The Netherlands, also sometimes known as Holland, is a terrific place to explore by bicycle. A preferred means of transport with many of the locals, it is a cyclists dream. Flat terrain couples with well-maintained and well-signposted cycle routes, along with a healthy respect for people biking along the roads makes it easy to get around on two wheels.
There are many things to see and do in the Netherlands, and, for active souls, cycling can be a prime way of getting around the country from A to B. Save money on transportation and see more when you use peddle power!
There are designated cycle paths next to many of the country’s major roads, making it safe and convenient. The large network covers most of the country. Pick up a copy of the Sterkste Fietskaart Van Nederland for a good overview of the cycle routes in the Netherlands. Laminated so as to be suitable for wet weather conditions, two maps cover the whole of the country, with one for the north and one for the south. You can also get more detailed maps for the different regions.
Want to cover longer distances but don’t have so much time? Use the Dutch railways in conjunction with your bike. Not ony can you take your bike on the train with you, but many stations also offer bike rentals and storage facilities too!
Feeling active and raring to explore the Netherlands by bike? Here are four great routes and places to tick off your bike-loving list:
With various pathways that are dedicated to walkers, cyclists, or horse riders, everyone can enjoy their own space in Amsterdam Forest. Known in the local language as Amsterdamse Bos, it is a top spot for biking enthusiasts. Head along open expanses, into dense woods, and along grassy paths to have fun and explore. Many locals bring their kids here to build their confidence when they are starting to learn how to ride a bike.
The province of Zeeland is the country’s most south-westerly province. It is where the Rivers Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt run into the sea. The stretching coastline has cycle paths that lead past picturesque outlooks and through pretty and interesting town. The flatness of the Dutch landscapes is really quite beautiful, and you can explore places like Oostkapelle, Cadzand, and Westkapelle as you ride along.
The smooth and well-maintained LF1 bike route runs along the North Sea coastline for almost 300 kilometres, providing plenty for you to look at. The paved cycle paths lead over the undulating sand dunes, over small hills, and alongside the sea. Although none of the hills are all that large you will discover that not everywhere in the Netherlands is flat!
A super bike-friendly city in the north of the nation, Groningen lets you cycle around with ease as you uncover its many delights. Explore the city’s medieval past and enjoy the largely car-free paths. Some highlights of the youthful city include the gothic church of Martinitoren, learning more about the city at the Groninger Museum, admiring the impressive Town Hall, shopping in the Grotte Markt, and seeing the historic synagogue.
This is just a wee taster of the places you can enjoy by bicycle in the Netherlands. Get your helmets at the ready and cycle around the Netherlands for heaps of active fun!