Gelderland is the garden spot of Holland. It contains rivers, sand dunes and all manner of geography, and its major cities are Arnhem (the capital), Nijmegen and Apeldoorn.
As you travel through the Gelderland countryside, you might come across vestiges of prehistoric civilizations (dating to the Stone Age and Iron Age) as well as Celtic and Germanic ancestry, Romans and Vikings. Coins, skulls and bone shards, broken pottery and more have been unearthed as proof of the land's forefathers. Several of the towns are fortified or have key strongholds locked by moats, and dikes hold back the sea or other bodies of water.
Arnhem, like many local cities, has a sober charm as it still bears scars from World War II, visible in the cathedral Groote Kerk; there is also Renaissance architecture, zoos and museums. Nijmegen is one of the few Dutch cities nestled among hills, and is home to a university and several museums. Finally, part of Apeldoorn is in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, and it also has some hilly areas.
The Dutch parks and lodges fit seamlessly into the quaint cityscapes and quiet countryside of Gelderland.
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