The HIlversum green

Laren - Utrecht - The Netherlands

Cycling route 115991

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2111 185
32.51 km
01:54
573 kcal
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Description

This scenic route offers you the best of both worlds; the bustle of the city and the relaxing nature of a beautiful forest area. Fill your lungs with the fresh forest air of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. The rolling landscape not only offers beautiful views between the trees, where people already lived in prehistoric times. Camps, divorces, dead roads, urn fields and burial mounds are no exception in this area. Our cycle route starts at Attent SidB Hilversum and you can park your car for free. Of course you can go to the supermarket for everything you like along the way: from a block of cheese or sausage and a savory biscuit to satisfy your hunger, to a thirst-quenching apple and a bottle of water. When you have made your choice, you cycle to the museum and castle Sypesteyn. The property is said to have been built around 1288, but the oldest found foundations are from around 1500. In 1589, the house was destroyed by skirmishes and shortly after the ruin was restored, fighting between French troops and the stadholder's soldiers destroyed the castle again. Around 1900 the estate was bought by esquire Henri van Sypesteyn. He builds a sober ancestral castle on the foundations of the ruin from material from demolished historic buildings and churches. This castle has been set up as a museum about the family, but the museum also houses collections of art and crafts. The castle garden is also beautiful: the park is more than five hectares and there is a castle garden, but also a maze and an orchard, which are separated by hedges, moats and ornamental fences from old country estates. When you have searched your way across the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and come back to the city, you can conclude your tour at the supermarket. Before you go home to rest, you can buy all the ingredients you need to prepare a delicious meal here. This way you can reminisce about the wonderful day outdoors at your own dining table.
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