Arnhem is another comfortable Dutch city that was the site of a famous WWII battle between outnumbered British and Polish paratroopers and German panzer divisions. These days one of the town’s biggest attractions is an open-air museum of varied, authentic Netherlands farms.
Arnhem is near Hoge Veluwe National Park, a nature reserve (though not much wildlife other than a few deer) of forest, marshes and sand dunes, with the splendid Kroller-Muller Museum exhibiting a remarkable collection of 278 paintings by Van Gogh, along with Europe’s largest sculpture garden. The imposing St Hubertus Hunting Lodge should also not be missed.
The park covers a total area of 55 sq km and is 70 km northeast of Amsterdam.
Groningen, a lively, cultured little town up north and invigorated by university students. Photo by C. Messier
Hoge Veluwe National Park. Photo by Netherlands National Service for Cultural Heritage.