The Vecht valley has numerous picturesque gems and those with an eye for such things will be surprised time and time again

Former villages with authentic Saxon farms such as Beerze, Junne, Rheeze, Holthone, Arriën and Archem.


Vilsteren
Vilsteren is a country estate and parish with an amazing country house and a flour mill that still works and that can be visited on Thursday and Saturday afternoons. You can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat on the terrace at Herberg De Klomp. From here you can make a nice short walk (approx. 4 km) through an English style landscape park dating from 1810 with such follies as the corkscrew, the tea dome and the hermit's cabin.

 

Rechteren Castle, Dalfsen
Rechteren Castle is on an island in a former tributary of the river Vecht. The castle can be reached by way of a stone arch bridge. It is the only remaining medieval castle in Overijssel.
The castle is still in use and is not open to the public. The road from Vilsteren to Dalfsen provides good views of the castle.

 

Huize Den Bergh and Huize Den Aalshorst, Dalfsen
In around 1600, Dalfsen became popular with noble and wealthy merchants primarily from the city of Zwolle. They invested in farms and land, on which they had granaries built to store the produce of their farmlands.
These storage places were often used as summer residences and gradually grew into more comfortable country homes. A few remain, such as these two manors, standing tall in the densely wooded countryside around Dalfsen.

Eerde Castle, Ommen 
Former noble residence, part of the Landgoed Eerde country estate, which R. Baron van Pallandt lived in around 1900. Van Pallandt died aged 43 with no children. He bequeathed Eerde to his hunting mate and distant cousin Philip Dirk Baron van Pallandt (1899-1979).
In 1923, he donated the castle to the theosophical movement The Star of the East under the leadership of Kirshnamurti. It was returned to the Van Pallandts in 1931. The castle has been home to an international school from the foundation Stichting voor Quakerscholen since 1934. You can enjoy beautiful walks in the area around the castle.

 

Eerder Achterbroek and De Meulenhorst farm, Ommen
You will experience the tranquillity and beauty of a distant past when you stroll between the farms and estates here. Nowhere else in the Netherlands has this original hedgerow landscape of fields, pastures, wooded banks, woods and heath land been so well preserved. The enormous farms grow almost only authentic grains. One of these farmsteads is the organic dairy and ice creamery 'De Meulenhorst'. The dairy is open daily from 10 a.m. until sunset.

 

Mien Ruys Gardens, Dedemsvaart
30 inspiring gardens experimenting with design, planting and materials. The gardens are the life’s work of Mien Ruys, one of the leading landscape gardeners of the 20th century.

 

Heileuver cheese dairy, Dalmsholte (Ommen)
Rural farm at the foot of the Lemelerberg, home to cows, a cheese dairy, a farmer's shop and a painter's house.

 

Sheep flock and pen on the Lemelerberg
The slopes of the Lemelerberg are grazed by a flock of approximately 200 sheep, which prevents the heath from becoming overgrown with grass, trees and shrubs. If you’re lucky, you might run into them. The pen is located on Dalmsholterweg in Giethmen.

 

Dijkman clog make, Luttenberg

Martin Dijkman learned the trade of clog making from his father. In his workshop, he makes all sorts of clogs and gives demonstrations.

 

Beyond the Vecht valley, but certainly worth a visit:

Het Stift, Weerselo
Het Stift is a former 12th-century Benedictine monastery which became a convent for unmarried noblewomen in the 14th century. Wonderful, atmospheric location with a small church and restaurant De Stiftschuur.

 

Living museum village Orvelte
In the heritagevillage ofOrvelte, where ordinary people live and work, you will experience history come alive. The village is home to some amazing thatched Saxon farmsteads, some of which you can visit. The beautiful gardens and streets with large, old cobblestones give the village a very unique atmosphere. The village is home to a blacksmith, a clog maker, a small dairy and other attractions.

 

Twickel Castle, Delden
Twickel Castle is situated in the middle of a fantastic 4,000-hectare country estate.
The varied landscape comprises gently sloping fields and pastures, woods and centuries-old oak trees, heaths and bog land. Brooks and wooded banks meander in between. The country estate is home to more than 150 farms, recognisable by the black and white shutters.

 

In the area surrounding Twickel Castle:

Oil mill De Noordmolen: you can still watch linseed being pressed into oil at this authentic water mill.
From 12 to 4 p.m.: every Sunday (except for Easter Sunday, Whit Sunday and Christmas Day), also open every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer and autumn school holidays.

Wendezoele museum farm paints a picture of agriculture and cattle breeding in Twente between 1900 and 1960.

 

Het Nijenhuis Castle, Heino-Wijhe
This castle is one of the best preserved manor houses in Overijssel and is surrounded by beautiful landscape. The history ofHetNijenhuisCastle starts in the late Middle Ages. When the Van Pallandt family sold the estate in 1934, it fell into a state of disrepair, until collector Dirk Hannema convinced the provincial executive of Overijssel that Het Nijenhuis Castle should be protected from further dereliction.

On his initiative, the castle was restored and the outbuildings converted into a museum. The museum started off with Hannema’s collection. The founder of Museum de Fundatie lived in Het Nijenhuis Castle from 1958 until he died in 1984. Museum de Fundatie seeks to further Hannema’s work and currently has part of his extensive collection on display in the castle. The park and sculpture garden around the castle are also worth the visit.

 

Ootmarsum with museum Los Hoes
A nostalgic little town that lets you experience former times with fantastic half-timbered houses and a whimsical street pattern around the Westfaal hall church. Numerous galleries including one of famous artist Ton Schulten. Just outside the town centre, Los Hoes: a small open-air museum showcasing life in the countryside in Twente 100 years ago.

 

Giethoorn
Tourists from across the globe visit this unique village: with its many waterways, little bridges and punts, it is also called Holland's Venice. Bert Haanstra's film Fanfare also made it famous