Today was a fun day away from Amsterdam.
We started the day by picking up a rental car in the city and then driving about 80 minutes to Hoenderloo in the center of the country where we parked just outside the Hoge Veluwe National Park.
The Dutch roads are very well maintained and driving is relatively easy – once you leave the city. Driving in town is kind of crazy as apart from it being a busy city with one way streets, turn restrictions, etc.; one has to deal with all the cyclists and motorbikes which have their own lanes, as well as the trams which also often have their own lanes, meaning a left hand turn involves looking out for several different kinds of traffic at the same time which all seem to have different rights of way.
From Hoenderloo we rode one of the 2,000 free bikes in the park to the Kroller-Muller museum, which has the world’s 2nd largest collection of Van Goghs after Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum.
While the Van Goghs are the star of the exhibition, there are a bunch of other modern paintings by notable artists such as Mondrian and an amazing 60 acre sculpture garden to boot.
Afterwards we drove to the Netherlands Open Air Museum in nearby Arnhem which has a large collection of historic buildings rescued from around the country. Many of the buildings are restored to their original use, i.e. the forge is in operation, as is the mill powered laundry, the bakery makes amazing pastries, the brewery makes craft beer, etc. Some of the locations are incredibly picturesque, like this mill:
All in all a fun day out, although refilling the car at the petrol station before returning it cost US $6.78 per US gallon!