ApeldoornApeldoorn is a city with a royal touch, famous for its palace and beautiful gardens. It lies on the edge of National Park the Veluwe, and is an excellent base to explore this regions lush natural surroundings.
Apeldoorn is known for its spacious, green, family atmosphere and is at its best during the summer months.
By planeSchiphol Airport (AMS) near Amsterdam is the nearest and largest airport. From there, directly under the arrivals area, regular trains can be boarded that take just over an hour to reach Apeldoorn. By car, the journey takes fractionally longer and will involve navigating the ring roads around Amsterdam before hitting the A1.
Eindhoven Airport (EIN) caters to low-cost airlines, and though the train journey to Apeldoorn from Eindhoven is roughly doubled (see below), the journey by car (if hiring) via the A50 motorway is straightforward and under 1.5 hours.
Teuge Airport (No IATA Code, but ICAO Code is EHTE) is a small general aviation airfield northeast of Apeldoorn.
By carThe A1 (running from east to west) and the A50 (running north to south) meet at Apeldoorn, making the city particularly well connected by road. Smaller provincial roads lead to all nearby destinations.
By trainDirect intercity services connect Apeldoorn to both Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport. In both cases the journey will take roughly one hour.
Apeldoorn is situated on the main line between Berlin and Amsterdam. Twice hourly international trains in both directions can be boarded and used for national and cross border travel purposes. For international tickets, book online at the NS international website.
From Eindhoven, you should head to Utrecht, changing there for either a direct train to Apeldoorn, or depending on the schedule you may find it quicker to head to Amersfoort from Utrecht, changing again for more frequent services to Apeldoorn. This journey is likely to take around 2 hours.
Alight at Apeldoorn for the regional Apeldoorn-Zutphen route that stops at various smaller settlements in the picturesque countryside, terminating at the historic town of Zutphen. During the summer, a steam locomotive is operated from Apeldoorn central station, running to Dieren some 20 km to the south.
The local bus service is an efficient way to get around. All local buses meet at the railway station where you can switch buses at :16 and :46. During day time additional services run at :01 and :31 on most lines. Regional buses also run from the station out of town; however, they can be used for local transport also. Just remember that connection times will be slightly worse at the bus station for the regional lines. During tourist season an extra bus service (line 16) departs from the station towards major tourist attractions, all located in the western part of Apeldoorn.
You can rent a bicycle at the railway station.
phone: +31 55 357-5757address: J.C. Wilslaan 21A zoo specialising in monkeys and great apes. Some of the species are free to roam amongst the visitors, and the design of the park is renowned for its excellent animal habitats.
Centraal Beheer buildingFor Architecture/urban enthusiasts, the original Structuralist "Centraal Beheer" building by Herman Herzberger is located 5minutes walk west from the central train station. Just a little further down the road, a more recent project of his has been realised ("De witte wolken"), and may be interesting for comparison. Yet further still, and slightly to the north, the large "Walterboschcomplex" tax offices (by acclaimed architects Neutelings-Riedijk) can be viewed, representing some of the Netherlands' finest modern office architecture.
phone: +31 55 577-2400address: Koninklijk Park 1, entrance through AmersfoortsewegJust northwest of the city is the 17th century Paleis Het Loo, where William and Mary (King and Queen of England) used to live. A complete tour through the palace takes about 3 hours. Be sure to include a visit to its famed palace gardens, said to rival those of Versailles.
phone: +31 55-5191665address: Radioweg 1 7348 BG Radio Kootwijk
address: P-plaats Hoog Buurloseweg 7348 BB Radio Kootwijk
Jazz in the woodsOne of the largest festivities in town. Every year on the last Friday evening and Saturday in may, the city center is one big party with live music and entertainment.
phone: +31 55 355-3265address: Amersfoortseweg 35A popular family theme park. Great for a day out with the children.
OmnisportcentrumRegular national and international sport events centered around cycling, athletics, volleyball and tennis.
Orpheus TheaterFor world class theater, musicals, cabaret and ballet.
SkydivingTeuge Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city and enjoys a direct bus link (15mins) with Apeldoorn central station. It is one of the best places in the Netherlands to learn to skydive/parachute jump. Flying lessons and helicopter/airplane chartering is also available.
phone: +31 555 061 989address: Rijnstraat 68, NL-7332 AX ApeldoornHeritage rail line of 22 kilometers. The trains go from Apeldoorn to Dieren. For the driving days, refer to their website
BudgetApeldoorn also has 3 McDonald's, 3 Subways, 2 New York Pizza takeaways, a KFC, Domino's, Burger King and scores of Dutch "snackbars" (specializing in fries), if fast food is required.
Tevfiks placephone: +31 55-522 55 90address: Tevfiks Place Nieuwstraat 68 7311 BT ApeldoornTurkish Kebab restaurant. Nearly all the neighbours are Kebab restaurants too, and price wars occur regularly, so take your pick!
- Indiaas Restaurant Apeldoorn: India Palace. Van Kinsbergenstraat 7, 7311 BL Apeldoorn, Netherlands +3155 - 785 01 78 Nice Indian Food. Open every day from 17.00 - 23.00. Extra care for vegetarians.
address: Hoofdstraat 1595, 7311 AW Apeldoorn, Netherlands +Great Indian food in a small but cosy location. Closed Mondays.
phone: +31 55 576 729address: Brinklaan 32, 7311 LB Apeldoorn, NetherlandsAll you can eat asian buffet. 3rd prize 2011 best national wok restaurant. 2 hour all inclusive buffet: €26,90 per person. €20,90 without drinks.
address: 1 Raadhuisplein
address: Hotel Gastronomique de Echoput Amersfoortseweg 86 7346 AA Hoog SoerenHigh end, Michelin star, out of town location (only reachable by car or intercity bus). Prices range from €30-€45 for a main course, or up to €72 for a 5 course meal. Specialises in Wild, fresh from the surrounding forest.
Finnegan's Irish Pubphone: +31 55 576 8630address: Hoofdstraat 176, 7311 BD Apeldoorn, NetherlandsLocated in the middle of the nightlife area.
Café Kierewietaddress: Hoofdstraat 192 7311 BE Apeldoorn, NetherlandsGood Dutch pub in the heart of Apeldoorns' nightlife area.
Het Nieuws van Apeldoornphone: +31 55 522 0566address: Leienplein 12, 7311 EE Apeldoorn, NetherlandsLocated at the 'Leienplein', a nice secondary area for nightlife in Apeldoorn.
phone: +31 55-5791255address: 556 Loolaan
phone: +31 55 355 31 18address: Asselsestraat 330hostel - very nice surroundings near some of the cities "must - sees" and yet easy to get to the centre of town
phone: +31 55 541 4455address: Van Golsteinlaan 20, 7339 GT Apeldoorn, NetherlandsLocated just off the A1 motorway. High end accommodation, restaurant and business facilities.
The picturesque old cities of Deventer and Zutphen are just 15 km from Apeldoorn and are easily reachable by road or public transport.