I'd like to take a one day biking trip in Amsterdam in October, when I will be coming there for a conference. Could you recommend a scenic path/trail I could take? Please, if possible, include bike path numbers so I can look them up in my map.

I'm a fairly fit cyclist, so length in the area of 50-60 km should not be a problem, especially considering there aren't many hills in the Netherlands :-).

If you can, also recommend a bike rental which rents sporty bikes as opposed to the usual city bikes most dutch people use.

  • I wonder if Bicycles might be the better place to ask...I see you've got an account there, so maybe you've considered this already. Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 7:27
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    @NickStauner No, not really. That is about bicycles itself, not about scenic tours. I believe it is much more ontopic here.
    – Bernhard
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 8:52
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    It might be better to make this question a bit more general, i.e. "How to plan my bicycle trip in the Netherlands"
    – Bernhard
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 9:52
  • Note that October is the start of autumn which might have some serious heavy winds. Esp. driving on dikes could be hard.
    – Ton Plomp
    Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 0:19
  • Winds in the Netherlands, like all weather features, are rather unpredictable and you can get strong wind any day of the year and are as likely to get little or no wind any time of the year.
    – Willeke
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 14:39

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My all-time favourite cycle trip from Amsterdam is one from Amsterdam, through Durgerdam to Marken. I added some images in a related answer. It has it all. Land below sea level, bucolic places like holysloot and the folkloristic Marken. If condition permits you could consider taking the ferry to Volendam and cycle back to Amsterdam from there

  • Definitly a must do. I did that and I recomend it!! Going via Volendam through the ferry is quite nice!
    – nsn
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 11:20
  • Did exactly that (including ferry to Volendam)! The trail is really amazing: Flat as pannenkoeken and only a few meters from the shore. We did it on crappy city rental bikes and were still fine because the whole country is so flat. Don't plan on staying in Marken for long, it's pretty touristy. But the route itself was already worth the trip!
    – jmiserez
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 17:00

I have no personal experience with cycling in that area, but I might can recommend to use this tool from a Dutch bikers association.

Basically, what you can do, is select a starting point for a round trip, a preferred distance, and some more personal preference, which it will take into account where possible. With a lot of tweaking, I get some example route.

The example route goes south, I think it might be more interesting to go north. As a foreign tourist, you might enjoy Zaanse schans and Volendam on the route.

Hint: on the maps you can click numbered junctions, to show these. You can use it to plan your route accurately, but don't fear to get lost, there are a lot of below signs all around the country. (source)


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