Around the Loosdrechtse plassen

Cycling in Wijdemeren, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 137831

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32.7 km
01:55 h
576 kcal
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The Loosdrechtse Plassen form the central part of the Eastern Vechtplassen. This Natura 2000 area is a special protection zone for birds, but also for plants and other animals. The pools were created because ditches and pools were dug in the original wet peat to dewater the area. The low peat that arose was used as pasture land or for peat extraction. However, the land between the ditches has been dug up or washed away by the water over the centuries, so that gradually the puddles grew bigger and bigger. It is now a popular recreational area with a rich flora and fauna. On the other side you cycle south along the winding banks of the Vecht with its stately country houses. Already in 1673 there was a reinforcement on the site of the current Fort Nieuwersluis. In the 19th century a tower fortress was built and earthen walls, gun emplacements, a bombproof barracks and three depots were added. The fort became part of the New Dutch Waterline. You will now find special plants and animals there. There grows bird's milk, crow's look and common knotweed and many hawthorn bushes that were once planted to function as barbed wire. Bats such as the rare bearded bat hibernate in the tower fortress. Gunterstein Castle is the third castle to be built on this site. The first was built around 1300 and eventually demolished. The second was erected here in 1518, but was set on fire by the French troops in 1673. In 1680, the stately house that still stands was built here: a square brick building, surrounded by a moat. Fort Tienhoven was part of the New Dutch Waterline. Completed in 1850, it consisted of a defensible guardhouse measuring 15 by 15 meters. The fort had to close off the Tienhovense Vaart and guard the inundation quay and locks. The fort is now owned by the Forestry Commission and is not accessible. You cycle past Castle Museum Sypesteyn. A house is said to have been built here in 1288, but the oldest foundations that have been found date from 1500. The interior of the current castle is still largely as in the 1930s. There is a medieval armory, a gothic room and a 17th century room. The visitor can view collections of Oriental and Dutch porcelain. The leafy garden consists of a castle garden, a maze and an orchard, separated from each other by hedges, canals and wrought iron gates.
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# Description Distance
7 (1231NV, Wijdemeren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
5 (1231NX, Wijdemeren, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.10 km
4 (Oud Over, 3633VZ, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 3.66 km
25 (3632NW, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 6.38 km
2 (Zandpad, 3631AH, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 8.02 km
Fort Nieuwersluis (3631 AA, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 8.45 km

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