The Vechtstreek is a typical Dutch landscape where nature, cultural history and recreation merge seamlessly. The many estates, castles, country houses, gardens and tea domes along the Vecht form a beautiful legacy of the prosperity from the 17th and 18th centuries. The meandering river was then an important trade route and became a popular country retreat for rich merchants and nobles. But the fortifications of the New Dutch Water Line are also characteristic landscape elements. Water plays a major role in the Vechtstreek region anyway. Peat bogs, polders, lakes and the recognizable patterns of peat extraction are natural defining elements. From west to east, an open landscape with meadows and narrow ditches, open water, vibrating peat, reedlands and swamp forests alternate harmoniously.
Cycling around Maarssen
A cultural landscape with villas and castles, historic villages, park-like forests, vast lakes and green meadows