I guess it happens to anyone who travels. Every birthday, Christmas or Valentines day you either get a new set of camping plates or quick-drying socks, or a gift voucher for some kind of travel experience. I had five of the latter and for once I decided not to wait for the expiration date to use them. So I invited my sister and off we were for a weekend in the Netherlands!
We decided not to go too far from where we live because it was only for 1 night, and ended up in Lochem, a small village in the province of Gelderland with endless possibilities for walking and bike tours. On our way there we stopped in Nijmegen, about 50 minutes from Lochem, to just stroll around a bit and relax.
I’ll let the images do the rest of the talking, so from here on, all you have to do is turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy! Want to go there too? You’ll find some practical information below the video!
- Accommodation: Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Paasberg, 7241 JR Lochem. Located on the edge of a forest, the rooms here offer basic comfort and could need a bit of updating, but they’re clean and the staff and service are just perfect! We had a free stay thanks to a gift voucher but prices for a double room including breakfast start around € 70.
- Parking in Nijmegen: prices vary according to where you park, and information can be found on this website (only in Dutch, under ‘parkeerterreinen’ and ‘parkeergarages’ you’ll find a list of parking areas, click on each of them to see prices). A cheaper option is to use one of the P+R’s outside the city center. I parked at P+R Waalsprinter, which costs only € 3,50 / day including the shuttle (bus number 300) that stops right outside and has a very regular service.
- Bikes are available for renting in most hotels in the Netherlands. We paid € 10 each for a day for some super decent bikes.
- Ask your hotel for bike tours in the area. We picked loop 1 of the ‘Berkelroute’, which is 28 km (plus a few kilometers between the hotel and the starting point). Don’t miss the ‘Staringkoepel’ in Almen, which is only a small detour from the Berkelroute. The building itself isn’t spectacular but the surroundings are super pretty!
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