Gelderland is a fantastic sports province. Not only will the province host the European Company Sport Games 2022, the BMX World Championship and the Volleyball World Championship will also be organized in Gelderland. The province has fantastic sports locations, with National Olympic Training Center Papendal as the absolute highlight. And then we haven’t even talked about the sports opportunities outdoors. Whether you like cycling, hiking or water sports, it’s all possible in Gelderland.
The province, with Arnhem as its capital, has two national parks: De Hoge Veluwe National Park and Veluwezoom National Park. In both national parks you can endlessly cycle, walk and horseback ride through the forest and over extensive heather and grass plains.
In De Hoge Veluwe National Park, space has also been created for cultural-historical elements, architecture and visual art. For example, the world-famous Kröller-Müller Museum is part of the park. Here you will find the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world. In addition, there is a lot of work by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian.
You will also find a great mix of nature and culture in the main cities of Gelderland: Arnhem, Nijmegen, Ede and Apeldoorn. The city center of Arnhem has a wide range of shops, restaurants and culture. On the other hand, you can enjoy all the peace and space in the Park Sonsbeek city park.
In Apeldoorn you will find Paleis het Loo, where the Dutch royal family had its summer residence for a long time. In the forest area around the palace, the Crown Estate, members of the Royal House still live. A must see if you are in the area!
The other sport locations also have beautiful culture and nature hotspots, where you can enjoy sports as well as relax. In the Achterhoek is a great bocage landscape, beautiful castles and estates and medieval towns such as ‘s-Heerenberg. Ede is the perfect starting point for a (challenging) walking or cycling route. For example, surprise yourself by about 150 outdoor artworks and (military) historical highlights.