Boating route Breukelen - Maarssen - Oud-Zuilen

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Castles and country houses

The cruise along the Vecht from Breukelen to Oud-Zuilen is rural and varied. You will encounter numerous magnificent country houses along the meandering river, such as Nyenrode, Bolenstein, Goudenstein and Boom and Bosch.

Boarding at Gunterstein

Gunterstein is a block-shaped mansion built in the classicist style. It can be viewed upon request. The boarding point for your cruise is across the street from this country house. You can park a 5-minute walk away, in the center of Breukelen.
Sailing south, we pass Nyenrode Castle, known for Nyenrode Business University. With its moat and high walls, Nyenrode can rightly be called a castle. The castle itself is not accessible, but the extensive gardens are. You can book a guided tour with us. On the east bank of the Vecht we find another castle, Oudaen. It has a drawbridge and moat and is easily visible from the Vecht River. The cruise continues: hidden under tall trees, you will see Buitenplaats Slangevegt. This country house is home to a restaurant of note. You can perfectly combine your cruise with a visit.

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Country house and wedding venue

Buitenhuis Goudestein is one of the most beautiful estates along the Vecht River. The country house is in use as a town hall and, like the garden, is freely accessible. Goudestein is a very popular wedding location where we frequently dock with our ships and prospective brides and grooms.

Dining with the nuns

Maarssen is an attractive village, centered on two bridges over the Vecht River. The many restaurants and cafes make it a nice boarding place where it is good to be. In the center, between the two bridges, we find restaurant the Nonnerie, housed in a former nursing home for elderly nuns. The Nonnerie is an excellent restaurant that Rederij Belle has worked closely with for almost 15 years now. We can have you disembark or pick you up at the restaurant, or have dinner served on board. The most delicious dishes from a fine restaurant, aboard a beautiful salon boat: a unique combination!
Having sailed through the old village, we arrived at the remarkable new housing estate of Opbuuren. This neighborhood, built where there used to be an industrial area, has been given an old “Vecht-style” look.

In conclusion

The end point of the cruise on the Vecht is Oud-Zuilen, with the beautiful Slot Zuylen. The medieval castle was converted into a country house in the 18th century. Its most famous resident was the writer Belle van Zuylen. Slot Zuylen has been open as a museum for 60 years. Concerts, events and tours there bring the past to life.

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