The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted into a ‘Intelligent Lockdown’ in The Netherlands. Although outdoors activities in groups of two people are allowed and cycling in itself is possible, it is currently not feasible to embark on a full-on cycling holiday. Beyond the cycling itself there are many restrictions on travelling and lodging. If you insist on a bike trip in The Netherlands in the 2020 summer season, we recommend you checking with all required service providers on their Covid-19 policies prior to travel.
We endeavour to check all listings in the guidebook annually. Occasionally, it happens that a venue found closed by us reopens a year later (for example under a new name or with new management). If you find a venue listed as closed below while it has reopened, we’d love to hear from you. If you are cycling with our guidebook and encounter an issue with the route or any of the listed services, please let us know!
All Amsterdam Routes:
Note that the road on the north side of Amsterdam Central station (wedged in between the station and IJ-Harbour), as depicted on the maps in the book, is now rerouted into a tunnel under the station. This tunnel is for motorised traffic only. The cycle path alongside IJ-Harbour is open for all cycle traffic, connecting to all ferries and, thanks to the new tunnel, with less traffic noise!
Amsterdam Route A2: 1.7 km: The website of Topfiets Rent a bike is down, but it is open for business.
Amsterdam Route A9: 1.6 km: Cafe Restaurant Vertigo in Vondelpark is renamed as Vondel CS.
Amsterdam Routes D2, D4 and D5: Major reconstruction of the old Waterland seawall is on its way. Plans are still in process of being approved and finalised, but once work is on its way, major disruption on routes D2, D4 and D5 is likely. As soon we know works are on their way, we will publish this on this page. Once the works have started, you’ll still be able to cycle the short circuit of routes D, using routes D1 + C7 + E4.
Randstad Circle: Route 2: 9.4 km: B&B Het Gekroonde Visje in Utrecht is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 2: 9.6 km: Huijsen Tweewielers in Utrecht is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 2: 10.7 km: The Dutch YHA organisation StayOkay has now a budget accommodation in the City Centre of Utrecht, only 150 m from the Old Canal Route. To get there, turn left over the bridge after 10.7 km. After the Old Post Office building on your right, turn right onto Neude Square: YHA Stay Okay Utrecht Centrum, Neude 5, 3512 AD, Utrecht.
Randstad Circle: Route 2: 12.1 km: The reconstruction works of Utrecht Central station have completely reshaped the area around the station. It is not possible any more to turn right after 12.1 kms. Go straight ahead here instead, via a foot/cycle bridge across the railway tracks and station. At the end of the bridge, keep to the right, making your way to “Jaarbeursplein” square and rejoin our route after 13.0 kms (see map on page 78).
Randstad Circle: Route 2: 15.2 km: The construction works of the Leidsche Rijn development have once again completely reshaped the area west of the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. After making your way across the canal (see map on page 79), keep straight on, including one smooth turn to the right at a small bus stop terminal. You basically keep cycling parallel to the railway line. At Terwijde railway station after 20.1 km it is easy to rejoin our original route.
Randstad Circle: Route 3: 10.3 km: Tweewielercentrum Hans Voorn in Woerden has a new website.
Randstad Circle: Route 3: 19.8 km: Hotel Abrona in Oudewater is rebuilding its premises, but is intends to reopen in the future.
Randstad Circle: Route 4: 0.5 km: Van Leeuwen Tweewielers in Gouda is renamend to Thiers Tweewielers and has a new website.
Randstad Circle: Route 4: 37.8 km: Dimphis in Bergambacht is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 5: 6.8 km: If you arrive at the railway, turn left into the subway under the railway and then follow the cycle path under the A20 motorway.
Randstad Circle: Route 5: 15.1 km: Flora Holland Naaldwijk has closed its doors for visitors wishing to see the flower auctioning. You can still visit their Aalsmeer site near Amsterdam, but this site is about 12 km (8 miles) from our Amsterdam routes. If you wished to travel to this site by bike use Amsterdam Route A6. After 2.7 km (see page 36), head straight on (to Aalsmeer), rather than turning right. Keep following this cycle path southbound straight on until you get to a junction with traffic lights. Turn left here via cycle path on left side of main road (Schinkeldijkje). At the next traffic lights, turn right via cycle path on left side of main road (Legmeerdijk). Keep going straight on and you’ll find the large site of Flower Holland Aalsmeer on your right.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 0.0 km: Hoek van Holland Railway stations have both closed down. The Hook of Holland – Rotterdam railway line has reopened as part of the Rotterdam metro network, rather then being part of Dutch Railways. It is possible to bring bicycles on the new metro, so long as you avoid rush hour. You’ll need to change at station Schiedam Centrum to change from/to the Dutch Railways network.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 0.3 km: Grand Hotel Hoek van Holland in Hoek van Holland is renamend to Hotel Amerika and has a new website.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 0.3 km: Hotel Kuiperduin is a new accommodation in Hoek van Holland on the main shopping street: Hotel Kuiperduin, Prins Hendrikstraat 193, 3151 AH Hoek van Holland.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 1.0 km: Hotel ‘t Seepaerd in Hoek van Holland is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 2.0 km: Camping Hoek van Holland in Hoek van Holland has a new website.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 3.3 km: Camping Jagtveld in ‘s Gravenzande has a new website.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 0.3 km: Rijwielshop Den Haag at The Hague Central Station is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 6: 4.2 km: B&B Emma aan Zee in Den Haag has a new website.
Randstad Circle: Route 7: 8.2 km: Pavillion De Duinen is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 7: 13.6 km: Hotel Savoy in Katwijk is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 7: 19.0 km: Pension Maaike in Noordwijk is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 7: 36.4km: Pension Het Zeehuis in Zandvoort is closed down.
Randstad Circle: Route 7: 46.6 km: Hotel Die Raeckse in Den Haag has a new website.
Randstad Circle: Route 9: 6.3 km: Pub De Vlonder has shut down.
Northern: Route 10: Major reconstruction of the old Waterland seawall is on its way. Plans are still in process of being approved and finalised, but once work is on its way, major disruption on Amsterdam routes D2, D4 and D5 and on Northern Route 10 is likely. As soon we know works are on their way, we will publish this on this page. Once the works have started, you’ll still be able to head north from Amsterdam towards Marken and Volendam, using Amsterdam routes E4 + D6 + D5 in reverse. At the end of route D5, you should be able to continue with route 10, either via Monnickendam or Marken. If works are on their way between Oosthuizen and Hoorn (see pages 120-121), you are likely to be diverted onto the cycle path on the N247 road, which runs parallel to the seawall route. Yellow diversion signs for cyclists are likely to be put in place once the works start.
Northern: Route 10: 5.4 km: Hotel Lakeland in Monnickendam is shut down.
Northern: Route 10: 22.2 km: B&B Koetshuis De Hulk in Hoorn is shut down.
Northern: Route 11: 4.6 km: B&B Zuidwest 7 in Schellinkhout is shut down.
Northern: Route 11: 20.6 km: Camping Broekerhaven in Broekerhaven is shut down.
Northern: Route 11: 27.4 km: B&B Bakker in Enkhuizen is renamend to Villa Enkhuizen and has a new website.
Northern: Route 12: Major reconstruction of the Enkhuizen-Lelystad dam took place between 2017 and 2019. The cycle path on the dam has reopened, but its appearance is likely to have changed in comparison to the depictions in the guidebook.
Eastern: Route 13: 15.0 km: The cycle route across Pijnenburg Estate between Lage Vuursche and Soest is closed by the landowner. Although access from Lage Vuursche is still possible, the route is blocked by a high fence at the Soest side. This type of action by a landowner is unprecedented in The Netherlands, resulting in protests by cyclists which generated nationwide media attention. To avoid being stuck behind a high fence after 17.4 km on page 131 in our guidebook, you’ll need to take a different route from Lage Vuursche after 15.0 km. Continue straight on via the tarmac road out of the village and take the first tarmac road to the left. This leads to a junction with lights. Turn left here via a cycle path on the right side of the road (N234 to Baarn/Soest). Just after a petrol station, you’ll find KP62 , where you can continue our guidebook route after 17.4 km (turning right via a “fietspad” to Soestduinen).
Eastern: Route 13: 23.7 km: B&B De Utrechtse Heuvelrug in Amerongen is shut down.
Eastern: Route 15: The famous Nijmegen four-day marches “Vierdaagse” attracts up to 40,000 walkers from around the world annually. The 2021 edition will be held 20-23 July. Expect all accommodations to be full on and around these dates. If you wish to stay overnight in or near Nijmegen during this busy and exciting event, you’ll have to make reservations well in advance. Also note that road closures are likely to affect our cycle routes in the Nijmegen area during this event.
Northern: Route 15: 1.0 km: Hotel Atlanta in Nijmegen is renamend to Hotel Karel. A new website can be expected soon.
Randstad Circle: Route 15: 1.5 km: Hotel Courage in Nijmegen has a new website.
Southern: Route 18: 2.1 km: Hotel Pension Lousiana in Vlissingen is closed down.
Southern Route 18: 11.5 km: Hotel De Gouden Leeuw in Goedereede is rebuilding its premises, but intends to reopen in the future.
Southern: Route 18: 16.7 km: The Haringvliet Expo is now only a cafe/restaurant named Zoet of Zout (“Fresh water or salt water”).
Randstad Circle: Route 18: 33.6 km: Atlas Hotel Brielle in Brielle has a new website.
Southern: Route 18: 33.8 km: Hotel De Nymph in Brielle is closed down.
Last update: 5 May 2020. If you are cycling with our guidebook and encounter an issue with the route or services, please let us know!
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