|Mid range bottle of wine||$6.78|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.09|
|Local draught beer||$5.42|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 901.69|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$44.59|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$2.50|
Soest, in the central Netherlands province of Utrecht, is popular with visitors for its scenic beauty, active recreational opportunities and plenty of history; in Soest, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful and varied surroundings. Forests, dunes, heath and a polder landscape along the river Eem, Soest has everything that a tourist can expect; it is also the right place for those looking forward to skiing, swim, go horse-riding, hiking or cycling. A variety of events such as the Guild Feasts or the famous ancient craft market draw tourists from all over, especially with plenty of cheap tickets to Soest available readily. The town is served by the international airport at Amsterdam, just 50 km away.
The farm Gagelgat is an eye-opener of what farms looked like around the 1900's; a guided tour will keep both adults and children entertained. In the Military Aviation Museum, you can learn more about the military aviation of Netherlands. The Flying Centre has simulators that will give you the experience of flying. The Old Church, dedicated to Saint Peter and Paul, is the oldest building in Soest. The ‘Greyhound’ is a rebuilt windmill that demonstrates the age-old method of grinding grain. The Soestdijk Palace, belonging to mid-17th century, was for a long time used as a summer residence, until 1937 when Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard took up permanent residence.
Soest is located in a beautiful green area; almost 40% of the area consists of forests, dunes, sandy soils and peat polders. Several routes identified for walking, cycling or horse-riding provide ample opportunities for enjoying nature. Soesterberg is a natural forest with dead wood and open spaces; this has resulted in extraordinary flora and fauna. The Short Dunes is one of the few living shifting sands; the constantly-changing area sees new dunes spontaneously forming and trees disappearing into the sand.
Soest has lots of sports and recreational facilities, mountain biking, bowling, swimming, golf, and tennis being some of them. Eating out can be a delightful surprise with a great variety of cuisine available in the multitude of restaurants and cafés. There are many fine places for a wonderful weekend; stay in one of the hotels in Soest or camp in any of the wooded parks or campgrounds.