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Cycling between Tsjonger and Tsjûkemar

2 hour (37.0 km)

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A cycling route through a piece of undiscovered Friesland, and certainly worth it. You cycle along lakes and canals and through the polder landscape between Tsjonger and Tsjûkemar created by peat bogs. Characteristic are the reed lands, tree walls and regional villages. Along the way you will see channels, canals and small pools of water that attract many birds. Furthermore, you will mainly find peace and space here. So this is the perfect environment to unwind.

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Sights on this route

Starting point: Gemaalweg
8531 PS Lemmer

Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world

Gemaalweg 1
8531 PS Lemmer
Woudagemaal: largest steam pumping station in the world
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VVV Lemmer

VVV Lemmer, bij Museum Lemmer
Nieuwburen 1
8531 EE Lemmer
VVV Lemmer

Vlindertuin Lemmer

Vlindertuin Lemmer
Flevostraat
8531 KS Lemmer
Vlindertuin Lemmer
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Echten Pumping Station

Hoofdweg 29
8537 SC Echten
Echten Pumping Station

Tsjûke and Marchje statue

Beeld Tsûke en Marchje
Hoofdweg 29
8537 SC Echten
Tsjûke and Marchje statue
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Nuweland

Buren 31
8536 TH Oosterzee-Buren
Nuweland
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Beachclub Lemmer

Industrieweg 2
8531PA Lemmer
Beachclub Lemmer
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End point: Gemaalweg
8531 PS Lemmer

Directions

Starting point: Gemaalweg
8531 PS Lemmer

The wetland area attracts many birds and characteristic are the reed beds, tree walls (hedgerows) and local villages. Furthermore, you will find peace and space here. So this is the perfect environment to unwind.

The start is at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, the largest steam driven pumping station in the world. A magnificent experience of steam, architecture and water. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 and has celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020!
You can visit this beautiful Cathedral of Steam all year round. More information, current opening hours and entrance fees can be found on the website www.woudagemaal.nl

You cycle through Lemmer, a popular water sports village. The waterway through Lemmer is a busy connection between the Frisian lakes and the IJsselmeer. You will find cosy terraces, restaurants and shops. Other villages you will visit include Bantega, Echtenerbrug and Echten, so-called regional villages, which were created by the peat harvesting.

A beautiful cycle path takes you along the banks of the Tsjûkemar, the largest natural lake in Friesland. There is a legend about the origin of the Tsjûkemar:
Two sisters had a farm together in a place that is now in the lake. One day, a fire broke out. The women were separated by smoke and fire and they desperately shouted each other's names. Maybe you'll hear them now, if you listen here: “Tsjûke! Marchje! Tsjûke! Marchje...” And so, according to this legend, the name of the Tsjûkemar was born.
The protagonists Tsjûke and Marchje were immortalized on the shore of the lake near Echten, near the former steam mill from 1913, which had to keep the Polder van Echten dry.

The village of Oosterzee was once a place of prestige. In the 18th century, for example, the house of law still stood and now, among other things, the Koopmanshuis still testifies. Count of Holland Willem I would have had a castle here around 1200. The little mill Oosterzeeburen, renovated by inhabitants, is now a meeting place and birdwatching hut. A little further you will find in Eesterga a bell chair dating from 1617.

End point: Gemaalweg
8531 PS Lemmer
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Attributes

  • Marked: Yes
  • Type of Route: Recreation
  • Route obstacles: Flat
  • Route characteristics: From A to A, Connecting cycle route, GPS track
  • Seasonal information: In de winter kunnen afwijkende openingstijden gelden voor restaurants, musea en overige bedrijven. Check voor vertrek de route of neem contact op met de VVV voor advies.
  • Details of markings: Deze route wordt je aangeboden door het UNESCO Werelderfgoed Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal. Het fietsen van deze route geschiedt op eigen risico.
    Ondanks dat de route met uiterste zorgvuldigheid is samengesteld, is het mogelijk dat zich incidenteel onvolkomenheden voordoen. Route en informatie zijn aan wijzigingen onderhevig. De aanbieder van deze route is hiervoor niet aansprakelijk.
  • E-bikeYes
  • Tour bikeYes