Nostalgic cycling tour at the Engbertsdijksvenen

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Twenterand
  • 41.02 km (Approximately 02:24 u)
  • Cycling route 749034

Nostalgic cycling tour at the Engbertsdijksvenen

  • The Netherlands
  • Overijssel
  • Twenterand
  • 41.02 km (Approximately 02:24 u)
  • Cycling route 749034

Let yourself be transported back to days long gone with a trip through the historic peat area at Vriezenveen. You cycle along the Engbertsdijksvenen and the Veenmuseum Westerhaar.

Peat Museum
From Vriezenveen you drive into the wide polders. Veenmuseum Westerhaar is an open-air museum with peat huts, an old typical Vriezenveen farm and a nineteenth-century shop-cum-taproom. You can let yourself be driven around the site in an original peat train. The Engbertsdijksvenen is an extensive peat area with heather, forests and fens. It is a remnant of the large peat swamp that once covered the northeast of the Netherlands. Walk a short distance on the club path to enjoy the beautiful nature.

In Sibculo you will then pass the grounds of the Great Galilee Cistercian Monastery, which was built around the year 1400. Little of this monastery has been preserved, but its history is kept alive in the museum 'Visible Past'. In Langeveen you can get off at Café Nobbenhuis for a refreshing pit stop. Further on you will pass the Blue Berry nursery "De Greftenhoeve". Back in Vriezenveen you can visit the Historical Museum, highly recommended.

Pause places

Café Nobbenhuis

Nobbenhuis 215
7679 VL Tubbergen

Café? Nobbenhuis is a cozy village caf? in the Twentse Langeveen, a village near the German border. Nobbenhuis is a place for anyone who wants to have a drink. In addition, the café? about an excellent kitchen where the tastiest dishes are prepared for you. For cyclists and hikers an ideal starting, resting and stopping point to discover German and Twente hospitality.


Veenmuseum Westerhaar

Veenmuseum Vriezenveenseveld
7671TB Twenterand

In this open air museum life and work in the peat is depicted. On the site you can visit a number of peat huts, an old typical Vriezenveen farm and a small shop-adjoining taproom like those that occurred in the region at the end of the 19th century. You can let yourself be driven around the terrain in an original peat train.


7693 TD Twenterand

This peat area is the largest preserved piece of continuous high moor in the Netherlands. The area is beautiful to see in all seasons. In the spring the heather frogs wake up and in the late spring the birches start to get their fresh green color. Songbirds such as tree pipits and bluethroats are then heard. In the summer you see tree falcons hunting and in the fall cranes fly overhead. Winter means peace and space. In short, there is always something beautiful to experience here.

Cisterciënklooster Groot Galilea

7693 PP Hardenberg

This abbey was built in 1403 on the spot where a marsh used to be found. In 1412 the monastery became part of the Cistercian order. During the Guelders Wars in the sixteenth century, the monastery was looted several times and a fire in 1523 also caused a lot of damage. In 1579, the Protestant religion was introduced in Overijssel, whereby all monastery was abolished. The buildings of this monastery then fell into ruins and the above-ground part of the monastery was demolished. The remains of the abbey can be found in the ground of the site near the village of Sibculo. In 2016, a monastery garden was set up on this site. This garden and grounds are maintained by volunteers.

Blauwe Bessen kwekerij “De Greftenhoeve”

7671 PC Twenterand

This nursery is specialized in growing blueberries for fresh consumption. You can buy blueberries, but it is of course more fun to pick them yourself from the self-picking land. In the barnyard, under the old oaks or in the hay shed you can enjoy a cup of coffee with blueberry flan.

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