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Een klassiek Rondje Ronde Hoep — Spontaan de stad uit

Een klassiek Rondje Ronde Hoep — Spontaan de stad uit

12.1 mi
2.5 mph
100 ft
100 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

Tour Overview

Brug/Hoger EindeGet Directions

Bus Station
3.89 mi

Sint Urbanuskerk

Hiking Highlight

5.26 mi

Fort Waver Amstel

Hiking Highlight

7.47 mi

Fort in de Botshol

Hiking Highlight

12.1 mi


Mountain Hiking Path: 0.41 mi
Path: 0.26 mi
Footpath: 0.30 mi
Street: 0.58 mi
Road: 10.5 mi
Ferry: < 109 yd


Paved: 3.51 mi
Asphalt: 8.57 mi
Unknown: < 109 yd
  • Includes a ferry crossing

    Check ferry timetable.

  • Includes movable bridges

    Check opening times.

Weather Forecast

Pauline van der Waal planned a hike.

June 21, 2020


  • Pauline van der Waal

    The Ronde Hoep is a popular piece of polder just below Amsterdam. On beautiful days you will encounter many walkers and cyclists from the city.

    No wonder, because you walk on picturesque winding dikes and have a fantastic view over the polder. Along the way you will also see two fortresses of the Defense Line of Amsterdam.

    You start your walk from Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, easily accessible by bicycle or bus. From there you follow the meandering course of the Amstel and the Wavre back.

    The Ronde Hoep consists almost entirely of grassland on peat soil. Although a lot of land consolidation has been applied here, just like in all of the Netherlands, you can still see the old ditch pattern. These go back to 1100, when the mining of this area was started.

    At Nes aan de Amstel you can see the 65 meter high hexagonal tower of the Sint Urbanuskerk. This Roman Catholic church is a stately landmark in the open polder.

    During your walk you have a wide view of the open polder. In addition to agricultural land, there is also a section designed for nature. Due to the low location with relatively high water level, it is quite swampy here. Ideal for water and meadow birds, such as geese, lapwings, black-tailed godwits and golden plovers.

    A little further you can already see Fort Wavre. This fort belongs to the Defense Line of Amsterdam, a defense line that was built about fifteen to twenty kilometers from the city of Amsterdam.

    The Fort in the Botshol is less noticeable. The fort is never completed and you can only see an elevation in the landscape. Bunkers were never built here. Botshol is now a nature reserve where you can spot many birds and orchids.

    You will automatically return to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel via the Wavre. You can puff out on one of the terraces on the water on the Amstel side. Nice view, boats and rowers passing by and a snack or drink to end the day.

    It is best to cycle from Amsterdam to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. The route along the river is already beautiful. You park your bicycle in Ouderkerk.

    You can also take the bus. You first travel by metro to Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena or to Amstelveen. There you take bus 300 to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, which is in the middle between station Bijlmer and Amstelveen.

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    • June 21, 2020

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Een klassiek Rondje Ronde Hoep — Spontaan de stad uit