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1. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 9y

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Hi, everyone. I'll be in Amsterdam for a week in late june-early july with my husband and we want to make some daytrips from there by bike. I'm not really an athlete, but I love cycling, though hills are not my strong point. Does anyone have suggestions?

I heard you can ride trains with your bike, so you can cycle all day and come back by train with your bike by night. Is that true?

In one of those trips, we want to spend the night, so I'd love suggestions of a nice place o stay.

Also, is there a place where we can rent a better bike, or is it Mac's Bike the better we can do?

Thanks a lot.

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2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

hi there,

you can hire bicycles at the trainstation. from there u can take your bicycle into the train and go wherever u want. Be aware of the fact that you are not allowed to take a bicycle into the train at rush hours (so that means between 7AM and 9AM and between 5PM and 7PM). I think that bicycle hire at trainstations is still about 6 euro per day. that is just a simple bike. you can also hire racing and mountainbikes but not at the trainstation I think. In places where cycling is popular (for example in Southern Limburg, the Veluwe, Friesland, Drente, Zeeland etc.) you will find a lot of places where u can hire bicycles in all sorts.

You don't need to be afraid for hills in the Netherlands except in Southern Limburg and the Veluwe (which are beautiful areas btw). If u want real flat land you best go to Drente or Friesland. Cycling is very popular in these places and you will have a good time. I think its best to go there by train and hire a bicycle there. You could spend the night in a nice place (there are lots of places) there and go back to Amsterdam the next day.

I hope u have a great time in the Netherlands. Welcome;)

[ Edit: Edited on May 13, 2007, at 7:28 AM by wouterrr ]

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

you can hire bicycles at the trainstation. from there u can take your bicycle into the train and go wherever u want.

Wouterr should have added that it'll cost you; you have to pay for a bicycle ticket, which is another 8 euros or so :)

Daytrips can be made right to the north of Amsterdam, a region called Waterland. There is an extensive network of roads there which allow for a varied trip; the bicycle rent, or else the bookshop at the station, should sell booklets with routes in them.

4. Posted by Truike (Inactive 5 posts) 9y

You can rent bikes at:
http://www.bikecity.nl
http://www.bikes.nl
http://www.frederic.nl

For more links, check:http://www.ertussenuit.com/links/22-0-1.htm
It's in dutch, but it's prety simple. You can see the place and the name of the shop. If you click on that, you'll find 'adresgegevens' (the address) and a link of the website (if they have one).

I think Arnhem is a nice place to see and it is close to the Veluwe. Maastricht is nice, but a long trip by bike. There are a bit more hills in the south but you rearly feel them as I think, we don't really have hills in our country. But it is really beautifull there.

If you want to go north, Groningen is a nice dutch city. Other suggestions from my hand: Den Bosch, Nijmegen (nice surroundings too), Utrecht, and like I wrote before: Maastricht and Arnhem

Enjoy your trip (and my country)!

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Truike

There are a bit more hills in the south but you rearly feel them as I think, we don't really have hills in our country.

It are hills but no mountains. And you will feel them, believe me. Especially if you are only used to flatlands.

6. Posted by michab (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

the added fare changes from area to area. in Eindhoven carrying a bike on the train costs extra 6 EUR, no matter how long (or short) the journey. maybe better off to heed the advice to rent a bike after the train ride.
make sure you lock 'em up well, wherever you are ;)

have a nice one!
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7. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 9y

Thank you guys. I think Maastricht is a loooong way. But it was a great help! I'll post here my itinerary later so you can tell me if you think it's fine.

Thank you so much.

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8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting aarantes

Thank you guys. I think Maastricht is a loooong way. But it was a great help! I'll post here my itinerary later so you can tell me if you think it's fine.

Thank you so much.

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Maastricht is 3 hours by train, is that long?. And btw if u take the bicycle in the train you have to buy a ticket for your bike (a special bicycle ticket, so don't get a normal passenger ticket for your bicycle...LOL). that special ticket costs around 6 euro and is valid for one day, wherever you go. just ask at the counter and you'll know.

9. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 9y

My idea was cycle my way to the cities and only catch the train to go back to Amsterdam. That's why I think Maastricht is far away.

Thanks.

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting aarantes

My idea was cycle my way to the cities and only catch the train to go back to Amsterdam. That's why I think Maastricht is far away.

Thanks.

200 kilometres and so 10 hours of cycling to Maastricht (excl. breaks). mwaaa...must be possible....;)