Expansive meadows, peat bogs, lovely ponds, lakes and rivers, historic villages and cities, forts and farmsteads. That is the Green Heart of Holland! The Green Heart is the green oasis surrounded by the cities collectively known as the Randsteden in the central-western Netherlands. In addition to the green landscape, the Green Heart has much more to offer, from active excursions to relaxing and unique attractions. Stroll through the historic fortified town of Woerden, visit the country's wedding capital Montfoort or experience Oudewater, the picturesque and oldest town in the Green Heart. Meet up in IJsselstein and have a glimpse of what the Middle Ages were like. A wonderful region for a day trip, a weekend getaway or a full holiday.
Woerden is the capital of the Green Heart, its lively centre, where urban and rural meet. Where cows graze and cheese is made. A place where a unique and open landscape seamlessly incorporates a city centre that is both contemporary and historic.
IJsselstein is a fortified town that is over 700 years old. The historic city centre makes you feel like you have stepped back into the Middle Ages. This is not that strange; after all, the contours of the city centre have remained virtually unchanged over the centuries, and the way the streets are laid out, too.
The historic and festive town of Montfoort and the culinary and artistic village of Linschoten are real gems in the Green Heart. Their considerable cultural-historic value makes these places definitely worth visiting. Oudewater, the oldest town in the Green Heart, is situated in beautiful green countryside. The town is internationally known for its atmospheric and historic centre, which is home to attractions including the Witches Weighhouse and the Touwmuseum (rope museum).
After a 15-minute drive from the city of Utrecht, you will cross the River Lek and arrive in an area with an abundance of polders (reclaimed land). ‘Between the Rivers Lek and Linge’ is a beautiful area that offers you marvellous walking and cycling opportunities. Discover the refreshing, historical towns with their unique personalities and enjoy the tranquillity and nature in the Zouweboezem.