Walk the Vuurlijn route
Do you fancy a long walk along a historic walking route in Aalsmeer? Put on good walking shoes and start your 17 km long walk on the Vuurlijn route. Walking the Vuurlijn route means walking through Aalsmeer, past old train stations, a railway embankment, the forts of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and along the banks of the Westeinderplassen. You’ll never be bored along the way, because of the views over meadows, fields, greenhouses and waterways that are part of the Vuurlijn route.
The Vuurlijn route is one of the four Glass & Land walking routes. This is a collaboration between the local councils of Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Uithoorn and Haarlemmermeer. If 17 km is too long, then you can walk the Landscheidings route instead. This is a Glass & Land walking route of nine km.
These are the highlights of the Vuurlijn route in Aalsmeer:
Train stations and railway embankment
The first stop is worth the effort; the walk starts off with a piece of illustrious Aalsmeer history, at the old Aalsmeer train station. Between 1915 and 1973, trains from the famous Haarlemmermeer railway thundered along here. We spoil you with a piece of railway history even before the walk has really started.
A little further along, in the Oosteinder, you will come across another old and small station. And between Amstelveen and Uithoorn you even walk over a leftover, unpaved part of the embankment. Walkers take note: this is an uneven, muddy railway. Something to consider when choosing your shoes for this walk. Along the way, you can buy food and drinks in Uithoorn, De Kwakel and Vrouwentroost.
2. Defence Line of Amsterdam
The highlight of the walk is the Defence Line of Amsterdam, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a 135 km long military defence line around Amsterdam. The part of the line that lies in Aalsmeer is also called the Geniedijk and runs from the Zuidelmeerertje to the Westeinderplassen. Here you will find several forts from the Defence Line of Amsterdam, such as Fort Kudelstaart, De Kwakel and Aan de Drecht.
Defence Line of AmsterdamFort bij Kudelstaart, Kudelstaartseweg 96a, 1433 Kudelstaart, Nederland Read more
3. Walking along Westeinderplassen
The 10 sq km Westeinderplassen with the Watertoren on its shores, are Aalsmeer’s pride and joy. During the walk along the Vuurlijn route, you will enjoy views over the lake and the islands. The Dutch lakes of the Westeinderplassen are connected via the Ringvaart with the Kagerplassen and Nieuwe Meer. This amazing wetland area also has many islands.