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Cycling in the footsteps of artists in the Netherlands

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Cycling in the footsteps of artists in the Netherlands

Bike Touring Collection by Robin Patijn - Farawayistan

7

Tours

19:31 h

200 mi

2,375 ft

Painting has always played an important role in the Netherland’s history. The arts celebrated their heyday during the Golden Age in the 17th century, and continue to thrive today. This Collection of Tours includes beautiful cycling routes for art lovers. In seven Tours you follow in the footsteps of some of the Netherlands' greatest painters from the Renaissance period to modern art, including artistic movements such as De Stijl.

You'll cycle past birthplaces and places that influenced artists' careers. Some artists were inspired by cities and nature. For example, Jheronimus Bosch learned to paint in the city of Den Bosch. Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the most influential painters of the 17th century, enjoyed strolling along the Amstel River and exploring the surrounding countryside. With a sketchbook and pencil in hand, he was inspired by nature. In the historic city centre of Delft, Johannes Vermeer would draw iconic city landscapes. Vincent van Gogh, on the otherhand, would draw and paint scenerys around his birthplace in Brabant. Close to the town of Winterswijk in the eastern Netherlands, you can find the roots of Piet Mondriaan, known as the ‘father’ of abstract art.

As well as taking you to many places that inspired several Dutch painters, the Tours also visit a number of museums dedicated to the artistic masters. You will ride through quiet rural scenes before visiting the centres of various cities. This also makes the Tours convenient to reach by public transport as they often start and end near train stations. You can also park your car here too. Have fun!

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    Intermediate
    02:37
    26.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There are not many sights that remind of Johannes Vermeer. But in this Tour I have found a number. The Tour takes you straight through Delft - where Vermeer has lived all his life -, Schipluiden and past the famous Mauritshuis.
    The start of the route is in the historic center of Delft, near the central station. You can also …

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  • Easy
    01:41
    17.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Although Rembrandt van Rijn grew up in Leiden and learned the basics of drawing here, he soon moved to Amsterdam. The river Amstel was soon a great source of inspiration for him. In this Tour you will visit some of these places.The route starts a bit east of Amsterdam Central. The start is therefore easiest to reach by train. …

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    33.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This Tour is a tour from the birthplace of one of the Netherlands and even the world's most famous painters: the post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh. Via a beautiful drive from Zundert you will encounter some cultural and natural highlights, including the Rucphense Heide.In Zundert in North Brabant, a boy was born on March 30, 1853 who would later become …

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  • Intermediate
    02:53
    29.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In this Tour you will not only discover the most beautiful places in Brabant, you will also cycle past many places that have influenced Vincent van Gogh's painting career. The start and finish of the route is in Etten-Leur, near Breda.The start of the route is in front of the train station of Etten-Leur. If you prefer to come …

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  • Difficult
    03:23
    32.2 mi
    9.5 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This route takes you along the German border through the beautiful landscape with ash trees, long avenues and hedgerows. In addition to discovering the beauty of the Achterhoek landscape, you will follow the footsteps of one of the Netherlands' most famous painters, Piet Mondriaan.Winterswijk is the place where Piet Mondrian started his art career. He grew up here between …

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    28.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This Tour connects Utrecht and Amersfoort. The cities have something in common. Utrecht is the birthplace of Gerrit Rietveld and Piet Mondrian was born in Amersfoort. Both artists were part of the art movement De Stijl. Along the way you will pass some beautiful highlights.The start of the route is a little further at the train station of Maarsen. …

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  • Intermediate
    03:04
    31.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This Tour departs and ends in Den Bosch by Dutch painter Jeroen Bosch, also known as Jheronimus Bosch. Unlike other painters, Bosch was successful in his own time, in the late fifteenth century.The beautiful monumental buildings create a special atmosphere in the Bossche center. Faith became very important during the Middle Ages. As a result, many churches and monasteries …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    200 mi
  • Duration
    19:31 h
  • Elevation
    2,375 ft

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