Cycle & Walk the pittoresque Dutch countryside

the region

Taking the ferry to Muiden, brings you to possibly the most diverse region of Holland. With all different landscapes and nature like woods, heath, a beautiful coastline, polders, lakes and the pitoresque river Vecht.

In the old fortified towns like Naarden, Muiden and Weesp you’ll be able to get a whiff of history and culture and in places like Huizen, Bussum, Hilversum, Laren you can shop, dine, wander around and enjoy architecture. The region is specially well suited to explore by bike, on foot, canoëing or skeelering. And of course sailing or boating on the Dutch lakes or the Vecht is a pleasure in itself.

Do you want to learn more about this fascinating region? The website presents all information for your visit. For full information on the combination of sailing and biking with the tourist ferry, check Ferry to the Forts (mobile website).

Multi media tours

On board of the vessels of the Amsterdam Tourist Ferry you can listen to two specially made multi-media tours about the IJmeer and the surrounding area.

The free Gooi & Vecht tour app (for IOS and Android) helps you in using these tours. Once on dry land again, you can use the app to find other interesting tours on the region.

Biking the fortress stretch

Audio tours of the Fortress Stretch bicycle tour and the fortified town of Naarden hike can be found HERE for iOs and HERE for android.

biking back to amsterdam

When you take the Amsterdam Tourist Ferry to Muiden, you can bring a bike (your own or a rental bike from Amsterdam) and cycle back to Amsterdam.

Want to rent a bike in Amsterdam? That can be done at five locations of MacBike in the centre of Amsterdam or at Rent-a-bike.

visit the fortified town of muiden

Besides Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot, the fortified town of Muiden has a lot to offer visitors. Walk the nature path along the fortress Westbatterij and enjoy the view over the IJsselmeer, take place on one of the terraces of the cafe’s on the Herenstraat to watch traffic passing the Great Locks in the River Vecht or explore the fortifications of Muiden. In Muiden you’ll find a number of important defence works like fortress island Pampus, Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot and barracks and bunker in and around the town. Pampus and Amsterdam castle have their own page in the mobile site with more specific visitor information.

If you bring your bike onboard the Amsterdam Tourist Ferry, it is possible to cycle back to Amsterdam.

Bringing your bicycle is free, but please reserve a spot for your bike when booking your tickets.