World Class Route

Cycling in Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 181562

Provided by: Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

5206 141
79.6 km
04:41 h
1403 kcal
10 m
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This route takes you along the road that rich Amsterdammers used to take on their way to their country estates around Amsterdam. Along the way you will discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many other beautiful monuments full of history.

From Amsterdam to the Beemster
The starting point of this route is in the heart of Amsterdam. From here you cycle via the historic canal belt to the edge of the city. At the start of your tour, you can visit the World Heritage Podium in the City Archives to learn more about the World Heritage in the Netherlands. Then you cycle through the green Waterland to Purmerend, where you can take a break at Spijkerman Food & Drink. A little further you will find the World Heritage Site Beemster with its wide landscapes and special street pattern. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many wealthy Amsterdammers had country estates built here, such as the De Eenhoorn farmhouse from 1682.

Ancient sights
You will also pass various forts of the Stelling van Amsterdam along the way, such as the Fort on Jisperweg and the Fort at Spijkerboor. Then you cycle through Wormerveer and past all the mills of the Zaanse Schans back to Landsmeer. Eventually you will end up in Amsterdam again. Along the way you can settle down at various nice break spots such as De Hofjes and BBB Cafe Koek.

A historic trip
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, rich merchants, among others, made this way to the Beemster mainly via the water. In the port of Amsterdam they took the Buiksloterveer to cross the IJ. From there the journey continued by barge to Purmerend. The last part of the journey to the country estates was completed by carriage or boat. The wealthy Amsterdammers spent the summer months in their country estates.
Parking Bicycle cafe Restaurant Windmill Place of interest Museum Country estates and estates Forest Nature Route Recreation area Fort Castle Tourist landmark
Bureau Toerisme Laag Holland

In Laag Holland are the rustic villages of yesteryear. While cycling you will find Dutch history in the beautiful straight polder lines and the protected city and village views. Low Holland is a national landscape. The Defense Line of Amsterdam and the Beemster have been placed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO.

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.



# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats Stadhouderkade (Stadhouderskade, 1072 AD, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
De Bazel | Werelderfgoed Podium (De Bazel, 1017 HL, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.19 km
Het Grachtenhuis (Museum of the Canals, 1016CJ, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 2.02 km
De Torensluis: brug met een verhaal (Singel, 1015 AH, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.16 km
De Jordaan | Een zeventiende-eeuwse volkswijk (Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat, 1015 RM, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 3.73 km
't Papeneiland | Schilderachtig plekje in de stad (Prinsengracht, 1015 DV, Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.62 km

Place name directory

  • Amsterdam, North Holland
  • Landsmeer, North Holland
  • Purmerend, North Holland
  • Beemster, North Holland
  • Wormerland, North Holland
  • Zaanstad, North Holland
  • Zaanse Schans, North Holland
  • Oostzaan, North Holland


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