Soesterberg Travel Guide

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Soesterberg Things to Do

  • Military Aviation Museum -video tour

    The 'Militaire Luchtvaart Museum' is the official museum of the Dutch Royal Air Force. It shows the history of the Dutch Royal Air Force, the Naval Aviation and the Dutch-Indies Air Force. The 'Snijdershal' takes you back in time. Photographs, film, uniforms and of course the aircrafts illustrate key periods in the evolution of military aviation...

  • Dutch Airforce Museum

    I am particularly interested in military aviation history from 1914 - 45 and knew little of the Dutch aviation history until I visited this museum.The museum is based in a large hanger and has a good display of aircraft from the early days of flying to more recent years.There are a number of recreations of historical placements such as an airforce...

  • Spotting airbase Soesterberg

    If you have the time, and come on a weekday, and especially if you hear planes or helicopters, visit the spotter's hill along the van Weerden Poelmanweg. From it, you can see across the airbase along the biggest runway. Even if there are no planes, it still gives a nice view across the airfield towards Zeist and Utrecht.

  • The National Airforce Museum * Outside

    Also outside are the air defense systems. Rocketsystems that can track, follow and disable airplanes that are in the wrong territory and don't respond to warnings.

  • The National Airforce Museum - Outside

    Outdoors the larger planes are waiting for you - as well as a wonderful collection of jetfighters. There's even a Russian MIG present on the field, which was of course a wonderful surprise for our father in law that visitied The Netherlands recently and saw that what interests him most: airforces.

  • The National Airforce Museum - Hangar 3

    In Hangar 3 the children (as well as adults that prefer to stay curious) are in for a treat. Here one explanes everything in details about airplanes. How do wings lift an airplane and what does a jet-engine actualy do? Questions that will be answered in a very clear way. Furthermore one will see how a chair shoots out of an jetplane and one can...

  • The National Airforce Museum * Hangar 2

    Also in Hangar 2 the history of the helicopters within the Dutch airforce. There are six examples from old two new standing here.

  • The National Airforce Museum - Hangar 2

    In Hangar 2 there is a collection of more modern airplanes, especially the attention towards jet-engine driven machines. The first Dutch jet-plane was a Gloster Meteor, just after the second worldwar the NL airforce obtained a handfull of them. Now-a-days they are flying with F-16's and add to the NATO airforce all over the world.

  • The National Airforce Museum * Hangar 1

    Also in Hangar 1 you will find a wonderful collection of uniforms worn in the time that uniforms still were colourful and bright. This section is especially interesting for all that have the interest not only on airplanes, but everything that surrounds it.


Soesterberg Restaurants

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    by ATLC Written Apr 7, 2005

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    This must be a hidden treasure because the Yellow Pages (Gouden Gids) doesn't mention it, nor my favourite restaurant website.

    Favorite Dish: After a walk in Soesterduinen, it's a great stop for lunch. Simple menu, well executed. Good steaks and super goulash soup for which you will want to return.

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Soesterberg Transportation

  • Line 52 from Utrecht to Amersfoort and...

    Aside from bus line 56, which goes to and from Zeist, the best (and almost only) way to get to and from Soesterberg is by bus, line 52, which runs from Amersfoort to Utrecht and back and goes through Soesterberg in three stops.Pricing is simply by the national Strippenkaart, which can be bought at any railway station, post office and most...

  • Getting to the Museum

    The National Airforce Museum in Soesterberg is quite easy to be found. Follow from Amersfoort the freeway to Utrecht or vice versa and take the exit "Soesterberg". At the end of the off-ramp there is a sign clearly pointing you in the direction of the "Militair Luchtvaart Museum". There's enough parkingspace, so no worry where to leave the car, but...

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 19, 2003

    The museum is run and maintained by old airforce men that are now pensionares. They help out in the management as well in all lines of activities that keep the museum going. Herewith a special thanks for these great guys, doing a great job.

    A old-fashioned wingtaylor at work

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Soesterberg Off The Beaten Path

  • by Reynaert Written Jan 28, 2004

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    If you take the Lorentzlaan from the Rademakerstraat and keep on walking, you will eventually walk into the sound wall of the A28 route. Go right and walk along it, on the bike path. Within 100 metres or so you can cross the A28 route by a bridge on your left. Once you have crossed the bridge, go right and take the next path on your left. Follow it until you reach a crossing with a broad forest path. On the right corner in front of you, you will see a pit. This pit was dug as a water well by soldiers of Napoleon, who were camped nearby and who suffered from the wet climate and boredom. To prevent problems, the general invented several pastimes, among which was the digging of this water well. It was used for some time in the 1950s and 60s as an amphittheatre, but has returned to being, just, a pit in the forest.
    If you have the energy, you can take a left from the crossing just described and head for Austerlitz, where the general inspired the men to build a small earth pyramid in remembrance of the battle of Austerlitz.

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    by Pavlik_NL Updated Oct 19, 2003

    Favorite thing: THIS MUSEUM IS FOR FREE
    Yes, believe it or not, this museum is for free and doesn't have any fee's to be payed (not even for parking). It's openingtimes are:
    Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 16:30 hours.
    Sundays from 12:00 to 16:30 hours.
    Closed at all mayor holidays and Mondays and Saturdays.

    Fondest memory: For more information:

    Yet another jet ... oh, no ... it's a helicopter

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