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Holiday In The Netherlands: An NS Hike

One evening I was sat on the sofa browsing the NS newsletter out of boredom (I couldn’t get up because my cat was in my lap), when I came across their hiking routes. While we are still pretty limited to our holiday plans, this seemed like a fun thing to do in the Netherlands, so soon my friend Steven and I set out for one of the NS routes nearby.

The route: from Baarn to Hollandsche Rading

The route we took went from train station Baarn to Hollandsche Rading, through the small town De Vuursche which is situated partly in national park the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. A special landmark on this walk is Palace Soestdijk, formerly a royal palace that was home to generations of Dutch monarchs. To me the absolute cherry on top, though, was the traditional pancake restaurant we lunched at in Lage Vuursche.

Baarn is a 30-minute train ride away from Utrecht Central Station, and Hollandsche Rading a mere fifteen minutes. The route we walked was accessible to dogs, although you are going to come across some higher steps on the way. Unfortunately the route description is not available in English, but you might be able to get on with this map provided by Wandelnet.

We left Baarn around eleven o’clock and reached our destination Hollandsche Rading around 5PM, so the walk took us approximately five hours with some breaks and an hour of lunch in between. I must also note that we did slightly defer from the route a couple of times (by accident), so it might in reality be shorter!

Cost train ticket Utrecht CS – Baarn: €5.20*
Cost train ticket Hollandsche Rading – Utrecht CS: €3.20*

*These are the full prices if you travel with the Dutch OV travel card. Find more information on how to travel by train in The Netherlands here.

Photo highlights from the route

The start of our route in Baarn.

Pancakes for lunch in Lage Vuursche.

Around 5PM we reached our destination: Hollandsche Rading.

🇳🇱 Meer informatie over deze route

Overige informatie over deze NS wandeling, inclusief routebeschrijving e.d., zijn te vinden op de NS website.

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