If you want a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are plenty of pretty, tranquil spots in the region around Utrecht. Take Leersumse Veld, for example, an area of natural beauty located between Leersum and Maarsbergen, one of the quietest spots in the Netherlands. You can follow a six-kilometre trail around the Leersumse Plassen, which takes you along the banks of the lakes, through the woods and across the heathland. It’s particularly stunning early in the morning, when nature is just waking up and all the other ramblers are still eating their breakfast.

> every day, car park at Maarsbergseweg 16
staatsbosbeheer.nl/routes/utrechtse-heuvelrug/wandelroute-leersumseveld