After leaving the city the cycle routes will guide you past the statue of Hansje Brinker and on through to Haarlem. In the city of Haarlem, the route will split in two. One route will guide you from the seaside resort of Zandvoort through the dunes and along the sea. The other route will take you inland along the Keukenhof and on through the expansive bulb fields to reach your hotel in Noordwijk.
Noordwijkerhout is a great location for a trip to the beach or for a round-trip cycling tour of Leiden, the city of Rembrandt van Rijn and the Pilgrim Fathers. If you are visiting the Netherlands outside the tulip season, we recommend a visit to Panorma Tulipland. Here you will get a great impression of what it looks like when all the flowers are in bloom. Having explored the city of Leiden, you’ll head to the wide open landscape of the so-called Green Heart. The trail from Noordwijkerhout to Mijdrecht will take you right through this beautiful green area, a very sparsely populated landscape, at least by Dutch standards.
Today is a day of splendid views looking out over wide, open polders, blue lakes and green meadows. The first kilometres will take you over the sandy soils behind the dunes, which are part of the bulb region. Shortly after, bulb fields transition into peat and lakes and you will find yourself cycling inland into the ‘Green Hart’ of the Netherlands. Before you reach Mijdrecht you’ll pass Aalsmeer, where you can visit the Flower Auction.
The river Amstel will be your special guide from here, leading you from the quiet polder landscape right into the bustling city of Amsterdam. Near Uithoorn you’ll pass the ‘Stelling van Amsterdam’, a 135 km former defence line around the capital city, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.