The 5 most beautiful cycling routes in the Netherlands

01 May 2021

A cycling holiday? Go for it! The Netherlands has hundreds of beautiful cycling routes along the most special places. Places that you otherwise might never discover.

Holland is bicycle-land, we all know that. But not everyone is truly exploring the country by bike! A missed opportunity for sure, because a cycling holiday is an excellent idea for a weekend away or a short vacation.

We thought it was high time for a list of the most beautiful cycling routes in the Netherlands. Start your cycling holiday from a Stayokay hostel, with your own bike or a rented Stayokay bike.

1. Around Texel

Ranger's tip (30.6 km)

Jump on the bike at Stayokay Texel, feel the wind in your hair, make your way through the old mudflats' polder Waalenburg, and you'll see the meadowy views from the mudflat dyke. Birds, flowers and insects, during this cycling route you'll be surrounded by nature. On the way you will receive tips from the forester about the most fun and beautiful spots.

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2. Woudenberg

Cycle through Woudenberg (35 km)

While cycling through the forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park, past the many estates and castles and the vast fields, you discover the great nature, but you also explore every detail. Rolling hills, stylish country estates, winding paths, picturesque villages, dense forests and beautiful dune and heathland areas; the cycling routes on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug introduce you to the diversity of this beautiful region.

How about a cycling route through Woudenberg, close to Stayokay Bunnik? This 35 kilometer cycling tour takes you through the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park and the Gelderse Vallei. In the valley you will find lowlands with meadows and beautiful views. Once on the Grebbe Line, you will cycle past the remains of the Second World War.

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3. North Sea Coast Route

& National Park Zuid-kennemerland (26 km)

Start your adventure at Stayokay Haarlem to go to the beautiful Dutch dunes and discover the beauty of the Dutch coast. The National Park is home to many types of birds, deer, rabbits, butterflies, but also wild horses, Shetland ponies and Scottish highlanders. You could easily spot a bison, too. This cycling route also takes you along the North Sea beaches. So, a refreshing swim is never far away.

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4. Tour of the Posbank

Through National Park Veluwezoom (56 km)

Not far from Stayokay Arnhem is the start of a cycling route that will take you over the Posbank. This is a part of National Park Veluwezoom. The cycling route leads through beautiful forests and heathlands. These heathlands are at their prettiest in August and September. Also don't miss the charming villages of Velp, Rheden, Spankeren and Laag-Soeren!

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5. Royal Route

By Paleis Het Loo (37 km)

Just North of Apeldoorn you can find one of the most special cycling routes of the Netherlands. This 37-kilometre long Royal route cuts right through the Royal woods near Apeldoorn. On the way, don't forget to visit the beautiful Paleis het Loo. Stayokay Apeldoorn is the ideal starting point to discover this route.

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