Netherlands Rhine and IJssel
Hanseatic region of the Netherlands
Hanseatic Rhine IJssel bike and barge tour. It is almost impossible to overestimate the significance of the Dutch rivers, which formed the Netherlands. Rivers are the lifelines and essential for our prosperity. Besides: how beautiful they are, our rivers! Cycle through the Rhine valley, along its very beautiful tributary the IJssel and across the so-called border lakes. During the whole cycling tour, you travel through wood and moorland sections of the Achterhoek, Veluwe and Gooi nature reserves; this area is very suitable for cycling tours and loved by the Dutch cyclists.
This region has a rich history. Arnhem, for example, is well known for its role during WWII, Operation Market Garden. You also visit various hanseatic towns, which flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries, because the IJssel was then one of the most important trade routes in Europe