Walk along the River Vecht at Slot Zuylen

(13.0 km) 20,000 steps

Put on your hiking boots for a delightful walk featuring beautiful views and monumental estates. The walk will take you on a route past Slot Zuylen, a castle, windmills, the River Vecht and the Maarsseveense Kleine Plas lake.

The trail starts at TOP Zuylen Castle. From there, you set off in a south-easterly direction towards Fort aan de Klop. This fort was built in 1819 as part of the New Dutch Waterline. The shellproof guardhouse of this fort now houses a brasserie.

From there, retrace your steps to Zuylen Castle and continue to the Maarsseveense Kleine Plas. Along the way, you pass the windmills of the Westbroek and Buitenweg polders, which are respectively the largest and smallest windmills in the province of Utrecht. The windmills are connected by a monumental series of locks.

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Put on your hiking boots for a delightful walk featuring beautiful views and monumental estates. The walk will take you on a route past Slot Zuylen, a castle, windmills, the River Vecht and the Maarsseveense Kleine Plas lake.

The trail starts at TOP Zuylen Castle. From there, you set off in a south-easterly direction towards Fort aan de Klop. This fort was built in 1819 as part of the New Dutch Waterline. The shellproof guardhouse of this fort now houses a brasserie.

From there, retrace your steps to Zuylen Castle and continue to the Maarsseveense Kleine Plas. Along the way, you pass the windmills of the Westbroek and Buitenweg polders, which are respectively the largest and smallest windmills in the province of Utrecht. The windmills are connected by a monumental series of locks.

The last part of the route follows the river Vecht, taking in the villages of Maarssen and Oud-Zuilen. This delightful trail offers many lovely views and historic country estates, including the 17th-century Huis ten Bosch in Maarssen.

How to get there
The route starts at TOP zuylen Castle. A Tourist Transfer Point (TOP) is a starting point where you can leave your car and continue on foot, by bike or by boat. TOPs are easily reached by car and offer ample parking space. A large number of them are located near a hotel, restaurant and/or cafe and some of them have charging points for e-bikes. If you are coming by train, you can also start the route at trainstation Driebergen-Zeist.

Sights on this route

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TOP Oud-Zuilen, Slot Zuylen
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TOP Oud-Zuilen, Slot Zuylen
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Fort aan de Klop is like a green oasis in the city of Utrecht. You are already there if you cycle fifteen minutes from the Dom along the Vecht. The fort is located on the border of the Overvecht and Zuilen districts.

Fort aan de Klop
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Slot Zuylen, a place to wander and wonder at! Slot Zuylen Castle is situated on the river Vecht in the tiny village of Oud-Zuilen near Utrecht.

Castle Slot Zuylen
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TOP Maarsseveense Plassen
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TOP Oud-Zuilen, Slot Zuylen

Directions

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TOP Oud-Zuilen, Slot Zuylen

This walking route is based on junctions. The network can be recognised by the orange shields with blue numbers and arrows. Follow the numbers: 53 – 54 – 57 – 58 – 31 – 58 – 57 – 55 – 56 – 46 – 45 – 86 – 85 – 87 – 43 – 42 – 41 – 49 – 48 – 52 – 53.

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TOP Oud-Zuilen, Slot Zuylen
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  • 54
  • 57
  • 58
  • 31
  • 58
  • 57
  • 55
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  • 46
  • 45
  • 86
  • 85
  • 87
  • 43
  • 42
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  • 49
  • 48
  • 52
  • 53

Attributes

Managed by: Routebureau Utrecht