Not just long trips for many days or in distant regions, a short trip with the B-Turtle is really funny, too. So if there is only an extended weekend, you can visit interesting destinations in the combination of transport, even in neighboring countries.
From Duisburg my wife and I first used the train on the regional track RE19 to Arnhem in the Netherlands. We then explored the northern area of Arnhem with touring bike and the B-Turtle for 3 days.
North of Arnhem lies the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Typical of the De Hoge Veluwe Park is an always changing distribution of forest and heath land. In the north of the park are large areas of sandy grasslands. In the west there is still a juniper remnant stock. With more than 500,000 visitors annually, De Hoge Veluwe is one of the most visited heathlands in Central Europe. Although the nature park offers large numbers of breeding piglets and goat-mongers, due to the large number of visitors, the habitat conditions for the susceptible birds are not very suitable. This landscape also continues northwards outside the actual park.
Vincent van Gogh in the Kröller-Müller-Museum
In the park itself we found the worth seeing Kröller-Müller-Museum, in which the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world is exhibited. The museum owns 87 paintings by Vincent van Gogh alone, making it the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. In addition to important paintings by other artists, the Kröller-Müller Museum is also known for its large sculpture garden.
The museum goes back to the art collection of German-born Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939). Helene Müller, born in Horst near Essen, was the daughter of a steel industrialist who also had business relations with the Netherlands via his trading company. In 1888 she married Anton Kröller (1862-1941), the younger brother of the head of the Rotterdam office of the shipping company Wm. H. Müller & Co. and moved to The Hague. Here she attended lessons on art history at the renowned art historian H.P. Bremmer from 1907. This remained her life's most important adviser in artistic matters and gave the main impetus to the construction of the collection.
It is not the typically flat landscape for the Netherlands, in fact, quite hilly.
But even here very typical for the Netherlands: the perfect bike infrastructure, especially in cities like Appeldoorn, that we visited. It's just a pleasure to ride a bike here.
Cycling in the Arnhem area
Lots of mini camps and farm campsites are ideal for the night. And contact with humans already establishes the existence of the B-Turtle alone. The Dutch like to cycle and camp, so the region is perfect for turtle'n. The Dutch conductor on the train asked, "What's that, not a camping trailer?"
The take-off in the RE was also easy, some time for getting in and out as well as the elevator driving you up and down, you need to have to plan of course. And of course, we had chosen a low-traffic weekend for our tour. And an additional ticket must be booked and stamped (VRR rate).
Please contact the expert for bike tours in this area:
Wolfgang Dewald / Ruhrgebietsradler