Whether you’re looking for vibrant cities or postcard-perfect scenery, Gelderland Province has it all. In addition to being the largest province in The Netherlands, it’s also one of the most beautiful. Escape to the countryside to discover lush forests, rolling farmland and dykes dotted with wooden windmills.
Things to do in Gelderland
Arnhem is the lively capital city and a launchpad to Gelderland Province. Despite being heavily bombed during World War I, the city boasts beautiful historic buildings and churches. Step back in time and discover the region’s rich agricultural heritage at the Netherlands Open Air Museum. Peer into a blacksmith workshop, learn how Dutch windmills work and roll up your sleeves to help milk dairy cows.
Hoge Veluwe National Park protects a pristine landscape of sand dunes, pine forests and wildflower-strewn meadows. It’s easy to spend an entire day at the park, which is laced with more than 40 kilometres of scenic hiking and cycling trails and home to herds of red deer and mouflon wild sheep. Find out more about the unique flora and fauna at the visitor centre.
Within the park is the world-class Kröller-Müller Museum, where you can admire masterpieces by Van Gogh and other Dutch heavyweights. The landscaped gardens are dotted with contemporary sculptures and art installations.
Nijmegen is set on the Waal River and built around a medieval centre. Despite being one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, it has a youthful feel thanks to the local student population. You’re spoilt for choice with third-wave cafes, hip microbreweries and chef-driven restaurants.
Getting around Gelderland
Trains are a fast, easy and affordable way to get around Gelderland Province. Most cities and towns in Gelderland Province are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Local trolley buses are a good way to get around Arnhem while bicycles are the most popular mode of transport in Nijmegen.