Fort route across the Land of Altena

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Altena
  • 36.31 km (Approximately 02:08 u)
  • Cycling route 117376

Fort route across the Land of Altena

  • The Netherlands
  • North Brabant
  • Altena
  • 36.31 km (Approximately 02:08 u)
  • Cycling route 117376
Your route starts at SIS Lunch, where you start your cycling tour after a delicious lunch.
A large part of the bike ride through the Land of Altena leads over (car-free) dikes. Seen from the dikes, the land appears flatter than flat. The'broad rivers\\\' that the poet Marsman mentions are today the Boven-Merwede and the Afdamde Maas. The history of the Land of Altena is one of robber knights and land grabs between the lords of Gelre, Brabant and Holland. From the terrace of De Pannenkoekenbakker Woudrichem you can spot all kinds of aquatic animals along the way, even adult beavers. When you leave Woudrichem you will see Slot Loevestein in the distance. In the Eighty Years' War the Spanish occupier took the castle; later William of Orange ordered the Beggar leader Herman de Ruyter to reconquer it.

Please note: ferries sail throughout the season at different times and sometimes not at all. Check the sailing times of the ferry on this website in advance.


# Description Distance
SIS Lunch Boutique (Hoogstraat, 4251 CJ, Altena, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
80 (Kerkeinde, 4254LC, Altena, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 3.83 km
31 (4254DN, Altena, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 5.15 km
78 (4285WG, Altena, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 7.02 km
32 (Kerkstraat, 4285AD, Altena, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 8.83 km
De Pannekoekenbakker Woudrichem (Schapendam, 4285 XA, Altena, North Brabant, The Netherlands) 9.65 km

Pause places

SIS Lunch Boutique

Hoogstraat 45
4251 CJ Altena

SIS Lunch Boutique is located in the center of Werkendam. You can enjoy good coffee, hearty breakfasts, a delicious lunch (all to-go!) and everything that goes with it. everything is fresh, homemade and prepared with passion and love. You can also immediately browse through the gadgets and (gift) items. A nice address to pick up when you are cycling at the Biesbosch. Or take a nice bike ride to Gorinchem and Woudrichem along the water, with ferries!

De Pannekoekenbakker Woudrichem

Schapendam 7
4285 XA Altena

This pancake restaurant is located in the historic fortified town of Woudrichem at the intersection of the Maas, the Waal and the Merwede. From the restaurant you have a beautiful view over the Maas. Enjoy a nice drink, a delicious pancake or something else from the menu. The choice is huge, especially if you like pancakes. You can choose from no fewer than 230 pancakes. From a simple pancake with bacon to a fisherman's pancake or something sweet. Can't choose from? Then go for the pancake tasting on Thursday evening. In addition to pancakes, there are also soups, pasties, salads and desserts on the menu. From the terrace you can spot all kinds of animals in the water: ducks, gulls, herons, coots, cormorants, kingfishers and even adult beavers.


Slot Loevestein

5307 TG Zaltbommel

The fourteenth-century Loevestein Castle still stands in the westernmost point of Gelderland. This canvas shows the convergence of the Maas (right) and the Waal (left). The land that lay between the Maas and Waal was divided between the duchies of Cleves and Guelders. Between 1477 and 1543 it was therefore the battlefield of border battles between Holland and Gelre and later between Spain and Holland. Since the reorganization of the provinces in 1814, Loevestein has belonged to the province of Gelderland. Jan van Meerhout (Gorinchem, 1610/13 - Amsterdam, 1677) painted an important fortress near his birthplace. At the time, the castle was used as a prison. Hugo de Groot managed to escape in a spectacular way - in a bookcase. At the time of painting, six Dutch state-minded people were possibly locked up. Among them Jacob de Witt, father of the De Witt brothers. This work can be seen until September 23, 2018 in Gelderland Grensland, an exhibition in CODA Museum Apeldoorn that brings together landscape painting from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. An excellent opportunity to travel through the province of Gelderland on the basis of masterpieces from four centuries of art history! Image: Jan Meerhout, Loevestein Castle, 1630-1677, oil on canvas, Museum Slot Loevestein foundation

Batterij onder Brakel

Batterij onder Brakel
5307TH Zaltbommel

Battery under Brakel was built between 1879 and 1884 as part of the New Dutch Waterline. The fort served to protect Loevestein Castle and the town of Woudrichem.


4286ED Altena

Tower-like building with a water reservoir or water tank at the top

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Waterlinies 2015