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Cycling through Dutch medieval towns – LF3 Hanseatic Route

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Cycling through Dutch medieval towns – LF3 Hanseatic Route

Bike Touring Collection by Robin Patijn - Farawayistan

2-3

days

2-4 h

/ day

91.5 mi

875 ft

925 ft

The LF3 Hanseatic Route takes you through authentic trading towns as you ride from Millingen aan de Rijn to Kampen in the Netherlands. LF-Routes are long-distance cycling routes that cross through the Netherlands. The LF3 focuses on the Ijssel River and a number of cities dotted along its banks. Connecting the German hinterland to the open sea, the river was used to trade for hundreds of years. This former wealth and splendour are clearly visible in some of the so-called Hanseatic cities. What is a Hanseatic city? I hear you thinking. A Hanseatic city simply belongs to the Hanseatic League, a cooperation between trading cities to protect and expand their trade.

At 150 kilometres (93 miles) in length, the Hanseatic Route is relatively short. You cycle past no less than five Hanseatic towns, each with its own impressive sights. In these historic medieval cities, you find the beautiful remains of ports, warehouses and defences. You also pass green forelands and water-rich landscapes around the River Rhine. Cycle paths take you over dikes and wide-open polders. Every part of the route offers beautiful nature and history.

The route begins in the town of Millingen aan de Rijn in the east of the Netherlands. The start point is easiest to reach by car. If you prefer to travel by public transport, then take the train to Nijmegen instead. I have chosen to cycle the route from south to north in three stages. But of course, you can freely adjust the Hanseatic Route to your wishes. You can change the direction as well as the number of stages. In my chosen stage destinations, you find at least some options of places to spend the night. Once you have arrived at the finish line, you can easily travel home by train. Have fun cycling through some of the most beautiful Hanseatic cities in the Netherlands.

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91.0 mi

875 ft

925 ft

Last updated: December 20, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    32.0 mi
    10.9 mph
    250 ft
    275 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The first stage of the LF3 Hanseatic Route starts from Millingen aan de Rijn. This village in the province of Gelderland is close to the border of the Netherlands and Germany. After a few kilometers you cross the Bijlandsch Kanaal by ferry. Just below Pannerden the canal has its source in the Waal and

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    26.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    325 ft
    350 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    In the second stage of the LF3 Hanseatic Route, no fewer than two Hanseatic cities are on the program. Via the Cortenoeverseweg you set course in the direction of Zutphen. The Cortenoeversebrug takes you across the IJssel. The clinker cycle path along the water leads to the port of Zutphen.

    

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  • Difficult
    03:02
    33.0 mi
    10.9 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The third stage between Olst and Kampen takes you further north. Along the way you pass some beautiful highlights, including the Hanseatic city of Zwolle and end in Kampen. Immediately after leaving Olst you make a loop through the floodplains near Den Nul. This area is also called the Duursche Waarden

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  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    91.5 mi
  • Duration
    08:31 h
  • Elevation
    875 ft925 ft

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