Zuiderzee Route (Zuiderzeeroute)

Together the LF21, LF22 and LF23 form the Zuiderzee Route, one of the most popular Dutch long-distance routes that takes you all the way round the IJsselmeer. There are various ways you can shorten the route - e.g. by combining it with the LF20 or taking the ferry between Enkhuizen and Stavoren or Urk.
Windturbines along the IJsselmeer. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Windturbines along the IJsselmeer. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Once a raging sea, now a tamed sweet water lake: the IJsselmeer. Centuries of battling against floods ended in 1932 when the Zuiderzee was dammed off from the North Sea, changing this region forever. Enjoy the region’s rich history and beautiful vistas over the polders and IJsselmeer.

Besides visiting touristic highlights such as Volendam and Edam, you get to cycle over the impressive, 32-km long Afsluitdijk - something you should experience at least once in your life! The provincial harbour towns of Makkum, Stavoren and Kampen tell the story of a rich past.

The Zuiderzee Route also takes you further inland to the national parks De Wieden and De Weerribben, where you get an idea of what large parts of Holland must have looked like before man put his stamp on it. The Hanze towns of Kampen and Harderwijk, the fortress towns of Elburg, and Naarden and the traditional fishing village of Spakenburg - known for its traditional costume - show you different sides of the region’s rich history.

Combine this long-distance route with a day trip. We recommend:

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Zuiderzee Route (Zuiderzeeroute)

Route: Amsterdam - Amsterdam
Distance: 405 km
Maps: Online cycle route planner, Zuiderzee Cycle Map or any good cycle map
GPS tracks: Download from Nederland Fietsland