Picturesque dunes that frame the coast encasing mile after mile of glorious seafront. Comfy beach bars, innumerable rivers and canals, and truly beautiful towns and cities. Welcome to northern Holland.
Home to such a diverse landscape, northern Holland is full of surprises. The well-built cycle ways will carry you a total of 1450 kilometers (90 miles) across undulating landscapes, past epic waterways, and alongside innumerable dunes. In the Beemster World Heritage Site and the Schermer Dyke, you'll see an authentic side of the Netherlands that few visitors ever get to witness, complete with beautiful farmhouses and wide, sprawling viewpoints. From the Netherlands' highest dune, that at Schoorl, you'll be able to enjoy a panoramic view spanning almost the entirety of northern Holland (especially when the weather is good)—and you'll truly be able to take in the beautiful nature.
In this Collection, we bring you the most beautiful bike rides in the region. From long to short, we've prepared a little something for everyone here, so riders of all types can experience the best of northern Holland.
The West Frisian Umringdeich is a wonder made by human hands. At that time it was created by small deep dikes, which, however, often did not provide sufficient protection. Later, the dikes were higher and an interconnected dike system was created. The West Frisian Umringdeich was born! This monument, which runs through the West Frisian countryside, takes you across winding paths along polders, mills, VOC towns, farms, cultural surprises and delicious local produce - the route is more than worth biking!
Hoorn appears in history from 1200. This explains the many beautiful historic houses that you can admire in and around the city. Hoorn is also cultural: you will not only find museums and the famous steam locomotive between Hoorn and Medemblik, also music and theater lovers will get their money's worth. By the way, if you are interested in history and culture, then Enkhuizen is well worth a visit. In addition to the interesting story, you should not miss the jazz festival in May and June and the summer evening concerts with the Hemony Carillons in summer. Speaking of history and culture, Blokker is the only city in the Netherlands where The Beatles have appeared. In addition, a monument was even erected in the city.
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This route literally runs through the head of North Holland. Radle along the North Sea coast through the beautiful dune area. In the area around Den Helder you will find the darker dunes. The former swamp is today a great green recreational area. The Helder is also home to the Royal Navy; but you can also admire merchant ships and the places Breezand, Anna Paulowna and Oudesluis on the bike. To complete the cycle route, it also runs along the dune area above Callantsoog.
The beautiful dune area at the top of North Holland offers you all the possibilities for a wonderfully long bike ride. The majority of the route leads through the dune area and includes small detours through beautiful villages and famous bathing places. The route is easy to shorten, because round trip of the round course are very close to each other. But why should you? The view is so impressive and there are numerous fine beach pavilions that are perfect for a break.
Schagen is a small town that acquired its city rights in the 15th century. Schagen existed for ten centuries. Meanwhile, the town has become a real city with a regional character. Uitjenhorn is a few years older and was founded around the year 1000. Compared to the city angle, however, both are still real youths. According to traces lived here already 2500 BC People. A historic bike ride!
The Breite Dünen Route is one of the most beautiful cycling routes in the Netherlands. On 45 kilometers, the circuit from Alkmaar leads you to the coast. You cycle mostly through beautiful dune landscape, which also gives you one or the other small slope. In addition to dunes, the route also leads through forests, bogs, polder areas and picturesque villages. In the bird sanctuary De Putten you can take some time to observe the many birds. Also, otherwise you have on the way always the opportunity to rest. Be it in the beautiful places along the way or at one of the numerous beach bars, which can be found on the long sandy beaches behind the dunes.
On this circuit, an extra helping of dunes awaits you and a beautiful route that takes you mostly along the coast. At the beginning the route leads over the place Anna Paulowna and wide polder landscape in some arches to the sea. Here you immediately dive into the beautiful dune landscape that lines the coast. You head north past Julianadorp through the dunes until you come directly to the sea shortly before Den Helder. Here you drive in a large arc along the coast to Den Helder, where you can take a leisurely rest in one of the many restaurants in the harbor. Strengthened you can then cycle the last few miles back to the starting point.
This route takes you on a circuit through the impressive polder area around Julianadorp, where you first take a scenic route near the coast towards Callantsoog. Here you will pass by small dunes and maybe also one or the other Galloway cattle grazing there. Callantsoog offers a trip to the beach, where there are also nice beach bars to stop. From Callantsoog it goes east through the beautiful polder landscape with plenty of water and wide flat terrain. In the charming village of Anna Paulowna, you can take a rest before you complete the round and cycle back to the starting point at Julianadorp.