The Westerpark is the green pleasant part of Elden that surrounds a "wiel" or "kolk". This little lake came to be when the river Rhine brook through the dike and created a hole behind it because the gushing water coming through the dike.The park itself shows reminders of fruittreegardens (pears, apples) and has peaceful fields to play ballgames....more
Visible everywhere is the white windmill (The Hope) that sticks it's wings over everything else. Especially from the "Rijksweg West" - a road over the top of a dike - the windmill is beautifully visible. When I bike towards the town I pass it and Ilja often starts waving his hands in circles in the knowledge that it turns around with wind. The...more
Okay, many people in Elden hate this enormous project that the city of Arnhem planted in their backgarden, but ... the hypermodern (forst in it's kind! and often called the future of stadions) Gelredome-stadion is a magnificent technological building. This multifunctional stadion has two amazing features. Now-a-days not anymore that special: the...more
Cafe Restaurant Hollywood (pizza and grillroom) serves good dishes, but the most awkward place I found in Arnhem vicinity is the snackbar Fifties on the Brink in Elden. This snackbar is run by Asians (I believe them to be Vietnamese)!!! Okay, now we have an amazing amount of Chinese / Indonesian restaurants in The Netherlands (every village and townneighborhood has one - as well as a snackbar), but this combination was just so great. I can't think of a better integration then this (-:
There are 16 million Dutch people and app. 20 million bikes in this country. Yes, it means that many Dutch have two bikes. We have four and contribute a positive effect on the average amount (Ilja will anyway also get one later). Biking is the way to enjoy The Netherlands and also Arnhem surroundings. Especially in the South (incl. Elden of course) the wide views from the dikes and over the riverlands are making this tours wonderful.
Though Arnhem is not that much into Carnaval, the village of Elden (Catholic roots) parties the full five days long. In the few cafe-restaurants that they have they festival is taken very serious and one has everything that a carnaval in the Southern provinces of NL has as well (except in smaller scale).This tradition is handed over from generation...more
Elden, being a village with wide agricultural lands surrounding it, still holds it's pride of once being independant. The village-council often gets into conflict with Arnhem-town and shows it's historical-cultural differnet face with every opportunity.The harvest-festivities in late summer are very intresting and also show this history in...more
My beloved Arnhem is continuously expanding. Though I have been in favour of many projects, now-a-days the village of Elden is realy getting crushed in between officeblocks (Gelderse Poort), enormous buildings (Ohra and Gelredome). Though the architecture is sometimes very intresting, the skyline of Elden-village is ruined in a irreversable way. Therefor, if anyone wants to visit these wonderful places ... be quick.
There will be very few tourists that come to The Netherlands to see Elden. Though it has it's charm it is comepletely overshaded by the attractions of Arnhem. It however can be nicely combined in a bikingtrip through Arnhem vicinity and I will be happy to guide you around on a bikingtour here. Just mail me and we make an appointment.
Around the Gelredome-stadion is an enormous space (parking-lod and connecting roads). It is on days that there are no activities in the stadion, very intensively used by skaters (on wheels). After excersises on these "safe" grounds you can move onto the open roads, that is: the many bikingpaths that run through this environment are preferred.
Equipment: Skates and safety-pads for elbows, pulses and knees) as well as helmet. If you deside to rent: In The Netherlands four-wheels are called skates, five-wheels are called skeelers!
Biking in the South-parts of Arnhem is quiet different then through the forests in the North. Here you enjoy the flatness of the landscape over which you not so rarely can watch widely, because many times you bike over a dike! Elden's Northern and Eastern sides are surrounded by old (Roman!) dikes and give a wonderful look over townscapes and agricultural land. Settle down for a drink in the village-square.
Fondest memory: Walks in the Westerhof-park with it's "wiel" (lake that came to be by a dikebreach).