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The weekend of 10 and 11 May it’s National Windmill Day. It's one of the few days in the year cyclists want it to be windy, as for this festive occasion the sails of most windmills will be turning. Over 950 windmills will be open to the public and there will be many special activities for children. An ideal weekend to get on your bike and try out one of our windmill cycle routes.
Windmill 'De Trouwe Wachter' in Tienhoven. Photo © Holland-Cycling.comWindmill 'De Trouwe Wachter' in Tienhoven. Photo ©

Top windmill cycle routes

Kinderdijk Cycle Route

Windmills, polders and fortress towns
Distance: 43 or 28 km

This route takes you along the River Lek which dominates the flat polder landscape. Highlight of the route are the 19 historic windmills at Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts visitors from all over the world. Read more »»

Zaanse Schans Cycle Route

Traditional windmills, green wooden houses and industrial heritage
Distance: 52 or 39 km

This varied route through the Zaan region shows you some of Holland’s rich industrial history. Highlight of the route are the windmills and traditional green wooden houses at museum village the Zaanse Schans. Read more »»

Alkmaar Cycle Route

Cheese market, windmills and polders
Distance: 24 km

This route around Alkmaar shows you typical Dutch polders, canals and windmills. Highlight of the route is the historic centre of Alkmaar, with its cheese market, narrow streets and draw bridges. Read more »»

Other windmill cycle routes