Maybe your backpack is already prepped andready? You’ve already mapped out your dream trip across Asia and Australia while saving up for the trip of a lifetime?
Unfortunately, that long-awaited backpackingtrip is probably not possible due to all the travel restrictions these days while Corona is still causing chaos globally. This is a pity, of course, but why not backpack through your own backyard and make a trip across our own beautiful Netherlands? Think of it as a ‘staycation’, or if you’re one of our neighbours,then get to explore locally! All you need is your bike. While ‘backpacking’ is maybe off the cards, we’re getting into ‘bikepacking’. Nice and healthy, easy, cheap, outdoors and away from everyone else(!), and you get to see the most beautiful places that are off the tourist map. Hop on your bike with a good friend, lover, or family, and you have the perfect simple trip!
There is so much to discover right here in the Netherlands, and cycling gives you the ultimate feeling of freedom, where you can hop from place to place in your own time. The Netherlands has 35,000 kilometers of official bicycle paths (and really, we don’t have any hills), so there really is no better country to discover by bike! From city bike paths to off-the-beaten-track,there are plenty of routes to enjoy.
Make it a real cycling holiday, where you can cycle from place to place and spend the night in each of the best hostels in the Netherlands. Hostel ROOM has teamed up with 12 other hostels across the country, so whether you go for a 'lazy route' or the 'die-hard' dedicated bikeroute, these hostels have a nice bed ready for you after a day in the saddle, and you get a delicious breakfast in the morning, and they will pamper you extra if you mention the code #bikepacking when you book with them! You also get a real stamp card. Because just like the Elfstedentocht, this hostel tour also deserves an honorable award.
You'll probably pass through places you've never been before or even heard of! Amazing, right? Kind of the idea of a Canadian or Australian who has never been to the other side of his own country, but has already seen half the world! But a little smaller…
You also get to experience the international atmosphere, but with the 'home-away-from-home' feeling at all these hostels,yet it still seems like you are travelling somewhere exciting and miles away from home. Our hostels are also unique. You get to spend the night in a hostel that is transformed from a former prison, visit the water village of Giethoorn,sleep in a container, or chill in a hostel on the beach. This trip makes for an unforgettable journey!
Alkmaar – Kings Inn
Haarlem – Hello I’m Local
Noordwijk – Flying Pig Beach
Utrecht – Strowis Hostel
Giethoorn – Black Sheep Hostel
Leeuwarden – Alibi Hostel
Groningen – Rebel Rebel Hostel
Den Haag – King Kool hostel
Delft – Buitengoed de Uylenburg
Rotterdam – ROOM hostel
Tilburg – hostel Roots
Valkenswaard – Harba Lorifa
Maastricht – Green Elephant hostel
So what are you waiting for? Find that friend that you’ve been wanting to take a trip with a have a catch up while you enjoy nature. So,check your bike is ready! Backlight! Plan your trip! Book your hostel (don't forget the discount code)… Bring plenty of water & GO!!!!
Cycling from Rotterdam to Utrecht
Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Km: 63 km
CO2 savings: 9456 grams
Energy consumption: 1355 Kcal
With an average speed of 18 km within 3.5hours you can get from the heart of Rotterdam to the heart of Utrecht, just on a regular city bike. Ideal for a day trip if you just want to start the morning relaxed and have enough time to stop in nice places and picnic spots along the way.
From Rotterdam you initially follow the water as much as possible. Start at the Erasmus Bridge (just behind ROOM hostel), follow the Maas until the Brienenoord Bridge, which then changes into the Nieuwe IJssel. Passing Capelle aan den IJssel, Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel and Moordrecht you will then reach the beautiful picturesque Gouda. Be sure to stop here at one of the many cheese specialty stores. You can't go through without cheese! Then you continue your way via Haastrecht, Oudewater and via Woerden, as you cycle slowly into Utrecht. The small South Holland villages are especially nice to cycle through.
Once you reach the center of Utrecht, there is of course more than enough to do! Fortunately, Joost and his team at Hostel Strowis are already ready to welcome you with the best inside tips about how best to explore and enjoy their beautiful city!
Cycling from Rotterdam to Delft
Duration: 56 minutes
Km: 17 km
CO2 savings: 2541 grams
Energy consumption: 361 Kcal
With an average speed of 18 km you canreach the heart of Delft within an hour on a regular city bike. Perfect if you made it home late the night before, and still want to see a lot of Rotterdam.
In this case you actually follow the river Schie and you might stop at the Zweth or Den Hoorn.
Passing the TU and the Pottery of DelftsBlauw will lead you to arrive in beautiful Delft, with a rich history of the Royal House tradition and of course the beautiful world famous Delfsblauw! Buyyourself a nice clog as a souvenir 😉!
In Buitengoed de Uylenburg they are happy to tell you more about local tips in their town, just ask them!
Cycling from Rotterdam to The Hague
Duration: 1 hour and 34 minutes
Km: 28 km
CO2 savings: 4227 grams
Energy consumption: 607 Kcal
With an average speed of 18 km you can bein the middle of The Hague within 2 hours on a regular city bike. This is a really nice day trip if you also want to stop for a few hours in Delft and then continue towards the coast. If you want to take this route then Delft is the perfect break! After that, it won't be long before you get to discover all the unknown things about The Hague. The Hague will certainly surprise you with everything in and around the centre, from the Escher Museum to the beach of Kijkduin and Scheveningen!
Jan van King Kool is happy to tell you the best tips about his 'beautiful city behind the Dunes'! Visit the Binnenhof, the Peace Palace, but also look for the statue of Harry from The Hague, right in the center of the city. Eat a herring at the best fishmonger in town, near the Binnenhof. And of course you also have a Haags Hopje with your coffee!
For more tips on where to go and routes to follow around the Netherlands, just follow the latest news via Instagram: www.instagram.com/bikepackingholland
And don't forget to mention #bikepackingholland when you make a booking at the participating hostels if you want to get the best inside info and find out about discounts available!