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The LF16 takes you along the meandering River Overijsselse Vecht from Zwolle to the German town of Darfeld. Once an important trade route, the river is now lined with picturesque villages and grand castles and manor houses.
Thatched farms in the village of Rheeze. Photo © Holland-Cycling.comThatched farms in the village of Rheeze. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Ships laden with goods sailing up and down the river, merchants selling their wares, smugglers avoiding high toll fees - the region’s rich trading history is still tangible in the Hanze towns of Zwolle and Ommen. Erosion and sedimentation have shaped this unique landscape, making it home to some rare flora and fauna.

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LF16 Vecht Valley Route (Vechtdalroute)

Route: Zwolle - Darfeld (Germany)
Distance: 230 km
Connections: Zwolle - LF3LF9
Neuenhaus - LF14
Maps: Online cycle route planner, or any good cycle map
GPS tracks: Download from Nederland Fietsland