“Our region can be defined as ‘smallscale’ in the most positive sense of the word. Home to glorious landscapes, nature estates and national parks, the only big buildings you’ll find are the many castles that adorn the Achterhoek, not all open for visiting, but with their surroundings still well worth a visit. There are many small entrepreneurs in the area and a plethora of modest bed and breakfasts, holiday homes and hotels. You’ll find the ‘Achterhoeker’, as we call people who live here, to be honest and proud. They all have a shared sense of duty we call ‘naoberschap’ where we all look out for each other,” explains Marcella de Vos from the Achterhoek board of tourism.