The dunes and the coast of Vlieland

Cycling in Vlieland, Friesland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 153210

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24.7 km
01:27 h
436 kcal
9 m
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This route takes you over Vlieland, a versatile island of peace and nature. Here the elements have free rein and you can really get a breath of fresh air and recharge. Enjoy the salty smell of the Wadden Sea, the fresh breeze that blows over the North Sea and the sweet air of the pine forests by bike. The start and end point of this route is the Posthuys Vlieland. In the golden age, merchant ships and warships in transit to all corners of the world anchored on Vlieland. The postal services were established to reach the ships quickly. The Posthuys was the home of the Vlieland Postilion, who collected the mail on the Vliehors sandbank from the Texel postal boat. Nowadays you can enjoy good food, drinks and a large, sheltered terrace in the sun in the Posthuys. The first part of your route is a small excursion along Kroon\\\'s polders. The brackish water of the Kroon\\\'s polders provides a unique vegetation and countless birds find a place to breed. Between the reeds and grass and along the water you will find the nests of more than 60 bird species, including eider ducks, spoonbills, avocets and cormorants. You cycle along the Wadden Sea for a while and then make the crossing to the other side of the island through the dunes with their versatile vegetation. In the drifting dunes near the sea you will find helmet, sand oats and blue sea thistles. Elderberry bushes and sea buckthorn bushes grow in the young dune valleys beyond. Crowd heather and oak fern grow in the older dunes, but also lichens and heaths. The forest on Vlieland was planted at the beginning of the 20th century to prevent the drifting of the dune sand. Today much of the pine forest is replaced by deciduous trees to prevent the soil from drying out through evaporation. In the marina of Vlieland you can get off your bike for a cup of coffee with homemade cake, a festive cocktail with tapas or a delicious dinner. At Havenpaviljoen De Dining you have a breathtaking view of the Wadden Sea and the countless ships in the marina. You immediately get the real Vlieland feeling. The only village on the island is Oost-Vlieland. The second village, West-Vlieland, was swallowed by the sea in 1736. Museum Tromp\\\'s Huys used to be the home of commissioners of the Admiralty, the 14th-century authority over the fleet. Norwegian artist Betzy Akersloot-Berg also lived in this oldest building in Vlieland. In addition to her work, the museum, with its historic interior, has varying exhibitions. You will also find a museum shop there. In De Noordwester, Information Center you will learn everything about Vlieland and its nature, history and inhabitants. You can marvel at an enormous sperm whale skeleton, a sea aquarium, the largest sand collection in the Netherlands, an exhibition of Staatsbosbeheer, beachcomber treasures, wreck finds and much more. You can also go there for excursions through Kroon\\\'s polders accompanied by a guide from Staatsbosbeheer.
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# Description Distance
Posthuys Vlieland (Postweg, 8899BZ, Vlieland, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
De Dining (Havenweg, 8899 BC, Vlieland, Friesland, The Netherlands) 13.53 km
Museum Tromp's Huys (Museum Tromp's Huys, 8899AM, Vlieland, Friesland, The Netherlands) 15.50 km
De Noordwester, Informatiecentrum (8899AE, Vlieland, Friesland, The Netherlands) 15.65 km
Posthuys Vlieland (Postweg, 8899BZ, Vlieland, Friesland, The Netherlands) 24.74 km

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