Zeist is an ideal base for a varied day of cycling. This route takes you through the open landscape of the Kromme Rijnstreek and through the beautiful forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.
The landscape in the Kromme Rijnstreek consists of a beautiful mix of grasslands, groves and orchards. Wonderful to cycle through! You will pass some historic sights, such as the beautiful Rhijnauwen Castle. This building dates from the eighteenth century, although the origins of the castle go back to the thirteenth century. On the Beerschoten estate you will see beautiful buildings and an English landscape park with meadows and old avenues.
Just past Beerschoten you drive onto the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. You drive over the former Heidestein estate. Between the old coniferous forests, there are still some of the moors that dominated the Utrechtse Heuvelrug more than a hundred years ago. Further on, the forest becomes more varied and you see old avenues lined with beech and American oak. How wonderfully peaceful it is here!
With its 32 hectares, Fort Rijnauwen is the largest fortress in the New Dutch Waterline. It was built between 1867 and 1869. Today the fort is owned by Staatsbosbeheer. It no longer houses soldiers, but animals such as badgers, martens and a hawk. There is also a wide variety of plants to see, such as orchids. From April 1 to September 30, guided tours are given on fixed days and times.
|81 (2e Dorpsstraat, 3701HS, Zeist, Utrecht, Nederland)||0.00 km|
|97 (Koelaan, 3703CS, Zeist, Utrecht, Nederland)||1.53 km|
|43 (Tolhuislaan, 3981BH, Bunnik, Utrecht, Nederland)||3.14 km|
|44 (Rijnsoever, 3981HJ, Bunnik, Utrecht, Nederland)||4.59 km|
|41 (Plattegrond van Rhijnauwen, 3981HH, Bunnik, Utrecht, Nederland)||6.46 km|
|Fort Rijnauwen (Vossegatsedijk, 3981HS, Bunnik, Utrecht, The Netherlands)||6.82 km|