The 6 most beautiful hiking trails in the Netherlands

25 January 2024

You don't have to travel far for beautiful hiking trails. They're closer than you think, and their beauty will leave you in awe!

In our search for the most beautiful hiking trails in the Netherlands, we found 6 routes you really ought to try. And, for your convenience, these trails are all located close to a Stayokay hostel!

(Header image: Sjoerd Bracke & Cuno de Bruin)

Hiking Trail No. 1: Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen Nature Park

Starting at € 1.50, you can enjoy a whole day in the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen. This natural park contains many beautiful hiking trails. The distances vary from 4 km to no less than 30 km. In this beautiful area, you can walk through woods, dunes, and hills. There's even a good chance that you'll meet fallow deer along the way! Walking in the Amsterdamse Water­leiding­duinen park is relaxing and provides the ultimate selfcare moment.

Hiking Trail No. 2: Highlight Route, Utrechtse Heuvelrug

The Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park is one of the largest forest areas of the Netherlands. It will therefore not surprise you that the most beautiful Dutch walking routes can be found here! Our favourite is the Highlight route.

This route is 9.4 km long and, as the name suggests, takes you past all the highlights. You'll pass all kinds of special objects such as the Doornse Kei and the Stenen Tafel, but you can also climb to the heights of Watchtower the Kaap! Walking on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug is great all year round. But in springtime, when everything starts to blossom and grow, even more so!

Hiking Trail No. 3: Ranger Trail Noordsvaarder, Terschelling

If you're looking for a challenging hike, the Ranger Trail Noordsvaarder on Terschelling is the perfect trail for you. The route alone is 11 km long, and the climbs are also not for everyone. But if you're up to the challenge, it's well worth it. On the route, you'll encounter beach plains, wildly overgrown dunes, and beautiful view­points over the North Sea. With a little luck you might even spot a seal! This is certainly one of the most beautiful walking trails in the Netherlands. Combine the walk with a stay at Stayokay Terschelling, and relax here after a tiring journey.

Hiking Trail No. 4: NS Walk Veluwezoom

(Source: Hollandse Hoogte / ANP Foto)

This walking trail is a so-called NS route. This means that the trail takes you from one NS station to another. This makes it easy to catch a train back to the starting point. The walking route takes you through the hilly Onzalige Bosschen, the beautiful heathland near the Posbank and the Zijpenberg. One by one breath­taking pieces of nature. There's a reason this trail is often labelled the most beautiful walking route in the Netherlands. The hiking trails are close to Stayokay Arnhem. Distances: Dieren-Rheden: 11 km and Dieren-Velp: 14 km.

Hiking Trail No. 5: Crown Estate Het Loo

On the outskirts of Apeldoorn are the Palace Park and the Royal Forestry Het Loo. This beautiful forest area is definitely worth a visit. The Palace Park and the extensive Forestry are great for walking. The Crown Estate contains various walking routes with distances ranging from 2.5 to 14 kilometres. There is a suitable walking route for every occasion to explore this beautiful area. On top of that, Crown Estate Het Loo is conveniently close to Stayokay Apeldoorn. This makes the hostel the ideal base for discovering one of the most beautiful hiking routes in the Netherlands!

Hiking Trail No. 6: Sprengenberg Route, Sallandse Heuvelrug

Besides the beautiful nature reserves the Veluwe has to offer, there are many other places in the Netherlands worth visiting. One of these lesser-known places is the Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park. This beautiful rampart landscape is covered with dense forests and vast heaths. A great variety of animals, such as deer, foxes and badgers, can be spotted here. The walking route is relatively short (5.6 km), but has some tough sections. It's one of the most stunning hiking trails in the Netherlands and is also recommended for children. The Sallandse Heuvelrug is located in Overijssel, just half an hour's drive from Stayokay Gorssel.