Hilversum Travel Guide

  • Hilversum
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Things to Do
    by Steph84
  • Near Gooilust park
    Near Gooilust park
    by Steph84

Hilversum Things to Do

  • Special Architecture

    One place you have to see if you love modern architecture is the Raadhuis (Town Hall) designed by architect Willem Marinus Dudok.

  • Beeld en Geluid ("Sound and Vision")

    Very interesting, both from the outside and from the inside. Decoration on the facade designed by graphic artist Jaap Drupsteen! Beeld en Geluid houses the video and sound archives of the Dutch public broadcasting associations and the Beeld en Geluid Experience (which I would translate 'Sound & Vision Experience', rather than Vision and Sound, that...

  • St Vitus Catholic Church

    The Roman-Catholic church of St Vitus was built in 1892 by P.J.H. Cuypers, on the same location as where the old conventicle of 1786 used to be. The tower is 98 metres high, which makes it one of the highest churches of the country. It has a beautiful wooden ceiling and the stained-glass windows, frescos and the organ from 1856 are also well worth...

  • Beeld en Geluid Experience part 1

    The Beeld en Geluid building is unique in the world. Its coloured glass panel outside with movie screen shots embedded is an ever changing colourful reflection.In the building you realize the size is twice as big, due to the deep 5 stories basement archives of the Dutch media.The Experience part offers a great daytrip activity in both sound and...

  • Beeld en Geluid: de Experience

    Since december 2006 there is a new building on the Mediapark: Dutch Institute for Image and Sound, or in Dutch: het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid.

  • Catholic Church

    I was fortunate to find a church across the street from my hotel. Lucky because 3 days after my arrival, I celebrated my birthday. However, no one could tell me the name of the church except that it is a Catholic Church. It was a big church with several doors that I can't figure which one to use until an old lady came out of the side door.

  • Old-Catholic St. Vitus church

    The is a remarkable building in a neo-Baroque style, designed by P.A. Weeldenburg and built in 1888-1889. Unlike the Roman-Catholics, the Old-Catholics preferred other styles than Gothicism for their churches.

  • Roman Catholic St. Vitus church

    The Roman Catholic St. Vitus is a neo-Gothic church designed by P.J.H. Cuypers and built in 1891-1892. It is regarded as one of Cuypers' most important works. The interior must be very impressive and worth a look. If you find the doors open of course.

  • Town hall

    In 1928 W.M. Dudok was appointed municipal architect of Hilversum. Until then he had designed several buildings and objects for Hilversum in his function of director of Municipal Works. The town hall would become his masterpiece, and had been designed by him up to the smallest details, including the furniture and even a chairman's hammer. From 1915...


Hilversum Hotels

  • Hotel Villa Trompenberg

    Chr. de Wetlaan 1, , Hilversum, Noord Holland 1217

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Ravel

    Emmastraat 35-37, Hilversum, 1213 AJ

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Tulip Inn Hilversum

    Koninginneweg 28 - 30, , Hilversum, Het Gooi 1217L

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Hilversum Restaurants

  • CLOSED: Dillicious plate service

    This place is nostalgic for me, because on the first floor the Veronica Broadcast Society started. The restaurant has a terrace at the Groest, which is one of the main shopping streets.2011 update: Fellow member and local specialist vpeter informed me that this restaurant is closed and the new tenants will start a Sushi bar. That's life!

  • Delicious food

    Delicious French and Seafood restaurant.The menu follows the seasons.The owners and the servants are very friendly and kind.In summer you can eat on a very nice terrace in/out of the sun.Ik ga er van uit dat ook Nederlanders deze pagina's bezoeken en, net als ik, niet altijd het het Engels even machtig zijn. Vandaar een Nedrlandstalige beschrijving...

  • the best sushi delivery service

    Mr. sushi is a sushi take a way service for Hilversum, Laren and Blaricum. The sushi is the best in the area and they deliver the sushi within 40 minutes!!! It's great!!

  • Nice atmosphere

    Very cosy and nice café petit restaurant.This is the place you can find me with my Belgian newspaper and a good cup of coffee with a grappa.They serve several Belgian beers too.And on sunny days I'll sit outside on the terrace, if there's place.It's named after architect Dudok who made lots of buildings and houses in Hilversum.The most famous is...

  • Great Indian food

    In a quiet street on the edge of the town centre, this little restaurant opened for business in the summer of 2009. I've been here about five or six times now and never been disappointed. Take anything on the menu - it's always delicious, no matter what you choose! Everything is freshly made by the Indian owners and rich in flavour. They have a...

  • Coffee and Tea

    You may feel slightly scared when you enter what feels like a long dark corridor, but don't be, for at the end awaits coffee and tea galore (and cakes! and lunch! and high tea!) in a very cozy setting. They have a great selection of specialty coffees and teas, and a small shop where you can buy various coffee blends (ground or beans) and teas to...

  • No summer without ice cream!

    In my opinion simply the best ice cream parlour in town! Great range of delicious ice cream for EUR 1 per scoop, all of it home-made. Not too much room to sit inside, but defininitely clean and tidy and there are plenty of seats outside (which is where you'll want to sit anyway when it's ice-cream weather :-)). The traffic can be a bit busy at...

  • Food fit for a king

    This is simply the best Chinese restaurant in town: excellent food, excellent wine and excellent service. They have a great variety of delicious dishes and wines, and you're very well looked after. I can recommend it to anyone. And they have take-away service, too!

  • Busy but friendly little tapas bar

    Las Tapas is a very popular little place, which means it can be rather noisy and hard to get a table right away. We first had a drink at the bar and after 5 or 10 minutes we were brought to our table. The staff are very friendly and efficient, but with only two waiters running around, it may take a little to attract their attention. Once you have...

  • Nice atmosphere and good food

    This restaurant has a concept of 2 menu's where you can chooce about.Menu 1 is aprox. 30 euro and menu 2 aprox. 35 euroThey make per season a menu, example wintertime a wildmenu etc.The menu is including wine or draft pils. No specials

  • Spanish

    This is realy one of the best reastaurants in Hilversum. Nice people, of course always fresh food. I go for the tapas. They have aprox. 30 tapas on the menu. That's what I call: for every taste.And not unimportand also for veggies.

  • Good Thai Food

    Nice Thai restaurant near the Centrum area. It is a small thai restaurant with good service and pretty good thai food. Kipsate in pindasaus - Chicken Sate with Peanut sauceKip met cashewnoten - Chicken with cashews


Hilversum Transportation


    Due to the many TV studios Hilversum is nick-named Hillywood.Hillywood Tours is a look-a-like of the well-known Hollywood "see-the-stars/studios" tours.Tour hours:Ma-Fr: 9AM - 6PMTour 1 : 9.30AM - 10.30AM Tour 2 : 10.45AM - 11.45AMTour 3 : Noon - 1PM Tour 4 : 1.30PM - 2.30PMTour 5 : 2.45PM - 3.45PM Tour 6 : 4PM - 5PMTicket prices:Tour only: €15.00...

  • NS Train

    Hilversum can be reach by train from Amsterdam, Amersfoort and Utrecht.The station has been extended with another platform and from 2008 is an Intercity stop again.A pedestrian/bicycle tunnel has been added under the station.

  • I would recommend the train

    For a visit - such as I made in November 2007 - to the Beeld en Geluid building and the Media Park, I would recommend the train. Railway station Hilversum Noord is within walking distance of the Media Park. The Media Park has good parking facilities (or so I am told), but when you go by train you need not fear ending up in a traffic jam.


Hilversum Local Customs

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    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 12, 2007

    Don't be surprised when walking through Hilversum you are caught for an interview.

    Camera's are everywhere!

    Ode to the cameraman
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Hilversum Tourist Traps

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    by vpeter Written Jun 23, 2006

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    This Italian restauranr is located on the corner of de Kerkbrink/Langestraat/Heerenstraat.
    Serieus high prices, not so good food and waiters who are not interested in their guests.
    To say it in Dutch: onbeschoft.

    Unique Suggestions: Stay far away from this restaurant. Use your money for better things.

    Fun Alternatives: You better go to De Waag or Le Journal or De Herberg. I admit they have no Italian food but they have way better food for less money.

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Hilversum Off The Beaten Path

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    by Steph84 Updated Aug 11, 2010

    Hilversum is surrounded on all sides by gorgeous woods and moors; it's grand to go for a walk here rain or shine, or instead take the bike. Avoid the weekend if you can, as it can be rather busy then, particularly if the weather is good.

    Or if you really feel up for it: follow the "Voetstappenpad" (footprint trail), a 25-km circular walk around Hilversum across moorland and woodlands (and for a minor part through Hilversum itself) marked by white footprints. It's waymarked pretty well, with perhaps two or three exceptions, so keep your eyes open. You can find a small map here: http://wandelen.filternet.nl/Dagwandelingen/voetstappenpad.htm but you don't really need it. Alternatively you can cut the route in half by starting from Hilversum Noord railway station and take the train back from Hollandsche Rading railway station. Bring food.

    Near Gooilust park Gooilust park Beehives in Corversbos forest Gooilust park
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Cycling

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Hilversum Favorites

  • Tourist Information

    Going back and forward to look for the local Tourist Office. It turned out to be a kiosk with an electronic info screen (sorry Dutch only).

  • Tour-of-Duty...

    Oma Reij's cooking and Opa's Reij jokes...hehe ;-)And also Oma Hoogendoorn speaking in Dutch to me!...hehe ;-) I came here to visit Oma & Opa Reij and Oma Hoogendoorn. I was invited by Oma & Opa Reij for dinner. When I reached there, I was been given a very warm welcome by them and Oma(s) and Opa are the ones that I miss most in Hilversum.

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