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The Maas Cycle Route is the Dutch section of the International Maas Cycle Route that takes you from the source of the River Maas in France through Belgium and to Hook of Holland. The main route follows the Oude Maas and is made up of sections of the LF3-3 and LF12.
Ferry from Loevestein Castle to Woudrichem. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Ferry from Loevestein Castle to Woudrichem. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Drum rolls, roaring canon fire, clashing arms - the Maas Cycle Route brings to life the history of the various defence works along the River Maas. The route takes you through fortified towns and impressive castles overlooking the water. Thanks to the river, trade thrived in the historic towns of Dordrecht, Den Bosch, Nijmegen and Maastricht. Nature lovers can enjoy the unique wildlife in National Park De Biesbosch, one of the last freshwater tidal areas in Europe, and national parks the Ooypolder and Millingenwaard.

Between the Biesbosch and Vlaardingen there is also an alternative version of the route that follows the Niewe Maas. This will take you via sections of the LF2 and LF11 to Dordrecht, the windmills at Kinderdijk and Rotterdam.

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

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Maas Cycle Route (Maasfietsroute)

Route: Maastricht - Hook of Holland
Distance: 430 km
Connections: Maastricht - LF6
Roermond - LF5
Venlo - LF13
Woudrichem - LF9
Dordrecht - LF2
Kinderdijk - LF11
Rotterdam - LF2
Hook of Holland - LF1
Maps: Online cycle route planner, or any good cycle map
GPS tracks: Download from Nederland Fietsland
Please note that all the LF routes are to undergo a radical overhaul in 2017-2021. In March 2019 the Maas Cycle Route is scheduled to replace the LF12 and LF3-3.