In "The other Holland", it is not only the inhabitants who are particularly fond of cycling (they have already voted the region one of the best cycling regions in the Netherlands on several occasions). Many excursionists also take to the saddle to discover the region for themselves. Wide cycle paths and a system of junctions extending over almost ten thousand kilometres invite you to extensive two-wheel tours. On the way you will pass a wide variety of landscapes. The river landscape is transformed into historic Hanseatic towns. Heath fields, meadows, wooded banks and forests alternate.
The different landscapes are in the foreground during the bike tour through the dykes foothills Ooijpolder and Millinger. You cycle along old rivers, past clay pits, swamps and, for the Netherlands, unique shifting sand dunes. The so-called "clay pits" are lakes that were created by the degradation of clay, which was used in particular for the brick industry. Although most of the stone factories are now closed, the chimneys still often stand proudly.You cycle through the area where the Rhine divides into the Waal and the Pannerdensch canal. Here, the river was given back its natural expanse, creating a special, new natural landscape. This happened first on the Millinger dyke foreland, followed shortly thereafter by areas such as "Bisonbaai" and "de Oude Waal". This created a new home for many plant and animal species that settled here, as well as for the over 150,000 geese that spend the winter here. But also different fish, insects, beaver and osprey feel here now native. In addition, you can see on your tour with high probability flocks of the special cattle Roden Geuzen and the ponyrasse Konik.
This simple circuit starts in Oene. On largely flat stretches it leads you through the Renderklippe.The Renderklippe was formed thousands of years ago by ice, water and also by human hands. For over two million years, the Rhine and the Meuse washed up tons of slag, sand, earth and boulders in the Netherlands. The wind was free to blow and drove a lot of sand over time: The dozens of meters high Renderklippe, from which one has a magnificent view over the landscape, is the impressive proof. The spaciousness and solitude of this area are impressive even in darker winter weather. The many small hills and lakes, the sand paths and here and there a lonely tree make up the typical image of the region. There are also deer, deer, wild boar and sheep in the wild.
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Cycling along the water is pure joie de vivre. The route takes you to places along the river Oude IJssel, such as Laag-Keppel, Doesburg and Doetinchem. In Laag-Keppel (Dorpstraat) there is a 14th-century water mill complex - very close to the bridge over the Oude IJssel. In 1959 the complex was extended by a real Frisian Spinnenkop windmill, which maintained the water level in the mill pond. If the flag of the mill is hoisted, then you can visit the mill and the garden.If you continue cycling along the Oude IJssel, you will reach Doesburg, a historic Hanseatic city on the border. Due to the restored inner city and the former fortifications, the city is well known in the Netherlands. There are many old buildings to discover: the Town Hall, the Stadsbierhuys de Waag, the Grote Kerk or Martinikirche, and the beautifully restored Gasthuiskerk, also known as the 14th-century Antonius Chapel and Inn. This church has been converted into an impressive multicultural center. In the center of Doesburg there are also several museums and a mustard factory.
Enjoy the hospitable region of the Maas and Waal rivers. On the way you will get to know the unique river landscape and drive past numerous orchards and fruit trees.The starting point of this route is the atmospheric Hotel-Restaurant De Twee Linden. Here you can relax and enjoy the view over the terrace with a cup of coffee or a meal. Do not forget to take a look at the hotel's website to find out about the special three-day bicycle arrangement (detweelinden.nl).The route will take you through the Betuwe, a district in the province of Gelderland. Here it blooms in spring and in summer you can enjoy fresh fruit. The breeder likes to tell you more about his business.A little tip: A look at Fruittuinvannederland.nl is worth it to see if the plants are already in bloom or where you can buy fresh fruit.
The nearly 60-kilometer circuit will take you through the beautiful National Park De Sallandse Heuvelrug.Wide, open and very quiet. This is the National Park De Sallandse Heuvelrug. Here is one of the largest closed heathland in Europe. Those who leave the circular route by bike may also master steeper passages and will be rewarded with a fantastic view. The route runs through forests, vast heath fields, past juniper bushes, bizarre oaks and white birches.
The approximately 40-kilometer circuit will take you on beautiful bike paths and a flat stretch from Dalfsen to the Hanseatic city of Ommen and back. You will pass many beautiful castles, mills and charming villages.It starts in Dalfsen, a pretty village on the banks of the Vecht with an interesting history. The village is surrounded by beautiful nature. The area scores with many estates, country estates and authentic farms - for example with the country house the Aalshorst and of course the castle Rechteren.From there you cycle through Hoonhorst and then through beautiful forests and heath fields towards Ommen. In the Hanseatic city, you can stroll through the streets and stop in one of the cozy cafes or restaurants before you continue on the journey, which brings you back to the starting point after the Vecht Dalfsen.
Zwolle and Kampen are two important Hanseatic cities on the IJssel. The glorious history of the medieval Hanseatic League has left many traces here. During the cycling route you can discover these tracks with your own eyes.In the Middle Ages, traders on small cogged ships sailed the seas to trade with many countries that ranged from France to Novgorod in Russia. About 200 cities were members of the Hanseverbund.The Hanseatic cities in the east of the Netherlands were magnificent, imposing cities, while places like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Delft still had little meaning. The Hanseatic League was an association between cities that defended each other against piracy, robbery and murder. Since there were few laws at the time, trading trips could otherwise become dangerous adventures. The wealth was noticeable in the form of impressive new buildings, richly decorated merchants' houses and impressive chambers of commerce. The prosperity also provided for a heyday of art. It was spoken of a golden age, of which fortunately still today much in the medieval Hanseatic cities is to be seen.
The bike tour crosses the Weerribben-Wieden National Park. It is the largest contiguous peat bog area in northwestern Europe.The starting point of this approximately 40-kilometer circular tour is the village of Giethoorn, which is also called "the Venice of the North". The tour takes you along canals, (smaller) lakes and ditches.From the starting point Giethoorn you cycle to the ferry in Jonen. From there you continue on the idyllic village of Dwarsgracht to the small town of Blokzijl. The halfway point invites you with its pretty streets, canals and beautiful cafes for a rest.Through the villages of Schutsloot and Wanneperveen you will reach Giethoorn, where you can end the day in one of the many cozy cafes and restaurants.