Cycling in Drenthe — Holland's primeval region

Bike Touring Collection by Drenthe

Cycling through Drenthe — Holland's primeval region — is the perfect way to take a break and enjoy untouched nature. The region’s beautiful cycle paths allow you to discover unique landscapes and history and enjoy the Netherland’s fantastic cycle path network.

Drenthe has a total of 1,300 miles (2,100 kilometers) of cycle paths, including many signposted themed routes. Here, you will find peace and relaxation and re-connect to the important things in life: spending time with one another.

This Collection includes some of Drenthe's most stunning cycle routes. You can find the full range of cycling tours and tips for weekend excursions or holidays in Drenthe at besuchdrenthe.de/radfahren.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:42
    28.3 mi
    10.5 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This 45 km long route leads from Dwingeloo through the most beautiful natural landscapes of Drenthe. The Dwingelderveld National Park covers the largest wetland in Europe. When the heath flowers in purple in August, the track is especially pretty. But you also cycle through woods and past small lakes.On the way, an encounter with the Drentse Heideschaf is not unlikely. On the way to ruins you come to the visitor center Dwingelderveld. There is a game forest and a water playground for young adventurers. Knowledge-hungry people learn about the flora and fauna of the region.You can also stop at the tea house Anserdennen or in Pesse, where in 1955 the oldest boat in the world was excavated, which is exhibited in the Drents Museum. The industrial monument of the Dwingeloo radio telescope on the way back to Dwingeloo is highly visible. Did you know that two star systems were discovered here?

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    Intermediate
    03:41
    38.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Drents Museum in the provincial capital of Assen boasts archaeological finds, the oldest boat in the world and prehistoric bog bodies such as the famous girl of Yde. Then you cycle in a southerly direction through the varied landscape with forests, brooks and beautiful panoramas.A visit to the Kamp Westerbork Memorial Center in Hoogdalen, where the tragedy of the Second World War can still be felt, leaves lasting impressions. Continue to the huge telescopes of the radio astronomical observatory and the lively Angerdorf Westerbork. Evidence in the Museum of Paper Cutting that you, too, have a creative streak. In Grolloo there is a museum for the legendary Dutch blues band Cuby & The Blizzards.Along the way are some of the largest megalithic tombs (D17 and D18) near Rolde. You cycle through one of the oldest forests in the Netherlands, the Asserbos, slowly back to Assen - if you do not stop first at the playground, at the petting zoo or in the tea gifts.

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    28.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    National Park Drents-Friese Wold, after the Veluwe largest contiguous forest area of ​​the Netherlands. But in this national park you cycle not only in the forest, but also past sand drifts and swamps and through the heath with heather lakes.Along the route are the following areas of the Drents-Friese Wold: Berkenheuvel, Boschoord woodland, Doldersummerveld, Aekingerzand - the so-called "bald" dunes - and Aekingerbroek, as well as the Frisian Appelscha and a few other villages.The starting point of the route is the tourist information in Diever. Just opposite there is a large, free parking.

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    Intermediate
    03:04
    32.6 mi
    10.6 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this exciting route with starting point in Emmen is guaranteed no boredom. In southern direction, the bathing lake Ermerstrand offers for a first stopover. Or have a coffee in the idyllic Angerdörfern Sleen with the highest church tower in the province and Noord-Sleen Halt.There is even more water fun at the Kibbelkoele bathing lake, which lies on one of the most scenic sections with forests, bog lakes and heathland. Do not miss the giant grave Papeloze Kerk and the burial mound Galgenberg.In the open air museum Ellert and Brammert the history of the province Drenthe comes alive again with old handicraft and Plaggenhütten. Children enjoy themselves in the petting zoo or on the playground. Via Valthe with its magnificent Saxon farms, countless burial mounds, graves of barrows and a cave that served as a hiding place for several Jews during the Second World War, it goes back to Emmen through the Valtherbos.

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    Intermediate
    02:34
    27.3 mi
    10.7 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The signposted route Heerlijkheid Ruins is named after the former High Glory in ruins. A glory was an independent area with its own jurisdiction, for example, conferred by the Bishop of Utrecht, which in this case belonged to the Lords of Ruins.The route starts in ruins. Where Mariakirche stands today was once the oldest monastery in Drenthe. From ruins you cycle through the forest and heath area of ​​the forestry office ruins. In the historic Angerdorf Echten impresses a magnificent mansion: Huize real.About Koekange and the farm Blijdenstein with the Ruinerwoldse Kerk you come to Ruinerwold. Ruinerwold is famous for its distinctive, listed farmhouses at Dr. Ing. Larijweg known that leads to ruins. On the way back to ruins there is enough to see. On the outskirts of ruins worth a visit to the visitor center Dwingelderveld and the Schafpferch ruins.

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    Easy
    01:59
    21.4 mi
    10.8 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route is for connoisseurs of cyclists. Scottish highland cattle, goats and the nature reserve Fochteloërveen with the great observation tower make the charm of the landscape.Starting point is at the hotel restaurant Bitter & Zoet in Veenhuizen with the beautiful vegetable, herb and orchards. The organic products then land fresh on your plate. In the beer brewery Maallust you will learn everything about the brewing process and can toast with fresh draft beer.After the first few kilometers you will return to the picturesque village of Westervelde in the hotel-restaurant De Jufferen Lunsingh for a rustic lunch with home-smoked fish and air-dried ham. The detour to Norg Café De Bosrand is worthwhile, if you swarm for coffee with eggnog and homemade chocolates. For those who prefer a hearty meal, the hotel-restaurant Jachtlust in the Angerdorf Steenbergen serves seasonal dishes from the region.Cheese lovers make a detour to Zevenhuizen to the organic goat farm De Oude Streek with delicious manchoux and cottage cheese. Back in Veenhuizen, the "Tuinen van Weldadigheid" with vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers opposite the prison museum are worth seeing. Good wind and well!

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    Intermediate
    02:22
    23.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This varied bike ride is ideal for family trips. You cycle across the lowest moorland in the Netherlands and stop in the exciting prison museum of Veenhuizen.After the start in Norg, an Anger village typical for Drenthe, it goes to Westervelde and immediately to a megalithic tomb. You come through the areas Norgerholt and Fochteloërveen with unique flora and fauna. After these beautiful natural areas you will reach Veenhuizen, a former prison village with a special history. Back to the starting point you cycle along the equally beautiful east side of Norg.

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    Intermediate
    02:24
    25.9 mi
    10.8 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This approximately 41-kilometer bike ride takes you to varied striking points of Drenthe.In the highlands of Drenthe you are offered miles of picturesque landscapes with heath hills, forests and Scottish highland cattle. Of course, the museum village of Orvelte should not be missed on this cycle tour. It is considered one of the most quaint villages of the Netherlands. So make yourself a picture of it.A lasting impression will be made by a visit to the Kamp Westerbork Memorial Center, where the tragic events of the Second World War are made clear. Near the center of remembrance rise 14 "radio telescopes" of the radio radio station.The villages of Zweeloo and Aalden are almost an organic entity: In the Angerdörfer are magnificent, authentic Saxon farms. The world-famous painter Vincent van Gogh was also inspired here.

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    Intermediate
    02:45
    29.7 mi
    10.8 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this varied bike ride you cycle not only through beautiful nature, but also discover a lot off the bike paths.Experience Drenthe, for example, from the heights. Climb the lookout tower "Poolshoogte" on the hill near Forst Odoorn. To pause, a stop at the Boomkroonpad (literally treetop path) is recommended. Take a walk high up in the treetops.In the UNESCO Geopark "De Hondsrug" you go on an expedition to learn stories about the Ice Age and around the megalithic tombs. And did you know that there are a total of 52 megalithic tombs in Drenthe? The most impressive specimens can be found in the Hondsrug-Hunzevallei floodplains. The fascinating history of the megalithic tombs brings you close to the megalithic tomb center in Borger. Since it pays off the bike shortly.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    256 mi
  • Duration
    24:12 h
  • Elevation
    3,300 ft

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