Day out on De Vuursche and Westerheide

De Bilt - Utrecht - The Netherlands

Cycling route 115136

Provided by: Groots Genieten

16046 264
16.20 km
285 kcal
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This cycle route of almost 16 kilometers takes you between Hilversum, Soest and Baarn over the Vuursche and Westerheide. This gently sloping nature reserve was formed in the ice ages. This area has been heavily inhabited throughout history. Many camps, bananas, dead roads, urn fields and burial mounds characterize the area, which was also heavily inhabited throughout history.

Drakensteyn castle and estate are close to the municipality of Baarn. The octagonal-built house, which dates back to 1640, was recognized as a knight's court town. The knight who lived in the house had a church and rectory built in the village of Lage Vuursche, which was founded at that time, as well as a school, a mill and an inn. In 1780 a renovation took place in which the Ionic columns of the house were removed. The castle was owned by the knight's family for over 150 years, but fell into disrepair in the mid-20th century. In 2006 it was announced that the house would be renovated. The house and estate are not accessible to the public, because it is private property.

When you continue cycling, you will see a renovated castle between the woods of Hilversum and Baarn. This is castle De Hooge Vuursche, which was opened in 1912. Weddings, presentations and parties are regularly held here. Previously, the castle was used as a hotel restaurant, but important conferences were held in the years after WWII. Heineken also owned the castle and used a wing of the building as a safe house.

When you cycle between Baarn and Hilversum, you will see a hill of special cultural-historical value: a burial mound. In the Bronze Age, people buried their dead in burial mounds. They then put a garland around it to demarcate it. The hills were raised over human remains, which were stored in a chest or urn. The function of a burial mound is in principle the same as that of a hunebed.


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