Dutch Water Defence Lines Weekend Tour

(102.0 km)

This weekend tour begins in Weesp and passes by numerous forts of the Dutch Water Defence Lines. You’ll cycle through an incredible water-rich landscape that includes the Loosdrechtse, Ankeveense and Vinkeveense lakes and the Vecht river.

Three Weekend Tours
Go on a journey of discovery across a distinctive military landscape and cycle through up to five defe…

This weekend tour begins in Weesp and passes by numerous forts of the Dutch Water Defence Lines. You’ll cycle through an incredible water-rich landscape that includes the Loosdrechtse, Ankeveense and Vinkeveense lakes and the Vecht river.

Three Weekend Tours
Go on a journey of discovery across a distinctive military landscape and cycle through up to five defence lines and 2,000 years of military history. During three weekend tours ranging from 100 to 125 kilometres that largely run through the Province of Utrecht, you’ll enjoy a mix of stunning natural scenery, robust fortresses, wide rivers and beautiful terraces. The tours run along marked cycling routes and are therefore easy to follow. You’ll pedal through a charming backdrop of waterways, greenery and fortified towns that tell the story of days gone by. After relaxing and refreshing with a tasty beer at one of the forts, you’ll continue cycling along fortresses, dykes, sluices, canals, casemates, group shelters and large green areas that could be flooded on command: an ingenious system that used to protect the Netherlands against enemy troops. You can also enjoy the three weekend tours during the week, of course. Hop on your bike and explore these traditional Dutch defence lines. 

Utrecht’s defence lines
Dive into the unique story of the Roman limes, the Old Dutch Waterline, the Grebbe Line and the Dutch Water Defence Lines (made up of the New Dutch Waterline and the Defence Line of Amsterdam). The weekend tours tell the story of 2,000 years of military history. You’ll immerse yourself in our centuries-long battle against the enemy, in which water played a leading role. Nowhere in the world are water managers as creative as in the Netherlands, where a large part of the country lies below sea level. Dykes, dams and sluices keep our feet dry, but they also come in handy when flooding a piece of land to create an obstacle for the enemy: too deep to wade through, too shallow to sail. And so our unique military defence lines took shape over the centuries with forts, sluices, strategic landscape and natural features.

Sights on this route

Starting point: Herengracht 1
1382 AE Weesp
44
1

Weesp
Slijkstraat
1381 BA WEESP
16
2

De Vesting Muiden
Herengracht
1398 AA Muiden
3

Muiderslot
Herengracht 1
1398 AA Muiden
17
18
4

Vestingstad Naarden
Ruijsdaelplein 10
1411 EA Naarden-Vesting
33
5

Het Nederlands Vestingmuseum
Westwalstraat 6
1411 PB Naarden
34
34
37
10
08
38
39
01
02
6

Fort Kijkuit
Gabriëlweg 6
1241 ND Kortenhoef
03
04
04
25
02
7

Rijksstraatweg 7 b
3631 AA Nieuwersluis
84
8

Breukelen
3
05
07
06
62
24
58
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52
39
9

Waverdijk 19
3646 AS Nessersluis
01
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29
10

Molenweg 19
1391 CG Abcoude
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27
11

Fort bij Nigtevecht
Velterslaan 1
1391 HV Abcoude
26
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74
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12

Fort bij Hinderdam
Hinderdam 7
1394 JB Nederhorst den Berg
46
13

Fort Uitermeer
Uitermeer
1381 HP Weesp
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14

Fort aan de Ossenmarkt
Ossenmarkt 44
1381 LX Weesp
44
End point: Herengracht 1
1382 AE Weesp
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Managed by: Routebureau Utrecht