TOP 's- Graveland

Welcome to TOP 's-Graveland. This is a great opportunity to visit the Visitors Center Gooi & Vecht or to plan out which of the many walking and biking routes you want to take from this Tourist Transit Point (TOP).

The picturesque 's-Graveland is rich with various bodies of water surrounded by winding paths through the woods, gardens and past the many estates of this area.

Have a wonderful time!

Home General information

From TOP ’s-Graveland, you are able to visit the Gooi & Vecht Visitors Center for Natural Monuments, the Spanderswoud Forest and the different magnificent estates of the area. It is an excellent region for walking along the numerous marked routes and beautiful paths that take you through a rich diversity of nature. You walk along real forest trails, very good for walking and in part also for biking. ’S-Graveland itself is a truly picturesque small town, where you will find numerous fun restaurants and several small shops.

Various information panels and signposts can be found at the entrance of the free parking lot, directly across from the visitor center.

TOP Address
Noordereinde 54b, ‘s-Graveland

GPS coordinates
52 15.088, 5 07.418

Directions from nearest highway
From A1 (highway) exit 9 Laren/Hilversum Noord – after the exit, turn left and after 2.1 km at the stoplight turn right onto the Johannes Geradtsweg. Continue straight ahead (J. Geradtsweg runs into the Insulindelaan and then becomes the Godelindeweg) and at the stoplight at the intersection with the ’s-Gravelandseweg, turn right onto the ’s-Gravelandseweg (this eventually runs into the Leeuwenlaan). At the end, at the intersection with Boordereinde, turn right onto the Noordereinde. After about 900 meters you will see the visitors center on your right-hand side. You can drive in here. To your left there is a large (free) parking lot.

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Website of visitors center
Home Parking

Number of parking spaces visitors center: 100+ (free). There are two handicapped parking spaces. Part of the parking lot has a hardened surface (the roads). The parking spaces are gravel.

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Parking of the visitors center

Home By public transportation

There is a bus stop next to the entrance gate of the visitor center. Bus line 105 from Hilversum stops here.

Home Charging point(s)

6 charging points for E-bikes available at the visitor center.

Location charging points: at the right corner of the visitor center.

Home Restaurants and hotels

You can enjoy a drink at the Visitor Center for Natural Monuments.

Café Bollie Blooper

A playful option nearby other activities is Cafe Bollie Blooper, Noordereinde 251, ’s-Graveland, 035-6561657, Mon – Sun, 10:30 a.m. to midnight.

More nice restaurants with terrace in the area:

Restaurant ´t Swaentje

Noordereinde 353
1243 JZ ‘s-Graveland

Restaurant Vlaar
Noordereinde 129
1243 JL ‘s-Graveland

Tea Garden and Nursery de Sperwershof

Noordereinde 52
1243 JH ’s-Graveland

Restaurant and Nursery Land & Boschzigt
Leeuwenlaan 34
1243 KB ’s-Graveland

Accommodations:

Bed and Breakfast Kortenhoef
Koninginneweg 100
1241 CX Kortenhoef

Hotel De Drie Dorpen
Cannenburgerweg 51
1244 RG Ankeveen

Online info Bollie Blooper
Home Sights to see

Visitor Center for Natural Monuments

Directly at this TOP you will find the Gooi & Vecht Visitor Center for Natural Monuments, with her wonderful nature exhibition and extensive shop that is certainly worth a visit. This is an ideal point to start out. It is the perfect place to be for walking routes, birthday parties, treasure hunts, information about the GeoGamePark and all your other questions. There is also a VVV tourist information point located here. There is a separate handicapped toilet in the building. Also, there is a vending machine for warm and cold drinks and cookies. At the back of the visitor center there is a playground and picnic area.

Open: April - November, Tues – Sun from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. February and March, Wed – Sun from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and December and January, Wed – Sun from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Address: Noordereinde 54b, ’s-Graveland.

Ornamental garden on the Gooilust Estate

Very beautiful and worth a visit, in this walled ornamental garden you will find stins plants, a small arboretum and unusual species of fruit and roses. It is lush and green in spring, but also magnificent with all the colors of autumn. You can visit the ornamental garden (as well as the Rhododendron Valley) during the 17 km walking route from this TOP.

Opening hours: From mid-March to November you are welcome every Tuesday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Address: Zuidereinde 49 (2.2 km – turn left when leaving the entrance gate of the visitor center).

Rhododendron Valley on the Gooilust Estate

Around 1900, the owners of the Gooilust Estate planted rhododendrons on a hill, now open to visitors as a wonderful rhododendron valley. You reach the valley (as well as the ornamental garden) during the 17 km walking route from this TOP.

Address: Zuidereinde 49 (2.2 km – turn left when leaving the entrance gate of the visitor center).

Capitool

This striking building is located behind the villa on Schaep & Burgh. In former days it was a billiard room. Today it serves as a meeting room and, on Sunday mornings, VARA delivers here the radio programme Vroege Vogels (meaning Early Birds in Dutch). You come across the Capitool on the 5, 10 and 17 km routes marked in yellow.

Address: Noordereinde 60.

Land & Boschzigt
Land & Boschzigt is the oldest biodynamic horticulture nursery in our country. It is here that different vegetables, fruit and herbs have been grown since 1947. On the grounds you will also find nature food store ‘De Serre’ and a welcoming restaurant with a terrace to stop off for lunch, tea, coffee and cake. You can visit Land & Boschzigt during the 17 km walk. If you prefer the 10 km walk, you can still visit this spot. From the point where you have to choose between routes, just follow the 17 km route for a short while until you reach the nursery.

Opening hours: March until Christmas from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Nursery and Sperwershof Tea Garden

This unique organization is situated on the Noordereinde in ‘s-Graveland, surrounded by mature trees.
In the old kitchen of the Sperwershof estate, there are now two shops: a flower shop and a nature food shop. At the nursery, unusual flowers and vegetables are grown, which are then sold in the shops. The garden and greenhouses are open to the public all-year-round. The wide paths here make it accessible for everyone. From April on, you can see how the various flowers and vegetables are grown. In the greenhouses, you’ll find the most delicious tomatoes, beans, eggplants, bell peppers, cucumbers and basil.
All of these make their way to the two shops. In the months of July and August, you can put together your own bouquet in the picking garden. Just ask for scissors and a basket in the flower shop. Out on the terrace beneath the linden trees, you can sip your coffee, tea or juice alongside a tasty piece of cake. Everything is set out for you in the garden house. You help yourself and deposit your payment in the money chest.

Opening hours: Wed – Sat from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Town center of ‘s-Graveland

The main roads of ’s-Graveland, the Noordereinde and Zuidereinde, all lead to the center of a picturesque little town where you can enjoy numerous nice restaurants and a handful of little shops. Also along the main roads you will find, among other things, the beautiful Trompenburgh on the Zuidereinde and the lovely national headquarters of the Natural Monuments (Noordereinde).

GeoGamePark and Geocachen
The Gooi & Vecht GeoGamePark is spread out around the Visitor Center. Here you can learn all about Geocachen – a scavenger hunt played from your smartphone. All the information you need, you will find at the Visitor Center. There is a great Geocache route that leaves from here!

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Website of visitors center
Home Walking routes

Getting started

There are several fantastic marked walking routes leaving from TOP ’s-Graveland, taking you through the surrounding wooded areas and past the many estates. You can purchase brochures and maps for these routes for a small price at the Visitor Center.

The marked routes of natural monuments that start from this point are:

Walking Route Boekesteyn, 2.5 km. (Marked in green).

Walking Route Schaepenburgh & Bantam, 5 km. (Follow the yellow arrows. From the Visitor Center, first head towards the exit at the Noordereinde. Then pass through the gate and turn right at the water.)

Walking Route Estates of ’s-Graveland, 5 km (same as the Schaepenburgh & Bantam Route), 10 km or 17 km. (all are marked in yellow with two points to choose your route: the 5 km or 10 km. For the 17 km, you just continue on the route).

Each route begins from the Visitor Center.

The North Holland Path (is a through route; it does not circle back). From TOP ’s-Graveland you can walk towards Abcoude (21 km) or towards Huizen (14 km).

Handicapped information: at the Visitor Center, Boekesteyn and on Gooilust there is a semi-hardened path that makes these locations wheelchair accessible.

Dogs are welcome in these areas of the natural monuments, as long as they are kept on a leash.

On this website, you will find short descriptions of the routes, with exact starting points, restaurants along the way and, where applicable, a digital map of the route. For this, you must go back to the main menu.

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Home Boekesteyn Route

Short route description: Walking Route Boekesteyn, 2.5 km (green). This is a very nice walk through the wooded park areas with a historic estate in the background.

Starting point: Gooi & Vecht Visitor Center for Natural Monuments.

Restaurants on the route: you can stop for a drink at the Visitor Center and for a drink and more you should head to Bollie Blooper, Noordereinde 251.

Digital route: not yet available.

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Home Schaepenburg&Bantam Route

Short route description: walking route Schaepenburgh & Bantam, 5 km (part of the route marked in yellow). A very nice walk through wooded park areas, where you come across many estates.

Starting point: Gooi & Vecht Visitor Center for Natural Monuments.

Restaurants on the route: you can stop for a drink at the Visitor Center and for a drink and more you should head to Bollie Blooper, Noordereinde 251.

Digital route: you can also follow the route (Schaepenburgh & Bantam) on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

Click here for a digital map of this route
Home Estates of ’s-Graveland 5km

Walking Route Estates of ’s-Graveland, 5 km (yellow).

Short route description: this is the same as the walking route Schaepenburgh & Bantam, 5 km. (part of the route marked in yellow). A very nice walk through wooded park areas, where you come across many estates.

Starting point: Gooi & Vecht Visitor Center for Natural Monuments.

Restaurants on the route: you can stop for a drink at the Visitor Center and for a drink and more you should head to Bollie Blooper, Noordereinde 251.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

Click here for a digital map of this route
Home Estates of 'sGraveland 10km

Walking Route Estates of ’s-Gravenland, 10 km (yellow).

Short route description: a lovely 10 km (part of the route marked in yellow) walk in the wooded parks and Spanderswoud Forest. You pass by various estates and the National Monument Stofbergen Farm on your way.

Starting point: Gooi & Vecht Visitor Center for Natural Monuments.

Restaurants on the route: you can stop for a drink at the Visitor Center and for a drink and more you should head to Bollie Blooper, Noordereinde 251. Also, when you choose for the extended variation of this route, near the 17 km mark, you continue on a bit farther to reach the Land & Boschzigt, a charming nursery with a restaurant and terrace.

Digital route: not yet available.

Home Estates of 'sGraveland 17km

Walking Route Estates of ’s-Gravenland, 17 km (yellow).

Short route description: a lovely 17 km (route marked in yellow, 17 km) walk in the wooded parks and Spanderswoud Forest. You pass various estates and the National Monument Stofbergen Farm on your way.

Starting point: Gooi & Vecht Visitor Center for Natural Monuments.

Restaurants on the route: when you walk the full 17 km route, towards the end you reach Land & Boschzigt where you are welcome at De Serre from March until Christmas from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at Bollie Blooper, Noordereinde 251.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. The digital version of the map is for the route of 17 km. For the digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of the sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

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Click here for a digital map of this route
Home North Holland Path

Short route description: During these segmented walks (through routes that don’t circle back!) you will get to know the Dutch skies, changing landscapes and the ever-present nature, much of which can only be reached on foot. You can choose between segment 12 (’s-Graveland – Abcoude, 21 km) and segment 13 (’s-Graveland – Huizen, 14 km).

Starting point: Gooi & Vecht Visitor Center for Natural Monuments.

Restaurants on the route: segment 12; there are plenty of spots to stop for a drink or bite to eat along the way in ’s-Graveland, Ankeveen, Overmeer, Vreeland, Baambrugge (Sand & Hunting Path) and Abcoude. Segment 13; along this route there are no restaurant stops, only in ‘s-Graveland and Huizen.

Digital route: not yet available

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From TOP ’s-Graveland there are several great bicycle routes that you can follow through the surrounding woodlands and estates. You can purchase brochures and maps for these routes for a small price at the Visitor Center.

Routes following the bicycle junction network
Directly at the TOP ’s-Graveland, you will find 2 bicycle junctions: junction 8 (at the Klapbrug Bridge) and junction 10 (located in the Spanderswoud Forest).

The signs indicating the way to junction 8 (also 38) are found on the post along the bicycle path, directly at the entrance gate to Noordereinde 54b. You will find junction 8, when you leave from the Visitor Center, by passing through the entrance gate to the Noordereinde and turning left. You will see junction 8 at the Klapbrug Bridge. This is the 2nd bridge (hump) that you come across.

Junction 10 is located in the Spanderswoud Forest. From the Visitor Center (the road extending from the entrance gate), you bike through the fields to reach the forest and continue straight on this road. At the T-junction, turn right and enter the large gate. Keep going straight until you come across junction 10.

Other marked bicycle routes
Starting from this TOP, you can also choose to bike the ‘Full Ridge Route, Loop 6’ (37 km).

Below you find an overview with a short description for each of these routes, including exact their starting point, restaurants along the way and, if applicable, a digital map of the route.

In addition to the bicycle routes mentioned below, there is also a multimedia tour you can take from this TOP. To access the multimedia tour, go back to the main menu and click on ‘Audio tour’.

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Home Vecht Lakes Route 30 km

Series of bicycle junctions to follow: bike from the visitor center towards 38 (leaving the entrance gate, turn right), 39, 40, 41, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 8, visitor center.

Short route description: Vecht Lakes Route, 30km. You bike between the Tafelberg Lakes and the Kortenhoefse Lakes, along meadows and nature reserves with wetland and reed. Monumental estates lining the Vecht bring you back in time, imagining how life must have been in the Golden Age. Also the little town of Vreeland paints a clear picture of history, with its typical windmills, the teahouse, the drawbridge and the leisure boats out on the Vecht.

Between junctions 5 and 4, you cycle straight across the water over the Lambertskade. To your right you see the ’Weide Blik’. This lake was created by sand extraction. To your left you see the Londerveensche Lakes, created by peat extraction. At junction 3, you will see Fort Kijkuit. This fort served as a lock, closing off the Kortenhoefse Zuwe from the adjacent channel. Now it has a purely ecological function. The fort is a part of the New Holland Waterline. Between junctions 42 and 46, you cycle past Fort Hinderdam. This fort is located on an island in the Vecht. The ruins are heavily overgrown. The fort makes up a part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam, an old line of fortification surrounding the capital.

Towns you will visit: ’s Graveland, Nigtevecht, Nederhorst den Berg, Vreeland and Loosdrecht.

Unique sights and attractions along the way: Several forts that are part of the New Holland Waterline and the Defense Line of Amsterdam.

Starting point: From the visitor center, head towards KP 38 (leaving the entrance gate, turn right).

Restaurants on the route: Restaurant De Nieuwe Zuwe, Zuwe 20, Kortenhoef, tel. 035-656 3363. Eetcafé Het wapen van Nigtevecht, Dorpsstraat 110, Nigtevecht, tel. 0294-251344. Pannenkoekenrestaurant (pancake house) Noord-Brabant, Breedstraat 8, Vreeland, tel. 0294-231 517.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

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Click here for a digital map of this route
Home Estates & Naarder Lake

Series of bicycle junctions to follow: bike from the visitor center towards 8 (leaving the entrance gate, turn left), 9, 12, 11, 10, 37, 34, 49, 48, 47, 37, 10, visitor center.

Short route description: Estates of ’s-Graveland & Naardermeer Route, 29.5 km. The history of these estates begins with the Amsterdam merchants. In the Golden Age, business was good. To avoid inflation, the Amsterdam merchants were always on the lookout for investment opportunities. It was the area that is now called ’s Graveland that caught their eye; then it was nothing more than wild ‘wasteland’ covered in forest, hills of drift sand, peat bogs and heathland. It was here that the Amsterdammers built stately mansions. The country style became fashionable and they took their shovels to the gardens. Many of these were designed at the hand of Zocher, the popular landscaper of the time. They featured hills, ponds and romantic trellises, complete with exotic trees and shrubs. The clear water of the Naardermeer Lake is home to many special plants and animals. The bicycle route brings you past the observation point where you have a fantastic view out over this unique nature area.

Towns you will visit: ’s Graveland, Hilversumse Meent and Bussum.

Unique sights and attractions along the way: the estates of ’ s-Graveland and the Naardermeer Lake.

Starting point: cycle from the visitor center towards KP 8 (leaving the entrance port, turn left)

Restaurants on the route: Visitor Center for Natural Monuments and Restaurant Berenstein in ’s Graveland.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

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Click here for a digital map of this route
Home Route of Lakes 's Graveland

Series of bicycle junctions to follow: 8 (leaving the entrance gate, turn left), 9, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 41, 42, 46, 40, 39, 38, 8.

Short route description: Lakes Route, 32 km. The route takes you along the Vecht and the Tafelberg Lakes. This low peatland with lakes, grassland and wetland is a part of the Vecht Lakes area. The lakes were created by peat extraction. As you follow your route, you head in the direction of ‘s Graveland. This town is known for its beautiful country estates that were built in the seventeenth century by the wealthy Amsterdammers. Famous examples of these are the Trompenburgh and Schaepenburgh. The ’s Gravelandse Vaart, along which most estates were built, was an important trade route between Amsterdam and Hilversum. Travelling through Kortenhoef you will pass Fort Kijkuit, a fortification that is part of the New Holland Waterline, built in 1880. Via the River Vecht and the Spiegelplas Pond, you return to your starting point in Weesp.

Towns you will visit: Weesp, ’s Graveland and Kortenhoef.

Unique sights: The lakes, the estates of ’s Graveland and Fort Kijkuit.

Starting point: cycle from the visitor center towards KP 8 (leaving the entrance gate, turn left).

Restaurants on the route: Wapen van Amsterdam, ’s Graveland and the Rechthuis, Kortenhoef.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

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Click here for a digital map of this route
Home Wealth of the Gooi Route

Series of bicycle junctions to follow: 8, 10, 36, 50, 51, 80, 81, 52 (from the highway, go straight), 53 (cross under the tracks, then turn right and take the next left onto Stationstraat), 54, 55, 11, 12, 9, 8.

Short route description: Wealth of the Gooi Route, 33 km. The VVV tourist office and Hilversum Museum are located in the middle of town in Hilversum aan de Brink. Hilversum, the media city of the Netherlands is a highly recommended shopping area. This bicycle junction network will take you through a lovely part of ‘t Gooi. The wealth you see here will blow you away. You pass through forests and heathlands and cycle over the largest ecoduct of Europe! Also you will see magnificent gardens, estates, villas and architecture on display. At junction 54, you ride by the impressive Town Hall designed by Dudok. This town hall can be visited by appointment. On your way there are ample places where you can stop off for a drink or simply to take in the wonderful views of the Wealth of the Gooi!

Towns you will visit: Hilversum, ’s Graveland and Blaricum.

Unique sights and attractions along the way: museum Hilversum, museum Trompenburg, Visitor Center for Natural Monuments, Slinger Memorial, Zeven Schepel Garden and the Dr.Costerustuin Garden.

Starting point: cycle from the visitor center towards KP 8 (leaving the entrance gate, turn left).

Restaurants on the route: Restaurant Robert in Hilversum and various restaurants in Laren.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

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Click here for a digital map of this route
Home Loosdrechtse Lakes Route

Series of bicycle junctions to follow: 8 (leaving the entrance gate, turn left), 9, 6, 5, 7, 25, 84, 27, 28, 30, 31, 55, 54, 50, 36, 10, 8.

Short route description: Loosdrechtse Lakes Route, 42 km. This bicycle route around the Loosdrechtse Lakes has fabulous views over all of the happenings in the area. After all, this area is perfect for watersports: sailing, rowing, canoeing, waterskiing and high-speed motorboats. Everything is possible.

Starting point: cycle from the visitor center towards KP 8 (leaving the entrance gate, turn left).

Restaurants on the route: there are plenty of restaurants along the way.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are only available in Dutch.

Click here for a digital map of this route
Home Route around the Heuvelrug

Short route description: the Full Ridge Loop 6, 37 km. Beautiful route along the heathland and through the forest around Hilversum. Idyllic paths. Subtle inclines, great views. Highly recommended!

Sights along the way: the estates of ’s-Graveland, Visitor Center for Natural Monuments, Zanderij Crailo, Memorials and so-called ‘death roads’ leading to the cemetery of ‘t Gooi (Westerheide), Groeneveld Castle, Soestdijk Palace, De Vuursche.

Starting point: biking from the visitor center and through the entrance gate, turn left onto the Noordereinde. You continue on straight. The Noordereinde runs into the Zuidereinde at a certain point. You will see the Gooilust on your left-hand side (address: Zuidereinde 49). At the end of the driveway, just past the entrance to the forest you recognize the Full Ridge Loop 6 by the hexagon ANWB signs marked with ‘Heuvelrug ronde 6’.

Restaurants on the route: there are ample restaurant options spread along the route. For example, ’t Bluk, Laren, Oranjerie Paleis Soestdijk, numerous cafés and restaurants in and around the Lage Vuursche, the Hilversum airport and the Goede Gooier Huizen.

Route identification: the hexagon ANWB signs marked with ‘Heuvelrug ronde 6’.

Digital route: you can also follow the route on your mobile phone. For a digital map, click on the button below.

Note: the descriptions of sights along the way are currently only available in Dutch.

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Click here for a digital map of this route
Home GeoGamePark and Geocachen

Around the Visitor Center for Natural Monuments, you find the Gooi & Vecht GeoGamePark. Here you learn all about Geocaching – a digital scavenger hunt that is played worldwide and can be played from your smartphone.
You can find more information about this in the visitor center or click the button below to go to the Geocache Gooi & Vecht website for mobile.
There is a great Geocache route that leaves from the Visitor Center. For more information, go tot the Geocache Gooi & Vecht mobile website. This is also available in English.

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Home Audiotour

Transform your visit to 's Graveland into a multimedia experience. Download the free Gooi & Vecht audio tour app for smartphones. Listen to numerous surprising stories as you walk, bike or sail along! In this audio tour app you will find 1 tour that passes this TOP.

- Archaeological biking tour on the moraine (27 km) (only available in Dutch)

This audio tour can be downloaded for free as a part of the Gooi & Vecht audio tour app.

Click here for the Android version of the app.

Click here for the iOS (iPhone) version of the app.

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