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Country residence/museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus.
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The Netherlands’ green treasure chamber TEXT AND PHOTOS: DE HOGE VELUWE NATIONAL PARK
De Hoge Veluwe National Park is unique in the world due to its combination of natural beauty and art. It is the ideal place to experience peace and quiet, see exceptional landscapes and wild animals, and take part in activities such as excursions, guided tours, workshops and events. The different landscapes of this awe-inspiring 5,400-hectare Park are continually changing. You will travel through woods, grassland, heathland and exotic shifting sands. De Hoge Veluwe National Park is the legacy of one of the most prominent couples in Dutch history: Anton and Helene KröllerMüller. In 1909, they began gradually buying plots of land, forming the current De Hoge Veluwe National Park. Their vision was to unite nature and art in the interests of the common good. Over 100 years later, we are still able to enjoy their legacy: a varied landscape and an enormous cultural collection that includes the Kröller-Müller Museum and the country house, Jachthuis Sint Hubertus. There are various ways of exploring the Park: on foot, on horseback, or on a bike. There are almost 40 kilometres of cycle paths and visitors are invited to use one of the 1,800 free White Bikes. These are 20 | Issue 38 | February 2017
inextricably associated with the Park, and can be found at the various entrances and near the museums. A magnificent example of art and architecture can be found at Jachthuis Sint Hubertus. This is the former country residence of the founders of the Park, and is one of the most important buildings in the Netherlands; designed by the renowned Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage (18561934). While Berlage was usually commissioned to design buildings alone, in the case of the Jachthuis he also designed the interior and grounds. This makes the Jachthuis a so-called Gesamtkunstwerk, or universal artwork. Guided tours of the most important rooms in the Jachthuis are given daily. People who are curious about life underground go to Museonder; the first underground museum in the world. Museonder gives an astonishing view of everything that lives and used to live below the surface of the earth. Entrance to Museonder is included in the Park ticket. Located opposite the Visitors’ Centre, Parkrestaurant De Hoge Veluwe is open seven days a week and is the perfect place to relax. The restaurant is spacious,
but with a warm and inviting atmosphere, offering a wide selection of dishes.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION You can purchase a ticket for entrance to De Hoge Veluwe National Park, or a combined entrance for De Hoge Veluwe National Park and the Kröller-Müller Museum. Entrance De Hoge Veluwe National Park: Adults; €9,30 Children six – 12 years; €4,65 Children under five years; free Combined entrance Park and museum: Adults; €18,60 Children six - 12 years; €9,30 Children under five years; free Students €13,20 Car or motorbike €6,60 Parking outside the gate €3,30 Museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus The Jachthuis can be admired in all its glory by joining a guided tour. Tickets are four euros for adults (excluding entry to the Park) and two euros for children aged six - 12 (excluding entry to Park). For more information, visit: www.hogeveluwe.nl/en
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