Naarden-Vesting is a star shaped fortress town located east of Amsterdam. The small town has six bastions, double walls and canals.
The medieval center and fortress provides free public access allowing visitors to explore the area by foot, bike and boat. Located in the south of the medieval town, the Dutch Fortress Museum (entry fee required) provides a comprehensive and detailed look into the history of the place. Naarden is rich with well preserved artillery, photos, models and maps. Built in the 15th century, Naarden’s famous gothic church is seen from almost every point in town you may find yourself.
During the middle ages, the town had two gates: The Utrecht gate, which still exists and the Amsterdam gate (water gate) which has since been demolished.
Mileage: Approx 50km (Round bike trip)
Duration: 6-7 Hours (Round bike trip)