Tourist Places to Visit in Hilversum, Netherlands, Europe

Tourist Places to Visit in Hilversum, Netherlands, Europe

Hilversum is a town as well as a municipality located in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. It comes under the Randstad conurbation covering an area of 46.24 sq. km. Hilversum is popularly called “media city” as it is Netherlands’ centre for radio and television broadcasting.


Geography of Hilversum:

Hilversum is geographically positioned between 52.23° N latitude and 5.18° E longitude, around 30 km southeast of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.


History of Hilversum:

Hilversum derives its name from the Hilversum culture which existed in this region in 800–1200 BCE and this name literally means “houses between the hills”. The Church of our Sweet Lady, the Hilversum Town Hall and the Great Church are some historical masterpieces of Hilversum.


How to reach Hilversum?

Hilversum has an airport but it is served by less scheduled flights, so the closest major airport to Hilversum is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol which is the most important airport of the country covering all the major European cities including London, Paris and Rome, and some American and Asian cities as well.

Railway and bus networks between Amsterdam and Hilversum are upgraded. The major bike rentals in Hilversum include:

  • Kiosk Sportpark
  • Kiosk Hilversum Noord
  • Fietspoint

The main taxi operators in Hilversum include:

  • Taxi HTC BV
  • C.H. Taxi


Culture, Food and Shopping in Hilversum:

Hilversum is the site of many palatial festival celebrations of which Hilversum Media Festival and Hilversum Alive are most renowned.

Hilvertshof Shopping Centre is the main shopping option in Hilversum and other options include Gooische Brink Shopping Center, De Bunker and Duetz Menswear.

Some famous mid range restaurants in Hilversum are as follows:

  • Da Familia
  • Zilt & Zo
  • Chiang Mai
  • De Jonghe Graef van Buuren


Things to do in Hilversum:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Golfing
  • Watching movies
  • Festival celebrations


Tourist Attractions in Hilversum:

Hilversum Town Hall:

Hilversum Town Hall is the symbol of Hilversum, built from1928 to 1931, designed by Willem Marinus Dudok. Guided tours will be best to explore this masterpiece and generally the guided tours are offered every Fridays and Sundays at a cost of €7.50.


Saint Vitus Church:

The Saint Vitus Church is Netherlands’s tallest neo gothic tower measuring a height of 98 meters and it dates back to 1892. This historical church is dedicated to Saint Vitus.


Pinetum Blijdensteijn:

Located at Van der Lindenlaan 125, the Pinetum Blijdensteijn is a botanic garden known for its significant conifer collections. B.W. Blijdenstein was the founder of this colorful garden, founded in the late 19th century. A tree Sequoia Sempervirens is the highlight of the garden. Tourists can visit Pinetum Blijdensteijn between 9AM-4PM (Monday-Friday).


Other places of interest in Hilversum include:

  • Dudok Dependance
  • Gooiland
  • Former AVRO Studios
  • Landgoed Zonnestraal
  • Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
  • RVU Building
  • Villa VPRO
  • Great Church
  • Saint Vitus Church
  • Bosdrift Cemetery
  • Boomberg Park
  • Dudok Park
  • Costerus Garden
  • De Hertenkamp Children’s Farm
  • Old Harbor Park
  • Sound and Vision Experience


Best time to visit Hilversum:

The best time to visit Hilversum is during the months of summer season while many grand festivals take place.


Accommodation options in Hilversum:

Hilversum is a pleasant and upgraded town housing many tourist favor staying options with all the modernized facilities and services including phone, television and private bathroom. The prominent hotels in and around Hilversum are listed below:

  • Tulip Inn Media Park Hilversum
  • Hotel Villa Trompenberg
  • Hotel Ravel
  • Amrath Grand Hotel & Theater Gooiland
  • Amrath Hotel Lapershoek
  • Hotel Hilversum – de Witte Bergen
  • NH Zoetermeer
  • Mercure Baarn Kasteel de Hooge Vuursche
  • Bastion Hotel Bussum Zuid
  • Restaurant Hotel De Kastanjehof
  • Villa Johanna
  • Heemskerk Suites
  • Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
  • Nova Apartments Amsterdam
  • Hotel La Boheme

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