originates in the city of Utrecht, where the
Kromme Rijn stream forks into two
branches: the Leidse Rijn/Oude Rijn branch to
the west and the Vecht to the north.Originally the Vecht
branched off south of the city near the Roman fort Fectio, flowing
eastwards around the city, but in the 12th century a northern
shortcut was dug out.
Roman historian Tacitus tells us that in the first century CE, a
Roman fleet sailed due north down a Rhine branch, then sailed past
Flevo (now the Markermeer and IJsselmeer lakes) into the North Sea; since the river IJssel was
not yet connected to the Rhine in those days, it is assumed they
sailed on river Vecht.
17th and 18th centuries, many country estates known as "buitenplaats" were built on the banks of the
Vecht by rich merchants and administrators from Amsterdam.