A beautiful sunny day and relaxing on the atmospheric 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 hotel's surroundings. It's a short route, so you can enjoy the good life on the terrace afterwards.
On the eastern edge of the green Heemskerk you drive past Slot Assumburg. 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 therefore mainly inhabited by noble families, not by soldiers. After 1867 the castle was empty, the paneling and utensils were transferred to Marquette Castle. Next to the castle is a beautiful garden, laid out in French-classical style. This baroque garden can be visited.
Just before Castricum aan Zee you cycle into the southern part of the North Holland Dune Reserve. 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 shelter. 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 administrator PWN explains how you can buy a ticket using your smartphone.
The route starts and ends in style: at the enchanting NH Hotel Heemskerk Marquette. This hotel is located on a sprawling thirteenth-century estate. Housed in a beautiful hotel building, the rooms feature first-class amenities and a private balcony or terrace with picturesque views of the forest.
You can enjoy gastronomically in the hotel building or - if you go for an even more chic environment - in the castle, 700 meters away, in which the restaurant is located. Wherever you eat, your carefully prepared meals are always made with 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.