The city of Ede is best known as an entry point to Hoge Veluwe National Park. And indeed, although the city itself will not be high on any traveller's list, it is very well-suited as a base to explore the Veluwe and the natural surroundings, which consist of forests and farmlands, dotted with villages. If you were thinking of taking a bike trip - and excellent part of your Dutch travels - this is a fine place to go for it.
The city's main train station is called Ede-Wageningen, and has direct intercity connections to Utrecht (25 min), Amsterdam (1h), Nijmegen and Amersfoort, as well as smaller stations on those lines. The station is located 3 km south of the city center. Trains run roughly every 15 minutes between 05.00 and 01.00h. A smaller station called Ede Centrum is located in the city center and served by regional trains. It offers connections to the out of town intercity station as well as to Amersfoort.
Although less convenient for longer distances, the extensive network of bus lines can be useful to get to the Hoge Veluwe National Park, as well as to smaller, nearby destinations. To get to the park entrance, take bus 108 to Otterlo. There, change to bus 106 to Hoenderloo and get out at either the park's Visitor Centre or at the Kröller-Müller Museum. With some 160 different bus services in the region, it's best to plan any other trips through the national public transport trip planner on 9292OV.
With recreational bicycle and walking tours as one of the main attractions, bicycle lanes and walking paths are abundantly available. Major highways excepted, you'll generally find one along any street.
If you arrive by train, you'll probably end up on intercity station 'Ede-Wageningen', which is located about 3 km (2 mi) south of the centre of town. From there, you can either walk, hop on a local train or catch a bus to the centre. Bus lines are good, not too expensive, and frequent (except at night). Of course, you could also take a taxi.
Hiring a bike is also a good alternative. Ede is generally flat, although the northeast corner of the town is elevated a bit, as it rises towards the heather fields and forests of the Veluwe. Bicycle lanes and paths in and around Ede, just like anywhere on the Veluwe, are excellent.
The town of Ede itself may not be of major interest, but it receives many visitors nonetheless. Many stay in the city as a base to explore the natural beauty of the Veluwe region, or more specifically the Hoge Veluwe National Park. A popular domestic short stay destination, this is one of the most extensive and interesting national parks in the country. At a stone's throw from town, the park's relatively extensive forests begin. Other parts of the park feature heathlands, desert patches with shifting sands, streams and small lakes.
The whole region played an important role in the country's liberation during WWII. As part of Operation Market Garden, Allied soldiers parachuted into the Ginkelse Heide close to Ede before marching on Arnhem. In Ede (like in neighbouring towns), several monuments were established in remembrance of WWII and the soldiers who gave their lives. The main one is the Airborne Monument on the Ginkelse Heide landing area.
- Historisch Museum Ede (Historical Museum Ede). Tu-Sa 13.30-17.00h, Su 13.30-16.00. Although little information is available in English, this small museum offers an insight in local history through archeological finds, historic artifacts, paintings and pictures. Adults/children under 10: €3.50/1.50.
- The main activities are obvious: bicycle tours and hiking routes are the area's main attraction, and the activity of choice for most of its visitors. There's a wide range of routes available from the Tourist Information Office and plenty of road directions on the way.
- Visit the Verbindingsdienst Museum
- Performances are in Dutch, but if you can understand any of it, the Openluchttheater (open air theatre) can be a fun way to spend some time.
As a mid-sized Dutch town, Ede has a good range of standard stores, including several well-known fashion and department stores. The main shopping street consists of the Grotestraat and the following Maandereind. Friday evening, most shops in the centre stay open until 21.00h and most supermarkets are open until 21h on all opening days. On Sundays, everything is closed.
The main market is held on Saturdays (8.00-17.00h), when some 50 stalls set up om the Markt along the Molenstraat. On Monday mornings (8.00-14.00h) about 35 stalls can be found at the same spot.
Although you'll find establishments scattered throughout town, part of the cafe's and restaurants are concentrated in and around three streets: Museumplein (just outside Ede Centrum railway station) The Parkweg, (close to the Ede-Wageningen main station) and the Marktplein on the northern end of the city centre.
Some of the most popular picks include:
- Restaurant Pomphuis, Klinkenbergerweg 41, ☏ . Simple but well-prepared, classic dishes. Portions are fillings, service is good and friendly. A local favourite. €27.50 for a 3 cours meal.
- Rhodos, Telefoonweg 70, ☏ . This Greek restaurant has a range of regulars who come for the steady supply of descent Greek dishes as well as for the very friendly service.
For any serious nightlife you're better off in Nijmegen, but if you're just looking for a good way to spend your evening, Ede does have a rather large number of nice cafés and bars. Your best bet when looking for cold beers and a chat is to head to the Museumplein, where you'll have a bunch of good places to choose from.
- Petticoat, Nieuwe Stationsstraat 12. This place is only open Fridays and Saturdays. On those days, local youngsters gather here for drinks, dance and a range of musical styles. The volume is high and the crowd mixed.
- Café Premier, Nieuwe Stationsstraat 19. 12.00-02.00h. This grand café is open for lunch but also popular in the evenings, as groups of friends sit down for chats and drinks. In summer, the large outdoor terrace is a lively but laid-back spot. Open seven days a week.
- Reehorst, Bennekomseweg 24, ☏ . Close to the intercity train station, in a natural setting. Bike rental is available. The 88 rooms include standard ones and more detailed suites, with prices varying accordingly. Ask for one of the renovated rooms if possible. There's a spacious lobby, good restaurant and the staff is helpful and nice. Breakfast comes at an extra charge for most bookings. From €69.
- Belmont, Goorsteeg 66, ☏ . This modern, nicely decorated hotel at a 5 min. drive from the city offers 50 comfortable rooms. For small and large groups, there's also a dormitory and a camp site with set up tents (bring your own towels and sleeping bag though). Room prices include breakfast, camp prices include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as coffee or tea. The friendly staff offers good service and the restaurant is nice too. Set amidst forest grounds, it has a large hotel grounds on which a range of outdoor activities can be arranged. Note that the hotel is run by the Dutch Salvation Army and no alcohol is served on its property. Internet comes at a charge, bike rental is available. €69/89 for single/double rooms, €29.50 p.p. for the camp site.
- Hotel de Paasberg, Arnhemseweg 20-22, ☏ . Part of the hotel has been renovated and now has good value, modern rooms. It pays to ask for one of those when booking. Even when you're in the somewhat more dated parts of the building however, rooms are spacious and adequate. The staff is good, the city centre just around the corner and the main train station is nearby. There's a pretty good Asian fusion restaurant attached to the hotel. €65.
- Bospark Ede, Zonneoordlaan 47 (Nearby the Veluwe), ☏ . Check-in: 3-5pm, check-out: 10.00am. Bospark Ede is a holiday parc with spacious and well decorated holiday homes. It is located nearby the Veluwe, which makes it ideal for long hikes. €200 for a spacious groupaccommodation.
The obvious next stop for more visitors is of course the Veluwe, but other historic cities and natural areas are just a short drive away.
- Wageningen is a 750 year old town just around the corner, with a cozy, historic town centre and a small but nice museum. It has a long history as the Dutch centre for Agricultural research and development and is the site of the official 1945 surrender of the German forces, which ended WWII.
- Nijmegen lays claim to being the oldest city in the country, and this lively university city has the heritage to back it up.
- Amersfoort has an impressive list of monuments and an excellent stop on your way back west..
- Arnhem, known for its WWII background, and the old Hansaec city of Deventer are both pleasant cities packed with history.
- Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park offers more nature, just a few kilometres west of town.
|Routes through Ede|
|The Hague ← Veenendaal ←||W E||→ Wageningen → Arnhem|