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Walking, cycling and exploring in Zeist

Woudschoten is tucked away in the Zeist forest on a 45-hectare estate, part of which is in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park. This large expanse of natural habitat lends itself perfectly both to challenging outdoor activities and leisurely walks. There are three marked walking trails within the grounds of the Woudschoten estate alone. You can also take a (group) walk on our estate with our own forest ranger as your guide.

Hiking in Zeist and Utrecht

If you are staying at Woudschoten, we would highly recommend getting out to enjoy the beautiful walking trails in the local area. There are as many as 56 different walking routes on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, with anything from a short stroll to full day walks. Routes range between 2 and 21 kilometres in length. There is also the option to combine routes from the 150 kilometres of trails that criss-cross the Utrechtse Heuvelrug!

200-kilometre challenge for cyclists

The area around Zeist also has plenty to offer cyclists. The forested surroundings and heritage of the local area make cycling here a joy. Zeist has more than 200 kilometres of cycleways and you can choose from a number of cycling routes, of varying difficulty and length, set up by the ANWB. You can hire a bicycle from the reception at Woudschoten for €13.50 per day per person.

Mountain bikers will also be in their element on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug: with several mountain routes and narrow forest trails, it will appeal to those who like to push themselves that bit harder.

We have listed a few local cycling routes below:

Around Zeist – 20km – click here for details

Around Rijnauwen – 35km – click here for details

Around Amersfoort – 44km – click here for details

Around Utrecht – 50 km – click here for details

That’s not all

When you book an overnight stay with us, you will find a number of attractions for visitors nearby. We have put together a small selection for you:


The Soesterduinen is a nature reserve known for its extensive sand dunes, as well as heathland and forest. Lange Duinen is a forest trail around the Lange Duinen (long dune) itself. This route created by IVN Eemland takes you around the largest drift sand area in the province of Utrecht.

The Oudegracht in Utrecht

If you take in Utrecht during your stay, be sure to take time for a stroll along the charming Oudegracht (or ‘old canal’). This 2km-long canal cuts through the entire city centre from south to north.

Explore the attractions of Utrecht on an e-chopper

Fancy exploring the local area in a different way, and being green at the same time? Then why not hire an E-chopper? There are five start locations in the area ensuring you can range far and wide, all in perfect peace! It’s easy to book an E-chopper yourself through the website: Goingonwheels

Klimbos Zeist

You don’t need to be a climbing pro to enjoy this treetop adventure park in Zeist that has two exciting routes with 4 ziplines. Ready to come down from the trees?! Then there’s still more to enjoy: why not have a go in the play net strung 3 metres high between the trees or try out the bouncy castle? If you are 1.30 metres or more tall and under 17, then Klimbos Zeist awaits! Are you up for the challenge!?

The Railway Museum

Are museums your thing? If so, the railway museum is an absolute must. The museum takes you on a journey through history by means of different worlds. These worlds represent key eras in the development of the railways, moving from historical to romantic!

Kasteel de Haar

Welcome to the most luxurious and also the largest castle in the Netherlands. We highly recommend taking one of the daily tours. Book and pay for your tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment as availability is limited.

Pyramid of Austerlitz

The Pyramid of Austerlitz is just 4 kilometres away from Woudschoten. It is an earth structure, measuring a huge 36 metres in height. The Pyramid has been around for a while: it was built in 1804 by Napoleonic soldiers as part of their plans to defeat the British in a repeat of the invasion in 1799. The Pyramid was built on one of the highest points of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. It wasn’t until 90 years later, in 1894, that the brick obelisk was added. We absolutely recommend taking in a visit to the Pyramid of Austerlitz during your time in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park!

Soesterberg Air Base Park

Experience the sweeping views from the runway and enjoy this special natural environment. Sense the threat of the Cold War as you walk by the military buildings. Soesterberg Air Base Park is a unique place, with surprises awaiting you round every corner. Explore this former airbase on foot or by bicycle, on your own or with a guide. The starting point for tours and the marked walking routes is the Soesterberg Air Base Park information centre.

Centraal museum

The Centraal Museum in the city of Utrecht, is home to an extensive collection of ancient and modern art. The Nijntje Museum and the Rietveld Schröderhuis also form part of the Centraal Museum.

 National Military Museum

The National Military Museum is housed at the former airbase at Soesterberg. It combines the collections of the former Military Aviation Museum in Soesterberg and the Army Museum in Delft. There are numerous pieces on display, including tanks, aircraft, armoured vehicles and helicopters.

Climb the Domtoren

The Domtoren is the symbol of the city of Utrecht. Climb the 465 steps or take the new visitor lift to experience the view from over 112 metres up. Its amazing height makes it the largest church tower in the country. So if you take in a visit to the city of Utrecht, climbing the Domtoren comes highly recommended.

Inspiring natural environment
Centrally located in The Netherlands
Good accessibility nearby A28 and A12 highway , 46 minutes by car from airport
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