• Posted:Monday, March 22, 2010
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Spend a day at the Hoge Veluwe during Amsterdam holidays
If you've booked yourself a stay in an Amsterdam hostel now or in the near future, make sure you head to the Hoge Veluwe (unpronounceable, I know) and spend some time surrounding yourself with nature in this National Park.

Aparna Karthikeyan of the Hindu brought this gem to my attention by saying that it's comprised of more than 5,000 acres of lakes, grasslands and woods and boasts its own museum, while providing tourists with bicycles so they can take it all in with the wind in their hair.

Even better, these bikes are free of charge (very important for us cash-strapped travellers), although be warned that they do come with leg brakes which, the writer observed, can be a bit irritating if you're not particularly au fait with the whole cycling malarkey.

And once your little legs get tired and you just can't take in any more of the glorious outdoors, make sure you head inside to check out the resident museum which houses a collection of Van Gogh works.

"Thanks to [the magnanimity of Helene Muller and Anton Kroller who bequeathed the land to the country], visitors now enjoy the rare masterpieces in surreal surroundings and if lucky, catch a glimpse or two of the park's red deer and wild boar," the journalist continued.

And there's also a sculpture garden waiting to be viewed that, according to the park's website, "offers a unique combination of nature, art and architecture".

Those interested in going can rest assured that it's easy-access, both by car and public transport so people who aren't resident to the area can definitely go to check it out without hassle. Get the 108 bus to Hoenderloo and change onto the 106, which will take you to this little idyll.

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