Enjoy the farmland in the Vecht valley

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Gooise Meren
  • 43.22 km (Approximately 02:32 u)
  • Cycling route 114691

Enjoy the farmland in the Vecht valley

  • The Netherlands
  • North Holland
  • Gooise Meren
  • 43.22 km (Approximately 02:32 u)
  • Cycling route 114691
Enjoy cycling along the vast polders full of cattle and along the banks of rivers such as the Vecht and the Gein, it's all possible with this route. You will also pass various forts and the fortified town of Naarden along the way. History buffs can also indulge themselves on this route.

Admire the Muiderslot
This cycle route starts at the West Battery, a fortress at the mouth of the Vecht. From here you cycle through the old fortress of Muiden along various forts and the famous Muiderslot. This is one of the most beautiful medieval castles in the Netherlands, so it's worth getting off your bike here to admire the castle in all its glory. It is said that the castle was built in the 13th century by Floris V. In the 17th century, the famous writer PC Hooft lived here. Then you cycle through the fortified town of Naarden to Weesp. You will pass through farmland and along various lakes.

Explore the farmland
Cows and sheep graze on the vast meadows and with a bit of luck you can pet a lamb along the way. You will also pass several farms where you can visit for tasty regional products. There is a cheese farm in Weesp where you can taste and buy homemade farmer's cheese. Eventually you will return to Muiden.

More information
This cycling route full of natural beauty and historical sights is offered to you by RBT Gooi & Vecht. For all tourist information about the Gooi & Vecht region, see the official VVV website of the region www.gooivecht.nl.


# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats (Westbatterij, 1398XJ, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Westbatterij (Westbatterij, 1398XJ, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.91 km
Vesting Muiden (Old Dutch, 1398 AD, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.75 km
Het Muiderslot (Shop, 1398 AA, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.27 km
Muizenfort (Fort-C) (1398 VE, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.85 km
17 (1399GW, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 7.00 km



1398XJ Gooise Meren

On the site where an earth battery was built on the left bank of the Vecht estuary in 1799, the tower fort Westbatterij was built between 1850 and 1852. It is an oval, bombproof tower with a moat and drawbridge.

Vesting Muiden

Old Dutch
1398 AD Gooise Meren

The fortified town of Muiden is home to a number of important buildings of the New Dutch water line: the Muizenfort, depots, the Muiderslot, restaurant Fort H and large bombproof barracks. The boat to Pampus also leaves from Muiden.

Het Muiderslot

Shop 1
1398 AA Gooise Meren

The Muiderslot is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the Netherlands. It was built around 1285 by Count Floris V, as one of the castles to keep North Holland under control. Ten years later the count was kidnapped and taken to Muiden. After a few days of imprisonment, his captors decided it was no longer safe and took Floris with them. When enraged farmers tried to free him, Floris was murdered.

Muizenfort (Fort-C)

1398 VE Gooise Meren

Fort C, also known as the Muizenfort, is home to the Vesting Muiden Visitor Center from 1 April, which includes an unmanned tourist information office with leaflets and a digital touch screen with all the tourist information from the region. There is also a museum about both the Defense Line of Amsterdam and the New Dutch Waterline. A beautiful film is shown on three wide screens with the story of both lines. There are information panels and a DIY furniture with information about Fort C. An escape room will also open in the fort in the autumn. The Muizenfort is also an ideal location to start your bike or walking tour here. We have set out various routes for cyclists and walkers. Opposite the fort you can get a drink and chips or fresh fish.

Het strand van Muiderberg

1399 JC Gooise Meren

The beach of Muiderberg, where there is a lot of wind surfing and kite surfing.

Fort aan de Ossenmarkt

Torenfort aan de Ossenmarkt
1381LX Weesp

Within the fortress of Weesp, a bombproof tower with a circular moat and drawbridge was built on the Ossenmarkt in 1859-1861.


1381VT Weesp

Weesp is a historic fortified city that already had an earthen wall in 1355. In the same year the city received city rights. After the French siege in 1672, the fortress was expanded.

Fort Nigtevecht

1391 HV De Ronde Venen

Fort Nigtevecht is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam that is Unesco World Heritage. A serene place surrounded by greenery. The fort is a very suitable location to start your cycling and walking tour. Fort Nigtevecht has been in use from 1904, during the mobilization 1915 - 1917 about 300 soldiers slept there. Walk through the fort and discover its history, in all rooms there is information about the past and now. Start your tour at the main entrance and then enjoy coffee or tea with cake or cake. Then hit the road and cycle across the canal along the river Vecht to Fort Nieuwersluis. You will find plenty of cultural history, beautiful landscapes and a striking amount of peace along the way. Fort bij Nigtevecht is owned by Natuurmonumenten and has also functioned as a memorial site since 2016. Relatives have various options here to give the urn with the ashes of a deceased loved one a nice place in a green, quiet environment. There are also often beautiful exhibitions. The fort is open every Sunday and from April to October also on Saturdays. Sometimes you see the kingfisher here and bats live in the right half.

Broekzijdse Molen

1391HA De Ronde Venen

This polder mill was built in 1641 on the river Gein. Until 1890, the mill was used to drain the Broekzijde polder, in recent years supported by an auxiliary pumping station.

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