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[[Image:weesp5608.jpg|thumb|]]'''300px|Weesp''' [http://www.weesp.nl] is a small historic town south-east of [[Amsterdam]], on the river Vecht. It was once fortified, and several of the bastions, moats and forts still survive. In the Amsterdam region, Weesp is the nearest small town that has survived as an independent entity. It is only 3 km from the end of the Amsterdam metro, but the wide Amsterdam-Rhine Canal keeps it geographically separate. Weesp is a rail junction, and very easily accessible. The town is surrounded by open grassland.
'''Weesp''' [http://www.weesp.nl] is a small historic town south-east of [[Amsterdam]], on the river Vecht. It was once fortified, and several of the bastions, moats and forts still survive. In the Amsterdam region, Weesp is the nearest small town that has survived as an independent entity. It is only 3 km from the end of the Amsterdam metro, but the wide Amsterdam-Rhine Canal keeps it geographically separate. Weesp is a rail junction, and very easily accessible. The town is surrounded by open grassland. Weesp has about 18, 000 inhabitants, and is located in the province of [[North-Holland]] in the [[Netherlands]].
==Understand==
If you arrive in Weesp by train, you can rent a bicycle at the [http://www.fietspoint.com bikeshop] at the station.
Practical information on cycling in the region on this [http://www.guideholland.com/links.html linkpage].
There's also a '''GoogleMap''' with a lot of pictures of the region. Look on GoogleMaps (in User-created content) for "Places of interest, just east of Amsterdam", or use this [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=105468845365305746152.0004569cf94e8a53c2f8b&ie=UTF8&z=11 link]
[[Image:weesp3195.jpg|thumb|Bicycle path alongside canal]]
To cycle eastward out of Weesp: pass the circular fort, and cross the bridge. Turn left to reach Muiden along the right bank of the Vecht. For Muiderberg, Naarden and and Bussum, turn right along the ‘s-Gravelandseweg, the right bank of the Vecht.
*for ''Bussum'', continue to the lock at the start of the old canal to ‘s-Graveland. Go right of the lock, and follow the cycle path alongside the canal, and across the fields toward Bussum (12 km).
*otherwise, about 4 km from Weesp (after farm nr. 45), turn left into an unnamed side Keverdijk road. (This is before the lock). Cross the rail line, and after about 1 km, the road forks.
*the right fork, Visserijpad, leads to the entrance of the ''Naardermeer nature reserve'' [http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/news/natura/nat14_en.pdf], 6 km from Weesp. To reach ''Naarden'' continue along this almost unused road, for another 5 km, past some houses, to an apartment block just inside Naarden. Turn left there, along Koningin Wilhelminalaan, to the fortress.
* the left fork leads past a windmill and across the motorway, go straight on at the traffic lights to ''Muiderberg'' (9 km).
* you can cross the Vecht here, by a small free ferry, toward ''Nederhorst den Berg'', but the ferry (''pont'') has limited hours: 12-13.30 and 15.30-17.30 on weekdays, 12-17.30 weekends.
* for ''Utrecht'' follow the cycle sign (in the housing estate, turn right), and then cross the lock which connects the Vecht to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. Turn next left into Vreelandseweg, to follow the bank of the Vecht to Utrecht - about 30 km further. (At the village of Vreeland, you should switch to the opposite bank, the road is quieter). The main cycle path from Nigtevecht (24 km) runs alongside the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal.
 
For the small village of ''Driemond'' and the river "Het Gein" [http://www.worldisround.com/articles/9493/ Rivers near Amsterdam South East] , leave by the Breedstraat, Groeneweg, van Houtenlaan, cross the N236 south of the town centre, and follow the signs to Amsterdam. The cycle path runs parallel to the motorway N236 and crosses the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal via the bridge "Weesperbrug". After the bridge you find the village Driemond on your right hand and the river "Het Gein" on your left hand. If you follow the river "Het Gein" (both sides) you will end up in the village ''Abcoude''. If you ignore the river "Het Gein" and the village ''Driemond'' and continue the cycle patch you will enter the South East part of [[Amsterdam]] ([[Amsterdam/Bijlmer]]).
Several '''signposted cycle routes''' pass Weesp. Most are circular routes signposted in one direction, taking several hours. You can start the Plassen Route (lakes route) and the Boerenland Route (farmland route) from the station. (Follow the hexagonal route signs from the corner of Stationsplein and Herensingel). The Plassen Route and the Muiden Route pass the circular fort. One much longer route passes just behind it: the Forten Route, 187 km long, along all the forts of the Stelling van Amsterdam.
==Eat==
Although Weesp is a small town, it does have a local speciality: ''Weesper moppen'', small almond cakes. You can buy them at the bakeries:
*Huize Pels, Nieuwstad 22
*Cor Mühl, Nieuwstad 64
*Wesselman, Breedstraat 23
*<eat name="Selene Express" alt="Italian" address="Slijkstraat 10 1381 BA" directions="" phone="0031-294-480862" url="http://www.pizzaonline.boa.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="De Koperen Ketel" alt="Dutch" address="Achteromstraat 6 1381 AV" directions="" phone="0031-294-414971" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="PlakaNiki" alt="Greek" address="Hoogstraat 17 1381 VS" directions="" phone="0031-294-430369" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="Nelis" alt="Ice salon" address="Slijkstraat 41 1381 AZ" directions="" phone="0031-294-412285" url="http://www.nelisijssalon.nl" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="Rimini" alt="Italian" address="Achteromdwarsstraat 4 1381 AW" directions="" phone="0031-294-480794" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>
*<eat name="'t Weesperplein" alt="Dutch" address="Slijkstraat 43 1381 AZ" directions="" phone="0031-294-482820" url="http://www.weesperplein.nl" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Very cosy interior. There is a tree in the middle of the restaurant.</eat>
*<eat name="Alhambra" alt="Spanish" address="Achteromstraat 6-8 1381 AV" directions="" phone="0031-294-414990" url="http://www.alhambra-tapas.nl/" hours="17:00 22:00" price="" lat="" long="">Closed Monday. Terras available with a view on the Kom.</eat>
*<eat name="El Mejor" alt="Steakhouse" address="Achteromstraat 8 1381 AV" directions="" phone="0031-294-481455" url="http://www.steakhouse-elmejor.nl/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Terras available with a view on the Kom.</eat>
==Drink==
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