There are many great bicycle routes in the Zaan region. They will take you past beautiful landscapes, mills, Zaan houses, picturesque villages and historic forts. Grab a bike and picnic basket and enjoy one of the beautiful bicycle routes we selected for you.
Most likely you will immediately think of the Zaanse Schans when you think of the Zaan area. It is a beautiful area which is also perfectly suited to cycling. They offer 2 cycle routes at the Zaanse Schans. The short one is 8 kilometres and is called “hotspot Wormerveer”. It will give you a glimpse of the industrial area and off course the famous mills. The longer route called “Around the Noord” is 30 kilometres. It includes the same sights as the shorter one. It will take you on a ferry ride and past some beautiful Dutch landscapes.
Want to go even further? Take the “Zaanstreek” route which is approximately 49 kilometres. During this route you cycle through the nature reserves the Wormer- and Jisperveld and the Weijenbus-Vroonmeer, but also along the historic river the Zaan with beautiful views on the wooden mills of the Zaanse Schans, the typical green wooden houses and the monumental warehouses and factories from the 19th century.
Past those typical villages
Villages in the Zaan region have a lot to offer regarding history, culture and beautiful houses. The cycle route past the former island Marken is approximately 60 kilometres and starts in Volendam. A quaint fisherman’s village which a lot of Dutch performers call home. Besides these famous villages the route will also take you through beautiful nature reserves that will give you the perfect opportunity for a nice outdoor picnic.
There’s a defence line around Amsterdam called “De Stelling van Amsterdam”. It includes forts and batteries, but also a lot of fun hiking and cycling routes. The “Zuiderzeeroute” is one of the cycling routes. This route is 42 kilometres and starts and ends at the train station of Purmerend. The route will take you past famous villages such as Edam and Volendam. Enabling you to score some cheese or eel along the way.
Sleeping in the Zaan region
It is very important to rest after a day of cycling. Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam is the perfect place to find that rest. Behind the iconic façade of 70 Zaan houses there is everything for a relaxing overnight stay. With the Rest & Relax special you’ll sleep in a Founders Junior Suite with a whirlpool and private sauna. It also includes an international breakfast buffet with a glass of bubbles and a late check-out.
Those were a few of the prettiest Bicycle routes in the Zaan region. Also read 48 hours in… Zaandam to get more inspiration about a trip to Zaandam.
You’ll be suprised.