Ede is a beautiful city surrounded by meadows, farmlands and forest. It has a population of more than 100.000 people.
Because of its central location, Ede is easily reached by car, using the A12 (from Utrecht and Arnhem) and the newly finished A30 (from Amersfoort and Apeldoorn). The A12 may be quite congested during rush hours.
The intercity station Ede-Wageningen is located 3km south of the city center on the major line between Amsterdam and Arnhem. It's only about 25 minutes from Utrecht and about an hour from Amsterdam. Trains run roughly every 15 minutes between 5AM and 1AM
The smaller station Ede Centrum is located in the city center and very close to the bars and shopping streets. A local train service (look for the blue ones) will take you there in 5 minutes from Ede-Wageningen. It has also a connection to Amersfoort
As a short-distance alternative there are some bus lines linking Ede to other cities around it.
If you arrive by train, you'll probably end up on intercity station 'Ede-Wageningen', which is located about 3 km (2 mi) south of the center of town. Bus lines are good, not too expensive, and frequent (except at night). Of course, you could also take a taxi.
Hiring a bike is also a good alternative. Ede is generally flat, although the northeast corner of the town is elevated a bit, as it rises towards the heather fields and forests of the Veluwe. Bicycle lanes and paths in and around Ede, just like anywhere on the Veluwe, are excellent.
Most visitors come to Ede because of the forests and heathlands of the Veluwe. This is for a reason; it's only a 5 minute walk from the center of town to the forests.
6 km south of Ede is a small city Wageningen, which has an important place in the history of the Netherlands: in 1945 the official surrender of Germany was signed here, which ended WWII. The charming little town still celebrates Bevrijdingsdag (Freedom day) on 5 may each year, with a military veterans parade, markets and concerts.
There are 3 concentrations of cafe's and restaurants in Ede.