The Zwin and Aardenburg

Knokke-Heist, Flanders, Belgium

Cycling route: 819534

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52.5 km
03:05 h
925 kcal
9 m


You cycle along the Zwin, a unique cross-border nature reserve. At the border with Belgium you will pass through some places worth seeing: Cadzand, Retranchement and Aardenburg.

Boundary marker
The Zwin is the former arm of the sea that connected Bruges with the North Sea. Over the centuries it has become silted up. The current beach channel now forms the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. The associated border marker number 369 is located entirely on Dutch territory, because it kept being washed away at its original location. The Zwin has an active creek system of salt marshes, mudflats, beaches and dunes, which is rare by Dutch standards. A beautiful nature reserve!

In the wide polders you pass through the charming Cadzand, after which you drive on to two former fortified towns: Retranchement and Sluis. There are still earthen walls and canals around both towns, a fun experience. Then you cycle to Aardenburg, the oldest town in Zeeland. You can enjoy a terrace at Restaurant De Kaaipoort before you drive to Sint Anna ter Muiden. You will find a historic atmosphere here due to the many well-preserved old buildings.

Parking Restaurant Windmill

Height Profile


# Description Distance
oosthoekplein (oosthoekplein, 8300, Knokke-Heist, Flanders, Belgium) 0.00 km
4 (8300, Knokke-Heist, Flanders, Belgium) 0.55 km
64 (8300, Knokke-Heist, Flanders, Belgium) 2.18 km
18 (8300, Knokke-Heist, Flanders, Belgium) 2.89 km
86 (8300, Knokke-Heist, Flanders, Belgium) 3.68 km
29 (4525ND, Sluis, Zeeland, The Netherlands) 7.92 km


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