Paleis Het Loo, Royalty in the Veluwe
The 300-year-old palace, Paleis Het Loo, is the former summer residence of the Dutch royal family. The varied design of the rooms takes you through more than three hundred years of residence by the Orange-Nassau dynasty. The Baroque Dutch gardens at Paleis Het Loo are among the finest of Europe. Sculptures, blue Delftware garden vases and impressive fountains make the gardens perfect for a stroll.
The Kröller-Müller Museum the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world. No less than 90 paintings and over 180 drawings by the world-famous artist can be admired there. The museum also has major works by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian.
De Hoge Veluwe National Park
The scenic beauty of De Hoge Veluwe National Park is overwhelming. You will encounter deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests during your journey through the park, but also heathlands, grassy plains and stunning dune landscapes. Inextricably bound up with De Hoge Veluwe National Park are the free White Bikes.
The Netherlands Open Air Museum
Experience history in the Netherlands Open Air Museum (Nederlands Openlucht Museum). Special encounters, smells, images and stories evoke unforgettable memories of everyday life as it used to be. The historic houses and farms in the rural museum park are vibrant places. Friendly ‘occupants’ talk about their work and lives with enthusiasm and there is plenty to do for all age groups. A visit to the Open Air Museum is the best day out for the whole family.
National Liberation Museum 1944-1945
Experience Freedom! Located on one of the most beautiful spots of the Netherlands between hills and woods, history is brought back to life. Experience the onset of WW2, the years of occupation, the liberation and the rebuilding of the Netherlands and Europe after the war. This interesting museum shows young and old the actual meaning of democracy, freedom and human rights.
Operation Veritable started on 8 February 1945. The operation was intended to be one of two pincers aimed at encircling the entrenched German forces. In this scenario British and Canadian forces would constitute the northern pincer of the attack, while U.S. forces would come up from the south to close the trap. The German army managed to prevent encirclement by destroying dams in the river Roer which led to massive flooding; at some points the river was almost two kilometres wide. This flood forced the U.S. soldiers to postpone their assault.
Operation Market Garden
Operation Market Garden, in September 1944, was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. Paratroopers were supposed to take control of the bridges across the major Dutch rivers (Market) so that the ground troops could advance rapidly (Garden). The British 1st Airborne Division was tasked with securing the northernmost bridge, which was in Arnhem — but that turned out to be ‘a bridge too far’. The airborne landings at the Ginkelse Heide were part of the battle of Arnhem. Today they are a memorial event involving hundreds of paras who are dropped into the Ginkelse Heide heathland.