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Ede is a municipality and a city, located in the province of Gelderland, right in the middle of the Netherlands. It is situated between two larger cities, Arnhem and Utrecht, with direct rail service to these towns. Ede sits in a forest, with part of the city on the central Dutch plains. It is within the boundaries of the national park, Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe.
Ede’s economy is focused on national tourism and education. There are several local colleges in the area, and the large Wageningen University is situated in the nearby city of Wageningen. Ede’s central location makes it appealing for companies to locate their offices or distribution centres in the area. Some of the larger companies in and around Ede are the Ministry of Defence with two Army barracks and Deelen Air Base in the area. There is also a fruit juice and drinks factory - Riedel, now part of Friesland Campina, the Dutch headquarters for Kimberly-Clark and pillow manufacturer Tempur-Pedic. There are many opportunities for shared offices in Ede.
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The Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe or The Hoge Veluwe National Park is approximately 55 square kilometres (21 square miles) in area. This park has sand dunes, woodlands, and heath-lands. This park is one of the largest nature reserves in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, a true Dutch breakfast typically consists of fresh bread served with cheese, sausage, butter and hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles), jam, and often a boiled egg. It is accompanied with a strong cup of coffee. One of the area specialties is a pea soup, thick and flavoured with local sausage. This specialty is called Erwtensoep.
The nearest major airport to Ede is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This airport has international flights from Amsterdam and is 89 km (56 miles) from Ede’s city centre. Another major airport in the area is Weeze Airport, which has international flights from Weeze and is 93 km (57 miles) from Ede. A third choice is Eindhoven Airport offering international flights from Eindhoven, 97 km (60 miles) from Ede. There are two stations in Ede, the Ede-Wageningen railway station and Ede Centrum railway station. Ede-Wageningen is the main station with services to Alkmaar, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Arnhem, Barneveld, Den Helder and Utrecht. Ede Centrum serves Amersfoort and Barneveld.