Looking at this picture you might think that I’m wandering in the desert, would you believe me if I’m telling you that this is Holland?!
But I’m not kidding girls, I was even surprised to see it all myself. Romke and I escaped our renovations and went for a weekend trip to the Veluwe. The Veluwe is the largest push moraine complex in the Netherlands. It has many different landscapes, including woodland, heath, lakes and Europe’s largest sand drifts. And it’s goooorgeous! When I was a little girl I visited the Veluwe several times, but I never came back since.
Romke and I booked a room at Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek near the Veluwe. We stayed for one night from Saturday till Sunday. The hotel was comfortable and the dining areas were very luxurious and beautiful. However, the rooms were a bit old and stuffy. But how much time are you going to spend in your hotel room anyway!? Not much, and we definitely didn’t in Oosterbeek.
Oosterbeek is a small village, but it has so many massive mansions. I have fallen in love with the architecture, I couldn’t believe my eyes sometimes. The houses and all the surroundings are gorgeous!
You see what I mean!? Stunning! I also loved that most of the mansions had names!
Not only has Oosterbeek the most beautiful architecture, but the village is also known for its involvement in the September 1944 Battle of Arnhem during World War II. Therefore, Romke and I decided to visit the War Cemetery, also known as the Airborne Cemetery.
The Airborne Cemetery is home to 1759 graves from the Second World War. Most of the men buried in the cemetery were Allied servicemen killed in the Battle of Arnhem. Walking through the cemetery was impressive, it was literally breathtaking. I cannot imagine how it must have been to live during that horrible time. The ages of the victims were engraved on the gravestones and most of them were the same age as me, or even younger. It made me so sad, mad and grateful at the same time.
After a 10 km walk with some breathtaking scenery and history, we thought it was time to have some dinner!
Yup, I couldn’t resist a good ol’ cheeseburger with fries. After our dinner, we walked back to our hotel, had a sauna and took a dip in the pool.
No don’t worry, I didn’t take any pictures in the swimming pool.
The next day we visited the Veluwe and entered the park at Kootwijkerzand. We climbed a watchtower and I couldn’t believe the view that awaited me…
Whoah! I was surprised, I never knew that the Veluwe was this gorgeous and that there are places in Holland that look like this. I felt like I was on vacation in a far away country…
Due to the bright sun rays, we had some trouble keeping our eyes open while trying to taking a nice picture!
Even though we only saw a fraction of the Veluwe but I’m definitely hungry for more. It’s only a 2-hour drive away from our home and I would love to come back soon. It was delightful and very relaxing to take a break from the remodeling, we should do this more often!
What do you think of the Veluwe? Have you visited it before?