Where To Cycle In The Netherlands

Dutch bicycle markers There are so many good maps and online route planners (just search for ‘fietsrouteplanner’), that we won’t outline specific routes for you.

Instead, here are some of our favourite places to ride:

The Hoge Veluwe National Park – Set between the eastern towns of Appledorn and Arnhem, this is a beautiful part of the Netherlands. You can spend hours darting between trees and over open moors, without ever reaching a village. With a bit of luck, you might spot one of the wild boar, deer or badgers living in the woodlands.

No visit to the Hoge Veluwe National Park is complete without stopping to see the Kröller-Müller museum in the middle of the park. Its collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh plus works by Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondriaan, and many other famous artists is as impressive as anything you’ll see in the big museums of Amsterdam.

Morning cycling across the moors
The open moors around the Hoge Veluwe National Park

The North Sea – More cycling pleasure awaits along the North Sea, where the LF1 bike route traces the coastline for nearly 300km. The paved bike paths in this part of the Netherlands take you on a rolling ride, over the crests of the endless sand dunes. None of the hills are particularly big but this is a good ride to challenge the notion that Holland is entirely flat.

Any extra calories you expend are quickly recouped with a stop at one of the many cafés in the beachside towns. A traditional Dutch pancake, topped with bacon and drizzled with syrup, along with a coffee, is just the thing to keep your energy and spirits high.

The ideal time to do this route is mid April or early May, when a short detour inland, just north of The Hague, will let you experience one of Holland’s biggest flower growing regions. In the right season, miles of vibrant tulip fields and the stunning Keukenhof Gardens will keep your camera snapping away.

Texel – This island in the north of the Netherlands is easy to access (a 2-hour train ride and a short ferry trip will get you there from Amsterdam) and offers everything from national parks to seal sanctuaries and lighthouses to explore. You can see a lot here in a weekend. Then it’s back to the mainland, or catch a ferry to some of the other nearby islands like Terschelling. Read more.

Texel
Enjoying Texel during a short weekend trip on Brompton bicycles.

The Fietserpad – Perhaps no one journey gives a better impression of the Netherlands than the Fietserpad—a 500km itinerary that crosses the country from top to bottom (download a GPS track of the route). It parallels the popular Pieterpad walking track, taking you entirely along quiet country roads and bike paths. On the way, you pass through picturesque little towns, where the church spires usually also marks the next cafe and a chance to rest your legs. You also pass over the ubiquitous Dutch canals and touch on plenty of history, including ancient burial sites and WWII monuments. (Richard Tulloch gives an excellent account of this route.)

And another...
Windmills galore can be found in the Netherlands.

South or North – Other options include heading south to Maastricht, with its well preserved old city center or north to the province of Friesland, where you can follow the bike equivalent of the grueling “Elfstedentocht.” In the winter, this 200km tour of 11 cities is completed in one day by skaters on the frozen canals. For you, it won’t be a race but a chance to trace the same route on bike paths, over the course of a few days. Along the way, you can stop to admire the harbors filled with sailing boats and fields dotted with Friesian cows.

These are just a few ideas for bike trips in a country with hundreds of possibilities. If you are having trouble deciding there is also the option to simply turn up, buy a good cycling map (bookstores carry a wide selection), and follow your nose.

Comments

  1. ERNIE
    2nd March 2012 at 10:27 am #

    ME AND MY MATE ARE COMING TO HOLLAND IN JUNE26 WE ARE GETTING THE SHIP FROM HULL TO ROTTERDAM. GOING THROUGH ZEELAND TO ANTWERPEN THEN MAKING OUR WAY BACK AGAIN.

    IN ANY OF YOUR REPORTS YOU DO NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ZEELAND

    Kind Regards
    Ernie

  2. Friso
    19th September 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    A cycling map of the Netherlands is’t necessary. Almost all of the country is covered by the cycling network. In the first picture the numbers represent the nodes of the network, and if you follow the direction of the arrow you are directed to the node with that number. At every node there is a map of the local area, hence you only need an overview of the country to see in which direction you have to go.

    Yours,
    Friso

  3. Haydn Maughan
    27th April 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi, We love your site and always consult it before we make a trip. This year we are heading to Holland for 8 days, we have a 6 year old with us so would prefer our cycling to be traffic free but cannot find any such routes in Holland. Are there any and if so can you recommend any? Thanks, Haydn.

  4. off white shoes
    5th July 2022 at 2:10 am #

    I wish to express my affection for your kindness giving support to men and women who require help with this one content. Your special dedication to passing the message all through was particularly significant and has frequently made some individuals like me to reach their ambitions. Your helpful help and advice implies much a person like me and far more to my mates. Thanks a lot; from each one of us.

  5. a bathing ape
    6th July 2022 at 11:02 am #

    I have to show my appreciation for your kind-heartedness supporting persons that have the need for help with the topic. Your very own commitment to passing the solution all around turned out to be incredibly informative and has continually empowered individuals just like me to arrive at their desired goals. Your personal useful recommendations can mean much to me and substantially more to my peers. Thank you; from all of us.

  6. bape hoodie
    6th July 2022 at 11:02 am #

    I have to show some appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from such a difficulty. Because of scouting throughout the search engines and meeting notions that were not productive, I was thinking my life was well over. Existing without the presence of strategies to the issues you’ve resolved by way of your good short post is a serious case, as well as those that might have negatively affected my entire career if I had not noticed your blog. Your actual knowledge and kindness in dealing with a lot of things was priceless. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not come upon such a thing like this. I can also at this moment look forward to my future. Thanks for your time so much for your expert and effective guide. I will not hesitate to propose the website to anyone who needs and wants guidelines on this situation.

  7. curry 6
    14th July 2022 at 1:56 pm #

    I just wanted to make a brief word to be able to say thanks to you for those precious suggestions you are posting at this site. My time-consuming internet research has at the end of the day been paid with reasonable facts to write about with my contacts. I ‘d admit that most of us visitors are very fortunate to dwell in a notable website with so many marvellous professionals with beneficial tactics. I feel truly privileged to have used the web pages and look forward to some more pleasurable times reading here. Thanks a lot again for all the details.

  8. off white
    25th July 2022 at 5:24 pm #

    I am also commenting to let you know of the superb encounter our daughter gained studying the blog. She even learned some details, with the inclusion of how it is like to have a very effective teaching nature to make other people without problems comprehend several hard to do topics. You actually did more than my expected results. Thank you for distributing the valuable, safe, explanatory as well as cool guidance on that topic to Julie.

  9. supreme clothing
    25th July 2022 at 5:25 pm #

    I would like to point out my appreciation for your kindness for individuals that actually need guidance on in this idea. Your real dedication to passing the solution all-around became surprisingly significant and have truly made many people much like me to reach their desired goals. Your new useful tutorial indicates a lot a person like me and a whole lot more to my fellow workers. Thanks a lot; from everyone of us.

  10. cheap giannis shoes
    27th July 2022 at 1:53 am #

    I simply wished to say thanks all over again. I do not know what I would have sorted out without the actual ways contributed by you regarding this area of interest. This was a very frightening issue in my position, however , understanding your specialized strategy you resolved the issue made me to weep with happiness. I am just thankful for your guidance as well as trust you really know what a powerful job you have been accomplishing instructing people by way of your website. I am sure you have never got to know all of us.

  11. supreme clothing
    28th July 2022 at 11:27 am #

    I have to voice my passion for your kind-heartedness supporting people that have the need for help with this area of interest. Your special commitment to passing the solution all-around appeared to be remarkably functional and has constantly allowed others like me to realize their targets. Your new insightful recommendations denotes this much to me and especially to my mates. With thanks; from everyone of us.

Leave a Reply to Haydn Maughan Click here to cancel reply.