On the edge of Veluwe Forest lies the quiet and leafy village of Nunspeet. This was one of the first holiday destinations in the country.
Before 1942 Nunspeet was located by the sea. In 1957, the eastern half of Flevoland polder was completed, on Nunspeet’s doorstep, in IJsselmeer.
Between 1890 and 1950, Nunspeet was an artists’ colony. Inspired by impressionism, painters packed their easel, canvas and paint tubes (invented in 1841), left their studios and went outside to paint. They painted sea views, country scenes, ramshackle cottages, traditional farmhouses, natural scenery, Veluwe landscapes etc. Noord-Veluws Museum in Nunspeet has a great collection of these works for you to look at. The painters were successful. Their works were often bought by industrialists in the towns – the new rich. During the industrial revolution, townspeople developed a great longing for nature and the countryside. (www.noord-veluws-museum.nl)
After 1860, large villas were built on the fringe of the village to accommodate the tourists.