|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$1 295.67|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$16.95|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.22|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$6.78|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$1 103.15|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$12.69|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$108.47|
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat||$12.20|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$49.39|
De Bilt is a picturesque town in the Utrecht province of the Netherlands. It is extremely popular with tourists for its lovely green surrounds, excellent shopping opportunities, a lively cultural ambiance and excellent sports facilities. Its popularity has been further fuelled by the availability of plentiful cheap flights to De Bilt, served by the international airport at Amsterdam that is barely 51 km away.
De Bilt is located in the green heart of the Netherlands, the forests of the Utrecht Ridge. De Bilt is the ideal starting point for hiking and cycling. In Ruigenhoek, there is plenty of space for walking, playing, cycling and horse riding in different paths and playgrounds. For young people, there is a skate park, skating track, a football and a basketball court, and for smaller children, a large climbing frame. On the east side of the town is the Utrecht hills, one of the largest forest areas of the Netherlands that promise high recreational opportunities; there are forests, parks, farms, wetlands and grasslands.
Beerschoten estate is a beautiful forest; it consists of winding ponds, a flowing stream, pastures with groves of trees and old lanes. With its stately old trees, the estate is a breeding place of owls and the lesser spotted woodpecker. The adjacent estate Houdringe consists mainly of forest and open grassland. The over 22-year old oak and beech trees have a diameter of over one meter. The beautiful scenery is a good reason for many to buy a ticket on any of the cheap flights to De Bilt.
The market of De Bilt is a mixed market, with 30 food and non-food stalls. Regular fun activities are held during festivals and holidays. The market is much more than just shopping; it is an experience, an outing and an opportunity to relax in a cosy atmosphere. De Bilt has a vibrant cultural ambiance; there are regular exhibitions, performances, concerts and lectures. The town has ample facilities for sporting activities, including a 25 meter swimming pool in Brandenburg. There is a bewildering choice of accommodation; besides a wide selection of hotels in De Bilt, you can also opt for any of the excellent camping sites.