South Utrecht Waterline cycle route
In the mood to escape the hectic pace of the city and explore a unique bit of Dutch history? In that case, hop on your bike and follow this route to explore the New Dutch Waterline. Discover the multifaceted nature of the Waterline through a variety of waterline highlights. One thing you definitely won't want to miss is Fort Vechten, with its interactive Waterline Museum. You’ll also pass the Plofsluis lock and cycle across the Island of Schalkwijk. Nowhere else has the Waterline landscape been so well preserved as here, with the many forts, canals and the ‘Gedekte Gemeenschapsweg’ (a historic military road protected by an earth wall).
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Sights on this route
Fortresses of the four Lunetten
The four crescent shaped forts of Lunetten have been build between 1822 and 1828 as part of the Dutch Water Line.
This is the masterpiece of Gerrit Rietveld, the designer who built the house in 1924, commissioned by the wilful Truus Schröder.
TOP Fort bij Vechten
Fort Werk aan de Korte Uitweg
Fort Werk aan de Korte Uitweg (Fort WKU) is located near the Lek River on the island of Schalkwijk. Here, where the kingfisher swoops over the water and you can hear the grass rustling, you will find a tearoom and a designated Natuurkampeerterrein.
Fort Honswijk, situated on the Lek River, is one of the most prominent forts of the New Dutch Waterline. Fort Honswijk's tower (built between 1841 and 1848) is the oldest and largest in the Waterlinie and possesses singular architectural beauty.
Fort de Batterijen
Covering two hectares of ground, Fort de Batterijen is a magnificent outdoor location. Fort de Batterijen comprises two monumental buildings, each with their own distinctive atmosphere: the artillery...
This cycle route follows the cycle junction network. Follow the junctions: 33 - 34 - 37 - 38 - 41 - 40 - 39 - 98 - 99 - 01 - 67 - 66 - 64 - 14 - 18 - 16 - 15 - 06 - 68 - 27 - 32.