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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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 will automatically end up at the start again.
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 seems to stand still. It is a round, so you will automatically end up at the start again.
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 of the characterful city with atmospheric facades, leafy streets and hidden spots and soon cycle into the floodplains of Zwarte Water and the Vecht.
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 can be found here: komoot.nl/collection/1193811
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 catches the eye, as does the 'skyline' of Kampen. No high-rise buildings, but historic buildings, gates and churches determine the face of this Hanseatic city.
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. You look out your eyes along the quay. On the one hand to what is happening on the water and on land to the interesting art objects.