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Heather fields in Utrecht | 9x Utrechtse Heuvelrug


A breathtaking spectacle of color enchants the Utrecht region. The heather fields in Utrecht, on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, are in full bloom. And this natural phenomenon is something you simply cannot afford to miss. From mid-August to mid-September, this area undergoes a transformation, where green landscapes are complemented by glowing shades of purple and lilac. The time has come to behold these beautiful heather fields in Utrecht before they lose their vibrant splendor.

See the beautiful heather on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug

Walking along paths, surrounded by a palette of vibrant colors, it becomes evident why the heath in Utrechtse Heuvelrug is an essential natural wonder. Here are some impressive spots where you can admire this enchanting heath beauty and more.

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De Kaapse Bossen

The Round Helena Hill, in the Kaapse Bossen, is a favorite of many and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy a peaceful walk on semi-paved paths. Moreover, ideal for parents that are out and about with strollers and baby carriages. End your walk with a cup of coffee and some goodies on the terrace of Chalet Helenaheuvel.

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Heidestein and Bornia Estate

A favorite at Explore Utrecht, not only for heathland in Utrecht, but certainly also for the adorable Sheep, is Heidestein and Bornia Estate near Zeist. At the cabin, you can enjoy the show the sheep put on for you. You can also score drinks and treats here. Or learn something about the area and the history of the estate. Then walk on to admire the beautiful purple and lilac heather. PS: Heidestein and estate Bornia, are also easily reached by bus or train.

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De Stulp

De Stulp at Lage Vuursche, located in De Vuursche, offers an oasis of heather beauty. Enjoy the expansive views of the blooming purple heather. After your walk, you can enjoy a nice drink at Buiten In Kuil, one of nature’s very finest catering establishments.

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Pyramid van Austerlitz

Then we have the monument at the Pyramid of Austerlitz. The heather here is not abundant,  but it is fun to combine with a visit to the Pyramid of Austerlitz. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb the pyramid for a great view. At the parking lot is a children’s (carnival and playground) paradise. Where children can play games and go to different attractions.

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At Soesterduinen explore the undulating dunes covered in purple splendor. Enjoy the natural beauty in complete silence.


You can also go to the Kwintelooijen, in Rhenen. Here you will discover the vast heathlands of Kwintelooijen and experience the serene beauty of this special nature reserve.

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De Krakelingsbos

Be surprised by the Krakelingsbos, where you will discover a unique combination of forest and heathland in Zeist. The nature reserve is located near Kozakkenput, the Witte Hull and the Zeisterbos. For a cup of coffee or a good lunch, go to Bistro Jan. A place to recover from a brisk walk. Where you can also find holiday park De Kralingen, should you want to spend the night on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.

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Amerongse Bos

In the Amerongse Bos, one of the oldest forests of the province of Utrecht, you will discover a diversity of flora and fauna. Discover in this blog meet about the Amerongse Bos. Hike through the forest to a high point and enjoy the colorful heather beauty that graces this area. After this, you can go to Amerongen Castle to enjoy the beautiful terrace overlooking the castle at the restaurant Bentinck. Children can do a fun poetry hunt and get a nice reward if they do well. So parents … do your best! 

De Leersumse Veld

The last location for heathland in Utrecht is the Leersumse Veld. And this is one of the best places to go to enjoy the purple splendor. Because here you will find the most extensive heathlands of the Utrecht province. On the terrace of the bar-restaurant ‘Het Leersumse Veld’ you can enjoy a cup of coffee with homemade farmer’s cake.

Experience the bloom before it's gone!

The heath on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug blooms for only a brief period. So, what are you waiting for? Lace up those hiking shoes, and go explore the enchantment of some of these colorful heather fields in Utrecht. Or see more of the divers landscape of the province of Utrecht, and check estates and castles or Oud Amelisweerd

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