We will cycle along the full length of the Eem
river (formely Amer River). At 18 km (11 miles) it is the longest
river flowing entirely in the Netherlands.
We start in Amersfoort
where the river is fed by the Vallei (Valley) Canal and a number of
The river flows through beautiful farmland with grazing
sheep and cattle. We cycle through several Eemland bird reserve
areas. Especially between May and June these are abound with meadow
We reach the Eemmeer (Eem Lake,the river mouth). Across the water
we see the Flevopolder drained between 1950 and 1968.
We continue our
route towards Bunschoten-Spakenburg.
Spakenburg is a former fishing
village on the Zuiderzee. The fishermen caught the fish on their
traditional fishing vessels called botters.
The old harbour and wharf
is now a museum harbour. It is home to a third of the Dutch botter
fleet. We make a bottertrip on the former Zuiderzee and experience
sailing the boat ourselves (optional activity). Nowadays there is no
more distinction between Spakenburg and its neighbouring village
We continue our tour through the beautiful old parts of what is
officially called Bunschoten-Spakenburg with some nice churches
and a windmill (Korenmolen De Hoop ). A new cycle route through the polder along the
river Laak and excellent cycle paths through modern Amersfoort take us
back to our starting point.