoorn is the perfect place to dine with its many small and large restaurants or you can sit down at one of the hotel's two restaurants.
Overnight stays in the 4**** Van der Valk Hotel Apeldoorn – de Cantharel - with spectacular natural surroundings right at your doorstep.
Level 1–2 (On a scale of 1 to 5)
The routes of this bike & hotel tour are almost completely asphalized. The region is flat, with only minor hills, so that the route can be driven also by less trained cyclists. The city traffic in Holland is often regulated by traffic lights for cyclists, so that you can cycle well in busier zones, too. Some roads must also be crossed without traffic lights.
Day 1: Make your own way
Arrival from 14.00 at the hotel and check in. Collect bikes where booked.
A cycle tour into the centre of Apeldoorn for a look around, shopping, visit to a terrace, or something to eat. Or stay at the hotel and go for a walk in the area, or have a drink or a three-course meal on the terrace. De Cantharel offers nice and varied evening meals.
Day 2: Apeldoorn city tour (Cycling 17 km / 11 miles)
Ride through the countryside to the centre of Apeldoorn and visit CODA: With a museum, library and archive, CODA is Apeldoorn's cultural centre. A source of inspiration in the field of art, history and literature. Having seen the town, ride in a wide arc through the countryside back to your hotel.
Day 3: Het Loo Palace (Cycling 30 km / 36 km | 19 miles / 23 miles)
Today you will be riding north to 'Het Loo'.
Het Loo Palace is a former royal palace and now the national museum of Apeldoorn. This palace belongs to the State and is one of the top 100 of the 'Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg', a historic preservation organisation.
As of 2019, Het Loo Palace will be exhibiting four monumental works of art created by the Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind. The Stables Square and palace gardens are open from April 2nd until September 29th. The palace is closed until 2021 due to renovetion. After an extensive visit, enjoy the way back through the wonderful nature reserve between the palace and your hotel. You can choose between two routes on the way back.
Day 4: The 'Gardense Veld' and 'Radio Kootwijk' (Cycling 41 km / 26 miles)
Today you will be cycling through woods and extensive heathland to the village of Garderen.
The village is on the west flank of the Veluwe. It is surrounded by greenery and right in the vicinity of Speulderbos, one of the oldest woods in the Netherlands.
On the way back you will be cycling through Kootwijk where you can see one of the most striking buildings in the Veluwe: the former Radio Kootwijk, a former transmitting station in the Veluwe that in the first half of the 20th Century was an important communication link between the Netherlands and its former colonies, in particular the Dutch East Indies. It was built in 1918.
Day 5: 'Hoge Veluwe' nature reserve with the 'Kröller-Möller Museum' (Cycling 28 km / 18 miles)
This day's programme involves great cycling through the woods, along heather and sand dunes, and specifically particular cultural experiences. You will go through the car-free 'Hoge Veluwe' National park with the world-famous Kröller-Müller Museum. It houses a comprehensive collections of paintings by Van Gogh and many other renowned artists. You can go by the 'Hubertus Jachtslot' and visit the Museonder, a subterranean museum in the 'Hoge Veluwe' National Park'. It is part of the Visitor Centre. It provides a lovely insight into the flora and fauna of the Veluwe. You can extend the route depending on the cycle route selected through the park.
Day 6: 'Veluwezoom' (Cycling 42 km / 26 miles)
On this tour you will be cycling through the gently undulating landscape with woods and heather to the 'Veluwezoom' National Park.
The Veluwezoom is a real Eldorado for cyclists. More than 5,000 hectares of woods, heather, areas of quicksand and residential areas can be ridden at the eastern edge of the Veulwe. In 1930, the Veluwezoom was the first nature reserve to be made a National Park. Having discovered the park in full, ride back to the hotel for a relaxing evening.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.