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Old Jul 20th, 2003, 09:47 AM
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biking in the netherlands

can anyone recommend a few days trips from amsterdam? i'm here for 2 weeks and am hoping to get some riding in.
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Old Jul 20th, 2003, 10:15 AM
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If you're already there have you consulted with the VVV (tourist) office about this subject?
 
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Definitely go to the VVV. They will have route suggestions and maps.

You can also take the train out of Amsterdam and rent a bike in another city to start your riding, such as Haarlem (go through the Kennemerduinen, or dunes, to the beach); Leiden (ride to Noordwijk aan Zee or Katwijk aan Zee, the beach again); Naarden (ride to Muiderslot, an old defensive castle); Monnikendam (ride to Edam and/or Volendam and back); Delft (ride to the beach town of Monster - no kidding); or Bergen aan Zee (a former artists' colony near the beach). Or travel to Arnhem and ride to the National Park 'De Hoge Veluwe'. There are practically endless possibilities!
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Old Jul 20th, 2003, 11:08 PM
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haven't done that yet. thanks for the tip!
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One very nice bike trip, is to take the fast train from Amsterdam to Dordrecht (about 1.5 hr) and cycle the "molenroute" (windmill route) from there to Kinderdijk (less than 1 hr cycling)-the area with all the windmills. The Tourist office in Dordrecht is near the train station and can get a map and directions there. Here is their website:

http://www.vvvzhz.nl/engels/welcome_eng.html
http://www.kinderdijk.nl/

It's a really great route-you start by crossing on a passenger ferry to Papendrecht and follow the route signs to Alblasserdam. I highly recommend it. I lived in Dordrecht for 9 months and this was definitely the best part of living there. I'm pretty sure they rent bikes from the Dordrecht train station or from the Tourist office-email to be sure.
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I forgot that one, Chris - great idea!
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Old Jul 24th, 2003, 08:40 AM
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thanks chris, i will look into it.
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