Hiking & biking

Nature reserves around Amersfoort

Sand drift area Utrecht


In the region of the Utrecht Hill Ridge are the Soester Dunes, the largest sand drift area in the province of Utrecht. This area includes both the Lange Duinen and the Korte Duinen. It is an excellent location for walks, bike rides and to play with your children or dog. Experience the special nature of the Soesterduinen!

Old forest area

Klein Zwitserland

Klein Zwitserland concerns a historic forest area of approximately 36 hectares, located south of the city center. It is located on the southwestern slope of the Amersfoortse Berg. This forest was created in the last decades of the 19th century. Before that time, the area was deforested by human activity, creating vast and uninhabitable moors.

Relax completely

Birkhoven Forest

The beautiful Bos Birkhoven is a beautiful nature reserve located on the outskirts of the city of Amersfoort. The forest offers an oasis of peace and quiet and is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxing walk. The views of the water and its surroundings are truly breathtaking and provide a unique experience during your walk.

Located just outside the hustle and bustle of the Randstad, the Utrechtse Heuvelrug is a breath of fresh air between Utrecht and Amersfoort. With beautiful nature, vast estates and lively towns and villages, the area is definitely worth a visit. Explore the forests on foot or by bike, admire impressive castles, discover fascinating museums and attractions and enjoy the various dining options the region has to offer.

Discover the beautiful arboretum

Schovenhorst Estate

Schovenhorst Estate, located in Putten on the Veluwe, was established in 1848. The estate consists of five different tree gardens: the Small Pinetum, the Large Pinetum, the Josina Park, the Arboretum and the Three Continents Forest, which was created in 1967. These gardens house an extensive collection of conifers native to areas with temperate climates. This collection is part of the National Plant Collection, which is spread across several botanical gardens in the Netherlands.

Known for water sports

Loosdrechtse Plassen

The Loosdrechtse Plassen are a large water sports and nature area between Amsterdam and Utrecht. Known for water sports, but they also offer peace and quiet. Swimming, sailing, slooping, rowing and wakboarding are all possible with nice villages all around. Not for nothing that this is one of the most beautiful sup spots in the Netherlands.