This route from Maastricht to Hoek van Holland is the Dutch part of the International Maasfietsroute from its source in the Vosges, through the Ardennes and the Dutch river Maas delta to Hoek van Holland. The meandering river is as much as possible your guide in this journey. In 2016 a flyer and launch of the website www.maasfietsroute.eu is planned. They provide inspiration and information about planning your cycle trip along the river.
How to find the route
The Dutch part of the Maasfietsroute (River Maas Cycle Route) can be found in an Dutch 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. You will follow the LF3 Maasroute and the LF12 Maas- en Vestingroute.
From a to b
The Maasfietsroute (River Maas 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 1,000 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.