The Dutch love their bikes. It is estimated that there are more than 800,000 "Fietsen" in Amsterdam - that is more than the Dutch capital has inhabitants. The advantages are obvious: In the extremely car-unfriendly Amsterdam city, two-wheelers are usually ahead of the rest. There are no climbs to be expected and because everything in Amsterdam is quite close together, the distances in the Amsterdam city centre can be quickly overcome by bycicle. Cycle paths are part of the townscape and a detour on a bicycle tour into the surrounding countryside is also popular. Our tips for successful cycling tours in Amsterdam:
1. Do I have to wear a helmet?
In Amsterdam wearing a helmet is not compulsory for cyclists. But for us, headgear is part of the equipment for every bike tour. No special equipment is necessary to get on the Holland bike in Amsterdam except for the helmet and a bicycle lock. Bicycle helmets are provided by the rental companies for a small extra charge. As a helmet is not compulsory in the Netherlands, you should ask for a helmet beforehand if you want one.
2. Explore Amsterdam by bike
Amsterdam offers fantastic conditions for cycling tours and cyclists, which is not only due to the extremely good infrastructure of cycle paths and traffic-calmed zones. The different districts such as Jordaan, Walletjes or Amsterdam's Chinatown can also be easily reached by bicycle in a short time. The top sights are best discovered on a guided bike tour.
3. How safe is cycling in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is the bicycle capital of Europe. Of course, bicycle theft is also booming to almost the same extent. It is therefore strongly recommended to lock your bicycle carefully. Those who rent a bike in Amsterdam usually get a security lock with it. Furthermore, there are many ways to park your bike in such a way that thieves are deterred. For example, at the controlled bicycle parking lot at the central train stations, where more than 18,000 cyclists park their bikes every day. It takes a little patience to find your way around the city traffic with your bike. Since car drivers are used to show consideration for bicycles, cycling in Amsterdam should not be a big problem. Two important tips: When turning left, you must give way to the traffic behind and in front of you. Take care not to get your bikes caught in the train tracks and soon you will be cycling through the streets of Amsterdam like a local.
4. What should I pay attention to when I rent a bike?
Basically the same applies to a rental bicycle as to a rental car. Take a good look at the bike before you rent it. Draw attention to defects so that you do not end up being liable for any costs. If necessary, you can usually also sign an additional insurance. Large rental companies such as MacBike or Yellow Bike Tours have several stops in Amsterdam and are easily recognisable by their red or yellow bicycles - even if they quickly identify you as a tourist. Therefore you can also expect other road users to be a little more considerate.
5. How much does it cost to rent a bicycle in Amsterdam?
The prices to rent a bike in Amsterdam depend on the equipment of the bike and how long you need the bikes. A simple one-speed bike is available for two hours for only 6 Euros. The basic rule is: the longer you rent a bike, the cheaper it gets. Weekly packages are much cheaper in comparison to renting for one day.
Travel tips for bike tours in Amsterdam
Bicycle tour Amsterdam compact
A local guide knows the most beautiful corners and shortest ways. In just a few hours you can get a first overview of the old town and gather ideas for your next excursion. Especially for less experienced cyclists, the bike tour of about two hours is not too demanding. On the short cycling tour you can still see all the highlights such as the red light district, the Anne Frank House and the Reich Museum.
Amsterdam in one day by bike
The invaluable advantage of Amsterdam is its clarity. This makes it easy to explore various highlights of the Dutch capital in one day. Starting from Amsterdam Central Station you can visit markets such as the Noordermarkt, the floating Bloemenmarkt or the Albert Cuyp market. In the trendy districts like Jordaan or De Pijp you can go for a stroll and in between there is plenty of time for a picnic break in the Noorderpark or Westerpark.
Day trip on the bikes: Rural exodus
There is of course a good reason why the Dutch love cycling so much. As far as the eye can see, there is hardly a hill to be seen in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. So you don't need off-road bikes or specially trained thighs to cover longer distances on a bike tour. If the hectic hustle and bustle in the city centre becomes too much for you at some point, a detour into the surroundings is the right antidote. Discover the picturesque surroundings with fishing villages, cheese farms or simply a typical Dutch pancake in a rustic guesthouse. The best way to do this is to join a local guide on his cycling tour and enjoy a truly Dutch day away from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam.
Theme specific bike tour
Are you interested in architecture, the harbour or are you looking for a culinary tour of Amsterdam? The sky's the limit. Find a bike tour according to your wishes - there is no lack of special thematic offers. And on top of that you will get an impression of the city. If the right offer is not included, a private guide will plan your very own personal tour for you.
Bicycle tour on your own
Virtually all bike rental companies offer free city maps in addition to the bike, which can help you plan your own route for the bike ride along the sights and attractions. It is entirely up to you whether you just want to get on your bikes and cycle from pub to pub, ride through the canal belt or out into the countryside. The best means of transport in Amsterdam is the bicycle.