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Groningen — wide cultural landscapes that offer much to discover

Groningen

Groningen — wide cultural landscapes that offer much to discover

Bike Touring Collection by Groningen

7

Tours

20:32 h

217 mi

1,150 ft

Blossoming rape fields line the roadside, while vast moorland landscapes hide their exciting past. Enchanted ornamental and herb gardens invite you in on a trip of relaxed discovery, while old windmills double-up as cozy cafes. Endless green meadows and dead straight dikes let you enjoy fantastic views of the Wadden Sea. You'll find all of this and more in the province of Groningen, a place that's home to one of the oldest cultural landscapes in Europe and borders on the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea and De Hondsrug Geopark.

The nature of Groningen is so beautiful and varied that one day is not enough. So you have enough time to discover the great cycle paths of the area, it is a good idea to stay overnight in one of the many inns that are part of the province's historical and cultural heritage.

Groningen has an infinite number of beautiful cycle paths. If you don't want to plan your trip on your own, you can take one of the recommended rides here and start cycling right away. These routes connect the most beautiful cycle paths and places in the province in themed rides and offer recommendations for resting places and activities in between. The lengths of the different routes range from 18 to 55 miles (30 to 90 kilometers) and offer you options for day trips or discovery tours lasting several days.

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    Easy
    01:42
    18.4 mi
    10.8 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The windmill "De Entreprise" is the starting point for this almost 30-kilometer route around the 1,700 hectare nature reserve Midden-Groningen, which is still in the middle of development. Arable land and small natural areas are rearranged to create a coherent area of ​​grassland, shrubs, lakes and swamps.The route takes you through elongated villages with historic row village development, where …

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  • Difficult
    03:42
    38.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The approximately 62 kilometers long route starts well, because you cycle on a cultural monument. The planting along the J. Buiskoolweg dates back to about 1928. Landscape architect Vroom was then commissioned to plant the street with ornamental shrubs. This planting was exceptional and for this reason, the Dutch monument authority decided in 2001 to declare the entire way to the monument.

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    31.7 mi
    10.8 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 51-kilometer bike tour is all about delicious food from the region. It starts at the living room Café Hammingh in Garnwerd, from the terrace you can see the boats passing by on the canal Reitdiep. Here you can taste a real Groningen mustard soup or the local spelled beer.From there, you cycle along winding paths, past whaling …

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  • Intermediate
    02:28
    26.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The slightly over 40-kilometer-long route is extremely varied, certainly also in terms of nature, because it leads through a small nature reserve in an old moorland, which was drained by hand before 1850 for peat extraction. The result was an agricultural area with small meadows, fields, young deciduous forest and here and there a house.De Lethe is also an …

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    56.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Kiek over de Diek is a new bike path that will take you from Lauwersoog to the easternmost point of the province of Groningen, Nieuw Statenzijl. The cycle track is about 90 kilometers long and leads across the Wadden area, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.The cycle path runs alternately over and in front of …

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    17.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The approximately 28-kilometer bike tour starts at De Vlinderij, a historic place where there used to be a shipyard. From there you can quickly reach a beautiful project, the nature education center Tussen de Venen.After a small arc you come to Kiel-Windeweer. It is the clearest example of typical Zeilendorf development, because the village is 100 m wide and …

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    27.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Wheat, spelled, oats and their by-products such as straw brought prosperity to East Groningen on the German border. The area, with its endless fields and billowing corn, is not in vain called corn republic.It is an area of contrasts. At the end of the 19th century, the farmers made a lot of money on the fertile clay soils and …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    217 mi
  • Duration
    20:32 h
  • Elevation
    1,150 ft

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