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Dutch Water Line Route


Bike Tour: Dutch Water Line Route - 4 days

If you are interested in military heritage, this could be the cycling tour for you. It follows a former Defensive Line through tranquil countryside. Along the way, you will come across forts, trenches, fortified towns, sluices, rivers and areas of natural beauty. The lovely towns of Culemborg, Leerdam, Gorinchem and Vianen will be sure to enchant you. They exude a historical atmosphere. We also recommend a visit to Loevestein castle.
Day 1: Arrival in Bunnik
Day 2: Bunnik - Gorinchem
Day 3: Gorinchem - Bunnik
Day 4: Return Home

Day 1:    Arrival in Bunnik

Arrival in Bunnik

Day 2:    Bunnik - Gorinchem
60 km

From Bunnik, cycle past Fort bij Vechten to the Plofsluis, a unique type of sluice. It had to be blown up with explosives in order to block the canal so that the water intended for flooding certain areas of land could not flow into the canal instead. Next, cycle across Eiland van Schalkwijk, a true open-air museum for lovers of cultural and military history and nature. Discover imposing Fort Honswijk, Fort Werk aan de Korte Uitweg (with a fantastic tea garden), the trenches at Werk aan de Groeneweg and Fort Lunet aan de Snel. Cross the River Lek towards the historical town of Culemborg and cycle past Werk aan het Spoel, which has an appealing eatery with outdoor seating in the sunshine. The route continues past Fort Everdingen, home to Duits&Lauret beer brewery with tasting room. Then proceed to Diefdijklinie where you can look at some group shelters (bunkers). Subsequently, you will pass Fort Asperen, where you can look at contemporary art on display inside a tower fort. The tower fort sits on the bank of the River Linge. Its vault ceiling has been restored in a special, colourful way. It’s a good idea to stop for a break at the tavern. Next, set off for Fort Vuren. Then, enjoying great views of the River Waal, cycle to your destination of the day, the fortified town of Gorinchem. 

Day 3:    Gorinchem - Bunnik
63 km

Start the day with a short stroll through the fortified town of Gorinchem. This is one of the best-preserved fortified towns in the Netherlands. It boasts earthen town walls, windmills and impressive cannons. The friendly town centre boasts many cafes with outdoor seating, especially on the Oude Markt, old market square.
From Gorinchem, cycle to the city of Leerdam, known for its cheese and glass. If you like decorative glass, don’t miss the glass museum.
After that, you will cycle to Vianen. The city has lost its fortifications, but you can still see that it used to be a fortified town when you look at the street plan, the town walls and Lekpoort, the town gate that led to the River Lek. Vianen has 190 listed buildings of national historical importance. The Voorstraat is the place to be for a drink or a good meal or to do some shopping. 

Cross the River Lek by ferry. The historical town of Vreeswijk has three beautiful locks: Oude Sluis, Rijkshulpschutsluis, and Koninginnesluis. The journey continues to Fort Jutphaas, hidden away in a green oasis within urbanised Nieuwegein. The park-like terrain is open to the public.
From Nieuwegein your route continues to the city of Utrecht. Via the 4 historic Lunetten (small fortifications) in the Lunetten neighborhood of Utrecht and the inner city of Utrecht you cycle to Landgoederen Amelisweerd and Rhijnauwen and past Fort Rijnauwen, the largest fort of the New Dutch Water Line. From here, you will cycle back to your hotel in Bunnik. 

Day 4:    Return Home

After enjoying your hotel breakfast, it is time to go back home. Do you still have time to visit the city of Utrecht? From Bunnik station it is an eight-minute train trip to Utrecht Central Station. Utrecht is the fifth-largest city in the Netherlands. We recommend you visit the historical canal area, unique for its quays where you can sit sipping your drink in peace and quiet, away from the bustle of the street above.

Starting dates:
Daily from April 1 till September 27.
Prices €
Per person in a double room
3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
A supplement will be required for:
Single room (€ 30 x 3) 90,00
Dinner (€ 30 x 3) 90,00
Bike rental (€ 12 x 3) 36,00
E-Bike (€ 25 x 3) 75,00
Emergency Call Out Service/Bike breakdown pass (€ 2,75 x 3) 8,25
GPS rental 10,00
Extra night 70,00

Price pp
Double room, breakfast 295.00
Single room, breakfast 385.00
Dinner 90.00
Extra night (breakfast only) 70.00
Season surcharges
2020-07-01 - 2020-08-31 10.00
Rental bike
Child bike 30.00
Hybrid 36.00
Premium bike 60.00
Ebike 75.00
Extra services
Bike Breakdown pass € 2.75 x 3 8.25
Child seat € 5.00 x 3 15.00
Bike theft insurance € 3.00 x 3 9.00
E-bike theft insurance € 6.00 x 3 18.00
Theft insurance premium bike € 6.00 x 3 18.00
Extra luggage € 5.00 x 3 15.00
Add on bike € 6.00 x 3 18.00
Child trailer € 17.50 x 3 52.50
Bike helmet per piece 10.00
GPS per piece 20.00

Starting point:


Below are the accommodations that we book as standard for this trip. They are carefully selected by us for cyclists. All rooms have a shower or bath and toilet. If one of the hotels is fully booked, we will reserve a comparable alternative.

Postillion Hotel Bunnik *** (Bunnik)
Hotel Le Bon Apart *** (Gorinchem)

If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. Our touring bikes are 24-speed gear. You can find all the information regarding our rental bikes below.

You will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel. The hotel reception staff will give you the keys for your bikes and direct you to the bicycle shed. All bikes are provided with chain locks. 

Why the Dutch don't wear helmets! 

Instruction video hybrid bike and e-bike



practical info

3 Nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Tourist tax included

Breakfast included, Halfboard optional

Detailed roadbooks with maps and tourist information

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel


Parking possibilities at the hotel

GPS-tracks availible

Any ferry crossings are not included

Arrival info

Nearest Airport is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

The train from Schiphol to Bunnik departs 2 times per hour. Travel time is about 45 minutes. A single ticket costs approx €11- per person excl. bicycle.

For timetables and tickets, go to For bus details, how to reach the hotel,



....Wij hebben een heel leuke fietsvakantie gehad, mede dankzij het prachtige weer. Prima hotels en eten was ook goed. Hotel Gorinchem lag buiten centrum, niet erg maar je kunt niet even de mooie oude stad in lopen. Wel voldoende plaatsen onderweg om iets te gebruiken....

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