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Bicycle Touring Holland

With Excursions into Neighboring Belgium and Germany
Second Edition, Revised and Updated, 2012
Katherine Widing


Format: 5˝ x 8˝ inch softcover
Description: 296 pages with 50 2-color route maps and 50 photos
ISBN: 1-892495-70-8
Price: US$18.95

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A detailed guide to bicycle touring in one of the best places on the planet. With routes in all 11 provinces and short excursions across the border into neighboring Belgium and Germany.

This is the new 2nd edition, fully updated and revised, 2012. If you find this title on another website, buy it only if it is specified as "2nd Edition" or you would be buying an out-of-date edition!

A clear guide to bicycle touring in the best place on the planet

About the book

Holland, it’s probably the world’s most popular country for bicycle touring. It’s the place where you can get literally everywhere by bike—just like the natives do. This book highlights more than 50 delightful bike tours into every corner of the country, and sometimes beyond into some of the most picturesque destinations in neighboring Belgium and Germany. Each route is described in extensive detail and illustrated with 2-color route maps. Several of the routes make extensive use of the remaining pedestrian ferries that have carried people across Holland’s river delta country for many centuries.

This new edition has been carefully research to take account of many changes in the terrain, routes, and accommodations that have occurred since the first edition of this book was published.

About the author

Katherine Widing is an Australian-born travel journalist, living and working in the United States. She has been bicycle-touring in the Netherlands for many years. Her earlier writings include several Lonely Planet cycling guides for the U.S. and Europe and her earlier book Cycling the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, published in 1998 by MBI Publishing (now out of print).

Table of Contents
Introduction: How to Use this Book

1.  The Netherlands and Bike Touring

2.  Pre-Departure Planning

3.  Country Information

4.  Food & Lodging

5.  Facts on Cycling in the Netherlands

6.  Amsterdam & Environs
     Schiphol to Amsterdam or Haarlem & Back
     Amstel River Day Trip
     Lakes and Rivers Day Trip
     Waterland Day Trip

7.  North Holland & Texel
     Tour of North Holland
     Dunes Day Trip
     Texel Day Rides

8.  Friesland
     Elfstedenroute (Tour of 11 Towns)

9.  Groningen & Drenthe
     Groningen and Drenthe Tour: Megaliths, Memorial, and Mini-Venice

10. Overijssel & Gelderland
      Hanzeroute (Hanseatic Town Route)
      Seven Hills Day Trip
      Veluwe and Het Loo

11. Utrecht & South Holland
      Witches, Windmills, and the West Coast

12. Zeeland & Brugge
     Islands of Zeeland
     Domburg Day Trip
     Northern Belgium Excursion

13. North Brabant
     South of the Big Rivers Tour

14. Limburg
     Tour of Two Limburgs
     Tour of South Limburg (including “Three Countries in a Day”)

I. Glossary of Terms
II. General Vocabulary
III. Cycling Vocabulary
V. Weights and Measures
V. Further Reading



From the contents

A group of touring cyclists admiring a windmill near Amsterdam.

Sample route map

Pedestrian (and cyclist) ferry near Delft.