Tips for Apeldoorn mini-bus and coach tourism

Useful tips for Apeldoorn bus groups with ‘what to see’ and ‘what to do’ items and  ‘bus- friendly’ or must see tourist sites in Apeldoorn. Check our list of attractions before planning your bus tour with a stop or departure in Apeldoorn. Let us know if your favourite attraction or ‘bus-stop’ is not there and you think we should add it to our list of Apeldoorn highlights.

What to see and visit during your day trip or tour in Apeldoorn with a rented bus with driver

Apeldoorn is located in the Dutch province of Gelderland and it is the largest city located in the Veluwe. Along with Deventer and Zutphen, these three cities are also known as the City Triangle. Apeldoorn was since 792 just a small village where a few houses were built . However, this changed quickly when the paper industry came up and Apeldoorn quickly made a big growth. Apeldoorn has about 98,000 jobs and is the main city in central and eastern of the Netherlands in the field of employment. Especially well known is the advertising "just call Apeldoorn" which occur the stupidest activities. Furthermore Apeldoorn is known by the popular daytime attractions; the Apenheul , Koningin Julianatoren and the National Museum Palace Het Loo. Along with the popular day attractions and of course the beautiful nature of the Veluwe, a day Apeldoorn is the perfect opportunity .

Oranjepark Apeldoorn

Oranjepark te Apeldoorn credit: Kleinleugenmors CC BY-SA 3.0 NL

Tours through Apeldoorn

As described previously , the three most visited attractions in Apeldoorn are the Apenheul, Queen JulianaTower and the National Museum Palace Het Loo. These are the perfect attractions for a day trip away. The attractions are easily accessible by a bus or a private bus. Not only can you visit these day attractions, but there are many more things to do in Apeldoorn. You can think about the beautiful nature in which Apeldoorn is located.

Het Loo

Het Loo credit: Charlie Dave CC BY 2.0

Walking tour through the city

Of course there are many walking routes in the surroundings of the Veluwe, but also in Apeldoorn itself there is plenty to do. A walk through the city center is the perfect opportunity to discover the city. Apeldoorn offers a wide range of shops and several modern shoppingstreets. There is also a large shopping mall which is called the Oranjerie. Furthermore, in the east of Apeldoorn there is a large Woonboulevard where many people come look for. Of course you can also discover Apeldoorn by bike, therefore, it is nice to know where you can rent a bike. Bike point Apeldoorn is located on the Stationsweg and rents bicycles for a fixed price per day .


After a day out in Apeldoorn, it is always nice to have some drinks in the evening. There are especially many cafés on the Hoofdstraat, the Nieuwstraat and the Marktstraat . These include the Confetti Cafe, the Flierefluiter Cafe, the Blues Café and Café Bizzy"s. Big clubs are mainly found in the area and not directly in Apeldoorn itself. Besides the several cafes there are plenty of restaurants in Apeldoorn, where you can dine in the evening.        

Afscheidsfeest Leo

Afscheidsfeest Leo credit: Dennis van Zuijlekom CC BY-SA 2.0       

Active Tourism in Gelderland

Golf and Business Club The Scherpenbergh is located in the southern part of Apeldoorn. The golf course has an accommodation, equipped with meeting rooms. These rooms are available for groups of 5 to 100 visitors.
Gelderland also offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Gelderland is the largest and greenest province of the Netherlands. A large network of cycling and walking routes are available.

Autumn at Engelenburg Castle, golf club

Autumn at Engelenburg Castle, golf club credit: Roman Boed CC BY 2.0

Transport and travel connections in the province of Gelderland

By plain to or from Gelderland

Teuge International Airport (TEU) Apeldoorn is located in Gelderland but has no commercial flights. Within the Netherlands we recommend to fly to the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), the Eindhoven Airport (EIN) or the Rotterdam International Airport. All these airport have similar transfer times towards this province.

Teuge Airport could be used for national and international air traffic. Especially for business travelers, there is the possibility to book a private flight by Stairflights. Stairflights is an business airline who brings business travelers to any airports in Europe. Business travelers will be transported in a private plane with a maximum of eight people.
Teuge is located between the cities Apeldoorn and Deventer. The airport is easily accessible by public transport (bus) and car. You could oof course also choose to get private chauffeured transportation.


Teuge credit: Gerard van der Schaaf CC BY 2.0


Of course a day watching monkeys is always nice therefore is the Apenheul the perfect day out. The Apenheul is located on the outskirts of the city. The Apenheul is located in the Mountain & Forest nature park of about 200 hectares. The park offers a variety of species of monkeys. The monkeys are originally from Africa, Asia and South America. Most monkeys walk among the visitors as they lead a very free life in the Apenheul. There are hardly any cages, and the big gorillas, bonobos and orangutans live on separate islands where you can study them from a distance. Good to know is that groups of 20 persons each receive € 2,50 discount on the entrance. There are also several packages to book for groups such as workshops, guided tours and various coffee / tea drinks. The Apenheul is closed for visitors during the wintertime.

Apenheul, serene

Apenheul, serene credit: Kevin CC BY 2.0

Queen Juliana Park

Queen Juliana park is a small amusement park located west of the city of Apeldoorn. The park is highly recommended for groups that include children, especially for a family day out. In 1910, the first attraction was built " The Julianatoren " the second attraction came with distorting mirrors. Over the years, the park is further developed and has become increasingly popular. Especially popular with the kids is Jul the Tower Mouse, he is the mascot of the park. Also at the amusement park groups of 20 get a discount of € 5.50. For € 19.95 per person you get a ticket including a KidsBox, burger menu or snack menu.

Koningin Juliana Toren

Koningin Juliana Toren credit: David Stanley CC BY 2.0

National Museum Palace Het Loo

The National Museum Palace Het Loo is a former royal palace and is located on the outskirts of the city of Apeldoorn. The palace ranks among the top 100 of the Dutch UNESCO monuments and the Palace is owned by the state. After the restoration in the 70s the palace was opened as a museum. In the museum you get an impression of how the successive royal family in the Palace lived. There is also a large collection of carriages to see. Palace Het Loo is surrounded by a beautiful garden which includes French influences. On Wednesday, the balcony is accessible and you will have a beautiful view over the garden, here you can see that one half of the garden is a mirror image of the other half.
The Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00. Also at Palace Het Loo, groups of 20 people get a discount of € 2.50. A full tour of the Palace and the Palace Gardens takes about 3 hours.

Palace het loo

Palace het loo credit: bertknot CC BY-SA 2.0


Especially in the summer periods the Boschbad located in Apeldoorn is great. Boschbad is an outdoor swimming pool located in the Mountain & Forest Park. With its 14 hectares, Boschbad is the largest outdoor pool in the Netherlands. There are several slides and play equipment in the park. Also, there are lawns, catering facilities and changing rooms. Besides swimming, you can also play mini golf, canoeing, basketball and table tennis. The pool is open from May 1 to September 15. There is no special discount for groups, but a one day pass is not expensive. An adult pays € 5 for all access to the entire park. The day tickets can be purchased at the pay desk or you can book them in advance online.

JT Cinemas

JT Cinemas provides the film line in Apeldoorn. The cinema chain JT owns 21 cinemas in 19 locations in the Netherlands. The cinema in Apeldoorn has 6 different halls and around 1050 seats. In addition to a diverse range of films, you can also get a snack and a drink. So if you just want to relax after a day out in Apeldoorn then the JT cinema is the perfect option. The standard rate is €9.50 per person and there are no special discounts for groups. However, there are discounts for children and 65-plus. You can visit the website for more information about the films.

Shop in Appeldoorn

Apeldoorn has a various selection of shops and is the perfect place for a shopping trip. There are several shopping malls, including the Oranjerie, the Hart van Zuid, the Kayershof and much more. There are also many attractive shopping streets which are again divided into smaller shopping streets Along with the shops, there are also several restaurants and cafés where you can have a snack or a drink.

Good food and specialties in Apeldoorn


Boerenkool-Stamppot credit: Tavallai CC BY-ND 2.0

There are plenty of diverse restaurants in Apeldoorn where you can dine in the evening. Not only food of the Dutch soil, but different dishes from several foreign cuisines. Apeldoorn has a wide range of restaurants and therefore very different culinary specialties. From Chinese to Italian, from a sumptuous dinner to the most cozy high tea. In Apeldoorn, each restaurant has its own specialties and therefore we describe a few:

The Burgwachter

The restaurant is located on the Burgwachter Molenstraat in Apeldoorn. If you make a reservation in advance, you can go with a large group. You already have a 3 - course menu for € 27.50 and a 4 - course menu for € 32.50. The menu map varies from meat to fish, there is plenty of choice for everyone.

Wok Centre Apeldoorn

Wok Centre Apeldoorn is a Chinese restaurant where you can eat from a buffet. The restaurant is located on the Brink in Apeldoorn. For € 28.50 you can eat unlimited for 2,5 hours and the price includes all drinks (wine , beer, soft drinks ). If you make a reservation before you visit, you can go with a large group. The restaurant"s specialties include sushi and Tippan Yaki Grill.


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