You can find Heerde in the center of The Netherlands, in the Veluwe region. The Veluwe region is wellknown for its National Park called the Hoge Veluwe. Surrounding this park are many forests, heather fields and areas with wild streams and rivers.
Visit Heerde recommends visiting the following spots and areas:
De Renderklippen is a beautiful natural park, mainly covered with heath and pines. It is a hilly area where our herd of sheep makes sure the heath keeps growing by eating grass and small bushes. In August the heath turns into a beautiful colourful purple wave.
The forests around the heath area keep many wildlife such as deer, boars and foxes. And don't forget the many birds you can watch! Also, there are small lakes, springs and streams. There are many bike lanes and walking paths with coloured signs where you can do tours on your own to discover places like this little lake, called Pluizenmeer.
In Wapenveld and Veessen you can find typical Dutch wind mills which you can visit and see how the miller works! There more cultural sights in Heerde, in the village Vorchten you find well preserved farms and a very old church. Near to Heerde you may find the pretty Hanseatic cities Hattem, Zwolle and Deventer.
The river IJssel is described as the most beautiful river of the Netherlands. The IJssel is 127 km. The unique nature among the river in the valley and the delta of the IJssel, the rich cultural history with Hansa towns, the typical homesteads (IJsselhoeven) and the cold war defense line (IJssellinie) make the IJssel a river worth the visit.
In the towns Veessen and Vorchten you can walk and cycle among the IJssel.
Visit our Tourist Info in Veessen which is at the dike at the IJssel: Koek en ei. There you can go accross the IJssel with a small pedestrian- and bike ferry (Kozakkenveer).
Yes, Heerde also offers a beach, which is called Heerderstrand. It is a lovely calm place where you can walk and cycle around the lake and take a swim!
Enjoy a great small group day trip to 2 UNESCO sites - Rila Monastery and Boyana Church.
Walk around the medieval Old Town and travel in time with the stories and legends from the past. See the most important monuments of the Gothic quarter. At the end of your trip, relax with a glass of Sangria in the Boqueria Market.