🚴 Route by bike
Yes, you have read correctly: hills! Obviously, I’m not talking a big mountain but this route pass through a wooded area with small hills, it is 250m above the sea level, more or less. Also, you can see 4 windmills during the route, dunes, the beach and several towns. A good place to have lunch is the beach, in the middle of the route. In Bergen (which actually means Mountains) there are some restaurants or, if you prefer to take your own food, after leaving Bergen there is a bike parking next to the beach access, it is a peaceful location with beautiful views of the sea.
🗺 Route Information: Bergen, Egmond aan de Hoef en Alkmaar.
‼️Extra information extracted from my experience: The first windmill called Damlander isn’t there anymore, you can remove that part of the route, it is close to Bergen.
I suggest to start the route in Alkmaar and visit the city where there is a well-known cheese market. You can check a couple of websites of Alkmaar to prepare the visit:
Alkmaar Cheese Market
Tourist information Alkmaar
🚍 The easiest way to get to Alkmaar is by train. Google maps can provide you with timetables or you can check also the local public transport site.
➤ How to do the route?
First, you’ll need a mobile application or a Garmin device to display the route. Normally, I use Garmin but in this case there is a special application to download the route.
Then, you download the gpx file (click on ‘GPS Route’ and copy it to Garmin) or open in the application (click on ‘Open in app’ with your mobile) on this url.
Now the most important thing: the bike. I rented a bike in the Alkmaar Station, an OV-fiets (3’5 euro, you need a personal chipkaart to rent it). If you can’t rent those bikes, don’t worry there are also normal bikes available (7’5 euro + 20 ~ 50 euro deposit). Another option is taking your own bike with you (only off-peak hour), the price for carrying a bike in the train is 6 euro.
➤ My experience
The route is short and easy, considering that the road is mostly flat. First thing we did was the route. When we arrived at the town in the afternoon (5.30 pm) all shops were closed so I suggest to visit the town before. I think it will be more lively.
We started the route at the number 73 in the map, counter-clockwise direction. The first windmill is very old and I liked it because it seemed to me very genuine. The best thing was when I saw the hills around me 😱 that surprised me! Besides, we saw some hairy cows in the dunes and deers in a park close to Alkmaar. The weather was good so the lunch time at the beach in the sun was awesome.
For all these reasons I encourage you to do the route!
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