The Utrechtse Castle Route takes you through an area you could explore for days. In this issue of The XPat Journal, we take you along the manors, mansions and castles of this Route. You can do the whole tour on foot, by bike of by car. Online, you will find a variety of routes to print out (just google: Kastelenroute Utrechtse Heuvelrug). Here, you can read about a few handpicked, special places along the way that you can visit.
Last, but not by any measure least, is Kasteel Sterkenburg. Here you can rest your weary head in one of the rooms befitting an emperor and wake up to the sound of nature as you mentally prepare yourself for a satisfying breakfast of croissants, fresh bread and eggs. Even Prosecco in the evening and breakfast in bed are among the options! The owners of the castle have gone out of their way to give the rooms – which all have been named after birds – authentic details, such as ancient tapestry on the walls, antique bureaus and chairs, and an ageless copper bathtub, lending every room its own style and atmosphere. Be sure to take the time to enjoy the view of the canals (with fishers in the summer and skaters in the winter), the fruit trees, the stork’s nest, and Utrecht’s Dom Tower in the distance from your windows. In the evening, as you go for a stroll in the surrounding nature, if you wait till twilight, you can almost always count on spotting roe deer on the edges of the woods as they start venturing out to the fields in the safety of the nighttime dark.