Zeist is a town of 51,385 people (2018) in Utrecht. It is known for the Pyramid of Austerlitz, built by Louis Napoléon Bonaparte.
The municipality of Zeist contains population centres: Zeist, Austerlitz, Bosch en Duin, Den Dolder and Huis ter Velde.
Zeist is known to have existed since 838. Zeist has been severely influenced in its development by its castle. Zeist grew steadily over time, and by the 19th century, when trains started allowing the rich to travel to the countryside, and build their estates and summer retreats there, Zeist started housing many of these people, and many estates and country retreats were built. Many of these were demolished in the 20th century in favour of housing development.
Austerlitz is the more noteworthy of the town. It was founded in 1805, when Auguste de Marmont, general under Napoleon Bonaparte, let half of his army, some 18,000 men strong, assemble here, in what they referred to as Kamp d'Utrecht (Encampment at Utrecht). Many traders came from all over the country to trade with the encamped men. The army left at some point, but the traders stayed. During their say, the soldiers constructed the 36 m (118 ft) tall Pyramid of Austerlitz. When Napoleon won the Battle of Austerlitz on December 2nd, 1805, his brother, the later king of the Netherlands, Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, decided to name the pyramid after the town where the battle had been fought; Austerlitz (modern day Slavkov u Brna, near Brno, Czech Republic). The town soon adapted this name too. Louis Napoléon wanted to turn Austerlitz into a proper city, but never got around to doing so. Napoléon made the town a part of Zeist in January of 1812.
Zeist is tucked in between the A12 and A28 highways. The first one connects to Utrecht, Gouda and Rotterdam in the west and Ede, Arnhem and Oberhausen in the east. The A28 runs from Utrecht to Zwolle via Harderwijk and Elburg.
From Amsterdam, follow the A2 heading for Utrecht, where you turn onto the A12 heading for Arnhem after passing exit 8. Follow the A12 until you reach knooppunt Lunetten, where you switch onto the A27 heading for Hilversum, but take the next exit again, turning onto the A28 going to Amersfoort. Here, use exit 3 (Den Dolder) to get to Zeist.
By public transportEdit
Zeist doesn't have a railway station of its own, but shares one with Driebergen, which is to the other side of the A12. 1 Driebergen-Zeist NS . From here, bus 43 (direction: Zeist-Centrum) gets you to the city centre of Zeist. Alternatively, you could travel via 2 Den Dolder SPR , but it has worse connectivity with Zeist, connecting only with bus 59 (direction: Zeist Busstation), which runs from Hilversum to Zeist.
Busses 53 and 74 service most of Zeist.
- 1 Pyramid of Austerlitz, Zeisterweg 98, Woudenberg (follow the N224 out of town, after about 5 km, the road to the Pyramid will appear to your left), ☏ +31 302 205 534, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Zeisterbos[dead link]
- Slot Zeist
- Nationaal Militair Museum[dead link]
- Museum Het Hernhutter Huis
- 1 HFSLG, Vossenlaan 28, Bosch en Duin, ☏ +31 302 251 051, email@example.com.
- 2 De Egelantier, Dolderseweg 146, Den Dolder, ☏ +31 302 280 113. Tu-F 10:00 - 21:00, Sa Su 12:00 - 21:00.
- 1 Steyn Hotel, Steynlaan 41, ☏ +31 306 922 510, firstname.lastname@example.org. €89.
- 2 Hotel Theater Figi, Het Rond 2, ☏ +31 306 927 400, email@example.com. €65.
- 3 Kasteel Kerckebosch, Arnhemse Bovenweg 31, ☏ +31 306 926 666, firstname.lastname@example.org. €72.
- 4 Oud London, Woudenbergseweg 52, ☏ +31 343 491 245, email@example.com. €94.
- 5 B&B Den Dolder, Nieuwe Dolderseweg 66A, ☏ +31 628 806 834, firstname.lastname@example.org. €95.