Feel free on the Heuvelrug

  • The Netherlands
  • Utrecht
  • Rhenen
  • 91.05 km (Approximately 05:21 u)
  • Cycling route 555519
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Feel free on the Heuvelrug

  • The Netherlands
  • Utrecht
  • Rhenen
  • 91.05 km (Approximately 05:21 u)
  • Cycling route 555519
This cycling tour is all about freedom, but also about the war history of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug . When you stop and think about a war memorial, you often realize how special our freedom is. Let yourself be taken along traces from the wartime and feel as free as a bird in the lush forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.

The military plot in Rhenen
Then we get on our e-bikes to get acquainted with the historic center of Rhenen, where we cycle through, among other things, under a beautiful gate, which is characteristic of the style of the Delft school in the city center. Afterwards, we literally stop at the military plot in Rhenen, where victims of the memorable battle of the Grebbeberg are buried. Two employees of the De Greb Foundation tell us more about what happened here on May 10, 1940.

Cycling through the woods
We then cycle through the polders to Fort aan de Buursteeg, one of the main defenses of the Grebbe Line, and past Renswoude Castle. Then it is time for a short break with a snack and a drink at Restaurant De Dennen. Then the time has come to explore the beautiful forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. After about 50 kilometers of cycling we stop at De Kaap Lookout Tower. Climb this tower to enjoy a beautiful view. A little further on we make time for a nice lunch at Châlet Helenaheuvel.

Castle splendor on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug
On the last part of the route we cycle past numerous castles and estates. At Museum Huis Doorn we stop for a bit of history and continue cycling past the Broekhuizen Estate and Amerongen Castle. We end our day at Moeke Rhenen, near the starting point of the route in Rhenen. There you will hear, while enjoying a snack and a drink, why the name Cunera is inextricably linked with Rhenen. You also have a beautiful view of the Lower Rhine and the Betuwe from here.

Are you curious what this E-bike Experience Event looks like? Then watch the film we made on Friday 19 May on the Heuvelrug.

Directions

# Description Distance
52
52 (3911AD, Rhenen, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Pannekoekhuis De Grebbeberg (Grebbeweg, 3911 AV, Rhenen, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 1.10 km
Gedenkzuil met luidklok (Gedenkplaats Ereveld Grebbelinie, 3911 AZ, Rhenen, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 2.02 km
32
32 (3911VH, Rhenen, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 2.66 km
31
31 (3911VV, Rhenen, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 4.27 km
11
11 (Bisschop Davidsgrift, 3911VV, Rhenen, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 6.21 km

Pause places

Pannekoekhuis De Grebbeberg

Grebbeweg 101
3911 AV Rhenen
http://www.degrebbeberg.nl

Pannekoekhuis De Grebbeberg is located in the middle of the famous Grebbeberg in Rhenen. An environment where you can experience a lot, for example with a beautiful walk in the woods opposite the pancake house. You can also visit Ouwehands Zoo, where two Chinese pandas have recently started living. You can also climb the Grebbeberg by bike, a nice challenge. After a day outside it is wonderful to refuel at Pannekoekhuis De Grebbeberg. You can come here for a coffee with something delicious or a delicious pancake. The menu includes the old trusted classics, but also some tasty specialities.

Restaurant Grebbelounge

Buursteeg 2
3927 EJ Renswoude
http://www.grebbeliniebezoekerscentrum.nl/restaurant-grebbelounge

Restaurant Grebbelounge is located on the Fort on the Buursteeg near the Grebbelinie Visitor Center. Here you can have lunch & lounge, dine or drink a coffee with a delicacy on the heated and covered terrace in the middle of nature. A beautiful place overlooking the fortress! Restaurant Grebbelounge is located on the border of Ede, Veenendaal and Renswoude on numerous cycling and walking paths. An ideal starting point to discover the Grebbe Line and nature.

Pannenkoekenhuis De Bijenmarkt

Nieuweweg-noord 267 A
3905 LW Veenendaal
http://www.pannenkoekenhuizen.com

Pancake house De Bijenmarkt is located on the edge of Veenendaal. An area that is ideal for exploring by bike, because with the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park and the Gelderse Vallei a short distance away, you could spend days riding here. In the pancake house you can enjoy a delicious traditional pancake, a delicious lunch and a refreshing drink inside or on the terrace. So get on your bike, explore the Gelderse Vallei and enjoy some tasty treats at De Bijenmarkt.

Cafe Restaurant Hotel Buitenlust

Burgemeester Jonkheer H. van den Boschstraat 13
3958 CA Utrechtse Heuvelrug
http://www.buitenlust-amerongen.nl

Our friendly cafe is a good place to relax, especially after a nice walk or bike ride. You can enjoy a drink and a snack. In addition to the menu, we serve varying daily specials. We can certainly recommend our homemade apple pie. You can enjoy our terrace on a balmy summer evening or on a sunny winter day with the patio heating. While enjoying a drink and a snack, you can watch the world go by here. Our terrace is located on the south and can accommodate more than 100 people.

Cafe Restaurant Hotel Buitenlust

Burgemeester Jonkheer H. van den Boschstraat 13
3958 CA Utrechtse Heuvelrug
http://www.buitenlust-amerongen.nl

Our friendly cafe is a good place to relax, especially after a nice walk or bike ride. You can enjoy a drink and a snack. In addition to the menu, we serve varying daily specials. We can certainly recommend our homemade apple pie. You can enjoy our terrace on a balmy summer evening or on a sunny winter day with the patio heating. While enjoying a drink and a snack, you can watch the world go by here. Our terrace is located on the south and can accommodate more than 100 people.

Sights

Gedenkzuil met luidklok

Gedenkplaats Ereveld Grebbelinie
3911 AZ Rhenen

Fort aan de Buursteeg

Buursteeg
Renswoude

The Fort aan de Buursteeg is one of the largest and most important defenses of the Grebbelinie. The fort was built in 1786 on the spot where the Buursteeg and the Slaperdijk intersected. Due to the size of the fort, several hundred soldiers were able to camp within the ramparts. The fort provided space for soldiers in the war of 1794 and 1795 against the French. Furthermore, the fort was on the front line during the May days of 1940 and was a German base when the Allies approached from Ede. So this fort has a long history. A visitor center will open in the northern part of the fort in 2017. Construction is now in full swing. The fort is easily accessible due to its central location close to the road and a train station and the fort is also a junction in numerous cycling and walking routes.

Gran Canal Kasteel Renswoude

3
3927 BA Renswoude

Grand Canal at castle Renswoude is a water area and was part of the castle garden of the border castle Renswoude.

Uitkijktoren De Kaap

De Kaap
3941MJ Utrechtse Heuvelrug

Lookout tower De Kaap is located on the Doornse Kaap in the middle of the Kaapse Bossen on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Climb this tower and enjoy a beautiful view of the Amerongse Berg in the east, the Dom Tower of Utrecht in the west and the vast green areas of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug at a height of 25 meters. If the weather is nice, you can even see the Rhine in the south from this lookout tower. The Doornse Kaap is a hill of about 53 meters. The watchtower is on the highest part of the hill.

Museum Huis Doorn


3941 MT Utrechtse Heuvelrug
http://www.huisdoorn.nl

The history of the Netherlands during the First World War comes to life in Huis Doorn. In the museum you will learn about the life and possessions of the German ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II, who lived here from 1920 to 1941. After the loss of the First World War, he was granted political asylum in the neutral Netherlands in 1919. The interior of Huis Doorn comes from the imperial palaces in Berlin and Potsdam. Beautiful furniture, paintings, carpets and silver made it possible for the royal asylum seeker to continue to live according to his status. They formed a decor of European allure. A court protocol in pocket format took place daily in the small village of Doorn. The original furnishings are largely intact and offer an authentic image of international royal living. Huis Doorn is also the official place of remembrance of the First World War in the Netherlands. The exhibition 'Between two fires' is on view in the former garage of Wilhelm II.

Parc Broekhuizen

2
3956 NS Utrechtse Heuvelrug

There was already a castle on the Broekhuizen estate in the Middle Ages. This castle was transformed into a private house in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. First the old castle was replaced by a white country house and later that country house was expanded. This created a three-storey building with a striking center section. The manor then burned down completely in 1906, but has since been restored to its former glory. Until 1965 the house was in the hands of different owners. After that, Broekhuizen came into the hands of the government, which established the National Institute for Nature Management there. They then sold the country house to Staatsbosbeheer and the house is now in the hands of a new owner. The mansion has been completely renovated inside in the meantime.

Kasteel Amerongen

Kasteel Amerongen 20
3958 BK Utrechtse Heuvelrug
http://www.kasteelamerongen.nl

On the edge of the village amidst the greenery, the majestic Amerongen Castle still exudes the atmosphere of yesteryear. Amerongen Castle is the most beautiful Dutch castle from the Golden Age thanks to the original condition of the Huys, the gardens and the collection. This cultural-historical monument has a rich family history of 700 years. Its inhabitants played an important role in national and European history. Godard Adriaan van Reede (1621-1691) was a key figure in the revolt against French rule. In retaliation, Amerongen Castle was set on fire by the French in 1673 and later rebuilt by his wife Margaretha. The German Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) lived at Amerongen Castle for a year and a half and signed the act of abdication here in 1918. Top pieces are family and officer portraits, a B? Tz cabinet organ, a Louis XIV four-poster bed, gobelins and two marquetry sets by cabinetmaker Jan van Mekeren. The castle is surrounded by historic gardens and is located at the foot of the picturesque village of Amerongen. Visit the castle and walk through the beautiful castle garden where you can have a fantastic picnic in the summer.

Provided by:

Regionaal Bureau voor Toerisme Heuvelrug & Vallei