Tour of windmills and forts around Utrecht

De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 318696

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44.7 km
02:37 h
787 kcal
12 m


Get to know the many beautiful things that Utrecht has to offer: a historic city center, stately forests and vast polders. The unique fortress village of Blauwkapel is also on your route.

The last of the Mohicans
Just like good wine, the old city center of Utrecht doesn't need a wreath. With its authentic atmosphere and many old buildings, it is always an experience to cycle here. You will see, among other things, Rijn en Zon, a flour mill that was still built in a rural area in 1913. Dozens of windmills once stood in Utrecht, Rijn en Zon is one of the two remaining examples.

The polders of the Kromme Rijn
Outside Utrecht you drive over old dikes through the wide polders of the Kromme Rijn. You will be surprised how quiet it can be so close to Utrecht. From afar you can see the corn mill Rijn & Weert, dating from 1882, looming on the horizon. Just like the Utrechtse Heuvelrug that you cycle up a bit near Zeist. At the edge of the forest of the Beerschot estate, you can end this beautiful day in style with a meal and overnight stay at Van der Valk Hotel De Bilt - Utrecht

Blauwkapel: from village to fortress
The route takes you past two forts from the New Dutch Waterline. In addition to Fort Voordorp, you also pass Fort Blauwkapel, one of the largest forts in the water line. The fort was built in 1821 around the village of Blauwkapel. Blauwkapel only lost its military function in the 1960s, it is now a protected village view. In the village, the fifteenth-century church Den Blauwen Capel is still in use. Do you want to discover more of this beautiful region? Then get on your bike to ride the routes 115155, 115158 and 115802. Or put on your hiking boots for route 318697.

Hotel Windmill Fort

Height Profile


# Description Distance
Van der Valk Hotel De Bilt - Utrecht (De Holle Bilt, 3732 HM, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
88 (3732HJ, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.69 km
89 (Burgemeester De Withstraat, 3732EN, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 1.12 km
Fort Voordorp (Fort Voordorp, 3737BK, De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 2.95 km
90 (3566ML, Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 4.54 km
Fort Blauwkapel (3566MP, Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 4.81 km


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