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Bicycle day trips - Where to start & Rent a bike

Nice bicycle day trips are possible all over the Netherlands. Once you decided on the region, getting there is generally pretty easy. Distances are short in this country, and the public transportation network is dense and frequent. Check the links section in Resources. For a bike trip in a more or less rural Dutch countryside, best start in a small town with a train station. Generally, there's a bike rental at or near the station.
Check it out on the railroad website. In the journey planner click on the name of the station. As most people coming to the Netherlands will visit Amsterdam, I focus on two normally not too crowded possibilities in the direct surroundings of this city. (For the full picture :
- west of Amsterdam is mainly industrial & port, you could take the train to the seaside,
- to the south there is some lovely countryside, but you'll have to cycle through half the city first.
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To the north : Waterland, classic Holland.

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

To the east : a varied landscape (click for pictures).

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.

East of Amsterdam


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.

Bike rental in Weesp

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 in this region : click here.
flyer guided bicycle trips

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.
Check out reviews and comments on bike tours at feedback.

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