De Hoge Veluwe National Park is a nature reserve in the Dutch province of Gelderland, founded in 1935. The park covers 5,500 hectares of forest, heathland, grass plains and sand drifts, making it one of the largest nature parks in North-West Europe. Walking or cycling you may discover all of these landscapes!
Between 1909 and 1921, the wealthy couple Helene Müller and Anton Kröller bought various lands with the main goal of creating a vast private hunting ground. For the hunt they released moufflons, wild boar and red deer and even kangaroos (!).
Mrs. Kröller-Müller was also an avid art collector. In 1938, the Kröllers had a museum in the park built to accommodate the – now world-famous – art collection.
In the Kröller-Müller Museum you will find the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world: almost 90 paintings and more than 180 drawings. In the Van Gogh Gallery, about 40 works by Vincent van Gogh can be seen. You will also see masterpieces of modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan.
Near the mueseum is one of the largest sculpture gardens in Europe. This collection includes over 160 sculptures by iconic artists, from Aristide Maillol to Jean Dubuffet, from Marta Pan to Pierre Huyghe.
On the grounds of De Hoge Veluwe National Park you will also find hunting lodge ‘Jachthuis Sint Hubertus’, the former hunting residence of the Kröller-Müller couple. This ‘total artwork’ by architect H.P. Berlage is one of the most important monuments of the Netherlands.
An extensive visit to the park and museum is included in the 8 day Cycling and Sailing Holiday ‘Castles and Walled Towns‘ of HAT Tours!
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