Holland - gateway to the European cycle network
A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Touring along 6000 km of North Sea coastline. Crossing Europe all the way to the Black Sea: Holland is a gateway to an extensive European cycle network. All European cycle routes going through Holland connect with the national long-distance routes (LF routes).
Some Dutch long-distance routes connect with European cycle routes. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com
Holland-Cycling.com focuses on cycling in Holland. This includes the international routes that cross Dutch territory. It is beyond the scope of this website to give an extensive overview of all European cycle routes. There are some other sites that will help you on your way.
|European cycle routes passing through Holland|
|Cycle Route||Route no. in Holland ||Dutch section |
|North Sea Cycle Route||LF1, LF10||Sluis - Nieuweschans (continues along the North Sea Coast through Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, Belgium)|
|Cities Route||LF2||Amsterdam - Brussels (Belgium)|
|Vechtdal Route||LF16||Zwolle - Darfeld (Germany)|
|Kempen Route||LF51||Eindhoven - Antwerp (Belgium)|
|Europaradweg R1||LF1, LF4, LF8||Sluis - Zwilbrock (Germany)|
|Rhine CycleRoute||LF12, LF11, LF17, LF4, LF3||Hook of Holland - Millingen (continues through Germany, France and Switzerland to the source of the River Rhine)|
|Maas Cycle Route||LF12, LF3||Hook of Holland - Maastricht (continues through Belgium and France to the source of the River Maas)|
|Limes Cycle Route||no route number||Katwijk - Millingen (continues along the 'Limes' - the northern border of the Roman empire - through Germany, Austria, Hungary and Rumania to the Black Sea)|
|Van Gogh Route||no route number||Nuenen - Amsterdam - The Hague - Dutch border near Breda (continues via Antwerp and Brussels to Paris)|
|St. Jacobs Cycle Route||no route number||Haarlem - Dutch border near Breda (continues through Belgium, France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela)|
Useful sites on European cycle routes
Europafietsers (part English, part Dutch) is a website by Dutch cycling enthusiasts, that gives a lot of practical information on all European cycle routes. The site offers a very useful map with a network of all European cycle routes. It is a good starting point to planning your route. You can click on the routes for more information. Unfortunately, this is where the English information stops. Don’t let this put you off. You don’t need any knowledge of the Dutch language to pick out some useful information, such as length of route and titles of guide books or maps.
EuroVelo is a project of the European Cyclists’ Federation to develop a network of cycling routes that connect the whole of Europe. The network is to be substantially completed by 2020. The EuroVelo website gives a useful map with all their routes. Other than that it doesn’t give much practical information for the cyclist. The site is a good way of finding out what routes there are. Once you know this, you can search for more information on the route online. Some of the routes have their own website.