Breukelen is a town and former municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of Utrecht. It is situated to the north west of Utrecht, along the river Vecht and close to the lakes of the Loosdrechtse Plassen, an area of natural and touristic interest. It is in an area called the "Vechtstreek". During the 17th century many wealthy Amsterdam merchant families built their mansions along the river near Breukelen. There is a large Van der Valk (Hotel Breukelen) hotel, the facade of which is in the Chinese style. Universiteit Nyenrode is located in Breukelen.