Located to the east of Utrecht, Amelisweerd is a lovely forest-covered estate sitting in the bend of the Kromme Rijn (Curved Rine) river. Historically, this area has been owned by several people of high or royal status. It is in fact named after a knight from the 1200’s who was known as Amelis uit de Weerd. The foresty estate used to also once be a property of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, brother of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

It was not until 1951 that Amelisweerd would be purchased and managed by the municipality of Utrecht. Now a days, it is a public recreational area in which people go for walks and bike rides, swimming in the Kromme Rijn river, and even attend cultural or art activities in some establishments hiding among the trees.

Picture: 843036 / Het Utrechts Archief

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