For most Dutch, the Veluwe equals nature, as this landscape within the province of Gelderland holds the first two national parks of the Netherlands. Veluwezoom (NP since 1930) and De Hoge Veluwe (1935) dominate the region between the river Rijn (Rhine) in the south, the river IJssel in the east and the Veluwe lake in the north. The Veluwe is a very popular destination for many, with about 2.2 million tourists staying overnight in 2022, the year of the most recent data of the regional tourist information office (Toerisme Veluwe Arnhem Nijmegen, click here for
Having spent summer holidays at the Veluwe with my parents even before I could cycle, I later settled at the southern edge, in the city of Arnhem, for a couple of years. The Veluwe became my front yard, so to speak. But nowadays, it is back to being a tourist again, when visiting the Veluwe's natural gems with friends, family or alone when in the Netherlands from abroad.

The heath at the Herikhuizerveld area of the Veluwezoom, near the Posbank, colours beautifully purple in August.

Veluwezoom National Park - Herikhuizerveld (Posbank)
The Veluwezoom was established as a national park in 1930, on a private initiative. It is a veried area, with hills, forest, heath and sand drifts. Not the state manages this 5,000 hectares big nature zone, but an association of 880,000 members and donators called Natuurmonumenten (Nature Monuments, click here for
The Herikhuizerveld area is the most famous part of this first national park of the Netherlands, commonly referred to as its central viewpoint at 90 metres (295 feet) above sea level: the Posbank. To get there, cyclists and motorists await hairpin bends, a rarity for the low countries.
With a bit of a stretch, the Posbank used to be on walking distance for me, and I escaped the city regularly here during my years living nearby. The photos of these series I took as a "foreign tourists" in August 2021, the month when the landscape lights up even more with the heath turning purple.

The entire National Park Veluwezoom has about 350 kilometres of trails for those who'd like to experience it on foot.

Apart from "managed" wild life like deer and wild boars, the Veluwezoom is also home to even home to grazing Icelandic horse, that - together with sheep and Scottish highlander cows - are part of the park's vegetation management.
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