The Veluwemeer Lake, nature and sport

El lago en Holanda

Swimming, boating, surfing and fishing, the "Veluwe" has it all! Water has a great attraction to water lovers, for some so much that they come back every summer. For the Hanseatic towns Harderwijk, Elburg Spakenburg the connection with water has been there since ages. Back when the ‘IJsselmeer’ (lake) still was a sea commerce and shipping where the main livelihood. Harderwijk even had the largest fish market located in the ‘Zuiderzee’ around the year 1500. You can still see reminders of those times back in the streets of the old city. 

Windsurfing & Kite

The recreational area 'Strand Horst', situated between Harderwijk and Ermelo, is considered one of the best surfing locations in the Netherlands. You will find surfers there the whole year around. Even the international top is often found here. But of course, you can also swim or sunbathe at Strand Horst on one of the many beaches. This area offers many opportunities for a relaxed and fun day. At 'Strand Horst' you will find a wide range of facilities, such as kiosks, toilets, a volleyball court, Paintball, a small harbor and a ferry to the other side of the lake. You can take surfing lessons, hire surf equipment and do the latest tests at Telstar Beach Center, exit Horst-Noord. Interested? Please call: +31341-413960.

Sailing and fishing

Are you looking for a unique experience? You can sail with an original sail ship (Botter) from 'Elburg' and 'Spakenburg' from late April to late September. Interested? Please inform at the reception of Bungalow park Het Verscholen Dorp. Harderwijk is the ideal holiday spot for anglers! Let yourself be surprised by the great fishing adventures you can have here! 

Boat Rentals 

You can go to rent a boat at the Marina Strand Horst at the organization "Le Boat". The ships vary in length from 9 to 15 meters, they are fully equipped and you do not have to have a certificate. 

Pitch & Putt Golf, golf for everyone! 

It is an affordable, accessible sport. The game is played on a small 18-hole golf course. Pitch & Putt Golf is suitable for people who have never played golf and experienced golfers. After a short instruction, anyone can play golf. The minimum age is 8 years and equipment is included in the price. Pitch & Putt Golf Horst is situated Strand Horst-Zuid.More info on