Windmills at Streefkerk, a biking path leading ithrough polders, on both sides a mill
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Road Trip Zuid-Holland: Lek and Linge Blossom Route

Last Updated: March 23rd 2024.

If you love to see blossoming fruit trees, this road trip Zuid-Holland is perfect! The Lek and Linge road trip partly follows the banks of the two rivers the Lek and the Linge. See polders with cows grazing and windmills, but also orchards and fortified towns.

Road Trip Zuid-Holland

Meandering small river , in the middle of the picture on both banks grass, trees and flowers
Meandering small river.

We followed the route set out by the ANWB, which you can find here in Dutch. There’s a map provided on the site. The following towns and cities are included:

  • Arkel
  • Rietveld
  • Kedichem
  • Leerdam
  • Heukelum
  • Asperen
  • Diefdijk
  • Everdingen
  • Vianen
  • Lexmond
  • Lakerveld
  • Meerkerk
  • Broek
  • Ameide
  • Waal
  • Langerak
  • Nieuwpoort
  • Groot-Ammers
  • Streefkerk
  • Giessen-Oudekerk
  • Giessenburg
  • Hoornaar
  • Hoogblokland

Length: 105 kilometers/65 miles

Duration: 4 to 5 hours.

Town by Town Itinerary

Another one-day road trip from the ANWB, in the provinces of Zuid-Holland and Utrecht. Other road trips in Zuid-Holland are The Flower Route and the Tulip Route Holland. If you’re a lover of flower fields and blossoms, then Zuid-Holland is the perfect province for you in Spring time. Expect to see a lot of windmills as well.


Windmill Jan de Arkel, the windmill as seen from the parking lot a bit in front of it, a clear blue sky
Windmill Jan de Arkel.

A town in the Alblasserwaard (a region surrounded with waterways). Arkel has the river Linge on one side and the Merwede canal on the other side. The town has a former grain mill, the Jan van Arkel.


A small village across from Arkel and Spijk. The Merwede canal ends here in the river Linge.


A village that was founded around the year 1000, next to the river Linge. Since it got flooded a lot, dykes were built around it at around 1100.


Leerdam has the National Glass Museum. In 1765 glass was blown here for the first time. Next to being famous for its glass, the city is also known for the Leerdammer cheese.

Leerdam gained city rights in 1382. It’s in the province of Utrecht. Other attractions in the city are the Hofje van Mevrouw Van Aerden, the Aquazoo Leerdam and a boat tour on the river Linge.


Heukelum canal, with a wooden house in the middle floating
Heukelum canal.
The rebuild city walls, clearly visible that they're new. red colored bricks, a moat in front of it. In front of that a road. Behind the walls houses
The rebuild city walls.

There’s the castle Heukelum or castle Merckenburg, which lays in between Leerdam and Heukelum. The old city walls were covered up, but have been rebuilt in recent years. Heukelum is a cute small city.

Yellow flowers on the Nieuwe Zuiderlingedijk, close up of 3 of them in between grass.
Yellow flowers on the Nieuwe Zuiderlingedijk.
The area surrounding the Nieuwe Zuiderlingedijk, a small river flowing through, grass green and long grass on both banks, trees and open land
The area surrounding the Nieuwe Zuiderlingedijk.
Blossoming trees, taken from up the dyke, looking down, with a small river behind the trees, yellow flowers in front and grass all around it
Blossoming trees.
Nieuwe Zuiderlingedijk, a dyke with a road on top of it, on both sides grass, yellow flowers and trees
Nieuwe Zuiderlingedijk.


A small city that was well fortified with walls, towers and gates. However it wasn’t enough against the army of Karel van Gelre or the French army. The city was known as Caspingium in Roman times. Asperen itself was founded in 983. Asperen gained city rights in the year 1314. Fort Asperen was part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, a defensive line, built in the 19th century. Now it’s known as KunstFort (ArtFort) and there are all sorts of cultural activities being organized at the fort. It was one of the first forts where this was done.


The small village derives its name from the Diefdijk, a dyke which was part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie (New Dutch Water Defense Line). Lots of bunkers can be found along the dyke.


View from the Lekdijk, long grass, in between water and land, at the back another dyke which has green grass
View from the Lekdijk.
A Dutch landscape, as seen from the Lekdijk, green grass on the other side of the water, with farms in the back and really far away a bridge
A Dutch landscape.
A nature area, a walking path in the middle going to the right at the end. A river a bit further away. Lots of tall grass, bushes, green grass and trees
A nature area.

A town in the province of Utrecht. Fort Everdingen was built in the 19th century as part of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie.


3400 Years ago the first settlements appeared, where the current city is. However due to floods, the settlements only became permanent around the year 1000. In 1336 Vianen gained city rights. Vianen had a strategically important place, since it was situated on the river Lek. From its numerous fortifications, the city walls and Lek gate have been preserved (and more).

Vianen also has a well-preserved 15th century late Gothic city hall. There’s the Stedelijk Museum in the 17th century Roman-Catholic schuilkerk (hidden church).

Blossoming fruit orchard, a row of trees with white/pink blossoming flowers
Blossoming fruit orchard.


This town is in the province of Utrecht on the banks of the river Lek.   


A small village named after the polder it’s on.

Windmill den Bonk, as seen from the back, standing on the road
Windmill den Bonk.


Cows in the pasture, green grass, with at a distance cow's grazing
Cows in the pasture.
Meerkerk skyline, green pasture in front of the town
Meerkerk skyline.

The town was founded as a settlement around the year 1000. The Merwede canal (which was dugged in 1886) runs along the town.


A small village in between Meerkerk and Ameide. It consists of one road and that is the Broekseweg.


Ameide gained its city rights in 1277. It’s situated on the banks of the river Lek. Ameide was an important harbor during the Dutch Golden Age.

The small city hall dates from 1644, next to this old building there are some beautiful houses dating from the 17th and 18th century.


A small village which brings us back in the province of Zuid-Holland.


The small village is close to Nieuwpoort.


Nieuwpoort is a fortified city, it gained its city rights in 1283. One of the most famous battles of the Eighty Years War was fought here in the year 1600.

The fortifications of Nieuwpoort were part of the Oude Hollandse Waterlinie (Old Dutch Water Defense Line), you can still admire them. Part of the old town is a protected cityscape. The city hall is from 1697 and has a dome turret.


Amersche boezem, with two of the 4 windmills
Amersche boezem.

A town which is close to the Ammersche boezem (bossom). There are 4 polder windmills here, they used to pump water out of the polder (till 1965).


Windmills at Streefkerk, one without blades and two with them among a polder landscape
Windmills at Streefkerk.
Windmills at Streefkerk, a biking path leading ithrough polders, on both sides a mill
Windmills at Streefkerk.

This village on the banks of the river Lek has a harbor. Close to Streefkerk you’ll see three hollow post mills and one grain mill on the Beneden Tiendweg.


A small village on the small river Giessen.


This town is situated on the banks of the river Giessen. There used to be a castle here, where the town derives its name from. It was torn down around 1800.


A town that has a long history, but a quiet one, unlike most of the other towns on this route.


The last town on the route, before reaching the end point at Arkel.

Where to Eat

We drove this route on Kingsday 2021, when there was still a lockdown. All museums and restaurants were closed. Including the terraces of restaurants. Take out was the only things allowed.

Cold drinks from Starbucks, two yellow colored smoothies in plastic cups
Cold drinks from Starbucks.
Two sandwiches from La Place, on the dashboard of our car
Two sandwiches from La Place.

We had cold drinks at Starbucks and sandwiches from La Place at Meerkerk just off the A7, it was just before starting the route.

The Koffiemolen, a mill without its blades where they've made a restaurant inside
The Koffiemolen.
Apple pie, tea and coffee on a black serving tray on a table
Apple pie, tea and coffee.
Apple pie with a polder view
Apple pie with a polder view.

We had apple pie with tea and coffee at De Koffiemolen, a mill near Streefkerk. Polder views all around the mill.

Restaurant De Beren has delicious food with a view and terrace on the river Linge. We’ve been here for lunch several times last year.

Where to Stay

Ruyge Weyde Logies at Oudewater is situated on a traditional Gouda cheese farm. The rooms with kitchen and bathroom are above the cheese shop. We loved it here. A view on the polders surrounding the farm.

Also perfect would be Van der Valk hotel Ridderkerk. When driving around in a camper, than Camper Park Kinderdijk in Alblasserdam or Minicamping Polderflora in Alphen aan den Rijn are a good idea, they’re in our campsites with kids in the Netherlands.

A bit further away is the Mercure Hotel Tilburg, in the middle of the city center. Hotel NH Waalwijk is close to the Efteling.

When to Visit

Blossoming fruit trees, up close, white and pink flowers
Blossoming fruit trees.

The route can be driven all year long. The blossoms however can be admired in April and May. The plum and cherry blossoms start around the half of April, then the pear trees follow and at last the apple trees blossom. However in 2024 the word is that the pear trees are already blossoming right now at the end of March.

If you want to hand pluck apples and pears this is usually at the end of September and the beginning of October.

Hiring a Car and Airports

We drove the route with our own car. When hiring a car, we have excellent experiences with Hertz, Alamo and Stern.

When arriving by plane before embarking on this road trip: Rotterdam The Hague Airport, located 60 kilometers/37 miles from the starting point. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is 74 kilometers/46 miles away and Eindhoven Airport is 77 kilometers/48 miles away. Lelystad Airport is 84 kilometers/52 miles driving from the starting point.

This Road Trip Zuid-Holland is Full of Blossoms

Where best to see the blossoms in the Netherlands and to see that picture perfect postcard view of a windmill with polders. It’s all included in this road trip.  

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