At the crossroads of the Maas and the Waal, it is bustling with activity. Beautiful yachts, smaller boats, transport ships and all kinds of water sports are drawn to the mysterious rivers. Follow the banks of the Waal and let your mind wander as you gaze into the mysterious depths of the river. Let yourself be carried away on this route, past castles, fortresses, estates and mills. Go well prepared and buy a snack; a thirst-quenching apple, a delicious sandwich and some fillings or a nice piece of cheese or sausage and something to drink for the road, at supermarket Fa. Van Hees VOF in Bruchem. You can also park your car here for free before crossing Zaltbommel and crossing the Waal in the direction of Waardenburg. The mill in Waardenburg is also called the hexagonal mill. The ground sailor dates from the eighteenth century, but the exact year of construction of this mill is unknown. Presumably a post mill stood in the same place before this mill. What is special about this mill is that it was used during the First World War to generate electricity. The mill has been restored twice, in 1965 and in 1975. After the flood in 1995, the adjacent Waaldijk was raised and the mill as a whole was raised. In Neerijnen you will come across an estate with the same name. The original castle on the estate was built in the fourteenth century; the house that stands today was probably built around 1600. It underwent major renovations in the 18th and 19th centuries. The house was owned by the Het Geldersch Landschap foundation, which transferred it to sister institution Stichting Vrienden der Geldesche Kasteelen. It was subsequently bought by the municipality and used as a town hall. Today the estate is open to the public and can be viewed during the opening hours of the town hall. Just before you cross the river again, the De Bol mill in Varik is waiting for you. De Bol is a scaffolding mill and was built in 1867 to replace a wooden seesaw flour mill, which burned down in 1865. De Bol has been restored twice (in 1964 and in 1981) and has been used as a residence for a long time. At the beginning of 2009 the mill still looked neglected, but in October 2009 a start was made on the extensive restoration of the mill. The residential function of the mill was discontinued. During a route along the New Dutch Waterline, a classic defense structure such as Fort Sint Andries cannot be missed. The fortress is a former military fortress, which was built by Francesco de Mendoza during the Siege of Zaltbommel in 1599. The location and shape of the pentagonal fortress have been chosen strategically; from this point the defenders had a view over the river area. In 1812 the fort was replaced by a new fort built a few hundred meters to the west. This new fort was called the New Fort St. Andries. Finally, the Groenhoven estate is on the route, in the middle of the Bommelerwaard, between the Waal and the Maas in the rural village of Bruchem. The estate is a national monument, dating from the nineteenth century. A beautiful property surrounded by a large garden with beautiful old trees. The estate started its history as Huize Groenhoven. In 1842 the then mayor of Kerkwijk married a wealthy widow, whom he asked to move in with him. Perhaps the lady in question found his home below her means. That is why, in the year of his marriage, the mayor built the Groenhoven mansion on his sister's orchard at the time. The Groenhoven estate has been a catering destination since 1984. Before you drive home, you can go to supermarket Fa. Van Hees VOF in Bruchem has all the fresh products you need to prepare a delicious meal at home in your own kitchen. Enjoy cooking in your own kitchen, and then let the meal taste good at your own dining table; no restaurant can compete with that!