In the heart of the Netherlands you will find beauty between the Lek and Linge rivers. A beautiful piece of the Netherlands with polders, green nature, dikes, windmills, farms, cities and villages.
Situated along the Linge river, Leerdam is an old fortified city famed for its glass. Walk along the picturesque old city wall – the Zuidwal – and on the way stop in at Museum Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden, one of Leerdam’s many museums. Inside this elegant walled hofje, with lovely inner and outer gardens, you’ll find a unique collection of paintings by 17th-century Dutch masters. Then explore the city centre with its shops and galleries, or learn all about its history on a guided walk.More information
Boasting more than 190 national listed buildings, Vianen is a beautiful city whose history is visible everywhere you look. The old city centre of Vianen is still home to many of the medieval fortifications, with a city moat, walls and gate. This gate, known as the Lekpoort, dates back to the 15th century, and its tower originally housed a prison. Stroll down the bustling Voorstraat, where you’ll find lots of café terraces plus the striking town hall, built in 1425, and the Stedelijk Museum Vianen. This city museum has a permanent display about the history of Vianen plus an interesting mix of exhibitions.More information
A natural gem still undiscovered by most tourists, the Zouweboezem nature reserve is filled with wonderful flora and fauna. In the 14th century this area was excavated to drain off excess water from the neighbouring polders. Now it’s an oasis of peace, mingling pastures, reed swamps and water. Wooden footpaths and viewing platforms have been laid out in the reserve, allowing visitors to easily cross through the reeds and feel at one with nature. Keep your camera at the ready: the wetlands serve as a home and breeding ground for many species of birds. From purple herons to Savi’s warblers and from marsh harriers to spotted crakes, you can admire them all here.More information
Probably one of the oldest cities in the county of Holland, Ameide’s long history makes it a treasure trove of historic architecture. Such as the old town hall and the Reformed church, thought to be the only two 17th-century buildings to survive a fire set by the French in 1672.
Boasting 45 forts, 6 fortresses and 2 castles, the New Dutch Water Line is the Netherlands’ largest national heritage site! Between the Lek and Linge rivers you’ll see a variety of defensive works including locks, bunkers and Fort Everdingen along the Diefdijk. This tower fort was built in 1847 to keep enemy armies from crossing the Lek river and dyke and breaching the defence line. These days, the fort is home to the Duits & Lauret beer brewery, where you can enjoy one of their home brews and grab a bite for lunch.
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