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tbbeach May 25th, 2016 10:11 AM

Best 1 Day Bike Tour in Amsterdam
We will be in Amsterdam in September- suggestions on day trips/tours. We love bike riding, which is why we are so excited to go to Amsterdam!

tonfromleiden May 25th, 2016 10:27 AM

Best biking experiences are definitely not in the city, but in the countryside. The area just north of Amsterdam is ideal: dedicated bicycle paths, green, some tiny villages (like Ransdorp), small towns (Monnickendam and Edam, but avoid Volendam for all the tour groups!).
This might inspire you:

menachem May 25th, 2016 09:55 PM

Yep. Waterland (that is the area to the north of Amsterdam that tonfromleiden is talking about.

A ride I also like can be had by taking a train to Santpoort Zuid, renting bikes at the station to explore the Kennemerduinen, just off the North Sea Coast. Bloemendaal and its ultra hip beach restaurants are near, Santpoort has a medieval ruin (Brederode, open to visitors)) and a number of local and attractive places for lunch or coffee. The landscape is interesting and varied and the whole area can be seen in a day.

Come to think of it, if you find good bikes to rent in Amsterdam you can take them on the train to Santpoort, but you have to buy a ticket for them (6.10 euros, valid all day, for all travel, in addition to your train ticket)

iwent May 26th, 2016 08:10 AM

Amsterdam is definitely a biking city. If you want to go on a bike trip hassle free in Amsterdam or in the countryside, I would advise you to join a tour. These tours are NOT crowded with people. I went on and I was just together with my companion.

menachem May 27th, 2016 07:40 AM

There's one thing about biking in Amsterdam: there is MASS BIKE TRAFFIC. And people don't pootle about either. So a tour out of the city gets you more enjoyment perhaps than biking around within Amsterdam.

spaarne May 29th, 2016 03:38 PM

<i> Best 1 Day Bike Tour in Amsterdam
Posted by: tbbeach on May 25, 16 at 2:11pm</i>

Ditto ditto ditto the nay-sayers. If you take your eyes off the bike path to see anything you could end up in an ambulance. Walk Amsterdam. Bike elsewhere.

travlsolo2 May 29th, 2016 05:16 PM

You could take a train to Haarlem, rent bikes at the station and head west to the North Sea and Bloemendaal aan Zee, then north into the Kennemerduinen. It's a national park, and it's pretty awesome. Check Google Maps.
The first time I was there with husband, and we got lost and accidentally found the Brederode castle ruins. Second time I was solo and spent time on the beach, too, near Parnassia aan Zee.

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