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


  • The Netherlands
  • Utrecht
  • Stichtse Vecht
  • 37.06 km (Approximately 02:10 u)
  • Cycling route 117371
There is no shortage of water and water sports on and around the Loosdrechtse Plassen! The lakes are the heart of a conservation area for flora and fauna, including many bird species. The ponds were created by peat bogging of the area and are separated from each other by dikes and islands. Historic estates and scenic landscapes surround the waters, adding to the area's authenticity. You depart 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 that 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 operational again. Then you come to Fort Tienhoven, which was built in the period between 1848 and 1850 as part of the New Dutch Waterline. The fortress closed off the Tienhovense Vaart and guarded the inundation quay, a dam lock and the Kraaienster lock. The design is almost the same as that of Fort Kijkuit and Fort Spion. The fortress is not accessible, but it does offer a nice view. You then pass beautiful country estates, 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 residential houses Vechtzigt and Groene Vecht are equally impressive. The Queekhoven and Vegt en Hoff country estates located in Breukelen are also beautiful to see. The current Vegt en Hoff was built in 1873, on the spot where there previously stood a house that bore the name'Grashuisse\\\'. Not much is known about the origin of Queekhoven, because a blazing fire completely destroyed the archives and the original house. Three other country estates that you will see from the bike during your tour 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 to Oud Oever 10 years later by his heir. Johannes Willem van Reenen bought four country estates in the nineteenth century, which were located 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 in it. But one of the best-preserved smaller country 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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