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Impressive castles, fortresses and fortified towns - the LF12 takes you along the old defence works on the River Maas.
Loevestein Castle near Woudrighem. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Loevestein Castle near Woudrighem. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Drum rolls, roaring canon fire, clashing arms - the LF12 brings to life the history of the various defence works along the River Maas. The route takes you through fortified towns and impressive castles overlooking the water. Thanks to the river, trade thrived in the historic towns of Dordrecht, Den Bosch and Nijmegen. Nature lovers can enjoy the unique wildlife in National Park De Biesbosch, one of the last freshwater tidal areas in Europe.

The LF12 can be combined with the LF3-3 (Maas Route) to form the Maas Cycle Route which follows the entire Dutch part of the River Maas from Maastricht to Hook of Holland.

Combine this long-distance route with a day trip. We recommend:

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LF12 River Maas and Fortresses Route (Maas- en Vestingroute)

Route: Maassluis - Nijmegen
Distance: 220 km
Connections: Hook of Holland - LF1
Rotterdam - LF2
Nijmegen - LF3-3
Maps: Online cycle route planner, or any good cycle map
GPS tracks: Download from Nederland Fietsland
Please note that all the LF routes are to undergo a radical overhaul in 2017-2021. In March 2019 the LF12 River Maas and Fortres Route is scheduled to be replaced by a new Maas Cycle Route.