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Amsterdam cycle route 10: linear urban extension, Green Heart, Amstel river

This cycle route exits the city via Amstelveen, a linear post-war extension. It goes into the still-rural ‘Green Heart’ and returns to Amsterdam along the river Amstel, in its rural and urban settings. 42 km, 4-5 hours. Revised July 2017. … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Cycle Route 8: linear village, historic reclamation, satellite town

This route passes the northern docklands, through a rural linear village, to the new suburbs and the historic core of Purmerend, returning through a reclaimed lake-bed polder, and along a 19th-century ship canal. 41 km, 4-5 hours. Revised July 2017. Recommended cycle map: the … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Cycle Route 2: dikes, heritage, and suburban landscape

This cycle route follows the mediaeval coastline and sea dike of the IJ estuary, through the mediaeval settlements of Spaarnwoude and Spaarndam. 28 km and return by train, 3-4 hours, or 5 hours if cycling back. Revised July 2017. Recommended … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Cycle Route 7: Port, Westzaan and Zaan river

This cycle route passes the west port basins, crosses the North Sea Canal by ferry, through the polder village of Westzaan, to a heritage windmill park on the Zaan river, and back along the still-industrial riverside. 40 km, 4-5 hours. … Continue reading

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Amsterdam cycle route 6: western cross-section of the city

This takes about 3 hours. The CITO map of Amsterdam is recommended – the full city map, not their small city-centre version. There are two specialised map shops in Amsterdam: Pied à Terre (Overtoom 135-137), and A la Carte (Ferdinand Bolstraat 147). Revised … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Cycle Route 5: city cross-section, new nature, heritage town

This cycle route follows the historic road out of the city to the east, and crosses the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal to the ‘heritage town’ Weesp. Return through the failed housing projects, and the new retail/entertainment zone, in south-east Amsterdam. 40 km, 4 hours. Revised … Continue reading

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