The Landscape

In the regions of De Ronde Venen and Rondehoep, the landscape consists of low-lying polders that were shaped in the past through peat extraction and poldering. It is a typical Dutch peat meadow area, crisscrossed by peat streams and a spiderweb-like pattern of ditches. To the east, you find the Vinkeveense Plassen, a large nature and water sports area with characteristic elongated parcels created during the Golden Age by draining swamps. Peat extraction has given the Vinkeveense Plassen its distinctive fan-shaped design with numerous ditches and drying plots that then disappear into the gentle waves of the peat lakes. Along the meandering rivers, the outlines of fortresses and batteries emerge, which once served the purpose of defending the area where the royal family, government, and army could retreat in case of an attack on the Netherlands.

Polders and Farmlands

Swamps and Peatlands

Lakes and Ponds

Estates and Heritage

Bike with us

Virtual cycling in De Ronde Venen and Rondehoep

Route map

You will bike in the vicinity of the towns of Amsterdam, Abcoude, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Vinkeveen, and Weesp.

Start and finish at bike node 71 on the Abcouderstraatweg in Amsterdam-Zuidoost. However, this bike route is a circular tour, so it offers the possibility to start from any of the following bike nodes.

71 - 69 - 62 - 68 - 1 - 2 - 49 - 48 - 44 - 38 - 17 - 30 - 31 - 33 - 52 - 74 - 83 - 26 - 65 - 27 - 28 - 71

Elevation meters