The route starts at TOP Abcoude and partly runs along the winding river Gein. Further on - on the other side of the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal - at Nigthevecht you follow the Vecht and along the"Wide Blik\\\" and the"Loenderveense plas\\\"
The White Lady
De Witte Dame is the current name for the former station building that opened in 1871 and served until 1977. There was room for the station service on the ground floor. Three service residences were built on the top floor: for the station master, for the station keeper and for the bridge keeper. The building was completely renovated in 2015 and now houses a Bed&Breakfast with a restaurant. The footpath leads to Fort Abcoude over the De Witte Dame site.
Address: Stationsplein 3, Abcoude Internet: www.hoteldewittedame.nl
The Oostzijdse molen, also known as the Mondriaan molen, is a Dutch 8-sided ground sailer on the river Gein, which was used as a polder mill. The mill is completely intact and"milling\\\". The Mondriaan mill has been the setting for many painters, including Mondriaan and Roelofs. Until 1950, this paddlewheel mill drained the Oostzijdse polder. The mill is currently used as a holiday home and meeting location. When the mill is running you are welcome for a visit!
Address: Gein Zuid 14, Abcoude Internet: www.oostzijdsemolen.nl
Fort near Nigtevecht
Hidden in the greenery, Fort bij Nigtevecht is located on a quiet road near the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. In and around this fortress nature is central. You can also enjoy a lovely walk and enjoy the various animal species in the area, such as the grebe and the reed warbler. There is a memorial site on the fort. Here the deceased can be commemorated, together or alone, and with or without ashes. Moreover, you can make a memorial yourself. Fort bij Nigtevecht is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort at Nigtevecht was built to defend the accesses formed by the Merwede Canal (now the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal) and the Vecht. It also protected the locks between these waters. A special feature of the fortress are the two restored buildings that used to house the lifting domes. The lifting turrets in 1940 were removed by the Germans and melted down for weapons production.
Velterslaan 1, 1391 HV Abcoude
Wijde Blik is the largest and deepest lake in the Vechtplassen, because not only peat, but also sand has been extracted here for years. The lake usually does not freeze over in winter. Winter visitors such as goldeneye, mallard and widgeon benefit from this. In the spring, the great and lesser reed warbler, grebe, coot and reed warbler nest in the reed beds.
Special plants such as the gallows live in the pond. The rare plant does well here, because the water mainly consists of calcareous, nutrient-poor seepage water. Natuurmonumenten has limited the influx of nutrient-rich water from the Vecht.
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