The region 

Zeewolde is not only very centrally located in the region, but also in the country, therefore Amsterdam is only a 45-minute drive away. But there is a lot more to see in the Netherlands than just Amsterdam! Our info-book in the house (in 4 languages) contains a lot of detailed information about important tourist attractions, and various excursions are described, this book is actually your private travel guide, better and handier than most professional guides.

The most important touristic cities in order of distance:  

Amersfoort 25 km: picturesque historic centre** (also for shopping), Museum Flehite** + "De Mannenzaal"**, De Koppelpoort***, The Mondriaanhouse**, Kunsthal KAdE**, Het Havik**.

Amsterdam 50 km: too many attractions to mention here, like f.e. the Rijkmuseum***, van Gogh Museum***, Stedelijk Museum**, Museum van Loon***, Hermitage at the Amstel**, Artis Zoo***, canal tour***, the Red Light District**, Royal Palace***, Anne Frank House**, Nemo Museum***, Maritime Museum**, Cats Museum, "the Swing" and much more.

Utrecht 50 km: Centraal Museum***, unique Museum De Speelklok***, historic centre with Domtower***, Museum Nijntje** (perfect for the little ones), Museum Catharijne convent**.

Zwolle 50 km: city gate de Sassenpoort***, City Museum***, Museum De Fundatie**, Herman Brood Museum**, Dinoland Zwolle**, Dominicaner Klooster**, Sinterklaas Museum**.

Haarlem 70 km: Teylers Museum***, Frans Hals Museum***, Grote Markt + St. Bavo Church ***, Amsterdamse Poort**, Molen De Adriaan**, De Vleeshal**, Gasthuishuisjes**.

Leiden 70 km: historic centre with “De Burcht”***, National Museum of Antiquities***, Escape Room**, Mill Museum De Valk**, Museum Volkenkunde***, Museum Boerhave***, Naturalis***, Museum De Lakenhal***, Corpus "journey through the human body***, Japan Museum**.

Gouda 70 km: Market square with town hall***, Museum Gouda***, Mill De Rode Leeuw**, De Waag*, Harbor Museum*, 5 km from Gouda the Museum Paulina Bisdom van Vliet***.

Rotterdam 100 km: modern architecture**, Spido cruise through the harbors***, Blijdorp Zoo ***, Euromast***, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen***, Kunsthal**, Delftshaven**.

The Hague 110 km: (my home town) with the kids: Madurodam***, Museon**, Omniversum**, Scheveningen beach***, Pier (+ Ferris wheel)***, without kids: Museum Mauritshuis***, Panorama Mesdag*** and Museum Mesdag***, Gemeentemuseum (Mondriaan collection)***, Eschermuseum***, Louwman Automuseum***, Peace Palace**, Binnenhof***, Passage***, Prison Gate Museum**, Noordeinde Palace**, Museum Bredius**, Prince Willem V Gallery***, renaissance Town Hall + a coffee on the opposite nice terrace of "het Goude Hooft" Café-Restaurant**. 

The village of Zeewolde:

Many people think that there is not much to do in Zeewolde, and to be honest, the village doesn't have much to offer, apart from a nice and very child-friendly beach on Wolderwijd-Lake, plus according to the council the "largest contiguous deciduous forest of the Netherlands”. I take that last statement not really serious, but the Horsterwold is quite big, with dozens of kilometres of renovated paths, where you can enjoy walking or cycling while with a bit of luck you can also spot wildlife like deer, foxes, and various forest- and water- birds. But the village itself is not exciting, although good for shopping with 6 large supermarkets, many fresh-food and other stores. In the new covered shopping gallery “Ravelijn” there is a “Hema” store and a large ”Action” store, and last but not least "De Winkeltjes", a "shops in shop" concept where you can browse freely, and where we have an attractive corner as our outlet center of "Flevo Glas Galerie" with very high quality handmade glassware, plus now also a fantastic collection af real silver jewellery of high quality!. In the village are also an indoor swimming pool, riding schools, a skating rink, sports centres, etc. But although the village is not really exciting, the region has much more to offer than most people think, both in terms of entertainment as in terms of culture and sportive activities.

                                                                                The region:

Everything about the region, where there is more to see and experience than most people think. On the page "What & Where" you will find detailed information about the attractions listed under here, and at the bottom of this page is a map with numbered attractions, where you can Google the keyword to see if the attraction suits you.

Within 25 kilometers:


Within half an hour drive you reach Walibi World, the Dolfinarium, Aquamundo (wonderful tropical swimming paradise at the Eemhof Holiday Centre), Hans & Grietje (fantastic pancake house with great play options for children aged 4-12, and the best thing is that both parking and  entrance are completely free), play-forest "De Zevensprong" (recently renovated by the municipality, also free admission), and last but not least the beach “Woldstrand” with beach pavilion, natural pool “the Atol” for experienced swimmers, a special part for families with children, and a part for young sporty people where many sports- and fitness equipment are installed. Or you can take a nice boat trip on the Veluwe Lakes from Harderwijk.


You can visit various museums within 25 kilometers: Amersfoort (3 museums, 25 km), Harderwijk (City Museum, 15 km), historic Elburg (city museum and unique organ museum, 25 km), Lelystad (Aviodrome and Bataviawerf, 25 km), but also several castles (some of them with a museum) on the Veluwe and even the royal palace “Het Loo”  is not far away, although unfortunately this is temporarily closed due to renovation, but the beautiful garden and park are open as well as the stables square with various expositions.

Being active:

Close to "our park" are many kilometres of walking and cycling paths where you can have a great time. "De Stille Vallei" in particular is a beautiful nature reserve (less suitable for small children because of the free running horses and large grazers), but you can walk or cycle (bikes for rent from us or in the park) fantastically anywhere in the Horsterwold. And if you like that, De Veluwe is an even better option, only 15 minutes by car from Villa Woldrust the most beautiful nature reserve in our country lies open to you, with a free car park beside a nice day-recreation area (free entrance) with lots of natural play equipment, and ten minutes’ walk to the most beautiful sand drift in the Netherlands: "Het Beekhuizerzand". In addition to the Horsterwold, there are more "polder forests" just a few kilometres away by car or bicycle. You can also rent a canoe at the park (only € 20 per day for 2 people) and take a wonderful canoe trip through the "lake of Galilee" and the polder canals, a 3-hour round trip through the wonderfully quiet green of the Horsterwold. You can also go horse riding, wind or kite surfing (boards for rent at the Eemhof Holiday Centre), sailing (boats also for rent at the Eemhof), fishing (both on the lakes and in all the canals of the polder, but you have to get a licence for € 5,- per week), indoor karting (Harderwijk), and not to forget play a round of golf on the lovely course of Golfclub Zeewolde (3 km). 

Outside the region, 25 - 95 km:


Shopping and browsing in Bataviastad, popular outlet centre in Lelystad (30 km), The Orchid Farm (65 km), indoor skiing in Dronten (30 km), Wellness centre the “Zwaluwhoeve”, various beaches and recreational areas on Lake Veluwe, and much more (see page What & Where).


In addition to the various museums in Amersfoort and around the Veluwe like the famous Kröller-Müller Museum (van Gogh!), the castle-museum Het Nijenhuis near Heino is a surprising experience, as well as the unique Anton Pieck museum and the Voerman Museum, together in the same historical building in picturesque Hattem. Also Zwolle offers 2 interesting museums, Museum De Fundatie and the nice City-Museum with beautiful historic styled rooms. But there is much more, certainly if you drive a little further: the Zuiderzee Museum (an absolute must) in beautiful Enkhuizen, Museum of the 20th century in attractive Hoorn, the famous Zaanse Schans, and of course the many top museums in Amsterdam. But don’t forget The Hague (my home-town) with the famous Mauritshuis (girl with the pearl!), the Gemeentemuseum and the adjacent Museon and Omniversum (Imax cinema). And if you like old cities with a picturesque historic centre, then you can reach Utrecht, Gouda, Oudewater, Delft, Leiden, etc. within an hour.

We guarantee that you will never get bored if you spend 1 or 2 weeks in Villa Woldrust.

Being active:

As mentioned earlier, you can enjoy cycling or walking on the Veluwe: you drive on the N302 via Harderwijk to hotel De Valk, and after about 300 meters you will see a small road on the left, the Watertorenweg. There you can park for free next to the recreation area, where your walk or bike-ride starts. The most beautiful part is around the Beekhuizerzand, an impressive sand drift. Also nice for the sporty cyclist is a "round Wolderwijd", where you cycle around the entire lake via Harderwijk and over the Nijkerker bridge, a very scenic route. For more activities have a look at the "What and Where" page.

      Map of Central Netherlands, the blue dot stands for Villa Woldrust. 

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 1= Horsterwold with “De Stille Vallei” and play-forest “De Zevensprong”, 2= Hans & Grietje, 3= Walibi World, 4= Aviodrome, 5= Batavialand, 6= Outletcenter Bataviastad, 7= Elburg, 8= De Veluwe with Castle Staverden, 9= Beekhuizer Sand Drift, 10= Hulshorster Sand Drift, 11= Royal Palace Het Loo, 12= amusement park Julianatoren, 13= Apenheul, 14= Aquamundo, 15= Amersfoort, 16= Utrecht, 16A= Castle Oud-Zuilen, 17= Castle De Haar (most beautiful castle in Holland), 18= castle Nijenrode (now Business University), 19= country manors route, 20= Het Gooi with Laren village and Singer Museum, 21= Muiderslot (very old castle in perfect condition), 22= Zuiderzeemuseum and historic Enkhuizen, 23= Hoorn with old harbor and museum of the 20th century, 24= Volendam with “the Dijk” and Marken Island, 25= Monnickendam, 26= De Zaanse Schans (famous and free entrance), 27= Amsterdam, 28= Haarlem, 29= Leiden, 30= The Hague and Scheveningen, 31= Zwolle, 32= Hattem with Anton Pieck and Voerman museum, 33= Kampen, 34= Giethoorn, the "Venice of the North", 35= Orchideeën Hoeve, 36= Castle-Museum Het Nijenhuis, 37= Deventer, 38= Museum "More" in Gorssel, 39= Zutphen + at 8 km Castle Vorden (annex More Museum).