A beautiful sunny day and relax on the attractive garden terrace of NH Hotel Heemskerk Marquette. What else do you want? Dunes, beach and a dessert of cultural history? Then grab your steel steed for a bike ride through the area surrounding the hotel. It is a short route, so you can enjoy the good life on the terrace afterwards. & Nbsp;
On the eastern edge of the green Heemskerk you drive past Assumburg Castle. The castle probably dates from the thirteenth century, the current building was built in 1546. Although the castle looks solid, the walls are thin. This imitation castle was inhabited mainly by noble families, not by soldiers. After 1867 the castle was empty, the paneling and utensils were transferred to Castle Marquette. Next to the castle is a show garden designed in French Classicist style. You can visit this baroque garden. & Nbsp;
Just before Castricum aan Zee you cycle into the southern part of the Noordhollands Duinreservaat. This nature reserve consists of a varied, fairly wooded landscape. The area around the Zeeweg is fairly flat, surrounded by high dune tops. Take a moment to enjoy the silence and the lee. At one of the entrances to the reserve you will find a ticket machine where you can buy a day ticket (rate 2015: € 1.80 pp) with pin or credit card. The site of the administrator PWN explains how you can buy a ticket using your smartphone. & Nbsp;
The route starts and ends in style: at the enchanting NH Hotel Heemskerk Marquette. This hotel is located on an extensive thirteenth-century estate. Housed in a beautiful hotel building, the rooms feature first-class amenities and a private balcony or terrace with picturesque forest views.
You can enjoy gastronomic delights in the hotel building or - if you prefer an even more upscale environment - in the castle, located 700 meters away, in which the restaurant is located. Wherever you eat, your carefully prepared meals always consist of fresh ingredients. After your overnight stay you are fully equipped to cycle route 196058 from this special location. Optionally with a rental bike from the hotel.