A village like so many on the "Veluwe"
Otterlo, a village like there are several in between the "Veluwe" hills, forests and heatherfields. Historically the people here struggled to survive on these poor grounds. Growing crops was practically impossible as the soil here consists of sand with a small toplayer of humus. Forestry was done, hunting and keeping flocks of sheep. The village was provided always with a church. For starters often a Roman Catholic one, but as the Reformation here was strong, these later were turned to this religious movement. The church in Otterlo has quite the age. Dating back to the 14th century, but throughout time remodeled in some ways. The tower however stayed merely the same since it's erection. It maybe therefore is simply called "the Old church". Long, long time ago ... Jiska Stroes (am not sure about her last name, believe it was Stroes).
Relgion on the harder grounds
Is it coincidental that people that live in places where live doesn't come so easy, also have a stronger bound with God. While in the towns churhces are becoming more and more empty, in villages like Otterlo, people still attend to Sunday messes faithfully. The society knows one another, which sometimes even strengthens this bound with the church (although it often is like a "curse" when one behaves differently then the majority of a community. All things have their disadvantages and positive sides. A way I like to look at this fact myself as well.
Often left beside on the way to the museum
Otterlo and it's wonderful natural phenomena's is often left beside by the daytourist from the West that go to the Kröller-Muller museum and sometimes the nature inside the national park "De Hoge Veluwe". When one has some more time, try to come and stay a little bit longer here to have a better look. Otterlo campings are mostly visited by Dutch people, added by some Germans. Also other nationalities are very much welcomed here and can enjoy the pleasures of Otterlo foresty surroundings.
National Park and Kröller-Müller art museum
Otterlo is a small village in the province of Gelderland, near the National Park of Hoge Veluwe (Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe) - probably the most significant sight in the village. Previously, this park belonged to the family of an art collector Helene Kröller-Müller who turned their 6,000- hectare estate into a National Park before her death in 1939. It is now the largest park in The Netherlands, with wildlife and visitors freely traversing its moors, vast forests, expanses of grassland, and sand drifts.
Another significant sight in the village (or actually within the national park) is the Kröller-Müller Art Museum, named after Helene Kröller-Müller. The museum houses the second largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh (93 paintings and 183 drawings) in the world (after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam).
In addition to van Gogh, other highlights include works by Seurat, Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, Gris, Courbet, Corot, Millet, Mondrian, van der Leck and Redon. The museum is also famous for its large sculpture garden, which includes works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Joep van Lieshout. The visit will give you everything you came for, but you’ll be surprised at everything else.
Helene Kröller-Müller was one of the first to recognize Van Gogh's genius and collect his works. She married Dutchman Anton Kröller, who soon turned her industrialist father’s business into a multinational giant in the early 20th century. This enabled Kröller-Muller to give time to collecting art, often purchasing works directly from the artist’s studio. In 1935, she donated her whole collection to the state of the Netherlands, which built a museum to house it. In 1938 the museum, designed by Henry van de Velde opened. A sculpture garden of 21 hectares was added in 1961, a new exhibition wing, designed by Wim Quist, opened in 1977, and a sculpture wood and park in 1988.
Otterlo, a paradise for nature lovers
"A tiny village in the midst if Southern "Veluwe""
Otterlo is roughly 25 kiolmetres North of Arnhem and a real natural gemstone on the "Veluwe". It's foresty surroundings hide two wonderful "zandverstuivingen", literally "sand blown by the wind". These area's - where sand and wind rule the landscape - have consisted on the "Veluwe" for millenia. Wondering from decade to decade over several hundred's of metres, swallowing everything in their paths - trees included.
"Otterlo itself is a campers paradise"
Surrounding Otterlo are around 12 campings, which makes a a hotspot for campers. The campgruonds are variating from small and simple to large and surrounded by all comfort and ease.
Otterlo is part of the manucipality "Ede" that has the largest landmass in The Netherlands of which a lot is forestground. Otterlo itself has no more then a few hundred inhabitants, yet in summertown their numbers swell up to a few thousand.
"Entrance to the national park "Hoge Veluwe""
Otterlo possesses one of the three entrances of the national park "De Hoge Veluwe", which is definately one of the highlights within The Netherlands (the other entrances are at Hoenderlo and Arnhem). With it's nature, the Kröller-Muller museum and several other intresting sites, a true attraction for many international visitors.