Hilversum, architecture in green

A surprising day for architecture lovers who enjoy being outdoors

It is well known that in and around the center of Hilversum beautiful buildings can be found among others from the famous architect Dudok. But also just outside the city is a lot to discover. Take with you a pair of sturdy walking shoes and enjoy the magnificent estates, notable buildings and art in the open air that Hilversum has to offer.

On the border between Hilversum and Loosdrecht lies estate Sunbeam (Zonnestraal). In the midst of some 120 ha of forest was here in 1928 Zonnestraal sanatorium opened. The beautiful white building with lots of glass was designed by the architect Jan Duiker. The public believe was that tuberculosis would be gone within thirty years, so sustainability wasn’t a priority. Fortunately, later in time, people saw the monumental value of the complex. In the nineties started an extensive restoration program.

The property has a lot of parking space. The main building is located at Loosdrechtse Bos 15. In that building you can also find Brasserie Dez, where you can buy a hikingguide for only 5 euros. The herein described route is 4.5 km long and leads through the beautiful forest and through the sculpture garden. Tours are only available on the last Sunday of the month (12.00 am and 2.00 pm). Afterwards you can settle in the brasserie for a nice lunch (on all days of the week) or for dinner (on Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Through the Loosdrechtse Bos also runs the St. Annepad. This medieval path forms a nearly straight connection between Hilversum and Loosdrecht. In the past 100 years, the path was almost forgotten, but in 2011 it is restored. If you follow this path toward Loosdrecht, you will pass estate shop De Rading. Here you can find good house and garden plants, organic food and also inspiration for gifts. In the conservatory is "Koen en ei" located, a lunchroom where homemade cakes, pies, soups and sandwiches are served. Weather permitting, the terrace is open. In the shop is also the walk from St. Annepad available. From July to October you can pluck your own flowers from the garden to create your own bouquet.

For true walkers: the Loosdrecht Forest, the Hoorneboegse Heath and South Heath belt in seamlessly, you can explore the most beautiful routes here. Also the Hilversum airfield is easily reached by foot.

Practical information:
Estate Zonnestraal, Brasserie Dez: Loosdrechtse Bos 17, (035) 5385400
Estate Shop De Rading: Rading 1b, (035) 5825726