Overijssel

Hidden spots and pure idyll – cycling through Overijssel province

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Hidden spots and pure idyll – cycling through Overijssel province

Bike Touring Collection by Overijssel

9

Tours

27:19 h

288 mi

3,700 ft

The Dutch province of Overijssel is no longer an insider tip among cyclists. Both visitors and residents agree that the region, which borders Germany, offers sublime riding. Framed between the vast IJsselmeer lake, the IJssel river and the rolling hills of the Veluwe, this wonderful landscape truly is a slice of bike touring paradise.

With cycle paths and a well-coordinated network of routes, you have the ideal conditions for a good time on two wheels. In this Collection, we share nine fabulous Tours to idyllic and hidden spots. These rides reveal a totally new side to this popular cycling region.

Getting to the starting points of the beautiful Tours in this Collection is super easy as they are all a stone's throw from the densely populated Ruhr region in the Netherlands and the Münsterland region of Germany. But, even if you're coming from further away, the area is easy and quick to reach. For example, the eastern part of the Netherlands has a great railway network with ICE connections to Arnhem and Deventer.

Once you arrive at your destination, historic Hanseatic towns, picturesque villages, idyllic river meadows, secluded nature parks and of course – typical of Holland – picturesque canals, ancient windmills and cosy little harbours await you. Take your time, roll leisurely along the finely paved cycle paths and enjoy the charm of the Overijssel province.

Would you like to cycle through Overijssel in the footsteps of the Hanseatic League? Then take a look at the Dutch Hanseatic cities: komoot.de/collection/1033534/Neun-Hansestädte-Neun-Perlen-im-Osten-der-Niederlande.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    02:19
    25.1 mi
    10.8 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this bike tour you cross the Weerribben-Wieden National Park. It is the largest contiguous peat bog area in northwestern Europe. The starting point of this 40-kilometer round tour is …

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    26.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Zwolle and Kampen are two important Hanseatic cities on the IJssel. The glorious history of the medieval Hanseatic League has left many traces here. On the Hanseatic Round you can discover these traces with your own eyes.In the Middle Ages, merchants traveled the seas on small cogs to trade with many countries, from France to Novgorod in Russia. Around 200 cities were members of the Hanse Association.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    25.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 40-kilometer circuit takes you on beautiful bike paths and a flat stretch from Dalfsen to the Hanseatic city of Ommen and back. You will pass many beautiful castles, …

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    38.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    875 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The almost 60-kilometer circuit takes you through the beautiful De Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park.Wide, open and very quiet. This is De Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park. One of the largest closed heathland areas in Europe is located here. If you take the circular route by bike, you can also expect a few steeper passages, which are always rewarded with a fantastic view.

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    26.6 mi
    10.6 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Vechtetalroute follows the river of the same name for 223 kilometers from its source to the mouth and leads through idyllic floodplain landscapes, past windmills and water castles and …

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  • Difficult
    02:18
    24.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The historic Hanseatic city of Zwolle is located very close to the IJsselmeer, but it is anything but old-fashioned: its medieval city center with its historic facades and narrow streets …

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    37.2 mi
    10.8 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This tour takes you through the Dutch town of Heerde, which is beautifully embedded between the forest areas of the Veluwe in the west and the IJssel in the east. This almost 60-kilometer route follows exactly this route and takes you past real "jewels" and beautiful natural highlights of the region. The two ferry trips across the IJssel provide that adventure feeling.

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    59.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    675 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Regge is a short tributary of the Vechte, which rises on the Westerflier estate near Diepenheim and from here meanders happily towards its confluence with the Vechte near Ommen. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    24.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Six in one go: You can discover six castles and mansions around the cozy little town of Diepenheim. Interesting exhibitions or just a short walk through the idyllic gardens allow you to immerse yourself in the exciting past of the region. But nature lovers will also get their money's worth: the idyllic Reggetal is a really good place for a wonderful time on the bike.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    288 mi
  • Duration
    27:19 h
  • Elevation
    3,700 ft

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Hidden spots and pure idyll – cycling through Overijssel province