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Old 02-25-16, 10:40 PM   #1
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Advice on The Netherland

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I was wondering if there was anyone who lived in, or frequented, the Netherlands that would care to share some advice on trip planning. The girlfriend and I are planning a trip in late May/early June, and as of yet I have zero routes planned. We will be arriving on a Friday or Saturday, and departing the following Sunday/Monday, for a total plannable time of 8 days (including the arrival day but excluding the departure date). We would like to travel at a leisurely pace, think 20ish miles/35ish km in the morning, a long lunch at a nice attraction, and the same again in the afternoon, with some downtime if we want to spend a bit of time in a particular location or the weather is not cooperating to stay a day or two. Logistically, it is looking like we will arrive and depart AMS, so some sort of circle tour beginning and ending in Amsterdam is preferable.

Any ideas that fit into that general criteria? While it seems the country is overflowing with beautiful bike routes, the availability of information in English is rather lacking, and I am still waiting on my guidebooks to be delivered!
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Been to a few cities in the Netherlands. Although Amsterdam is fun; I prefer the smaller towns.
Try to visit Den Haag(The Hague), Volendam, [B]Scheveningen.

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Gouda and Delft are nice cities.
And as Interceptor wrote, The Hague and Scheveningen are nice.
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There is no easier country to travel in on a bike in Europe than the Netherlands. The bike paths are well marked and you can buy high quality maps that provide all the route planning info that you need. Plus the Dutch by and large speak English. I worked on a factory floor in a province called Gelderland. There were 30 guys working on the shop floor and over half of them spoke some English.

Personally I would probably avoid the larger cities. Nothing wrong with them but the cycling is much better, in my opinion, in the countryside. Once you get out of the 2 principal provinces (north and south Holland), you get to really great countryside and it is easier getting in and out of the smaller cities on a bike.
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Been to a few cities in the Netherlands. Although Amsterdam is fun; I prefer the smaller towns.
Try to visit Den Haag(The Hague), Volendam, [B]Scheveningen.
Amsterdam is only a start/end point. Although we will probably want to spend a day there, I definitely am more excited for countryside touring! Den Haag via Haarlem (and now Scheveningen) will probably be our first night's (or last, depending on the direction we circle) destination.

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Gouda and Delft are nice cities.
Definitely not missing the Gouda markets

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There is no easier country to travel in on a bike in Europe than the Netherlands.

Personally I would probably avoid the larger cities. Nothing wrong with them but the cycling is much better, in my opinion, in the countryside. Once you get out of the 2 principal provinces (north and south Holland), you get to really great countryside and it is easier getting in and out of the smaller cities on a bike.
That is what I am hoping. The girlfriend is not really a fan of riding on the road with traffic, which is a large part of why I chose this location. We had a long layover in Amsterdam, where we got to town and rented bikes for a couple hours back in September, and the infrastructure really cemented it for her. Plus, as I mentioned above, I love countryside riding, so I definitely will get out there!
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A nice route is to follow the coast from Zandvoort to Scheveningen, no cars allowed.
Don't forget to buy Stroopwafels en cheese in Gouda.
A good routeplanner is Fietsersbond Routeplanner
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I'm planning a my first long(ish) solo tour from Paris to Amsterdam late may/early june. Perhaps we will cross paths! Very excited to check out the infrastructure in rural Netherlands.
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Great Post! We arrive in Amsterdam 16 May to start our 7 week tour! Will ride south then east across Germany then north to Denmark then work our way back to Amsterdam.
Looking forward to the cheese!!
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We had some good cheese from the Gouda market. Went well with a bottle of bubbles when we arrived in Amsterdam to celebrate completing our first tour! The ride along the beach was nice, but I never want to hear the country is flat after that surprise
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Texel is Also a Nice place to cycle , its a island just north of den helder
Nice in the summer especially

If you have a question just ask , i live in Holland myself
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We have been to the Netherlands several times, in fact we've just returned from a week based in Amsterdam.

I highly recommend "Cycling in Amsterdam and The Netherlands" (a spiral bound book of maps, routes and touring tips) by Eric van der Horst and available to purchase on his blog: The Cycling Dutchman: Amsterdam & Netherlands. We have lent this to several friends, who all report finding it very helpful.

You are in for a treat, cycling in the Netherlands - enjoy your trip!
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Thanks, but I made the trip long ago. It was a great time, minus the weather not quite cooperating!
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