Castles & Gardens Cycleseeing Route
Fairy-tale castles and gardens, forts, all cycling distance from Amsterdam. Some were part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam (UNESCO World Heritage Site), others were owned by wealthy 17th-century merchants. Most are well-preserved with beautifully maintained gardens. More than worth cycleseeing!
Cycle route highlights:
This 19th-century fort was part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. Historical walks often take place around the fortress grounds. The nearby Paviljoen Puur restaurant also makes for a great pit stop.
A real medieval castle built in 1296 by order of Count Floris V, and one of the most famous castles in the Netherlands. There's lots to explore here, from the castle grounds to the extensive collection hidden within its walls. Take a break in the plum orchard and historic gardens: they are worth the stop.
Weesp is a town 700 years old and one of the fourteen fortified towns of the country. The protected historical centre has forts, windmills, a museum and several cosy terraces along the water.
Rent a bike
De Oldenburger fietsspecialist: Stationsplein 2A, 1382 AD Weesp;
Black bikes rental Oostpoort/Muiderpoort: Land van Cocagneplein 1E, 1093 NB Amsterdam.