In this post we continue to explore the historic Dutch city of Arnhem and check out things to do with kids! At the end of post 1 I left you somewhere on a terrace or inside a bar with a drink, waiting for a surprising dinner. Well, here we go with part 2 of ‘48 hours in Arnhem with kids’!
Best Burger in the Netherlands
So are you ready for that surprising dinner? What about a mean and tasty hamburger? Or to be more specific: what about the best burger in the country?!
That’s exactly what Iveau Burgers & Wine has to offer. Iveau has reached new heights in hamburger design by winning the Best Burger 2016 award in the category finest. For the culinary experts amongst my readers: the meat is prepared specifically for this burger and is a combination of 75% rich Gascon beef and 25% Baambrugs pig. Unique combination of some of the best meat around.
The bread is prepared by a local bakery for use with this burger only. The burger (carrying the name ‘Ere Burger’) is completed with homemade mayonnaise, chili pepper pecorino cheese, vegetables and iberico chorizo ketchup…. This place for sure a hotspot in town!
We had the pleasure of tasting the winning Ere Burger, woohoo! So tasty (and same goes for the appetizer and the lovely dessert)! This award burger normally has to be ordered two days in advance, but don’t worry, the menu is full of other great burgers too. And who knows, maybe Iveau has a surprise for you by having one or two Ere Burgers available…just ask!
Enjoy a Burger 2.0 at Iveau, of course in combination with a good glass of wine. He has a cozy outside area in the back as well. Iveau and his personnel know about hospitality and have a passion for honest food with fresh ingredients. No hurry, but slow food is their motto. No wonder we spent a couple of hours and almost were the last ones to leave the restaurant. Thanks Iveau!
Back to the ho(s)tel
What a first day in Arnhem this has been. I know we dragged you from one place to the other, but I’m sure you have selected the things that suit you and your family the best. But now it’s time to relax and prepare for tomorrow!
Visit Arnhem booked our second night in a different hotel, in order to compare experiences. So here we suddenly found ourselves at the check-in desk of the Stayokay hostel (part of the Hostelling International Group). Stayokay Arnhem is situated just north of the city, in a wooded area called Alteveer. They offer separate rooms with 4 (or more) beds (bunk beds!) specifically for families, which also include a private shower and toilet.
This was our first hostel experience. I know some of my friends love the hostel concept: the informal atmosphere, no unnecessary luxury and a great way to meet other travelers easily. But although personnel were friendly and breakfast was good, we wouldn’t pick a hostel again in the future. Maybe timing was not perfect: Saturday evening during festival season. The hostel was packed with large groups of young people attending the festival. Add your bachelor party and you can imagine the scenes at night and in the morning at breakfast. Another day of the week would make a difference?
If you like staying in hostels, do check the Stayokay website to find more hostels in the Netherlands.
Sunday morning at around 10.00 we checked out and started our program for our last day in Arnhem. Come and join?
Day 3 – 10.00h
Relax at Sonsbeek Park
Sonsbeek park is the most popular park in Arnhem. It’s huge! We loved it, especially on this sunny and quiet Sunday morning. It’s a very expansive place with forest, lawns, a beautiful 18th century mansion (Sonsbeek villa), a tea house with a watermill and facilities for kids to play.
Throughout the year the park hosts events. Check the Sonsbeek website to find out what’s going on.
Until the 18th of September (2016) you can enjoy transACTION, an international modern art exhibition that showcases installations all around the park. I love these kinds of interventions; don’t hide art inside museums only but make it part of public life.
One of the installations we visited is called ‘Bakehouse’, made by Alphons ter Avest. The structure contains a bread oven where bread is being baked every Sunday afternoon. The funny thing is that the Bakehouse uses its frame as fuel for the oven…. Yes, until there is nothing left of the house. The Bakehouse is built from ornamental patterns used in various religions like Christian, jewish, Islamic, hindu and Buddhist.
Filipino artist Louis Cordero brought a two-meter high head to the Sonsbeek park. The head suffers from progeria, a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to age fast. One part of the head is missing its skin, as reference to that terrible condition. Visitors can stick pieces of clay and gumball to the face in order to reconstruct it… The installation creates awareness of the syndrome. Gumballs are provided at the scene.
We were impressed the most by the star-shaped structure made completely out of life jackets worn by refugees: VVestLife. It’s an alternative EU parliament and a special way of putting the current immigration crisis in Europe in the spotlight. The installation questions the inclusion and exclusion of people in general. It also triggers the debate about one European identity and raises questions on how to approach integration.
Enjoy the park and have some coffee at the Villa, the Tea House or the Sonsbeek pavilion before you head out for our last destination in Arnhem: the famous Dutch Open Air museum (“Nederlands Openluchtmuseum”). You don’t want to miss out on that one!
Dutch history at its finest
The Dutch Open Air museum is actually one of the museums that our family likes the most. I always recommend it to visitors from abroad who are interested in Dutch culture and history.
The Open Air Museum brings Dutch history to life: windmills, traditional Dutch farmhouses, old Dutch workers’ houses and even an old dairy factory. Almost every day people in traditional clothing show and explain you how life in Holland was like in days gone by. We visited the museum before, check it out by clicking here.
You can spend a whole day, but make sure to at least have 2-3 hours to explore the museum. Historic trams are running a circle line through the park so you don’t have to walk all the time!
The Dutch are proud of their heritage. There is great stuff to do with your kids. You can climb the stairs of a windmill, learn about traditional craftsmanship, listen to storytellers and much more. People in traditional clothing demonstrate how to make wooden shoes, how to extract oil from seeds, how to produce paper, brew beer, etc. Some of these demonstrations are really fascinating, especially for your kids.
Don’t expect fake buildings. Everything in the park is real, re-built on site which makes the museum so interesting. With its 44-hectare the park is one big travel through the last two hundred years of the Netherlands.
And that marks the end of our 48 hours in Arhem with kids! We hope you have enjoyed the itinerary. Are you inspired to travel to the Eastern part of our country? If you do, please also consider visiting the nearby “green treasure of the Netherlands”: National Park de Hoge Veluwe.
We were invited by the Regional Tourism Agency Arnhem/Nijmegen. We had a wonderful stay and would like to thank the tourism agency for the opportunity. Of course all opinions are ours and ours only.
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