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What to do in Ommen?

Situated on the southern bank of the Overijsselse river Vecht, in the charming town of Ommen, you'll find yourself in a surprising piece of Twente - the Vecht valley. Surrounded by lush greenery and steeped in history, Hotel de Zon is nestled right in the heart of this nature-rich, almost un-Dutch region. The perfect starting point for a versatile day on or by the Vecht or a vibrant weekend getaway. 


What to do in Ommen? Explore the surroundings by boat, cycle along picturesque villages like Vilsteren and Dalfsen, estates, and castles, or take a leisurely stroll through the forests and heathlands. The Hanseatic cities of Kampen, Zwolle, and Dalfsen are close by well worth a visit. 

Bert's Tips


If there's anyone who knows the area unlike any other, it's our very own Bert. A true Ommenaar at heart. He'll gladly share his most beautiful undiscovered spots with you or create a tailor-made program based on your preferences.

Here are a few of Bert's favorites to get you started:

Castle Eerde near Hotel de Zon


In the category of things to do in Ommen: take a peek inside. Not only impressive from the outside, surrounded by stately avenues and a beautiful castle garden with a flower mosaic and orchard, but also inside, you'll feel the grandeur of the past. The real showpieces are the floating staircase in the hall - the only one in the Netherlands - the impressive handmade wall tapestries, and the marble floors.

Golf course Hooge Graven


Are you a golf enthusiast? Come and play a round of golf at Golfbaan Hooge Graven. This professional golf course with a charming restaurant is located near Hotel de Zon. Definitely worth a golf visit!


Cheese Farm and Painting House Heileuver near Ommen


Cows, cheese, and... art. At first glance, perhaps not the most obvious combination, but oh so enjoyable and delicious! Learn all about the famous Heileuver farm cheese while tasting it, discover how this regional product is made and afterwards indulge in some art appreciation with a visit to the adjacent Painting House.

Boating on the Overijsselse Vecht - Rent a boat in Ommen

Do you want to explore the area from the water? Set off with a well-stocked picnic basket, delicious snacks, or a nice lunch. Inquire at our reception about rentals and possibilities.

Prices (with a deposit of €100,-):

  • Between 07:00-11:00 & 19:00-23:00: €50,- per hour
  • Between 11:00-19:00: €60,- per hour

Beverage options:

  • A Vecht valley snack box for €12.50 per person
  • Picnic basket with two luxury sandwiches | Mini wrap with smoked salmon | Avocado fruit salad | Seasonal strawberry smoothie from Ernie van de Kolk | Fuet | Aged cheese | Zwolle mustard | Marinated olives | Nuts | for €20.00 per person (available to order from May to September
  • Beverages of your choice based on actual consumption

Reserve your boat now: 0529 455 550 or via (mentioning boat rental Ommen).