Wijk bij Duurstede

Wijk bij Duurstede Tour

Cycle to the river Rhine


65 km, 6-8 hours
€40,- pp without bike hire
€50,- pp including bike hire

Wijk bij Duurstede

Wijk bij Duurstede Tour

Cycle to the river Rhine


65 km, 6-8 hours
€40,- pp without bike hire
€50,- pp including bike hire

Every few kilometers a completely different landscape! This long cycle tour has it all: heath, woodland, farmland, rivers, canals, hills, polders, country estates, castles, churches, windmills, farms, bunkers, trenches etc.


Cows den Treek In the first part of our tour we cycle through heath, woodland and farmland to the lovely historic town Wijk bij Duurstede. We pass through Den Treek and Sandenburg country estates. painting the windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede by Jacob van Ruisdael 1670 The famous painting by Jacob van Ruisdael depicts the windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede (1670). In front the river Lek, in the distance Kasteel Duurstede (Duurstede Castle) and on the right Saint John's Church.

Today Wijk bij Duurstede is a compact town where the paintings landmarks are still present. A gravel cycle path takes us around Duurstede Castle, nowadays a beautiful ruin used as a site for weddings and special occasions. Saint John's Church now called "de Grote Kerk" (the Big Church) has a characteristic flat rooftop tower. Money ran out and there wasn't enough to make the tower higher and erect a spire. Ruisdaels windmill was destroyed in 1672. The fantastic windmill Rijn en Lek we see today also dates from the 17th century. We are able to cycle through the windmill which is a great place for taking holiday photographs. It is the only drive-through windmill in the world!


Ferry Wijk bij Duurstede At Wijk bij Duurstede the river Rijn (Rhine) branches into the Lek and the Kromme Rijn (Crooked Rhine). We cycle on top of the river dike along the Rhine to Amerongen. Amerongen is a small picturesque village with cobbled streets which also has a beautiful castle (Kasteel Amerongen ), windmill and church. Leaving Amerongen behind, we cycle across the Amerongse Berg - at only 68m the highest point in the Utrecht Provence.

Valleikanaal (Valley Canal) Leusden The last part takes us along the Valleikanaal (Valley Canal) back to Amersfoort. The Valleikanaal was part of the Grebbelinie an 18th century defence system against foreign armies based on flooding large parts of the country. In 1939 the Grebbe line was once again fortified against a German attack on the Netherlands. In recent years the defence works have been reconstructed to make them more visible.

This tour includes

  • Bike rental

This tour does not include

  • Lunch, food or drinks