• The Netherlands
  • Utrecht
  • Stichtse Vecht
  • 37.11 km (Approximately 02:10 u)
  • Cycling route 117371


  • The Netherlands
  • Utrecht
  • Stichtse Vecht
  • 37.11 km (Approximately 02:10 u)
  • Cycling route 117371
There is no shortage of water and water sports on and around the Loosdrechtse Plassen! The ponds are the heart of a protection zone for flora and fauna, including many bird species. The lakes were created by painting the area and are separated from each other by dikes and islands. Historic country houses and picturesque landscapes surround the waters and add to the authenticity of the area. You leave from the parking lot in Loenen aan de Vecht, where you can park your car for free. When you leave the built-up area, you cycle into a wetland area. In the middle of the polder is a seesaw mill from 1832: the Trouwe Waghter. This mill had to replace two other mills, which drained the water board in other places. Until 1948, the Trouwe Waghter drained the polder by means of a paddle wheel, but when it came into private ownership in 1950, the interior was broken out. In 1960, the property rights were transferred to Natuurmonumenten, who had the mill restored and made it operational again. Then you will come to Fort Tienhoven, which was built in the period between 1848 and 1850 as part of the New Dutch Waterline. The fort was closed off the Tienhovense Vaart and guarded the inundation quay, a dam lock and the Kraaiennesters lock. The design is almost the same as that of Fort Kijkuit and Fort Spion. The fort is not accessible, but it offers a nice view. Then you pass beautiful country houses, many of which were built by wealthy merchants in the Golden Age. Landhuis and Weerestein are two impressive inhabited country houses. They both date from the seventeenth century and many references can still be found in the architecture, but the gigantic houses Vechtzigt and Groene Vecht are equally impressive. The estates Queekhoven and Vegt en Hoff located in Breukelen are also beautiful to see. The current Vegt en Hoff was built in 1873, on the spot where there used to be a house called'Grashuisse\\\'. Not much is known about the origins of Queekhoven, because a raging fire completely destroyed the archives and the original house. Three other country estates that you can see from your bike during your trip are Oud Oever, Bijdorp and Vegtlust. Located along the east bank of the river Vecht, Oud Oever has a main building, a historic garden and park layout, a garden dome, gardener's house, horse stable, coach house and several entrance gates. Oud Oever was built around 1700 by Pieter van Beeck. He called the house Beek en Hoven at the time. This name was changed 10 years later by his heir to Oud Oever. In the nineteenth century, Johannes Willem van Reenen bought four country estates next to each other on the Vegt. Bijdorp was one of them, another was Vegtlust, which was built in the eighteenth century. The other two were demolished and a beautiful park was created on the vacant piece of land. In 1981, Vegtlust was renovated and six apartments were built. But one of the best preserved smaller estates in this area is Bijdorp, which was built around 1710. In total, this territory covers 1.2 hectares of land. Various parts of this country estate are protected because they are national monuments, such as the main building from 1700 and the historic garden and park layout.


# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats (3633VZ, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
4 (Oud Over, 3633VZ, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.23 km
5 (1231NX, Wijdemeren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.79 km
6 (1241NE, Wijdemeren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.30 km
9 (North Holland, The Netherlands) 7.89 km
74 (Beresteinseweg, 1243LC, Wijdemeren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 9.71 km


Trouwe Waghter

3612 AP Stichtse Vecht

This mill is a hollow post mill east of the village of Tienhoven in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The mill was built in 1832 to replace two older mills that drain the water board elsewhere.

Fort Tienhoven

3612 NB Stichtse Vecht

Fort Tienhoven was built in 1848-1850 and consisted of a defensible guardhouse measuring 15 by 15 meters. It served to close off the Tienhovense Vaart and to guard the adjacent inundation quay, a dam lock and the Kraaiennestersluis.

Vegt en Hoff

3621BK Stichtse Vecht

Vegt en Hoff is a country house from 1873 that is located on the edge of the river Vecht. A country house from 1718 already stood on this site.


3621BK Stichtse Vecht

Queekhoven is a country estate with a castle that was probably built in the 17th century. Around the main building is a park with a garden where all kinds of things are grown.


3621BZ Stichtse Vecht

Vechtzigt is a beautiful country house dating from 1809. This small country estate probably originated from a farm. Over the centuries, the house has become bigger and bigger.


3621GZ Stichtse Vecht

Weerestein is a country estate along the river Vecht near the village of Nieuwersluis. The current main building dates from 1705, but it has been extensively renovated over the centuries.

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