Best Cycling Routes in Amsterdam

Best Cycling Routes in Amsterdam

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Cycling in Amsterdam

In the bike-loving Netherlands, cyclists speed down the road without fearing the possible threat of a pedestrian impact. For an Irishman, the prospect is thrilling—and terrifying.

The best time to visit the city is late spring or early fall. To avoid crazy crowds while still enjoying good weather.

we recommend visiting Amsterdam in April, May, September or even as late in the year as early October ,you might even make it to the annual Amsterdam Oktoberfest

Our Pick of the Best Cycling Routes in Amsterdam

1. Amstel Cycling Route 

,The first bicycle ride that is recommended for all visitors will take you beside the Amstel river, going for about 30 minutes from the center, until you get to the aptly named Amstelpark.

From there turning inland for 15 minutes, passing by a traditional windmill, you will reach a big wooded area call the Amsterdams Bos, (bos meaning forest in Dutch).

As there is the windmill out there it’s one of the best bike routes for Amsterdam windmills to see.

This place is very peaceful to bike around, with plenty of open space between the trees.

You will see on a sunny day people playing sports, having picnics, taking the families out, horse riders, and more.

If you like planes, then Schipol airport is not far away, and you can see some get quite close at times flying overhead. You can easily spend an hour cycling around there.

Heading back into the center either by the way you came, or by going along a relatively boring road for around 15 minutes you start to reach the older buildings of the city, and eventually the splendidly big Vondelpark, full of activity (on a sunny day).

At that point, you are in the center and can take your pick of what you would like to do.

Ending in the Jordaan area is a good idea, with the winding old streets to explore, and maybe some ice cream for the end of a good ride.

The Freespirit Tread Plus

Best Bike for Amsterdam

Freespirit Tread Plus
Pros Cons
Excellent for the price! Limited colour choices
Adjustable for different types of rides
Great performance

2. Woudenberg

While cycling through the forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park, past the many estates and castles and the vast fields.

you’ll 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 Utrecht – 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.

The Schwinn Discover Hybrid Bike

Best Hybrid Bike

Schwinn Discover Hybrid Bike
Pros Cons
Hybrid frameTwo colors
21 speed shifters
Convenient cargo space

Tips for your Travels

Bike Tips

Become a real ‘Amsterdammer’ and travel by bike. You can rent a bike anywhere. However, there are a few things you should know before you start cycling in Amsterdam:

  • Cycle in the right pace. Don’t stand around on every corner or even worse on the middle of the cycling path. It’s dangerous for you and the other traffic participants.
  • Cycle on the bicycle paths. Bicycle paths are specially made for cyclers. The only excuse you have to cycle on the street is when there is no bicycle path.
  • Cycle to Amsterdam Central Station and park your bike in the bicycle parking. Unique in the world is the bike ramp that has room for 7000 bikes.
  • Cycle with your kids in a ‘bakfiets’ (cargo bike). If you visit Amsterdam with your children you should rent a ‘bakfiets’. This bike has a wooden compartment in which your kids can sit.

The Stella ladies city bike is a great way fit straight in with the city’s most well know looking bicycles, here are some pro’s and con’s

The Stella ladies city bike

Best women’s city bike

Stella 28 inch women's bike, from 160 cm, bike light, 21 speed gear, ladies city bike, women's bike, Comfort, Bikes, Retro, Holland, CTB Woman Lady Girl Vintage
Pros Cons
The 21-speed derailleur Mechanical disc brakes
Rear carrier offers cargo space
Bear more weight
Low profile tires