The Utrecht region offers the best of both worlds: expansive ancient forests, rivers, and endless polder landscape, and at the same time, urban city life with lively bars, museums full of art treasures and rushing festivals.
You can easily combine the two in one visit, as the city and country are not far apart. This is also the reason why Utrecht is best explored by bike. Great cycle paths take you through beautiful natural landscapes and past many cultural heritage sites.
In this Collection, we show you the eight most beautiful day tours around Utrecht. Whether you love nature, are interested in culture and history, or prefer city life, you're sure to find the right bike tour for you.
On this bike tour, the story of Kaiser Wilhelm II was revived, who went into exile in the Netherlands after the end of the First World War. The tour takes you through the impressive, wooded Utrecht Heuvelrug.On the way you pass the castles where Emperor Wilhelm II lived: Huis Doorn and Kasteel Amerongen Castle. Both tell the story of the Emperor in exile and can be visited with a guide.Other estates, such as Landgoed Zonheuvel, with great Maartenshuis, Parc Borekhuizen, Landgoed Zuylestein and Landgoed Maarsbergen are well worth a visit. In a nutshell, a bike tour that brings you closer to the cultural heritage of Utrechtse Heuvelrug.Tip: The tour starts and ends at the estate Zonheuvel. Here you can park for free, rent a (electric) bike, recharge your e-bike, order a picnic basket or drink coffee on the terrace.
The bike route Landgut und Seen takes you to the most beautiful spots of the Vechtstreek region. You cycle along the sweeping Vecht, where Amsterdam VOC merchants had their villas built in the 17th century.The route is a series of water and nature areas, as well as views of mills, historic farms and centuries-old castles and grounds.The Vechtstreek is known for its country estates. These were usually built in the 17th century by Amsterdam businessmen who wanted to escape the city in warm summers, to spend them in the quiet and beautiful nature.The Vecht was an excellent place for it, as the good connection with treks (wooden boats) brought the visitors from the heart of Amsterdam within a few hours to the estates. Up to 200 of these summer houses were built on the banks of the Vecht and although more than half were demolished, there are still some that you can admire on your bike tour.
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For those who like romance, good company and noble history, the cycle path Green Heart is a fabulous route.The approximately 63-kilometer round trip begins at the marina Marnemoende and takes you along (lost) castles, the pilgrimage IJsselstein, the beautiful city of Montfoort and the mysterious Landgoed Linschoten. A very addictive route with a great wealth of history.Back at the starting point invites the restaurant Rivers Marnemoende to stop. Right on the water you can end here with delicious food and drinks the day and the bike tour due.
The approximately 50-kilometer circular tour first leads through the polders and then through the most beautiful forests around Baarn, Paleis Soestdijk and the Soesterduinen. Start and end point is the tourist office VVV Amersfoort.Over a wide polder you drive towards Baarn and cross the village. Right behind you is the Palace Soestdijk, where you can take a break. Then it goes through beautiful forests and beautiful heath. You cycle past Soest to the estate De Paltz, where you can let the impressive nature and the magnificent mansion affect you. Through sand dunes to the zoo, which you can pay a visit, before you go back to the starting point in Amersfoort.Tip: From 15 April to 15 October, the first piece to Baarn is also accessible by bike. (Www.eemlijn.nl)
From "Keistad" Amersfoort you cycle through the Arkemheen-Eemland nature reserve. Arkemheen-Eemland is a unique and open area with meadow birds, grazing cows and endless views.Afterwards you drive to the special place Bunschoten-Soakenburg. He is known for the Museumhaven and of course for the clothes. But flood protection, which at 300 meters is the longest self-controlling flood protection in the world, impresses. The Scheepstimmerwerft, where still Botters (German: Fischerbote) are manufactured, is certainly worth a visit.The route then continues towards Bunschoten and leads along the Korenmolen de Hoop. In the Brasserie de Wieken, which is settled in a mill, bread is served. The grain used for preparation was ground in the mill. A great opportunity for a lunch or a cup of coffee.Then the route follows the River Eem for a while and leads you back to Amersfoort via Baarn. If you do not feel like cycling anymore, you can just take the boat. The bike boat de Eemlijn takes you back to Amersfoort.
Get to know the Kromme Rijnstreek, a great area where the river landscape meets the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. An area with orchards, the Kromme Rijn, agricultural landscape, the forest Nieuw Wulven, estates, the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie and the Romeinse Limes.Ideal for a relaxed bike ride with more than enough reasons to descend. Discover the stories about fruit-growing in the Kersenmuseum in Cothen, the castles along the Langbroekerwetering and the old border of the Roman Empire at Fort Fectio (Vechten) in Bunnik. And of course the tastiest regional products.If you want to recharge your batteries on the way, the medieval Wijk near Duurstede is the ideal place. Art, culture and hospitality meet here.
The De Stijl cycling route between Utrecht and Amersfoort demonstrates the traces of the De Stijl artist group in the region. From the museum, around the painter Piet Mondriaan, born in Amersfoort, to numerous creations by furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld, born in Utrecht, everything is there. Good to know: Rietveld and Mondriaan never met.The route starts at Slot Zuylen, one of the oldest castles along the Vecht River. Rietveld designed a table and three chairs for the gate of the castle. Then you cycle through the city center of Utrecht, among other things along the Centraal Museum, the cemetery Soesterbergens, with the tomb of Rietveld, and pass the Rietveld Schöderhuis. After leaving Utrecht behind you, you cycle via Bunnik, Zeist, Huis ter Heide and Soesterberg to Amersfoort. You will pass the park Vliegbasis Soesterberg. The route ends at the Mondriaanhuis in Amersfoort.
The Cheese Store in Woerden shows in a modern way how cheese is made. From the starting point you drive to the regional market Woerden, where the cheese market takes place from April to August. On this market, the cheese trade of the past with a show adjusted, which is great to look at. The many regional products and varieties of (farm) cheese presented here make it clear that the city of Woerden is closely linked to the surrounding countryside.The cycling route continues through the polders of Papekop in the direction of Oudewater. Here you can visit the Witches Scale and the Touwmuseum. The picturesque center of Oudewater is also an ideal place to rest on a terrace. Then you cycle back to Woerden via Dribruggen. This is a great track on narrow paths, past old farms. A stop at one of the farms to insert, is highly recommended.Tip: At the Van Rossum Stadshotel Woerden, you can rent (electric) bikes and of course you can also enjoy a cup of coffee with pastries, lunch or an overnight stay.