The polders of Brielle

Cycling in Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 117840

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4758 93
26.9 km
01:34 h
473 kcal
4 m
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A beautiful polder landscape extends next to the Brielse Maas in South Holland, where Brielle, Heenvliet and Zwartewaal originated. The flat landscape is interrupted by the beautiful villages, each of which has its own atmosphere and history. For example, the market square of Heenvliet has been preserved in its original state and Brielle was the most famous pilgrimage place in South Holland in the Middle Ages. This city grew and the territory of Zwartewaal came under Brielle. There is no shortage of history and beautiful buildings during this fun bike ride. From the parking lot in Heenvliet you cycle to the ruins of Ravesteijn castle, which is actually called Slot Heenvliet. The first wooden fortifications were probably built around the year 1100. The stone successor was built in 1254 and consisted of a keep with four corner towers. Enemies were kept out with a portcullis and a moat, which did not prevent destruction during the Eighty Years' War in 1572. The ruins, various parts of which have been given National Monument status, can be visited on Saturdays in summer. The 't Vliegend Hert mill, which was built in 1985, is also fun to visit. Compared to other windmills in the Netherlands, the mill is still very young. It stands as a mill on the ramparts of Brielle, on the site where a flour mill has stood since the seventeenth century. The original mill was also a post mill, which was replaced in 1696 by a stone scaffolding mill. It burned down in 1810 and was rebuilt a year later. This third mill also burned down in 1882. The mill was demolished, but during a restoration of the fortress in 1970, the dice from the old post mill were found. A replica of the first post mill was built on it, which was given the status of municipal monument.
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# Description Distance
De Hoofdwacht (Markt, 3231 AH, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
31 (3232LD, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.74 km
32 (3234LH, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands) 3.64 km
33 (3223LA, Hellevoetsluis, South Holland, The Netherlands) 5.39 km
34 (Dorpsdijk, 3237, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands) 7.44 km
37 (Wouddijk, 3238LT, Brielle, South Holland, The Netherlands) 9.41 km

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  • Brielle, South Holland
  • Hellevoetsluis, South Holland
  • Nissewaard, South Holland
  • South Holland
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