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Wonderful round trips along the German and Dutch Hanser Route

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Wonderful round trips along the German and Dutch Hanser Route

Bike Touring Collection by Hanzesteden Fietsroute

16

Tours

42:32 h

446 mi

5,150 ft

There’s so much to see, do and experience in and around the Hanseatic cities in the eastern Netherlands and the German Rhineland. Each city has an individual atmosphere and a unique charm. Monumental historic buildings, beautiful canals lined by warehouses, and charming little harbours garnished with high Hanseatic river dikes. There’s no better way to see the power and splendour of these cities than by bicycle.

In the Middle Ages, Amsterdam and Rotterdam were still ‘green behind the ears’; villages barely bigger than a paper napkin. The Hanseatic cities, on the other hand, were much more powerful thanks to thriving trade. Cog boats came along the IJssel, the first cargo ships loaded with valuable goods from the rest of Europe. Today, you can still experience much of this glorious past as you cycle through the atmospheric old streets. Occasionally, the routes take you a little deeper into the countryside through wooded estates and you can see the historic wealth reflected in the stately homes.

Each town has its own identity and historic setting with modern attractions, museums and much more. In the Hanseatic towns on the waterfront, you can experience the atmosphere of the Middle Ages first hand. In restaurants housed in centuries-old buildings, you can relive the past while you dine and the menus offer regional dishes that perfectly reflect the taste of the Hanseatic League.

Why not combine a city trip with a bike ride in one of these historic cities? Or link the Hanseatic settlements together like a string of pearls on the LF3 Hanseatic Route (komoot.de/collection/1193811). During this multi-day Tour, you cycle along the IJssel – one of the most beautiful rivers in the region – over winding dikes and perfect cycle paths. In the towns, you'll pass Gothic facades, historic warehouses and old quays that bring the rich history to life. Whether you choose the Hanseatic Rounds in this Collection or the eight-day Hanseatic Route, the Hanseatic cities are fantastic for cycling!

The project ‘Cross-border Cooperation of the Hanseatic Cities’ is made possible by the INTERREG programme Germany-Netherlands.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Hanzerondje Arnhem

    Intermediate
    03:24
    35.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Get on your bike and be amazed in the Arnhem region! Along the way you can admire the rich flora and fauna of National Park De Veluwezoom. The route starts in the Hanseatic city of Arnhem, near the train station.

    

    You cycle between the old town and the Musispark towards the Airborneplein and then along

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    26.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hanseatic Tour in Deventer shows the versatility of the Hanseatic city of Deventer; from the outskirts of the city to beautiful country estates, and the charming villages of Bathmen and Lettele. On this water-rich route you cycle along the IJssel, the Schipbeek and Zandwetering.

    

    You can easily reach

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    22.1 mi
    10.5 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This Hanseatic Tour shows the diverse landscape with the Oude IJssel near Doesburg: the three-country point of the Achterhoek, the Liemers and the Veluwe.

    

    The route starts in the Hanseatic city of Doesburg, but if you come by train it is easier to pick up the route in Doetinchem. It is a round, so you

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    34.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Discover the power and splendor of the Hanseatic cities: cross the North Veluwe. Meandering along the water and sheltering under the treetops of the wooded Veluwe.

    

    If you come by train it is easier to pick up the route in Wezep. Otherwise you start this route in the Hanseatic city of Elburg, where time

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  • Easy
    01:47
    18.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    150 ft
    150 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.

    In this loop you follow the course of the Rhine. You take the bicycle ferry and cycle over the Rhine Bridge back to Emmerich aan de Rijn. Emmerich is just across the border and you can easily reach the town by train.

    

    While you are cycling along the pleasant Rhine promenade, you should do your best not

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  • Intermediate
    02:28
    26.9 mi
    10.9 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Along the Veluwerandmeren you will cycle in the tracks of the former trade route to Elburg and other Hanseatic cities: it is wonderful to tour around Harderwijk!

    

    Start the route in the Hanseatic city of Harderwijk, not far from the train station. From the Kerkplein you cycle to the Vischmarkt and the

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    25.1 mi
    10.9 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.

    Enjoy the views, cross the Zwarte Water with the ferry at Genemuiden and cycle through the beautiful nature reserves of Weerribben-Wieden and De Olde Maten near Zwartsluis.

    

    Start the route in the Hanseatic city of Hasselt, the nearest train station is Zwolle at 13 kilometers by bike. You drive south out

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    26.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Discover the picturesque area around Hattem. Straight through the polder of Hattem, the village of Hattemerbroek and along the outer dike area of the Hoenwaard.

    

    If you travel by train, it is easier to take the route in Zwolle. It is a round so you will pass all the beautiful places and back to the start

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    23.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you from medieval Kalkar to the pilgrimage town of Marienbaum and past the Roman city of Xanten.

    

    The route is not very easy to reach by train from the Netherlands, but is located on the Hanseatic Route – so you can just cycle there! The Collection with the entire Hanseatic City Cycle Route

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  • Difficult
    02:26
    26.5 mi
    10.9 mph
    175 ft
    150 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    A tour along the Kamper village centers and the impressive city front of Kampen. From the IJssel to the former Zuiderzee: you will be amazed!

    

    The route starts in the Hanseatic city of Kampen, not far from the train station. The start is immediately remarkable. The City Bridge with the golden wheels immediately

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  • Intermediate
    04:17
    46.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Discover the long and lively history of Maasbommel: from the Sint-Lambertuskerk and De Tuut steam pumping station to Hernen Castle.

    

    The route starts in Nijmegen, easy if you come by train. You cycle along the Kaaisjouwerskade on the Weurtseweg in the direction of Weurt. With the lock you cross the Maas

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    20.8 mi
    9.1 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Experience the green side of Neuss by bike, past the most beautiful sights such as the rose garden of Neuss or the natural monument Groov'sche Loch.

    

    The route starts in Neuss at the train station. In Germany, just like in the Netherlands, you can take your bike with you if you buy a ticket for it. If

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    35.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Discover the surroundings of the oldest city in the Netherlands! Along the way you will pass various sights, from the Roman Mask to the Saint Nicholas Chapel.

    

    The route starts in Nijmegen directly at the train station. You quickly leave the crowds behind when you cycle towards the Waal along the Kronenburgerpark

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  • Easy
    01:50
    19.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    250 ft
    250 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.

    Along the route you will find the Lower Rhine brewery, idyllic farm cafes, beer gardens and restaurants and you cross the river via a bridge as well as by ferry!

    

    The route starts in Wesel near the train station. A long gray Hanzel ribbon runs through the pedestrian zone of Wesel. The stone band bears

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    32.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    425 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.

    Follow the IJssel and the hinterland at Zutphen past country estates - such as Kasteel Vorden - and the Hessenweg; the former trade route to Germany.

    

    The route starts at the Wijnhuistoren, not far from the train station, which is great if you travel to the Torenstad by public transport. Zutphen owes its

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    27.3 mi
    10.9 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Zwolle, with its historic city center, exudes atmosphere. But the outside area is also very worthwhile. The Hanzerondje Zwolle cycle route, of more than 40 kilometers, takes you right through the green and water-rich city outskirts.

    

    Immediately after the start near the train station you cycle to the IJssel

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    446 mi
  • Duration
    42:32 h
  • Elevation
    5,150 ft

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