Extensive fortland route

Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 117356

based on 4 reviews

Provided by: Waterlinies 2015

58.9 km
03:27 h
1038 kcal
15 m


A high sand ridge with deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests. Prehistoric burial mounds on a vast heath. Grasslands with sand ditches. Green estates. The high Table Mountain and many meadows.'t Gooi has a wide variety of landscape types: the ponds along the edges of the area are filled with seepage water that flows down from the high sand ridge. The alternation of the woods and the heath creates a beautiful bocage landscape. And of course the residential areas are known to every Dutchman. By means of an ingenious system, the height of the water in certain areas around the Gooi near the New Dutch Waterline could be regulated, so that passage was impossible for ships and men on foot or on horseback. Massive forts were built in places where inundation was not possible, or where roads had been built. Because these forts were developed to optimally defend the environment, most fortifications are unique. Construction of the water line was planned in 1815 and was not completed until 1870; the construction therefore took several decades! The water line was used during the Franco-Prussian War and during the First and Second World Wars. You park your car (free) at the Muiderslot. Around 1285 Count Floris V, after he took charge of the area around Muiden, had the castle built. In 1296 he was overpowered by his own nobles and kidnapped to his own castle. When they fled after five days, they were stopped at Muiderberg and the count was brutally murdered. The most famous resident of the Muiderslot is PC Hoofdt, after which the famous shopping street in Amsterdam is named. In 1609 he was appointed drost of Muiden and bailiff of the Gooiland. He has lived in the castle for no less than 38 years. Now the fort can be visited and you can rent the location for various purposes. The first fort you encounter is fort Ronduit. Previously there was a defense here and the current fort was built between 1873 and 1875 on the remains of this old fortress. At this strategic location it defended the grounds outside the dykes that stretched north of the fortress of Naarden. The fort has a guardhouse and a bombproof barracks. These are connected with a crane bridge. The fortress, which has been granted National Monument status, is surrounded by a wet moat. You continue your journey through the marshy landscape and see Fort Uitermeer looming on the horizon from afar. This fort is located on the river Vecht and between forests and meadows. The fortress is part of the New Dutch Waterline. The tower fort is an important eye-catcher in the area and also offers beautiful views of the Naardermeer and the many country estates in the area. The next fort you will encounter during this bike tour is the Fort near Hinderdam. In a bend of the river Vecht, which had an open connection with the Zuiderzee, sea locks, a flood and discharge sluice and a dam were built. Initially there were no defenses here, but in 1629 an earthen redoubt was built, which was reinforced in 1672. A year later a bastioned fort was built, which could control traffic on the river and on the dikes and could support nearby forts with artillery. In 1815 the fort was included in the New Dutch Waterline, but in 1913 the fortress was transferred to the Defense Line of Amsterdam. Nowadays the fort has an ecological purpose: the island and the buildings are covered with trees and shrubs. The last fort you can view during the route is the fort on the Ossenmarkt. A bombproof tower with a circular moat and drawbridge was built on the Ossenmarkt in 1859-1861 to protect the railway line between Hilversum and Amsterdam. On some days the fort is open to the public and sometimes walks are organized that include a visit to the fort.
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Waterlinies 2015

The concept for a defense line in which the low-lying polder landscape is flooded dates back to 1589. With the fortresses in the fortified towns of Muiden, Weesp, Naarden, Gorinchem and Woudrichem, the line was guarded from the higher ground. Explore these unique fortresses in the unique polder landscape.


# Description Distance
Het Muiderslot (Shop, 1398 AA, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
17 (1399GW, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.60 km
18 (IJsselmeerweg, 1399KN, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 6.35 km
Fort Ronduit (Fort Ronduit, 1411 WB, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 10.73 km
33 (1411PD, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 12.04 km
78 (Oostdijkpad, 1411GR, Gooise Meren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 14.69 km

Place name directory

  • Gooise Meren, North Holland
  • Huizen, North Holland
  • Hilversum, North Holland
  • Weesp, North Holland
  • Wijdemeren, North Holland
  • Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht
  • Weesp, Utrecht


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