Historic locations on the Heuvelrug

The Heuvelrug features an incredible number of impressive castles and rural estates. They are often hidden in the greenery and we pass them without noticing: the dozens of impressive estates and castles for which the region is famous. Explore the rich history of locations where time seems to has come to a stop and see the magnificence of these gems on the Heuvelrug.

Castles & Country Estates

The Utrechtse Heuvelrug is home to several glorious castles and country estates that are known across the country. These magnificent examples of power and splendour are situated in the most scenic places in the landscape. At these historic sites, you will experience the authentic environs of the region with the finest castle museums and gardens. You can spend the night in one of the rural estate hotels, B&Bs and country estates. The sites are all within a short distance of each other, perfect for visiting by bike.

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  • Explore military heritage here

    The Heuvelrug has several locations where you can see and appreciate Dutch military heritage. There’s the National Military Museum in Soest, the Pyramid of Austerlitz and the Grebbeberg battle site in Rhenen. All these are exceptional locations where you can experience the rich history of the Heuvelrug.

    Explore military heritage here
  • Experience history in nature

    The natural greenery of the Heuvelrug is the backdrop of much history of the area. Explore the oldest forest of the Heuvelrug near Amerongen, stroll through the Dieptetuin, or sunken garden, at Zeist, and explore the burial mounds at the Soester Engh. Be surprised at the abundance of nature full of history and things to explore. 

    Experience history in nature

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