Abcoude is a town in the province of Utrecht. It lies about 13 km to the south-east of (the centre of) Amsterdam. Abcoude is located in ‘the green heart’, and home to the Ronde Venen, which provide magnificent cycling, hiking and sailing opportunities. Abcouder lake has a direct connection by water to Amsterdam and the Vinkeveense and Loosdrechtse lakes. Since way back, Abcoude has been situated on the water and road links between Amsterdam and Utrecht. This has had an impact on the village. In times gone by, many travellers stopped with their coaches and barges to alight in one of the stops, which still exist.