Historic triangle along the Zuiderzee coast
Distance: 79 km (in 3 sections)
This route takes you on a tour of the ‘Historic triangle’ - the Zuiderzee towns of Hoorn, Medemblik and Enkhuizen which were all major trading centres during the Dutch Golden Age. Highlight of the route is the Museum Steam Tram Hoorn-Medemblik which takes both passengers and bikes. Bikes are also allowed on the boat from Medemblik to Enkhuizen, so you can choose which sections you want to cycle, making this an ideal route for families. You can also do this route as a 2 to 3-day mini tour.
From Hoorn you cycle through the polders of West Friesland - one of Holland’s bulb producing regions - to Medemblik, the region’s oldest town. If you get your timings right you'll be able see the steam tram between the villages of Midwoud and Opperdoes. For more steam power you can visit the Dutch Steam Engine Museum in Medemblik. From here the route takes you along the former Zuiderzee dyke to the VOC towns of Enkhuizen and Hoorn, both seeped with history and well worth exploring.
Enkhuizen Cycle Route
|Distance:||79 km (5h20)|
|Type of route:||Day trip or 2 to 3-day mini tour, round trip|
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The route can be divided into 3 sections that can be spread out over 2 or 3 days. You can also shorten the round trip by taking the steam tram and/or boat.
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Hoorn train station
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- Hoorn-Medemblik (28 km)
- Medemblik-Enkhuizen (24 km)
- Enkhuizen-Hoorn (27 km)
- Hoorn-Medemblik-Enkhuizen-Hoorn round trip (79 km)
Find out more:- For an overview of all of our must-do cycle routes, go to: Day trips.
- Do you need to rent a bike? Find out how on our Bicycle rental page.
- For an overview of cycling holidays that include Enkhuizen, go to our Holidays section.
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