Art and Pancakes in the Forest

Veluwe National Park

De Hoge Veluwe National Park is the largest conservation area in private hands in the Netherlands. The Park covers 5,400 hectares of woodland, heathland, peat bogs and drift sand. It enjoys a wide variety of plants and animals and provides habitats to extremely rare Red List species. Together with the Jachthuis Sint Hubertus, Museonder, Kröller-Müller Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Park forms a unique and internationally renowned combination of nature, art and architecture. Arnhem is a good base for exploring the park. From its rail station, trains go to Amsterdam (1hr., 4 per hr., €14.40). From Arnhem, take bus #105 to Otterloo and transfer to bus #106, a shuttle bus, into De Hoge Veluwe. More travel info here.

Kröller-Müller Museum and Sculpture Garden in the Veluwe
Entrance to the park and museum is 16,40 euros or 8,20 to Museum Card holders. Children under six get in free and older children pay half price. When you arrive choose a free white bicycle from the many that are available. Do be careful though as they have don’t have handbrakes. You have to back pedal to brake. Don’t forget and do a back pedal whizz for the sheer fun of it as you could end up losing your front teeth! I always thought all Dutch people were used to this way of braking until I witnessed my mum-in-law careering down a hill in Arnhem shouting for help as she didn’t know how to stop! Luckily she didn’t hurt herself as the slope evened out and hubby was able to yell instructions how to use the pedal brakes.

Pancake at de Koperen Kop
OK, before you start all that art appreciation malarky, don’t forget to have a pancake at the Koperen Kop, where you can park your bike before eating lunch and head off on foot to the Museum and Sculpture  grounds.

A Few of my Favourites
Most people pass this by thinking the ‘Needle Tower’ by American sculptor, Joseph Snelson, is just a tower of wires. Only when you stand directly underneath it do you discover its secret symbolism.

‘Secrets of the Waters’ by Ana Maria Tavares

‘De Echo van de Veluwe’ by Chris Booth

‘Hoofdstukken I-XVIII’ by Jan Fabre

‘Inoppurtune: Stage Two’ by Cai Guo-Quiang This gallery of nine ‘floating’ tigers invoked awed reverence from the visitors. (Animal lovers, don’t worry, tigers are made from papier mache and pelt is 100% synthetic.)

‘with Us in the Nature by Gilbert & George’ – A radical departure from their usually urban-inspired work.

‘The Bridge at Arles’ by Vincent van Gogh

Time to go home…


About susancarey

Angela writes using pseudonym, Susan Carey. She has dual nationality, GB/NL and lives in Nijmegen. Susan has had short fiction published on multiple platforms and was a runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 Casket of Fictional Delights Flash Competitions. Her writing has also been published and performed by amongst others: Mslexia, Liars’ League, Reflex Fiction, the Casket and of course the wonderful Writers Abroad. In 2020 she published her short story collection, Healer. Tweets at @su_carey
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6 Responses to Art and Pancakes in the Forest

  1. gailaldwin says:

    What a great day out!


  2. jean says:

    Looks like a great place to visit. I love the way you have described it all, and the pics are superb although the tiger pincushions did make me shudder.


    • susancarey says:

      Thanks for comment. I know what you mean, Jean about the tiger pincushions! They were shocking and some people walked out in disgust, but thank goodness, they weren’t real pelts.


  3. John Wiswell says:

    God, those works are so striking. I’d attend more museums and displays if the works were as vibrant or even unnerving as the cackling horned politician and that tiger. The tower of Stars of David is also very neat – great shot of it, too.


    • susancarey says:

      Thanks for the comment, John and I’m thrilled you like my post. Kroller Muller Museum is a little known gem in Holland, with very well curated exhibitions.


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