Approaching Hilversum, the landscape turns to open fields, and trees get replaced by heather. This is where the so-called land of Mauve begins, which he described himself as: ‘Beautiful landscape. Lovely heather, sheep too, magnificent thatched roofs and very friendly corners’. In these surroundings, which are highly acclaimed by many painters, and accommodate the artists-village of Laren, you can visit the Singer Museum.
From your hotel it is only about 7 kilometres cycling to the nearby town of Amersfoort. Going through Soesterduinen, which is a unique nature reserve with shifting sand dunes and great picnic spots, the bicycle route will take you to this historical city. The old city walls with entrance gates ensure that the downtown area has perfectly managed to maintain its medieval looks. A stroll or a trip in a boat down the canals is indeed a great way of exploring this old city. A world famous person Piet Mondriaan was born here in Amersfoort in 1872. Presently there is a museum for Constructive and Concrete art situated at the house he was born.
Another city that you can easily visit from your hotel by bicycle, is Utrecht. Utrecht is a medieval city with canals and a cathedral tower. This church tower of more than 112 metres, is the tallest church tower of the Netherlands, and when the weather is clear, it offers a fabulous view of the surroundings.
Also towards the northern area of Amersfoort, the bicycle route will take you through vast forests. The Soestdijk palace is situated here; the palace of the former queen Juliana, and Drakensteyn castle; the former queen Beatrix’s country home. The Soestdijk palace has now open to public, and if it has been reserved, you can enjoy a high tea here on Fridays and Sundays.
Towards the south of Amersfoort, the route will take you across vast forests of the Treek estate. The pyramid of Auterlitz is also situated here; a monumental obelisk from 1804, which was built in the honour of Napoleon Bonaparte.