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Werkhoven naar Utrecht is a 14 mile point-to-point trail located near Cothen, Utrecht, Netherlands that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 14.0 miles Elevation Gain: 544 feet Route Type: Point to Point




city walk

historic site

This route runs from Werkhoven to Utrecht along the Kromme Rijn. You will pass various castles and estates. You start at Hardenbroek Castle (see previous walk) and then soon arrive at Beverweerd Castle. There is an exciting building on the estate and there was a castle here in the 13th century. You will then walk on to Odijk. Odijk is not that interesting in itself, but it is the village of Vechten, whose history goes back to Roman times. The Rhine was an important transport connection. The Romans probably built their reinforcements here. You then continue along Bunnik and pass Cammingha Castle. It is more a fortified farm, but very old again. It is close to the Nienhof estate where there used to be a monastery with farms. Now it is a center for excursions around the Kromme Rijn. You continue to follow the towpath and then you will pass three Castles: Rhijnauwen: It also dates from the 13th century and was inhabited as a knightly court city by many noble families. Fort Rhijnauwen is close by and is part of the Hollandse Waterlinke Oud Amelisweerd: Also a 13th century royal town with New Amelisweerd. Completely destroyed in 1672, and rebuilt. There is now a museum from the Armando collection that was partly destroyed by fire in Amersfoort. Nieuw Amelisweerd is also old, and was eventually converted into apartments after being inhabited by squatters for years. The landscaped forests with snow clock fields and forest anemones around Amelisweerd are the starting point for Utrecht and especially for their students, because De Uithof is just behind it. Via the grounds of Maarschalkerweerd and the Lunetten chain (also for the water line) you will pass the new Galgenwaard Stadium (DOS, FC Utrecht, Elinkwijk) and enter the southern tip of the old city of Utrecht. Via the Oude Gracht and the shipyards you walk towards Dom (see city walk). What is striking is the infinite amount of bicycles that disfigure the city center. But the city is old and has countless monuments, of which the Dom is the pinnacle and the Neudeflat the lowest point. Via Hoog Catherijne, another outdated shopping center, you walk to the NS station, which I believe is already being renewed for the 4th time.

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