Utrecht Forts Cycle Route

Exploring the New Dutch Waterline

Distance: 52 or 37 km

View of the Dom Tower from the Oudegracht. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

View of the Dom Tower from the Oudegracht. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

This route takes you around the Utrecht area to explore the historic forts of the New Dutch Waterline - a 85 km-long military line of defence that relied on forts, bunkers, fortress towns and inundated land to protect the city of Amsterdam and the centre of Holland. The route starts and finishes in the medieval town of Utrecht.

You leave Utrecht via the Vecht, a picturesque river lined with castles and country estates. This is where rich merchants from Amsterdam built their grand summer retreats in the Dutch Golden Age. From the village of Breukelen the route takes you along the fortresses of the New Dutch Waterline - some of which are open to the public. You return to the centre of Utrecht via the Dom tower and the most famous canal in Utrecht - the Oudegracht.

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Utrecht Forts Cycle Route

Distance: 52 km (3h30) or 37 km (2h30)
Type of route: Day trip, round trip
Starting point: Utrecht Centraal train station
- Bicycle rental
GPS: Download this route as a GPX file:
- GPX Route 52 km
- GPX Route 37 km

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