Country Houses and Lakes Route

36.0 km

The Country Houses and Lakes Route connects a series of beautiful nature and water reserves and quintessential Dutch landscapes with windmills, historic farmsteads and centuries-old castles and country houses. It is a short but varied ride, leaving plenty of time to break for a refreshing dip, tasty lunch or visit to the Vechtstreek regional museum or the castle museum of Slot Zuylen.

Below are just a few of the beautiful country houses along the route:

  • Nieuwerhoek, in Loenen aan de Vecht. Built in the 17th century by the Hoek family, a Mennonite merchant family from Amsterdam;
  • Pupillenschool, former premilitary school dating from 1877, now a women's prison, on Zandpad in Nieuwersluis, next to cycle junction 02;
  • Rupelmonde, in Nieuwersluis. A stately 18th-century house with statues of Neptune and Mercury adorning the façade;
  • Kasteel Nijenrode, castle built in 1250 by Gerard Splinter van Ruwielt. The name …
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The Country Houses and Lakes Route connects a series of beautiful nature and water reserves and quintessential Dutch landscapes with windmills, historic farmsteads and centuries-old castles and country houses. It is a short but varied ride, leaving plenty of time to break for a refreshing dip, tasty lunch or visit to the Vechtstreek regional museum or the castle museum of Slot Zuylen.

Below are just a few of the beautiful country houses along the route:

  • Nieuwerhoek, in Loenen aan de Vecht. Built in the 17th century by the Hoek family, a Mennonite merchant family from Amsterdam;
  • Pupillenschool, former premilitary school dating from 1877, now a women's prison, on Zandpad in Nieuwersluis, next to cycle junction 02;
  • Rupelmonde, in Nieuwersluis. A stately 18th-century house with statues of Neptune and Mercury adorning the façade;
  • Kasteel Nijenrode, castle built in 1250 by Gerard Splinter van Ruwielt. The name Nijen Rode dates back to the original keep and means ‘new clearing’;
  • Buitenplaats Doornburg, country house owned and occupied by the Sisters of the Holy Sepulchre. In the 1960s, the nuns built a modern convent next door in the Bossche School style;
  • Vechtenstein, a large white house with an eye-catching green roof, built in the 1930s.
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Sights on this route

Starting point: Top Slot Zuylen
tournooiveld 1
3611 AW Oud-Zuilen

Castle Slot Zuylen

Tournooiveld 1
3611 AS Oud Zuilen
45 47

Herenweg 3
3602 AM Maarssen

Herenweg 53
3602 AN Maarssen
48 49 27

Nieuw Loosdrechtsedijk
1231 LJ Loosdrecht
28 26 07 25 02

Fort Nieuwersluis

Rijksstraatweg 7 B
3631 AA Nieuwersluis
84 87 46 45
End point: TOP Slot Zuylen
Toernooiveld 1
Oud-Zuilen
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27
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07
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02
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Managed by: Routebureau Utrecht