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Fun trips in the area

The Utrecht Hill Ridge

Our castle has a central location and is easily accessible by both car and train. It is also close to the nature reserves of the Utrecht Hill Ridge and the Kromme Rijn. In this beautiful area, you will find forests, rivers, pastures, cosy villages and imposing castles and country houses. This makes it the perfect destination for cyclists and hikers. But if you are ready for action, you can also go for 9 or 18 holes on a different golf course every day.

You can also alternate this peace and quiet with a visit to Amersfoort or Utrecht – both at less than 20 minutes away. But Zeist itself is also definitely worth a visit, with its beautiful historical buildings and the always fun Slotlaan.

Thanks to its central location, Castle Kerkebosch is an excellent place of departure for fun and interesting trips.

Golf

Various golf courses can be found in the region. Our staff is happy to help you place a reservation.

Amelisweerd, Utrecht (12 km) 18 holes Greenfees from € 57.50
Anderstein, Leusden (15 km) 18 holes Greenfees from € 80.00
De Lage Vuursche, Den Dolder (12 km) 18 holes Greenfees from € 137.50
De Pan, Bosch en Duin (9 km) 18 holes Greenfees from € 100.00
Kromme Rijn, Bunnik (5km) 18 holes Greenfees from € 60.00
Nieuwegeinse, Houten (15 km) 18 holes Greenfees from € 49.00
Schaerweijde, Zeist (5 km) 9 holes Greenfees from € 30.00
Soestduinen, Soestduinen (13 km) 9 holes Greenfees from € 22.50

Not all courses are open to guest players every day. Our staff is happy to help if you desire more information or wish to place a reservation. The pricelist above is indicative and subject to price changes.

Cycling in the Hill Ridge

The great thing about cycling in the Utrecht Hill Ridge is the incredible diversity. You will cycle through the forests, past the many estates and castles and the sprawling fields, and discover both the magnificence of nature as well as every detail. The Hill Ridge is the most beautiful cycling area in the Netherlands. And the best thing is that you can relax and enjoy a great cycling route by using the cycling network, or you can map out your own route. We are happy to help you get started! 

Many tourists and people on daytrips visit Zeist by bike every year to enjoy the beautiful environment. Naturally, many cycling networks start in Zeist. Click here for an overview of the best cycling routes in Zeist. 

Pyramid of Austerlitz

The wooded area is perfect for a beautiful walk. The highlight is without a doubt the 'Pyramid of Austerlitz', located on the highest point of the Utrecht Hill Ridge and built in 1804 as commemoration of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is also possible to relax and unwind on the very spacious terrace, where you can enjoy cold drinks, ice cream, snacks and various meals. The catering are contains a cafeteria, a restaurant and a pavilion.

The children can enjoy themselves for the rest of the day. The large playground and the amusement park, complete with bumper cars, carousel, a train and more, guarantee hours of entertainment. There is also ample parking space.

Entry to the park is free!

Guided tour Castle Zeist

A guided tour through Castle Zeist is an adventure. Experience the royal atmosphere from days of old and walk through the beautiful period rooms of the castle. Guides from the Foundation The Guild Zeist take you along to the rooms of the castle that you normally do not have access to and tell you all about the history, architecture and inhabitants of the castle. The guided tours take about an hour. There is no need to sign up and you can pay for the tour with the guide.

After the tour, you could make a walk through the beautiful castle garden (free entry) or visit the Cultural Wing with ever-changing exhibitions. We recommend also visiting the statue garden at the back of the castle, which is free to access daily via the ‘white bridge’ next to the teahouse behind the castle.

Click here for more information about the guided tours.

Museum Huis Doorn: a trip filled with culture and nature

Museum Huis Doorn is an international attraction and definitely worth taking a detour for to spend the day. The manor has a central location close to Castle Kerckebosch and is perfect for a day trip or a cultural excursion, where nature and culture go hand in hand. Huis Doorn is also the ideal starting place for a great bicycle ride through the Utrecht Hill Ridge. You will visit the most beautiful spots and ride along stately manors and castles. In short, a ton of nature, culture and heritage near Utrecht.

Huis Doorn can be found close to the cosy village centre of Doorn and at a rock throw’s distance from the brilliant forests of the Utrecht Hill Ridge. You can conclude a long hike through the Kaapse Bossen with a visit to Museum Huis Doorn and the exhibition on the Netherlands during WWI

Museum Huis Doorn can be visited by means of a guided tour. You do not need to sign up for this.

Garden days Vollenhoven Estate

The gardens of the Vollenhoven Estate are known to garden enthusiasts nationally and internationally. The design from the first half of the 19th century is still present and mostly unchanged. The various owners made their mark on the park through the years without harming the existing design, allowing you to walk through gardens from various periods.

The English garden, the latest addition to the park, was laid out in the Twenties of the last century. The garden was laid in floors and the colour-coded borders make it a feast for the eye. The garden is surrounded by centuries-old trees and a walled vegetable garden with the old greenhouses and propagators lies nearby. The English landscape park with the hills, the meandering water and the winding lanes are laced together by a stately beech forest. During the Garden Days, you can also visit the Orangery, the coach house with the old stables, and the ice basement.

Museum quarter – a historic part of Utrecht

If you follow the Oudegracht in the southern direction, you will find yourself in the Museum quarter. The scene is dominated by medieval houses and hidden courtyards and is home to the most famous museums of Utrecht.

Shopping is best in the Twijnstraat, the most delicious street of Utrecht. This is the place to be for culinary specialty shops, biological supermarkets, the very first package-free store in the country, hip wine bars and dozens of restaurants. The lively heart of the quarter is the Ledig Erg, a cosy square surrounded by cafes, the best terrace of Utrecht and film theatre Louis Hartlooper Complex.

Click here for a great walking route through the Museum quarter.

National Military Museum

The spot where, in 1913, the Aviation department of the Royal Netherlands Army was established, is home to the National Military Museum a century later. An impressive building with a spectacular roof of 110 x 250 metres and 13 metre-high glass exterior walls. This gives the visitor a feeling of space and a view on the outdoor collection pieces. Discover the Arsenal and stroll in between tanks and airplanes. In addition to the impressive Arsenal, there are 6 themed rooms that tell the story of the armed forces. Personal stories from special people.

Opening times:

Tue – Sun from 10.00 to 17.00

on Mondays during school holidays

as determined by the national government

Palace Soestdijk

A visit to Palace Soestdijk is a unique experience. The visit itself mostly takes you through the official and also oldest parts of the palace: the representative period rooms. You also see some private quarters of the most recent inhabitants. Morever, you will get to know Palace Soestdijk, where prince Bernhard and princess Juliana have lived for a prolonged period. The original atmosphere has been kept intact as much as possible. The building is authentic and was inhabited intensively for almost seventy years. This makes it a vulnerable part of our cultural heritage.

Guided tours
During the opening hours, hop-on tours are given throughout the palace. Of course, you can also visit the palace on your own and the guides in the period rooms will be happy to inform you.

WWF Panda Lobby

Since 2006, the World Wildlife Fund has had an office at the Driebergseweg in Zeist. The building has been sustainably renovated with the support of many parties.

CO2 neutral building

The office building of the World Wildlife Fun is a renovated building, arisen from the very usable basis of an old laboratory. Its unique design is based on a CO2 neutral strategy. The building only makes use of sustainable materials, such as FSC wood, recycled threads and concrete from demolition sites. Most walls and ceilings are coated with the environmentally-friendly natural product loam. Holes have been made in the eastern facade for birds, such as swifts. The roof houses solar panels and the building is equipped with three-layer glass.

You are cordially invited to witness the building of the WWF with your own eyes. Our visitors centre ‘Panda lobby’ is opened on work days from 09.00 to 17.00. Address: Driebergseweg 10 3708 JB Zeist tel: 0800-1962 (free).