Enjoy the river Vecht for a day
The river Vecht runs through the municipality Stichtse Vecht, which consists of 12 cores. The towns of Loenen, Breukelen and Maarssen are the best-known. It's a very popular area among both sailers, cyclists and pedestrians because the riverbanks of the Vecht are studded with beautiful historical estates, teahouses, castles and windmills.
Start by boat
The best way to experience all the beauty of the Vecht is handsdown by boat. For this reason you start this daytrip from the town of Loenen (aan de Vecht), where you hop on board of a whisper-silent salon boat from shipping company Vonk. Boats sail with a minimum of 8 passengers.
The boat moors at its final destination, Maarssen, across from Landgoed Goudestein (Goudestein Estate). On the quay there are bikes (provided by Vonk) awaiting you. Nearby Landgoed Goudestein you'll find the Vechtstreekmuseum. The Tourist Information Center (VVV) of Stichtse Vecht is located at this museum.
Continue by bike
From Maarssen you cycle back to Loenen at your leisure. It is possible to request a lunchbox in advance, but there are also a lot of spots along the route back that serve great lunches. In the town of Oud Zuilen for example, lies Bistro Belle, with a terrace on the waterfront that provides a gorgeous view on the Vecht in front, and borders the lush gardens of Slot Zuylen castle at the back. We'd highly recommend combining your lunch with a visit to this museum castle. On weekends they organise guided tours.
At the end of your cyclingtrip, you hand in your bike at the operator upon arrival in Loenen.
If you're interested in spending several days in this area, there are multiple options to spend the night here. Camping is possible at Fort Spion, just outside Loenen. This fort is part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie and was built between 1845 and 1847. Around Fort Spion, there’s a small camping terrain with 10 spots. Sanitation is available at the main building. It's also possible to spend a night at the depot or the bomb-proof guardhouse. Of course you'll also find fine hotels and cosy Bed & Breakfasts in the municipality of Stichtse Vecht.