The final part of the famous Internationale Rijnroute (EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Route) through the Netherlands (Millingen aan de Rijn - Hook of Holland) follows a beautiful course along the wide Rhine basin. Here, you follow various sections of LF routes for 270 km. Scenic features to enjoy along the way include the country estates along the river Kromme Rijn, the edges of the woody Veluwe region and the river De Linge which winds itself through the Betuwe region. And let’s not forget the boats on the river Waal, National Park De Biesbosch, the windmills of Kinderdijk and the international seaport city of Rotterdam.
How to find the route
The Dutch part of the Rijnfietsroute (Rhine Cycle Route) can be found in an English cycleguide or in the Basiskaart netwerk LF-routes (Base map of the LF route network). This cycle atlas provides maps (unbound, scale 1:100,000) of all LF routes. The Rijnfietsroute is mapped out on pages 27, 28, 29, 24 and 30. Armed with this, all you have to do is follow the LF signs. All the way, the Rijnfietsroute can be recognised by the blue strip with the name Rijnfietsroute at the bottom of the LF signs.
From a to b
The Rijnfietsroute (Rhine Cycle Route) is not a circular route. In other words, the end point is in a different location than the starting point. The best thing to do is to start off at a train station and finish at a different train station along the route. There, you can simply take your bike on the train to travel back to your starting point. Would you rather leave your own bike at home? No problem. Bikes can be hired at many stations in the Netherlands.
Fietsers Welkom! (Cyclists Welcome!)
There are lots of opportunities along the way to stop for a break or stay at ‘Fietsers Welkom!’ (Cyclists Welcome!) establishments. You will always enjoy a warm welcome at these establishments, even if you have a punctured tyre or arrive all rain-soaked. There are over 1,100 cycle-friendly establishments in the Netherlands. They can be recognised by the ‘Fietsers Welkom!’ sign displayed on the front of the establishment. They are indicated on the map on the recreational cycle route planner (Recreatieve fietsrouteplanner) page. As you zoom in, junctions and ‘Fietsers Welkom!’ establishments will appear.
TIP: want to read about the experience of a young couple cycling the Dutch part of the Rhine Cycle Route? Click here for their blogpost