Introducing Loosdrechtse Plassen
The town of Breukelen is 10km northwest of Utrecht. Although the town in itself is unremarkable, it was actually the namesake for the New York district of Brooklyn. Breukelen is also the gateway to the Loosdrechtse Plassen, a large series of lakes formed from the flooded digs of peat harvesters.
There are all manner of bike paths around the waters and quite a bit of interesting scenery. Parts of the lakes are somewhat desolate, while others are surrounded by lovely homes on small islands joined to the road by little bridges.
The best way to visit is by bike from Utrecht; it's 15km northwest by national route LF7. Follow the signs to Breukelen. Otherwise, it's just a short run by train to Breukelen from Utrecht CS (€3, 13 minutes, four per hour).