What to do in the Netherlands – Province Gelderland? – Look for dwarfs and get lost in a labyrinth!

Getting lost in a labyrinth in the extended gardens of a ancient castle and searching for dwarfs.

Het kabouterpad (the dwarfs path)
There are little dwarfs, which signpost the easy trail of about one and a half kilometers. Watch for the real dwarfs and trolls 😉

Address: De Heikamp ” Hengeloseweg 2 7261 LV Ruurlo

http://www.wandelenviaroute.nl/Ruurlo%20Kabouterpad.html       (dutch)

The Labyrinth

Just next to the dwarfs path you find the biggest labyrinth of the Netherlands with 8740 square meters. It was originally planted in 1891. If you don’t choose the right paths, you may be walking a couple of kilometers to get to the centre of the labyrinth and out, as its paths total a length of 1188 meters. In 1996 the labyrinth was in the Guinness book of Records as the biggest of the world.
Dogs are allowed on the kabouterpad, but not in the Labyrinth, so Pien and Vlou waited patiently at the gate.

http://www.doolhofruurlo.nl/     (dutch)

Castle “Huize Ruurlo”

Walking along the well marked walking trails around Ruurlo, we passed the Castle “Huize of Ruurlo”, which building originates from the sixteenth century. It was already mentioned in the thirteenth century as property of the Van Roderlo Family.

http://excitinghistory.com/buitenplaatsen-en-landgoederen/kasteel-ruurlo-ruurlo      (english)

Walks around Ruurlo

There are several trails from 1,5 to 11 kilometers, which are color signposted. The VVV (the dutch tourist information) in Ruurlo provides maps and booklets for the kabouterpad as well.

http://www.routeyou.com/en-us/location/walk/47492699/walking-in-ruurlo-overview-of-all-walking-and-hiking-routes (english)
http://www.vvvhartjeachterhoek.nl/over-hartje-achterhoek/ruurlo      (dutch)

Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I'm searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I'm travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

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