Along forts and castles above Utrecht

Cycling in Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Cycling route 138565

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11098 157
59.2 km
03:28 h
1043 kcal
20 m
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The Loosdrechtse Plassen is a large nature reserve where water and water sports predominate. The pools are the central part of a protection zone for birds, other animals and plants. The wetland area was created from peat bogs, as a result of which water increasingly gained ground. The lakes consist of different waters that are separated from each other by dikes and islands. The Eerste to Vijfde Plas by definition together form the Loosdrechtse Plassen, whether the area also consists of other waters is under discussion, because the boundary of the area is not clearly demarcated. National monument Oudaen Castle is the first sight you come across. This former knight's court town was built around 1300. In the fifteenth century, the very old house was owned by a family that also owned the city castle of the same name in Utrecht. The original Gunterstein Castle also dates from around 1300. The complex is named after its first owner. In 1511 the castle was demolished by people from Utrecht who used the stones to restore the Bemuurd Weerd of Utrecht. The second building was built in 1518, but it was set on fire by the French in 1673. In 1680 the new owner Magdalena Poulle had the country estate constructed as it still looks today. Fort Tienhoven was built between 1848 and 1850 to close off the Tienhovense Vaart. The fortress defended the inundation quay, a dam lock and a crow's lock against enemy traffic over water. The fort is not accessible, but even from the outside the fort is an impressive building. The next beautiful building is that of Sypesteyn Castle. The property is said to have been built around 1288, but the oldest found foundations of this complex date back to around 1500. In 1589 the house was destroyed by skirmishes and shortly after the ruin was restored, fighting between French troops and soldiers of the stadholder destroyed it. castle again. Around 1900 the estate was bought by esquire Henri van Sypesteyn. He builds a sober ancestral castle on the foundations of the ruin from material from demolished historic buildings and churches. This castle has been set up as a museum about the family, but the museum also houses collections of art and crafts. The castle garden is also beautiful: the park is more than five hectares and has a (castle) garden, a maze and an orchard. These are separated by hedges, canals and ornamental fences from old country estates. When you arrive at Slot Zuylen, you will see that the castle is located in a park. The territory of one and a half hectares is enclosed by a snake wall. This wall is 120 meters long and is on the list of National Monuments. There are several national monuments on the site: the quay walls, a culvert, a bridge, the gatehouse, the corner tower, the coach house, the gardener's house, the castle farm, the wood storage and wagon shed, the playhouse, the iron fence and a vegetable garden are all large cultural-historical value. The history of the first castle goes all the way back to the thirteenth century, when a keep was built here. The castle became bigger and more extensive and in 1752 the castle was radically renovated for the last time. Today it houses a museum. You will then come across two forts: Fort De Gagel and Fort aan de Klop. Both are parts of the New Dutch Waterline. Fort De Gagel was built between 1819 and 1821, with L-shaped earthen walls with positions for artillery, which were erected behind excavated canals. From 1848 the fort was expanded considerably. Among other things, a bombproof guardhouse of 256 m2 was built. A moat was also constructed around this guardhouse and this building was also equipped with (heavy) artillery. Forty years later, the fort was reinforced again, filling in the moat around the guard house and drastically rebuilding the inside of the guard house. The state in which the guardhouse is now is the same as after the renovation in 1880. Fort aan de Klop was also built in 1819. This fort is strategically located and defended Utrecht. This fort is exploited for recreational use: you can camp there, drink a cup of tea in the tea house or spend the night in an inn. Between the restored historic sheds and the old guard house, you can imagine yourself back in time! The last point of interest during your trip is Slot Zuylen. The castle is located in a beautiful park, on an area of one and a half hectares that is enclosed by a snake wall. This wall is 120 meters long and is on the list of National Monuments. There are several national monuments on the site: the quay walls, a culvert, a bridge, the gatehouse, the corner tower, the coach house, the gardener's house, the castle farm, the wood storage and wagon shed, the playhouse, the iron fence and a vegetable garden are all large cultural-historical value. The history of the first castle goes all the way back to the thirteenth century, when a keep was built here. The castle became bigger and more extensive and in 1752 the castle was radically renovated for the last time. Today it houses a museum.
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# Description Distance
45
45 (3611AW, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
46
46 (Breedstraat, 3603BA, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 3.03 km
87
87 (3621BN, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 6.33 km
Oudaen (3621BG, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 6.62 km
84
84 (3621AG, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 8.19 km
Ridderhofstad Gunterstein (3621NE, Stichtse Vecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 8.40 km

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