Plan your bike trip
For your convenience we have divided the route into eight one-day stages of up to 70 km each. This will help you with planning your trip. Feel free to make your own choices, though. You can cycle the route in both directions.
Amsterdam - Hoorn
Distance: 50.6 kilometres
Starting in Amsterdam, it will take you less than ten minutes by bike to travel from a busy early 20th century residential area - across the Schellingwouderbrug (Schellingwoude bridge) and underneath the ring road - to the tranquillity of the countryside. In the ...
- Warder and Cees Mantel pumping stations
- Ditches, lakes and streams in abundance
- Photo location: Harbour of Volendam
Hoorn - Medemblik
Distance: 49 kilometres The first West Frisian city that you’ll visit today is Hoorn. At the beginning of the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648), Hoorn had a short stint as Holland’s most important trading city. That was because Amsterdam initially sided with the Spaniards, whereas many ...
- Ferry to Stavoren
- West Friesland
- Photo location: Lighthouse De Ven, Enkhuizen
Horeca & logies
Medemblik - Workum
Distance: 69 kilometres Between Medemblik and Den Oever, the landscape looks quite different. You’re cycling through the Wieringermeer polder now, the only true Zuiderzee polder. That’s because this area was drained in 1930, before the Afsluitdijk was built. Near Den Oever you ride through the first ...
- 32-kilometre-long Afsluitdijk
- Photo location: Waddencenter, Kornwerderzand
Horeca & logies
Workum - Lemmer
Distance: 52.4 kilometres
Today you’re leaving Workum, an attractive Zuiderzee town that was a relatively busy port city as early as around 1400. You can still find quite a few shipyards here that date back to those days. Via the Aldedyk, an old dyke along the ...
- The Frisian Eleven Cities
- Photo location: Sondeler Leijen
Lemmer - Kraggenburg
Distance: 51.1 kilometres
Cycling through Lemmer it’s immediately clear what this town’s main source of income is. It’s a prime water sports town that attracts many tourists. In the late 19th century Lemmer was one of the most important fishing towns in the ...
- Vast pastures
- Grass snakes and dragonflies
- Photo location: Church in Blankenham
Kraggenburg - Elburg
Distance: 58.2 kilometres
You enter that new land, the Noordoostpolder, via the village of Kraggenburg and the Voorsterbos forest, riding through a flat polder landscape where everything seems to be laid out as straight as possible. Then you arrive at a real island on dry land, ...
- Medieval streets
- Photo location: Zomerdijk, Oostwolde
Elburg - Spakenburg
Distance: 52.6 kilometres Today’s stage starts in the beautiful town of Elburg. Within its city walls from 1392, the square fortified town almost resembles a museum. The entire street plan and the buildings date back to that time. Originally, this Hanseatic town was located in a different ...
- Strand Horst
- Photo location: Arkersluis Nijkerk
Spakenburg - Amsterdam
Distance: 50,3 kilometres In its old harbour you can still see original ‘botters’, the 19th century flat-bottomed boats that were used to fish on the Zuiderzee. The thirty botters in Spakenburg make up about half of the entire Dutch botter fleet. The Spakenburg people primarily earn their ...
- Original botters
- City beach
- Photo location: Gooimeerpromenade Huizen
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Order the cycle guide
The compact cycle guide takes you by the hand, so to speak, and describes the route and the landscape.