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 day-trippers also take to the saddle to discover the region for themselves. Wide cycle paths and a bicycle junction system extending over almost six thousand miles (ten thousand kilometers) 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, heaths, meadows, wooded banks, and forests.
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 almost 60-kilometer circuit takes you through the beautiful De Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park.Wide, open and very quiet. This is De Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park. One of the largest closed heathland areas in Europe is located here. If you ride the circular route, you will also find a few steeper passages, which are always rewarded with a fantastic view.The route runs through forests, extensive heather fields, past juniper bushes, bizarre oaks and white birches - and is an all-round great natural experience.
The 40-kilometer circuit takes 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 in Aalshorst and of course the Rechteren Castle.From there you cycle an arc over Hoonhorst and then through beautiful forests and heather fields towards Ommen. In the Hanseatic city you can stroll a little through the streets and stop in one of the cozy cafés or restaurants before you start the onward journey that takes you back to the starting point in Dalfsen following the Vecht.
Zwolle and Kampen are two important Hanseatic cities on the IJssel. The glorious history of the medieval Hanseatic League has left many traces here. On the Hanseatic Round you can discover these traces with your own eyes.In the Middle Ages, merchants traveled the seas on small cogs to trade with many countries, from France to Novgorod in Russia. About 200 cities were members of the Hanse Association.The Hanseatic cities in the east of the Netherlands were magnificent, imposing cities, while places like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Delft were not yet of great importance. 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 made itself felt in the form of imposing new buildings, richly decorated merchant houses and impressive chambers of commerce.The prosperity also ensured a heyday of art. There was talk of a golden age, of which luckily a lot can still be seen in the medieval Hanseatic cities, which you will discover in detail on this great tour.
On this bike tour you cross the Weerribben-Wieden National Park. It is the largest contiguous peat bog area in northwestern Europe. The starting point of this 40-kilometer round tour is the village of Giethoorn, which is also known as "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 it goes on via the idyllic village Dwarsgracht to the town of Blokzijl. The place, located halfway through, invites you to take a break with its pretty alleys, canals and beautiful cafes.Via the villages of Schutsloot and Wanneperveen you get back to Giethoorn, where you can end the day in one of the many cozy cafes and restaurants.
The Lingeroute takes you on a bike over winding dykes, past Scheffelfelde, orchards and pretty dike villages. On the good 73-kilometer bike tour on both banks of the Linge you will experience the most beautiful sides of the river region Rivierenland between Lek and Waal.You start on the outskirts of Beesd. Free parking is available here and the train stops here. The first part takes you to Geldermalsen through the fields of Landgoed Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt, a historic estate.Here you change the river side and drive to Gorinchem. In the heart of the city is the historic old town with many restaurants and cafes. Back to the starting point you drive again on the other side of the Linge. The route takes you along orchards and the cheese town of Leerdam.