Tag Archives: Holland

Amsterdam cycle routes – list

Printable cycle routes around Amsterdam – not standard tourist routes, but cross-sections of the urban region. There are no GPS files, because as yet there is no platform to upload combined route and description. The description matters: unlike most cycle … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Cycle Route 3: Haarlem, dune villas, castle ruins

This route has been removed. The original version ended at the sea locks in IJmuiden, with the return journey by hydrofoil along the North Sea Canal. The hydrofoil service was unfortunately abandoned, and that meant a long dull bike ride … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Cycle Route 9: dike villages, grassland landscape, heritage tourism

This cycle route passes relict dike settlements and interwar garden-city housing, and continues through reclaimed marshes to the heritage-tourism island of Marken, returning along the mediaeval sea dike. The return route is difficult with south, south-west or west winds. 48 … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Cycle Route 4: docklands, heritage villages, newest suburb

This cycle route passes through gentrified docklands and interwar housing, continues along the Amsterdam-Rhine canal and heritage villages, returning through Amsterdam’s newest suburb, IJburg. About 45 km, 5 hours, revised March 2017. Recommended cycle map: the ANWB Fietskaart Noord-Holland Zuid … Continue reading

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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 March 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 March 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 March 2017. Recommended … Continue reading

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