We are going to be in Amsterdam and want very much to visit the Kroeller-Muller Museum near Arnhem. A friend of a friend told the friend that it is difficult to get to the museum using public transportation. Yes? No? We welcome your suggestions.
I've done this following Rick's advice in the Amsterdam book and it works fine. You take the train to a place called Ede-Wageningen and then a bus to a small town near the park (Otterlo), where you catch another bus to the museum. Public transportation works very efficiently in the Netherlands, and the bus was waiting for me at the train station, and the second bus came right away at the transfer in Otterlo. They are used to tourists and yes, even the bus drivers speak English. The museum is worth the journey, because it is much less crowded than the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. If you want to stay overnight, there are several nice hotels and B&Bs in Otterlo.
Thank you so much. I appreciate the time you took to answer my question and to give my valuable info. It certainly sounds doable.
It is possible to visit the Museum with public transportation.
Use the transit planner 9292.nl, which combines info on trams, subways, trains, buses and ferries.
The fastest connections take 1h35min between Amsterdam Centraal and the museum, between 2 trains and 2 buses.
This being said, a car allows you to explore the interesting Veluwe area, where the museum is located.
Thank you for the info on the transportation planner. Is driving a challenge in the area? My husband has driven in England and in Turkey.
It is very easy to drive in the Dutch countryside. Just stick to the speed limits and pay attention to cyclists on minor/back country roads where they share the space with cars.
Most of the route from Amsterdam is on modern highways, then you exit and take the countryside routes to the Veluwe National Park entrance, where the museum is located.
There is also other interesting things to see around the park and the vicinity, and some tiny villages East of it.
Thank you again for answering a question for me. Renting and driving to the museum certainly sounds like a doable alternative. And we will get to enjoy some more of the countryside.
From Amsterdam, we traveled easily by train and short bus ride to Otterlo. We stayed at the very pleasant Hotel Sterrenberg. Actually, the bus driver I'm sure did a special turn around to drop is at the hotel door :-) From the hotel it is a few minutes walk to the park, the free bicycles, and the wonderful museum. The next day we took another easy bus ride to the Openluchtmuseum and returned for another night at the hotel. It was all quite easy, the bus was close by and so simple. A very nice combination of varying and fascinating sights in a small radius of little Otterlo. I wondered whether we could manage without a car for those two days and frankly was surprised at how well it all worked out. We really enjoyed it. There may be WWII sights of interest as well, and a car could be good, but I'm vague about that. Safe travels.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. Your answer validates our desire to visit the museum and encourages us to make the effort to get there. Your answer helps us in making those plans.,
Denny may be referring to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein -- http://en.airbornemuseum.nl/. We had a car, stayed in Arnhem, and drove to it. Everything seemed quite close to us. A bus might run to it. It is well worth seeing if you have an interest in WWII history and the time.
The Kroller-Múller museum is totally worth it.
I consider it the best art museum in the Netherlands. The sculpture park is a very interesting addition, and it has world-famous pieces there.
The museum is also not crowded at all, making visits pleasant.
Thank you for your reply. We definitely will make the effort to visit the museum, either by public transportation or by renting a car if we must.