After nearly one month in the US and Canada, ending in one gloriously sunny week in California, I had fully braced myself for a return to a cold, cranky, wet, wintry Holland. Instead, nature threw a curve-ball and I found myself in the full swing of the summer. The Dutch “Summer” that failed to appear in July and August had been randomly displaced by Mother Nature to late September.
So I seized the opportunity to visit the Kröller-Müller Museum in De Hoge Veluwe National Park. I didn’t even realize Holland had national parks (in such a small country, where do they have room for them?), but indeed it does, and De Hoge Veluwe is the largest nature reserve (13,600 acres).
Inside this peaceful expanse of woodland, marshland, and heath is the Kröller-Müller Museum, an indoor and outdoor collection of modern art and sculpture. Eight euros will gain you entry to the Beeldentuin (“Sculpture Park”).
The sculpture garden has to be one of the most underrated activities in Holland. While the sculptures themselves are not amazing, the setting of the national park is gorgeous, and it’s a very agreeable place to spend the day. Another Dutch gem unearthed!