In the region

Whether you like a nice walk in nature, prefer to seek out the bustle of the city or go out with the children, there is a lot to discover in our region.

Groot Heidestein

500 meter

Hidden in the woods near Zeist are Heidestein and the Bornia estate. The marked hiking trail takes you through the varied forest with characteristic pines and remains of the historic estates. Most impressive are the vast moors. The entire Utrechtse Heuvelrug looked like this over a hundred years ago. A herd of Drenth Heath sheep grazes the heath around this area. An information center of Utrechts Landschap is located in an old sheepfold.

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Kaapse Bossen

35 minuten

Discover the beautiful Cape woods in the middle of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park. A hilly forest area full of natural beauty and cultural history. Discover it for yourself and make the round of Helena Hill.

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Railway Museum

The Railway Museum is a fascinating place where you can discover how the train changed the world. With a lifelike station, a theatre, exciting attractions and with seasonal exhibitions and events, you are always on the right track!

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Climbing forest Zeist

Go on an outdoor adventure in the climbing forest! A challenging course for young and old, where you can be active outside in the green surroundings. The climbing adventure starts in the renovated restaurant and takes you via an adventurous route to the Tower of Tije', the starting point of the climbing forest. This climbing forest has 2 climbing routes with 4 zip lines, wooden paths, rope bridges, balancing ropes, and much more. To make the adventure complete, there are various facilities on the ground.

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National Military Museum

Visitors to the National Military Museum are immediately taken aback by the sight of the imposing building. And you're not even inside yet! Tanks, airplanes and, for example, a rocket launcher are found in the large hall with thirteen meters high, glass walls. Admire these sturdy tools of the Dutch army and air force and wander through the entire Arsenal.

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The Pyramid of Austerlitz

A visit to 'the Pyramid' is a feast for the whole family. The wooded area is ideal for a beautiful walk. You can also relax on the spacious terrace where you can enjoy cool drinks, ice cream, pancakes, snacks, and various meals. The catering area contains a snack bar, a restaurant, and a pavilion.

The Pyramid itself is perhaps one of the best-known sights in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug region. Did you know that you only have to climb 81 steps to enjoy the beautiful view of the entire area?

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Shelter De Ezelsociëteit

In the Netherlands, Shelter De Ezelsociëteit in Zeist provides shelter for donkeys in need: sick, neglected, abused and old donkeys are given shelter in Zeist or at foster addresses elsewhere in the Netherlands.

You can visit the donkeys in Zeist everyday between 11:00 AM and 04:00 PM.

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Ouwehands Zoo Rhenen

Meet the giant pandas Xing Ya, Wu Wen and Fan Xing in Ouwehands Zoo! Enter the mystical world of Pandasia and experience the Chinese atmosphere in one of the most beautiful panda habitats in the world. Stand nose to nose with the playful polar bears, walk under the swinging orangutans and spy on the bears in Expedition Bear Forest. Go on an adventure in Gorilla Adventure or become a beast yourself in the large indoor play jungle RavotAapia.

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Children's farm De Brink

You will not only find the animals that traditionally inhabited the Dutch farms here, but there is also equipment specially installed for the children to play with, and picnic tables where you can enjoy the activity at the petting zoo. There is a shop on the property where many refreshments such as coffee, tea, ice cream and candies are sold. You can also buy bags of food for the animals here.

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Amersfoort Zoo

Experience the zoo for kids. Visit your favorite animals, romp around in one of the many playgrounds in the park and don't forget to have lunch in the cozy restaurant.

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The Utrechtse Heuvelrug – with its narrow forest paths, vicious descents, and challenging hills – is ideally suited for avid cyclists such as mountain bikers. Beginner or advanced, there is a suitable challenge in the National Park for every mountain biker.

The Utrechtse Heuvelrug has 9 mountain bike routes, in total good for about 95 kilometers of cycling adrenaline: Amerongen, Austerlitz, Hoge Ginkel, Hoge Vuursche, Kwintelooijen, Lage Vuursche, Leersum, Rhenen and Zeist. Mountain bikers are welcome on these routes, as long as they have a vignette and respect other visitors of this location. All routes can be found on the MTB Utrechtse Heuvelrug website.

Don't forget the obligatory mountain bike vignette.

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The Henschotermeer

The Henschotermeer, a unique recreation area in the middle of the forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. A place to get away from it all. The Henschotermeer is open daily from 08.30 AM to sunset.

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Golf course "De Pan"

'De Pan' is one of the best ranked golf courses in the world. Designed in 1927 by renowned course architect Harry S. Colt, it is an inspiring challenge for experienced golfers time and time again. The holes are very diverse and are challenging with surprising course contours and height differences.

The nature-rich heathland includes a beautiful flora and fauna, with heather as a purple guideline, which is responsibly maintained with sustainable management.

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