Cycling in Holland: a Dutch way of life!

June 27, 2015

When you think of Holland, what springs to mind? Tulips, bicycles or the Dutch Masters? The windmills or canals? This month we take a look at our top recommendations for experiencing cycling.

Holland is the ultimate destination for cycling thanks to its flat landscape, short distances and wonderful infrastructure. It’s easy to navigate and cycle routes are well signposted. More than 32,000 kilometres of bicycle paths are waiting for you throughout the country. So if you want to see more of Holland and experience it like a real local, one of the best ways to do so is by bicycle.

Did you know, 84% of Dutch people own at least one bike?  In total there are 18 million bikes in Holland, more than the number of inhabitants!

Dutch people do not only use bicycles as a form of exercise, but truly as a way of life. This is also because in most large cities it is faster to cycle than to use any other form of transport. Therefore, Dutch people cycle to work, school, do their groceries by bicycle and even take their bicycle when going out. That is why there is no better way to indulge this culture than by experiencing the country by bicycle.

Because Holland is such a bicycle centred country, it is no surprise that the Grand Départ of the 102nd Tour de France will take place in the city of Utrecht in 2015. This will be the 6th time that the Grand Depart of the Tour de France will be in Holland. Utrecht will turn yellow for 5 days!

Where can you experience Holland on two wheels?

  • You can rent a bicycle in most major cities
  • Take a bicycle tour to experience the best of Holland’s landscapes
  • Cycle through historic towns and cities, along the coast with its sandy beaches, past the famous Dutch windmills and alongside the colourful bulb fields
  • Visit Utrecht during the Grand Départ and enjoy the many activities around this great cycling event.

Visit Holland on a short break and experience the true essence of Dutch culture for yourself!

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