Along Country estates and estates around Zeist

  • The Netherlands
  • Utrecht
  • De Bilt
  • 33.27 km (Approximately 01:57 u)
  • Cycling route 781285

Along Country estates and estates around Zeist

  • The Netherlands
  • Utrecht
  • De Bilt
  • 33.27 km (Approximately 01:57 u)
  • Cycling route 781285
Set out around Zeist and discover this beautiful area full of history. On this route you cycle through part of the Lustwarande, an area that developed around 1850 into a holiday area for wealthy merchants and bankers from Amsterdam and Utrecht. You will find all kinds of beautiful country estates from this time.

Historic Country Estates
The starting point of this route is at De Bilt. From here you set course for Bunnik and on to Odijk. You will pass the Houdringe estate, the Oostbroek estate, the Nienhof estate and the Bornia estate in succession. These lavish showpieces of power and splendor are located in the most beautiful places in the landscape. Admire the beautiful country houses and their gardens to imagine yourself in times gone by. After a little more than 9 kilometers of cycling you can settle down at Postillion Hotel Utrecht Bunnik for a snack and a drink. Then you can set off again full of new energy.

Zeist Castle
A little further on in Zeist you will find the famous Slot Zeist. Fun activities are regularly organized here, but the castle itself is also worth a visit. From Zeist you cycle past the Vollenhoven estate and the Beerschoten estate back to the starting point of the route.

Historic Zeist
Take some time off the route to get acquainted with the historic center of Zeist. Get off your bike, stroll through the streets and discover the grandeur of this castle city on the edge of the greenery of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug .


# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats | De Holle Bilt (Restaurant De Biltsche Hoek, 3732HM, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Buitenplaats Houdringe (3732 HM, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 1.05 km
88 (3732HJ, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 1.84 km
Landgoed Oostbroek (Utrechts Landschap, 3732 HV, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 4.36 km
87 (3704JE, Zeist, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 5.58 km
44 (Rijnsoever, 3981HJ, Bunnik, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 6.58 km

Pause places

Postillion Hotel Utrecht Bunnik

Kosterijland 8
3981 AJ Bunnik

Forest, heath and estates within cycling distance. Postillion Hotel Bunnik is the ideal location for those who love the city and nature. You are just as fast in the city center of Utrecht as on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. The Utrechtse Heuvelrug is beautiful in every season. At Postillion Hotel Utrecht Bunnik you can easily cycle there. Through the woods, along the moors and along the shifting sand. You will also find beautiful estates that are open to the public. Landgoed de Paltz for example, or about Parc Broekhuizen. De Hooge Vuursche Castle is also well worth a visit, as is Slot Zeist. And did you know that you don't have to go to Egypt for a pyramid? You can cycle there within 45 minutes from Postillion hotel Bunnik. Are you looking for an ideal place for a summer picnic? Then cycle to Amelisweerd: a wonderfully quiet place on the outskirts of Utrecht.

Recreatiepark Dijnselburg

Badmeester Schenkpad 1
3705 GK Zeist

Recreation center Dijnselburg is a spacious park, in the middle of the most beautiful spots in the province of Utrecht. The recreation park has a beautiful location on the edge of Zeist, opposite the municipal swimming pool and near the woods. Near Amersfoort and only 10 kilometers from Utrecht. So you can easily go into town by bike from here! Recreation center de Dijnselburg is easy to reach by public transport, the bus station is within walking distance of the park.

HFSLG (Hoefslag)

Vossenlaan 28
3735 KN Zeist

Van der Valk Hotel De Bilt - Utrecht

De Holle Bilt 1
3732 HM De Bilt

At Van der Valk Hotel De Bilt - Utrecht you have come to the right place if you are looking for an attractive place to stay. Go for a walk or cycle in the nearby De Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park or spend a day in the lively center of Utrecht. In the restaurant you can settle down for a delicious dinner. Or drink a cup of coffee in the conservatory or on the terrace! Get your day off to a good start with the generous breakfast buffet and a dip in the heated indoor pool.


Buitenplaats Houdringe

3732 HM De Bilt

Houdringe was once a court of Oostbroek. In 1640 the farm came into the possession of Jan Frederik Mamuchet, son of a wealthy French copper butcher. He built a manor house with a farm on this site and named it after the family property of Houdringue near Lille. A later owner built the current house in the French style in 1779. Now it is owned by Grontmij and used as an office. A French garden was created during the construction of the current house in 1779. Around 1850 the garden was changed into English landscape style by Zocher. To support the French architecture of the facade, a French (more formal) garden was again laid out around the house in 1956. The estate has been owned by Utrecht Landscape since 1954. There are a number of very thick trees in the grasslands on the estate. These oaks and beeches, which have a diameter of more than a meter, are now more than 235 years old. A striking feature is the grand driveway with a double row of beech trees. Watch out for the fly agarics in the fall!

Landgoed Oostbroek

Utrechts Landschap 39
3732 HV De Bilt

Landgoed Oostbroek is definitely worth a visit. Deciduous forests with old trees, marshes, an orchard with old fruit varieties, a monastery garden and grasslands alternate on the estate. Due to the variation, there are many plants and animal species. Especially the number of bird species is remarkable; such as various woodpeckers, tits, treecreeper, nuthatch, kingfisher, little frog, buzzard and hawk. There are also roe deer.

Landgoed Nienhof

3981 HC Bunnik

The Ni? Nhof estate borders the Kromme Rijn. In the Middle Ages, the nearby Oostbroek monastery had a 'uithof', a farm here. In addition, the monks built a new farm: a 'nien hof'. The monastery went under during the Reformation and the property changed hands many times thereafter. The estate is characterized by meadows, coppice and deciduous forest. This high-rising ash? and oak forest is one of the most interesting forests in the province from an ecological point of view. The ash lets a lot of light through, so there is a rich undergrowth with the large beetle orchid and forest sedge. The varied forest is rich in birds, such as the long-eared owl, tree falcon and many woodpeckers? and tit species. Along the Kromme Rijn is a river forest, grasslands and a side channel with islands. This is the starting point of the boating excursions with the Pont van het Landschap.

Buitenplaats Bornia

3971 KA Utrechtse Heuvelrug

In the 17th century there was a homestead here. The foundations were used in 1870 for the construction of the current white-plastered house in the neoclassical style. The client, owner and resident JJ Uyterwerff Sterling, gave his land the name Bornia, which is an old Frisian name for border area (comparable to the English 'border'). When purchased it was a large, bare heather. The new owner had it planted with trees up to Austerlitz.

Slot zeist

3703CN Zeist

At the end of a stately driveway is Slot Zeist, surrounded by water features and a beautiful English landscape park. A special legacy of the rich living and living in the Golden Age.

Buitenplaats Vollenhoven

3732 HA De Bilt

Vollenhove was once a 'uithof' van Oostbroek. Shortly after 1800, the old house was demolished and the Amsterdam merchant Pieter de Smet built the current house in Empire style. In 1922 it was bought by the Van Marwijk Kooy family, who manage and live in the estate. As one of the few country estates of the Stichtse Lustwarande, the house has never been renovated on a large scale. The first owner had Hendrik van Lunteren build a landscape park in the English landscape style with sight-seeing axes to the Dom Tower and towards Amersfoort. The current Amersfoortseweg is the former view lane. After the purchase by Van Marwijk Kooy, Copijn made some changes to the garden. The estate has man-made hills, large meandering ponds and various groups of trees.

Buitenplaats Beerschoten

Beelden op Beerschoten 6A
3732HM De Bilt

The first Beerschoten house was built in 1685. In 1889 it almost burned down to be rebuilt in largely the same style. After the war, the house fell into disrepair, but it was completely restored in 1978 and converted into an office. Now is it? after another thorough restoration? privately inhabited again. The estate has a park forest in the English landscape style, which was designed in 1824 by garden architect JD Zocher Jr. It is located on the spot where an 18th century park already existed. Between the meandering ponds, a flowing brook and meadows with groups of trees, elements of the old construction are recognizable: straight beech avenues and a star forest with the 'Konijnenberg' and 'Goudviskom'. The park is owned by Utrecht Landscape. The Paviljoen Beerschoten visitor center is located in the former coach house.

Provided by:

Regionaal Bureau voor Toerisme Heuvelrug & Vallei