Everyone has their own holiday preferences. While some like to just escape everything and lounge around on the beach for a fortnight, others prefer to engage in something slightly more adventurous. In Europe, there are a countless number of adventure holidays you could go on, from hiking in the Alps to InterRailing across the continent.
For those who enjoy getting onto the bike saddle, cycling holidays are ideal. If you love cycling, the open air and countryside, and the idea of taking in some history and culture all in one, why not consider a cycling holiday between Brussels and Amsterdam?
This part of Europe is pretty much tailor-made for a cycling trip. Not only is the terrain flat and easy to ride, but there are countless small picturesque towns and villages along the way for you to explore. Gliding through the rustic landscapes and quaint settlements, all while sampling the local cuisine as you go, truly makes for a memorable trip.
To start your trip, find a comfy hotel in Brussels. It’s a good idea to relax before your trip starts, so staying near the Grand Place/Gare centrale is a good idea. This is right in the centre, offers plenty of nice hotels, and includes various forms of entertainment for you to enjoy before you start your trip. It will also give you an opportunity to stock up on any supplies you might need whilst on the road.
Biking in Brussels itself is easy and relaxing, especially compared with other parts of the world. This particular part of Europe is hugely cycle-friendly, so you should have no trouble navigating your way around the town, before eventually escaping out into the countryside. If you’re up for a real adventure, you should definitely look at taking part in the Brussels Bike Tag – a fantastic way to explore the city and connect with fellow cyclists.
Along your route, you’ll likely want to take in the Felmish town of Antwerp before heading across the border into Holland. When you get there, the town of Hertogenbosch is definitely worth a quick stop over, where you’ll see St. Jans Cathedral. As you continue through the gorgeous town, you’ll encounter various rivers en route, such as the Amstel and Vecht rivers, and will pass through the country’s fruit garden. Soon, you’ll find yourself in Amsterdam itself.
When you arrive, it is a good idea to stay over in Amsterdam for a couple of nights at least before heading home. There is much to see and do, including a trip down the famous canals, and a visit to the Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house. If you’re after a little less culture and a lot more partying, there are plenty of great bars, nightclubs and live music venues to be found around the city.
Ideally, this route is best travelled during the spring and early summer months, when the trees are blossoming and the temperature is comfortable, without being too warm for lengthy rides.