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Traditional fishing villages and fortress towns offer you a glimpse into their bygone glory days - the LF23 takes you along the former Zuiderzee coast, steeped in history.
Traditional fishing village of Spakenburg. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Traditional fishing village of Spakenburg. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Once a raging sea, now a tamed sweet water lake: the IJsselmeer. Centuries of battling against floods ended in 1932 when the Zuiderzee was dammed off from the North Sea, changing this region forever. The Hanze towns of Kampen and Harderwijk, the fortress towns of Elburg, and Naarden and the traditional fishing village of Spakenburg - known for its traditional costume - show you different sides of the region’s rich history.

Together the LF21, LF22 and LF23 form the Zuiderzee Route (Zuiderzeeroute), one of the most popular Dutch long-distance routes that takes you all around the IJsselmeer.

Combine this long-distance route with a day trip. We recommend:

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Route: Kampen - Amsterdam
Distance: 115 km
Connections: Kampen - LF3-1, LF3-2, LF15, LF22
Elburg - LF9
Amsterdam - LF2, LF7, LF20, LF21
Maps: Online cycle route planner, or any good cycle map
GPS tracks: Download from Nederland Fietsland
Please note that all the LF routes are to undergo a radical overhaul in 2017-2021. In spring 2019 the LF23 is scheduled to be replaced by a new Zuiderzee Route.