Welcome to Wageningen!
Situated in the province of Gelderland on the most northern spur of the Rhine estuary, the town of Wageningen is rich in history. Settled as early as the 9thcentury and a trading port in the 12th, Wageningen served as a stronghold against the Bishopric of Utrecht and the Duchy of Burgundy. Most famously, Wageningen was the site of the end of World War II in The Netherlands, when the German forces surrendered to the Allies in the Hotel de Wereld.
Activities in Wageningen that Pathways attendees can enjoy include bicycle riding along the Rhine, wandering through the Arboretum Belmonte or Arboretum de Dreijen, bird watching in De Blauwe Kamer, or exploring the Beeldengalerij Het Depot museum. Easily reachable by train from Amsterdam, Utrecht and the provincial capital of Arnhem, Wageningen offers a serene and historic setting for Pathways’ return to Europe.
Recommended Field Trip: de Hoge Veluwe National Park
Opening hours: 9.00 – 19.00
The park is located just a short drive or bus ride from Wageningen and is the perfect nature retreat for Pathways attendees. At the park, you can view incredible wildlife, take advantage of free bicycle rentals, and explore the museum on site. At the entrance, you can buy a detailed map of the park for €2,00.
Getting to the Park by Bus:
Depending on where you are staying in Wageningen, you will take a local bus to the Ede-Wageningen Station. For most areas in Wageningen, this will be the C3 bus and takes 15-20 minutes. From the station, you will take the 108 bus toward Apeldoorn. From the Ede-Wageningen Station, you will ride for 9 stops (18 minutes), exiting at the “Otterlo, Rotonde” Bus Stop. From this bus stop, you can either take the 106 bus, which will take you into the center of the park within a few minutes or you can walk to the Otterloo entrance (19 minutes), where you can take a bike into the park.
Getting to the Park by Car:
If you are traveling by car, follow “Park de Hoge Veluwe” signs from the A1, A12, and A50 motorways. From Wageningen, you will travel via the A12 motorway and enter the park using the Schaarsbergen entrance. The drive from Wageningen takes 20-30 minutes.
Once at the park, you can either park your car or enter with your car for an additional fee. If you choose to park near the Hoenderloo, Otterlo, or Schaarsbergen entrances, you will pay the parking fee at the entrance desk.
Local Attractions Within Wageningen