Cycling along the Dutch Hanseatic Cities

Bike Touring Collection by Niederländische Hansestädte

Sublime dikes offering an almost endless view of the lush green meadows along the winding rivers, dreamlike cycle paths leading through picturesque nature to charming Hanseatic towns – these seven unique cycle routes take you through this beautiful landscape from Hanseatic city to Hanseatic city.

Just behind the German-Dutch border, there are nine Dutch Hanseatic towns which have been able to retain their medieval charm to this day. Doesburg, Zutphen, Deventer, Hattem, Zwolle, Hasselt, Kampen, Elburg and Harderwijk – each town has its own charm and character. Beautiful historic city centers, modern shops, hip bars and a diverse cultural scene make the Hanseatic cities particularly attractive destinations for excursions to this day.

In this Collection, we present seven bike routes around the Dutch Hanseatic cities, so you don't have to do anything else but simply start cycling.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:25
    36.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 57 kilometer circuit you can explore the Hanseatic cities of Zutphen and Doesburg. The journey through the two cities is like a journey through time along Gothic facades, historic merchant houses and old quays.The beautiful bike tour takes you from Zutphen along the IJssel south to Doesburg. In this Hanseatic city is invited once a month for cultural Sunday. Then you can visit for free a selection of professional artists' studios, renowned galleries, antique dealers and museums. In Doesburg, you can also add your mustard everywhere, such as the Doesburg mustard soup, which is offered in many variations in the city's restaurants.On the way back to Zutphen you will cycle through the charming village of Bronkhorst. It is one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands and ideal for a stopover. Then the bike tour continues through the river floodplains back to the starting point Zutphen, which is also known as the tower city, because several towers characterize the skyline of this Hanseatic city. Here you can end the day with a visit to the recently opened Hof van Heeckeren Museum or a shopping tour in the historic city center.

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    Intermediate
    03:05
    32.2 mi
    10.4 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour takes you on a 51-kilometer circuit from Elburg to Hattem and back. It starts in the Hanseatic city of Elburg, which enchants with narrow streets, the Keitjesstoepen (mosaic ornaments on the sidewalks) and a beautiful view.From there you cycle through the wide polder landscape to the west to Hattem, where you can admire the picturesque city center. Many artists have been inspired by the picturesque appearance of Hattem and its green surroundings. There are therefore several museums in the small Hanseatic city, which is the smallest of the Dutch Hanseatic cities with almost 12,000 inhabitants.After your visit to Hattem, the bike tour takes you back to Elburg on flat stretches and beautiful cycle paths.

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  • Difficult
    06:33
    69.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    675 ft
    650 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On the 113 kilometer Fernradstrecke, which you can drive, for example, in two stages, it goes from Hanseatic city to Hanseatic city. The tour starts in Hasselt and takes you on flat terrain, following the beautiful IJssel to Doesburg. The path from north to south takes you along long dikes along the river, from where you have a beautiful view of the wide flat land, which enchants with its lush green meadows.On the way to Doesburg, you will pass through the individual Hanseatic cities, such as Kampen, Zwolle, Deventer and Zutphen, all of which enchant with their special flair and historical city centers. Hip street cafés and cozy restaurants invite you to linger and rest in the beautiful Hanseatic cities.

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    Intermediate
    02:19
    24.4 mi
    10.5 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.

    This bike tour takes you on a nearly 40-kilometer circuit from Deventer to Zutphen and back. It mainly about exposed bike paths and meandering dykes. On the route you cycle along one of the most beautiful rivers in the Netherlands: the IJssel. The river brought wealth and prosperity during the Hanseatic period, because it connected the open sea with the German hinterland.Deventer is a Hanseatic city for life-lovers! An extremely hospitable, lively city with many monuments in a beautiful setting. Deventer is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. This Hanseatic city is known far and wide for events such as "Deventer auf Stelzen" and the Dickens Festival. In addition, the city hosts the largest book market in Europe.The halfway Zutphen is a true stronghold of anthroposophy in the Netherlands. The philosophy is also reflected in the special shopping offer of the city. In Zutphen the authentic, personal shopping experience is in the foreground. Here you will find many original shops with hip products.

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    Intermediate
    04:09
    44.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round takes you 70 kilometers from Elburg to Harderwijk and back. Starting point is the Hanseatic city of Elburg. In the harbor you will find many "Botter", the historic fishing ships of the city. Elburg has remained true to its importance as a fishing village - you can see it everywhere in the city.On the bike tour you will cycle through magnificent natural areas, vast polder landscapes and the wooded North Veluwe. Here you can enjoy the view of the Veluwemeer and the idyllic historic city center of Harderwijk with authentic shops and lively cafes where you can taste the rich flavor of the Hanseatic League.The sociable Hanseatic city of Harderwijk enchants with many 'terrasjes' (sidewalk cafés) and top restaurants, including two that have been awarded Michelin stars. Hip shops, a city beach with its beachside "Walhalla" and festivals like LaLaLand give Harderwijk modern coolness.

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    Intermediate
    02:35
    27.9 mi
    10.8 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour takes you on a 44-kilometer circuit through the two important Hanseatic cities of Zwolle and Kampen on the IJssel.It starts at Zwolle. From the starting point, you first drive a beautiful route through the Hanseatic city and cross countless of the many canals that flow through Zwolle. After this nice start, it goes to the shore of the IJssel. Through the picturesque meadows you cycle along the course of the river to Kampen. Here you can admire the Kamper Kogge in the harbor and be enchanted by the rest of the city.The way back leads you through the meadows on the other side of the river back to Zwolle. As on the way there, you will pass through beautiful little villages and past several cozy cafés that invite you to stop off.

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    Easy
    01:27
    15.7 mi
    10.9 mph
    100 ft
    100 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.

    From the Hanseatic city of Hasselt, this bike tour takes you in an easy loop on 25 kilometers around the river Zwartewater. From Hasselt you drive first a little way to the south, then turn off in a large arc to the north. On the way to Zwartsluis you will cycle on the flat track past lush green meadows and wide fields, which are crossed by innumerable dead straight canals.Halfway you reach Zwartluis. The small town with the idyllic harbor and countless restaurants invites you to rest. Well-rested and refreshed, you then take a short detour to Genemuiden, where you can visit the carpet museum, for example, before starting your way back to the starting point in Hasselt, which leads you through the beautiful wide floodplains of Zwartewater.

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    Easy
    01:43
    18.5 mi
    10.8 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circuit takes you along the varied river landscape of the IJsseldeltas. During this Hanseatic tour you will cycle through the beautiful polder landscape with its remote views and you will pass through the Hanseatic cities of Zwolle and Hasselt.In the picturesque Hasselt the bike tour starts. Here you will find many hidden treasures. This Hanseatic city has a historic downtown with atmospheric streets and canals and over 70 monuments. Hasselt is one of the oldest places of choice in the Netherlands and part of the famous international pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The symbol of the pilgrims, the scallop, made of Bentheimer sandstone, can be found in the wall of the old town hall.Over wide river meadows the route leads you to Zwolle. The dynamic Hanseatic city exudes culture on every corner. The authentic facades, the city wall, the Sassenpoort, the Peperbustoren (the "pepper-scattering tower") and the star-shaped canal of the city are characteristic for this Hanseatic city. On the outskirts of the city and while cycling back to Hasselt, you can enjoy the beautiful distant view over the vast polder landscape.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    269 mi
  • Duration
    25:15 h
  • Elevation
    2,825 ft

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