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.
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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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.
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.
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.