Oostzijdse Molen windmill on Gein River on DeWandelRoute Zuid Oost

DeWandelRoute Zuid Oost

The DeWandelRoute Zuid Oost section-hike passes lakes, rivers, forests, meadows and nature areas of South East Amsterdam and Utrecht. The walk begins in the Bijlmermeer and ends at Abcoude, joining two campsites. You will see monuments, windmills and Stelling van Amsterdam ruins along the hiking route.

Route Summary

The recommended start is Ganzenhoef (Metro 53). Other start options are provided. The track end options are Abcoude (NS) or Holendrecht (NS, Metro 50, 54).

There are several route options including the Bijlmerweide nature route or Bijlmermeer cultural route, Gein River or the North Holland/Utrecht border to Hoge Dijk. There is also an option to visit Fort bij Nigtevecht.

The track passes Gaasper Camping Amsterdam and Camping ‘t Riviertje allowing a 1-2 night section hike. The route joins DeWandelRoute Amstelland to the west and DeWandelRoute Diemen Oost to the north.

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This feature is in BETA testing. The file below is a GPX for this route. I use Maps 3D Pro on an Apple iPhone and can import this file into that App.

Walk Features

    Child Friendly

    Restaurant Enroute

   Dogs Restricted

   Bird Watching

DeWandelroutes are multi-day hikes inspired by the walks of my youth in New Zealand. We carried everything we needed and camped overnight. These walks were not easy, but they taught you to carry the bare essentials, how to plan, how to survive, and how much we take for-granted living in the city.

These through-hikes taught me to be less entitled, more appreciative of what I have, and how little I need to be content. In a world of fast-paced, ‘mindless’ consumerism, these walks are helpful to become more ‘mindful’; to slow down, observe and reflect on the impact our combined daily lives have on ourselves, our communities and the planet.

Watching young children grow in Amsterdam, I thought they might benefit from a similar experience. The routes are therefore made with children in mind, however are also suitable for adults. Some options are not suitable for young children, so please study the route before you depart.

Parents today are pressed for time, so the routes are designed for up to three days of walking and nights camping. All routes start and end at NS train or metro stations, of which several options are given. There are also options to shorten or extend the hike depending on the time you have.

Things I like…

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir