During our house sitting assignment in Zelhem in the East of the Netherlands we discovered four major merits about the Netherlanders:
Only in the province of Gelderland, where the little host town of Zelhem belongs to, lies an expanded network of well-maintained walking and cycling trails all over the place. Just in front of the house, where we house sat for a month, starts, for example, the Boelekeerl path. It meanders through the meadows, on dikes along trenches and passes through forests with old, majestic trees. Birds are plentiful in the moorlands, which lay in between patches of heath with its pretty lilac flowers. Nature does not even halt at the house. Directly in front of the living room’s window in an old tree, an owl-chick pops its head out of its nest punctually on time at eight o’clock every evening to get a bit of meat on its doorstep.
Despite the fact that the Netherlands is the third most densely populated country in Europe after Malta and England it doesn’t feel crowded in this part of the country. The neighbor`s farmhouse is about half a kilometer away and the countryside in the Province of Gelderland generally makes a rather rural, laid-back impression. Surely it is different in and around Amsterdam.
For information about the Province Gelderland and the walking and cycling trails see:
Find more travel inspiration in the Netherlands Rent a houseboat in Amsterdam and visit the most beautiful Tulip garden of Keukenhof. If on the way to the South of the Netherlands, stop at Arcen Castle Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen.
You don't have to queue, just buy your tickets here online in advance! No print necessary, show your handy with your ticket at the entrance, that's all!
- Van Gogh Museum
- Canal Cruise
- Holland Pass
... and more!