The sun is shining, your legs are restless: the outdoors is calling! Adventure awaits. Of course, you can go on a beautiful hike anywhere in the Netherlands. But if you're looking for a really tough hike, you may have to look that little bit harder.
That's why we have eight walks, each over 20 kilometres (12 m) long, just for you. For those with stamina to burn, there’s even one of over 40 kilometres (25 m). The walks explore stunning countryside and often entail quite a bit of elevation gain too. They can all be reached by public transport, sometimes the easier option than a car.
For such long walks it is important that you have the right equipment and take enough food and drink with you. Prepare yourself well and preferably start early in the morning, when it’s cooler. This will also give you enough time to comfortably complete your adventure.
A good daypack is essential: for these kinds of hikes, we recommend a capacity of 15 to 30 litres, such as the Speed Lite 26 model or, for women, the Speed Lite 22 SL model. You will then have enough room for all your food, clothing and other trinkets.
Do you prefer the vast and flat Zeeland countryside, or would you rather train your calves in the dunes of North Holland? You could take the train to the southernmost point of the country and get your elevation gain in on the hills of South Limburg. For a really memorable outing, add a night in Maastricht. Or would you rather go to the Wadden Sea? Then take the ferry to Texel. Spending the night there will give you some great holiday vibes, while a day trip up and down the island is also possible. Choose your favourite from these beautiful walks in all corners of the country, take a day off and get on your way.
Get ready for a tough walk with quite a few altimeters by Dutch standards. You walk through the hilly landscape of South Limburg, just east of Maastricht. The route starts in the village of Berg, between Cadier en Keer and Maastricht, where you can easily park your car in the parking lot. After a walk…
The Schoorlse Duinen are the highest in the Netherlands and therefore a great place for a challenging walk. Not only do you make the necessary height meters due to the differences in height, you also walk through the soft sand of the dunes and the beach. Enjoy a breath of fresh air on the coast.
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Texel far away? No, you really don't have to go on holiday for a week to walk on this beautiful Wadden island. From Den Helder you can sail to Texel in just 20 minutes and the great thing is: your walk starts directly from the harbor.
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More than 20 kilometers of lovely walks through the stream valley of the Drentsche Aa, declared one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Netherlands. This is possible with this route northeast of Assen. The starting point of the walk is in Anloo, accessible by bus from Assen. It is easier to park…
Yes, you read that right. The entire route of the Sallandse Zandloper is 44 kilometers long. Only the extreme walkers (or seasoned marathoners) walk this route in one day. If you like a challenge, but if half the tour is enough, you can simply divide the walk over two days. Just off the route are some…
Does Zeeland also give you an instant holiday feeling? Probably in the summer, although that can be different in the autumn and winter when the rain hits you in the face. It is therefore a good idea to check the weather forecast in advance. Zeeland is beautiful in every season and particularly suitable…
This walk through beautiful fortified towns, past fortresses and, as icing on the cake, a beautiful view of Fort Loevestein is almost 25 kilometers long. So set aside enough time for it. You start at Gorinchem station, an authentic town with a beautiful old center. If you have enough time, the nice little…
Get ready for a nice walk through the wooded area near Amersfoort. In just over 22 kilometers you walk from the station in Amersfoort past Soest and Den Dolder to station Hollandsche Rading. That is why it is wise to go by train instead of by car; after all, you don't come back to the starting point…
Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal
Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal
Hiking Collection by Romy von Etappen-Wandern
Hiking Collection by Westerwald - Die Urlaubsregion