Stately homes and gardens near Amsterdam

The landscape along the banks of the winding River Vecht remains marked by iconic castles (such as at Breukelen and Muiden), ambitious country estates, picturesque villages and historic fortifications (perhaps most impressively at Naarden) – many of the sites dating from the Golden Age, when Amsterdam’s wealthy merchants would retreat to rural locations to relax in summertime. The region is still best explored by boat or by bike, offering great views all along the river, countless spots to stop for a romantic stroll and with many quality eateries and cafes along the way.