Top 5 bicycle routes

Extensive hilly wooded areas filled with birds and other animals, heathlands that turn purple once it starts flowering, pools that provide cooling on warm days and ancient drift sand areas; you can see it all on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. You would almost forget just how beautiful and varied The Netherlands actually is. 

The Utrechtse Heuvelrug gems are best explored by bike. We have compiled a top 5 of routes that take in cultural-historical locations on the Heuvelrug. Visit and enjoy the Museum Huis Doorn, the Landgoed Kraaybeekerhof, the Landhuis Darthuizen and Kasteel Amerongen castle, where it feels as if you stepped right into a fairy-tale. In addition, learn more about the stunning countryside of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Inhale the fresh fragrances of the wooded areas, listen to the sounds of nature and immerse yourself in the tranquillity found here.

1. Feel free on the Heuvelrug

This bicycle ride is all about freedom as well as about the wartime history of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Start and finish in Rhenen, cycling via Renswoude and across the Utrechtse Heuvelrug municipality. 

2. Across the Heuvelrug near Zeist

Cycle through Zeist, Maarn, Doorn, Driebergen-Rijsenburg and explore the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park (39 km). Wonderful place of interest: Slot Zeist

3. Climbing near Veenendaal

A little climbing is involved because the route takes in part of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Venture out on a magnificent tour through Veenendaal, Rhenen and Elst (27 km). 

4. Explore Soest en Soesterberg

Be surprised by the versatility of Soest! This route takes in Soest and the tranquil Soester Duinen (25 km). Nice place for a break: Hotel Kontakt der Kontinenten

5. Noble houses and listed buildings

This route takes in various historic and listed buildings in and around Woudenberg (33 km).

Active on the Heuvelrug

If you prefer something a bit more adventurous, you should know that the Heuvelrug is perfect for sports cyclists. There are numerous challenging mountain bike and bicycle racing routes.

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