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trip by 4* coach, bottled water, guided museum tour, entrance fees National Park De Hoge Veluwe and visitor centre, entrance fees and guided tour Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture gardens, nice brunch with orange juice, milk, coffee and tea, great group of international people, a lifetime memory
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This trip includes transportation by 4* luxury bus, entrance fees for the National Park & the Kröller-Müller museum (€19), a guided tour by official museum guides and a delicious lunch buffet.
DEPARTURE TIME CHANGED TO 9h00. MEETING TIME IS 8h45 AT PLACE SCHUMAN (next to KBC Bank). NOTE CHANGE OF CLOCK, YOU HAVE ONE HOUR LESS THIS MORNING!!
The worlds largest Van Gogh collection can be found in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. But did you know that also the second largest Van Gogh collection can be found in the Netherlands, namely in the famous Kröller-Müller Museum in the East of the country, close to the city of Arnhem? Today we travel to this remarkable cultural institution where professional guides lead us among the 270+ works of Van Gogh.
The Kröller-Müller museum lies in the middle of the National Park “De Hoge Veluwe”. The park itself is worth a visit on its own, and we’ll certainly make stop at the visitors center and drive around a bit. It’s not our main destination for today, but since we’re there anyway for the museum we might as well enjoy some of this beautiful nature. Maybe we’ll even see some of the beautiful animals living here. Note, to get to the museum, we must get into the park (and pay entrance fees as well).
The noble deer
The tree marter
The wild boar
The roa deer
The black woodpecker
Natural dunes can be found in various parts of Holland, also in the park
Large areas with heather cover the park
The park has extensive connected forests, the largest in the country
The entrance to the Kröller-Müller museum | by Gerardus (own work), via Wikimedia Commons
The Kröller-Müller Museum is a true gem in the middle of the country’s largest forest area. It boasts an enormous collection of paintings, including works of James Ensor, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin and Georges Braque. Outside an enormous garden of sculptures adds to the experience of this phenomenal art center. But the Kröller-Müller museum is especially known for the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection, which includes almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings and sketches. The most famous ones are a version of The Potato Eaters, Sorrowing Old Man and Cafe Terrace at Night. Just enjoy some of these amazing works for a moment.
The Potato Eaters
Café Terrace at Night
Rural road in the Province by Night
View on Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
The nice thing about this museum’s Van Gogh collection is that it gives a good overview of his work over his career, from the sketches and drawings, to his earlier darker works to his later and more colourful pieces. To fully understand what we are looking at, and to shed light on his development as an artist, we have hired two professional guides from the museum for the occasion. During 1,5 hours they will show us around the Van Gogh collection, but they will also introduce us to the works in the rest of the museum and the amazing sculptures garden. Afterwards you will still have some time to walk around on your own, visit the gift shop or enjoy a late afternoon tea and snack in the museum cafetaria.
Jardin d’émail by Jean Dubuffet in the sculpture garden | by Ellywa (own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Visitor centre & Hubertus Sint Hunting House After the guided tour in the Kröller-Müller museum you are free to visit the rest of the collection yourself, visit the cafetaria, or to walk a few minutes towards the Visitors Centre of the National Park. Spending 30-45 minutes here is enough, but it gives you some good information about the place where you are.
Sint Hubertus hunting house, we will make a short stop here to walk around for a few minutes and take some pictures | by China Crisis (own work) via Wikimedia Commons
At 17h00 we’ll get back in the bus and make a tour through the park. We stop for a few minutes at a beautiful building that was designed by the famous Dutch Berlage architect who also designed the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam (the former stock-exchange). We drive by some
We depart from Place Schuman (next to the KBC bank) by 4* luxury coach. It has comfortable reclining chairs, air-conditioning, a DVD system with 3 screens and an on-board toilet.
We will have lunch/brunch at the Van der Valk hotel close to the entrance of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe. This is a famous Dutch chain, known for its nice unlimited lunch buffets. Your humble Expat Club founder (from Holland) loves these buffets. It includes:
Soup of the day
Various types of breads and bread rolls
A selection of cheeses, cold cuts and jams
A choice of 4 changing warm dishes (e.g. Dutch meat croquettes, chicken satay, salmon, one vegetarian dish – the exact dishes depend on the day)
Salads, greens and fruits
Orange juice, milk, buttermilk, coffee and tea
Please note that brunch is included already in the trip fees. In principle it is not possible to skip lunch. There is nothing to do in the surroundings of this hotel, and we really need to recharge our batteries anyway after a long drive, so you might as well join in. Besides it is a great way to get to know some people.
What’s included? This is an all-inclusive trip, so besides a little bit of pocket money for a cup of tea in the museum cafetaria, or a bank card to buy some souvenirs, you won’t need to pay anything during the day.
the bus trip
entrance fees for National Park De Hoge Veluwe (€9,50)
entrance fees for the Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture garden (€9,50)
1,5 hours guided tour
brunch buffet at Van der Valk hotel
The following times are indicative. Although our schedule is carefully designed, times may change due to a variety of circumstances. However, Expat Club trips are known for being on the dot, so you know what to expect and don’t waste time.
08h30 – Departure Place Schuman
11h45 – Arrival Van Der Valk Arnhem & brunch
13h00 – End brunch & Departure to the National Park
13h30 – Arrival Kröller-Müller Museum
14h00 – Start guided tour
15h30 – End guided and free time until 17h00
16h15 – Suggested starting time Visitor Centre National Park
17h00 – Closure museum and visitor center & start scenic drive
17h20 – Short stop at St Hubertus house (only outside)
17h40 – Continuation scenic drive & exit park
21h00 – Return to Brussels