The well known open Dutch landscape with dikes and canals.
Best rent a bike in the centre of Amsterdam, and take the ferry across the IJ behind Central Station. You'll first have to cycle through some urban parts before entering rural areas. By the way, the name " Waterland " dates from medieval times, so it's not invented for tourists !
Official tourist information : www.vvv-waterland.nl
Over the millennia the natural landscape here was formed not only by rivers and the sea, like in most parts of Holland, but also by Ice Age glaciers and wind. The result is an exceptionally varied landscape.
Along the rivers the classic Dutch meadows with cows, lakes and wetlands. Merging into higher sandy grounds covered with woods and heather plains.
And all over, an overwhelming amount of historical points of interest. Relics from prehistoric man, through Middle Ages to modern times. See also the Where-section.
To visit this region you can cycle out of Amsterdam, but this adds considerable urban mileage to your trip. See How to get there, section "cycling all the way".
More practical is to take a train to the first small town, Weesp, and rent a bike there. A 15 minutes train ride from Amsterdam Central Station. Four trains per hour.
The bike rental shop in Weesp is at the station, exit side centre of town. Bike rental EUR 7,50 per day. They ask for an ID, and a caution of 50 EUR in CASH per bike.
You'll see lot's of bikes lined up, but that's for sale, and bike parking. The number of rental bikes is limited, so it's wise to get in touch with them for a reservation.
With a guided bike trip, this is of course arranged for you.
Rental bikes are classic Dutch 3 speed city bikes, ideal for this flat terrain. Bicycles are suitable for persons with a body length of about 155 cm (5 ft) and up.
Bike helmets are NOT supplied at the bike rental. Naturally, it is always saver to wear a helmet, but it is not mandatory, and not usual in Holland. Except for racers and small children.
Check the website of the bike rental at the station in Weesp for opening times and reservations : www.fietspoint.com. And no, I don't have shares, but so far, I found their bikes and service OK.
Thematic suggestions for guided bicycle day trips around : click here.
Bicycle trips are not a summer thing only.
For an example of an autumn bike ride (photo and video), click here.
For an example of an spring bike ride, click here.
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