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Lazy, gentle cycling route full of history and culture: How about the River Vecht?
Lazy, gentle cycling route full of history and culture: How about the River Vecht?
 
The River Vecht
 
Winding its way majestically between Amsterdam and Utrecht, the river Vecht makes the perfect, tranquil cycle route. The countryside along this river, in particular the 35km between Weesp and Utrecht, is characterised by quiet lanes, country mansions (built with the wealth of Dutch merchants), castles and scenic vistas. The river itself makes up the LF16 Vecht Valley Route that stretches for 230km from Zwolle to Darfeld in Germany.
 
Some particularly interesting towns on route include monument-packed Breukelen - a town with a name that’s known as far away as America (Breukelen becoming Brooklyn after Dutch immigrants settled there in the 17th century). Further down the Vecht are the towns of Loenen and Vreeland, two lovely old towns with notable architectural heritage.
 
Of particular interest is the town of Utrecht (www.visit-utrecht.com). This lively and beautiful university town has plenty to see and is dominated by the impressive 14th century Dom tower. The car free centre is steeped in history, and has an attractive network of canals to explore. So beautiful is this majestic town, that it has been described by In your Pocket as “Netherlands’ most charming city” (www.inyourpocket.com).
 
 
Utrecht has no shortages of cafes, restaurants and places to visit, and is in the running to become European Capital of Culture in 2018.