Rotterdam - Amsterdam

Jun 5th, 2014, 03:42 PM
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Rotterdam - Amsterdam

Together with my mate, we are planning a bike trip. We are from Rotterdam and we and thought, that we go to Amsterdam. I searched the web for information on the distance and time our trips.
I found for example:
http://www.routeplanner24.com/amsterdam-rotterdam
but it is probably time to travel by car. Anyone knows how much time we will go bike? Thank you for your help.
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Jun 5th, 2014, 06:20 PM
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Well you could do it in one long day if physically fit but how much time do you have to do this tour - I could recommend a 3-4 day jaunt not in a direct line but zigzagging to Amsterdam - I've biked Holland for years and years so need to know more.

Gouda, Delft, Leiden, the North Sea Dunes Bike Path, Flower Fields, Kinderdijk, etc could make a wonderful tour - but to go straight thru the most direct route you simply take bike path along boring autoroutes to ge there as quickly as possible and can be done in one dauy as I have done.

What shape are you in - a big difference, your biking experience, etc.????????
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Jun 6th, 2014, 03:37 AM
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try the fietsbond routeplanner.

http://routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

I cycle from Amsterdam quite often, and my route usually is: Rotterdam - Waddinxveen - Alphen aan den Rijn - Aalsmeer - Amstelveen - Amsterdam

You pass the Westeinder lake on your way, and it's quite a beautiful route. The first part of it is along the Rotte, coming from Rotterdam. So it's not boring highways at all!

it's 65 km, PalenQ: an afternoon's bikeride. About 4 ours, 5 if you take a leisurely break to have lunch

http://routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/...preferences=63

3 to 4 days? Wow...
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Jun 6th, 2014, 03:38 AM
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PalenQ, you claim to have biked a lot in NL, but this is not the first time your advice misinforms.
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Jun 6th, 2014, 04:27 AM
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The route planner is great and signage in Netherlands is beyond compare to what we( pitifully) have in North America.
We toured, but did the scenic route Rotterdaam- up north along the Hook of Holland and along to Den Hague , Haarlem, and then Amsterdam.http://scheveningen.com/en/ Would have liked to stay at this beach by Den Hague. It looked like a fun place, with a beachy vibe. You are in the best country I have ever seen for bike paths, so I hope you get to enjoy it!
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Jun 6th, 2014, 06:35 AM
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PalenQ, you claim to have biked a lot in NL, but this is not the first time your advice misinforms.>

What misinformation - 65 km could be a long bike ride for someone never biking - not for someone who bikes a lot and is in good shape - that's why I asked for more details.

I assume they are not using the bike just for transportation to get between point A and B.

And yes I have biked all over that area of Holland, probably more places than you even.

Again my advice did not IMO misinform - it's along day for someone not used to biking - if they are why just goon a boring straight shop - but go via Kinderdijk, Den Hague and then the North Sea bike paths - I thought they wanted to make a bike tour not one straight bike trip as you assume.
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Jun 6th, 2014, 07:49 AM
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If not going in one fell swoop to Amsterdam from Rotterdam I would suggest a routing I have done at least 20 times and take 3-4 days - go from Rotterdam along the main canal to Delft, stopping by the famous Delftware Factory on the outskirts of Delft then Delft itself - would make a nice overnight though not that far from Rotterdam.

Then go to The Hague, look around and take the really gorgeous North Sea Dunes bike path all the way to Zandvoort, stay at this really popular beach resort then
on day 3 bike via Haarlem, another neat old town and then Zaanse Schans, the famous windmill grouping, then Amsterdam.

Or from Rotterdam go via Kinderdijk, Hlland's largest grouping of behemoth working windmills - bike paths go right thru the center of them for a few kms - then head for Gouda, staying in this neat old town...

then maybe head for Utrecht, stay there - another fascinating historic town

then take a really sweet bike route from Utrecht - going along the main canal to Breukelen (name sake of our Brooklyn) - neat smaller city, then via neat bike paths thru forests and farms, via Abcoude to the outskirts of Amsterdam and into the center.

So those are two routes that I have taken that are not straight shots to Amsterdam from Rotterdam.
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Jun 6th, 2014, 12:37 PM
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Another non-linear possibility from R'dam to A'dam would swing over thru Delft and Den Hague and then up thru the flower fields around Lisse and then over to Nieuwe Vennep and then follow a main canal until you hit the outskirts of Amsterdam.

There are always some kind of flowers being grown in the growing season and to pedal through them can be a visual delight.

In spring the Keukenhof Gardens, on this route, will be open and sometimes they re-open for a spell in late summer though that has not been the case recently.

Are you carrying luggage on your bike and have you done so before - if not even 35 miles could be a very long day if not used to it.
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Jun 6th, 2014, 03:38 PM
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Well re-reading the OP it does seem they want to go straight to Amsterdam and being from Rotterdam I understand it - sorry I though they were looking for a bike tour route and not the quickest route.

so scratch everything as more misinformation from this cyclists who has biked thru more parts of Holland than most Dutch I dare say.

why not just take the train - buy a Fiets Card and be in Amsterdam in an hour - why bike just to get there? Bike theft is still rampant in Amsterdam I understand.
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Jun 12th, 2014, 06:11 AM
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Four hours using a light citybike sounds just about right, it's some 70 to 80 kilometers, allmost all flat. Average speed on such a bike is somewhere between 15 and 20 km/h, depending on your fitness.

Bike theft is something to keep in mind. Just bring a sturdy lock, park it in not too shady parts of the town and be done with it.
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Jun 12th, 2014, 06:51 AM
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Bike theft is something to keep in mind. Just bring a sturdy lock, park it in not too shady parts of the town and be done with it.>

Or use the guarded bike parking garages around town - for a fee of course.
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