A cruise down the Vecht River to the Loosdrecht Lakes offers a very diverse route with remarkable scenery. The route begins in Breukelen at the beautiful Boom & Bosch country estate. From there you sail towards Nieuwersluis along more beautiful country mansions to Loenen aan de Vecht. Just before leaving Loenen you can pass through the Mijndense Lock to the Loosdrecht Lakes.
In the 12th century, a toll bridge was built over the Vecht which connected Nyenrode Breukelen and Breukelen-Sint Pieters. Together, these villages prospered. On your cruise you will see examples of this lavish era as you sail along the Zandpad road where numerous castles and country estates were built including Gunterstein, Queekhoven and Vechtvliet. The Brooklyn borough in New York was named after this famed Dutch village.
Nieuwersluis is built around a sluice – or lock – between the Vecht and Angstel Rivers. Nieuwersluis Fort was part of the Hollandic Water Line and, since 1850, the New Dutch Waterline. Between Breukelen and Nieuwersluis, the Vecht has a rural and wooded character peppered with country homes such as The Vijverhof, OverHolland, Star Hill and Rupelmonde.
One kilometre past Nieuwersluis, you will arrive at the Mijndense Lock. This lock has a special arced shape: it follows the natural curvature of the Western Drecht on which the lock was built. After passing through the lock, you reach the Loosdrecht Lakes: vast expanses of water created by peat excavation. Every once in a while you will find islands – these are the old ‘legakkers’ where the peat was laid to dry. On the banks of various lakes are multiple restaurant options, making it convenient to end your cruise with a delicious bite to eat.
The Vecht Cruise Breukelen-Loosdrecht Lakes lasts approximately three hours. The length of the trip and onboard catering are fully customisable to fit your wishes.