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The Netherlands
Information Beforehand
General information
Region: The Netherlands
Surface area (km2): 35.054
Inhabitants:  16,8 million (Jan 2013)
High season: July/August
Climate
Month ºC mm
May 14,4 49,7 SW
June 17,3 67,7 SW
July 19,1 66,3 SW
August 19,6 58,2 SW
September 17,5 80,0 SW
The weather information concerns average values
Equipement
An especially equipped bicycle is not necessary in the flat coastal area of the Netherlands. The route can be cycled on any bicycle. Taking along rainwear on your journey is no unnecessary luxury - as on every cycle tour.
Necessary guide(s)

You need only one guide in order to follow the Dutch part of the North Sea Cycle Route; the Basiskaart netwerk LF-routes. The guide contains pullout maps of all the LF-routes  and a small guide with practical information.

Basiskaart netwerk LF-routes
ISBN 978 90 72930  48 4
Publisher: Fietsplatform
Scale of maps: 1:100.000
Price: 24,95 EUR

Signposting

In the Netherlands the North Sea Cycle route follows the national network of Landelijke Fietsroutes (LF-routes) national bicycle routes, covering a total length of about 4,500 kilometres.
Between Hoek van Holland and Callantsoog - on the west coast: the LF1 North sea route. In the north, on the Wadden sea coast between Callantsoog and the German border: the LF10 Wadden sea route. Both routes are fully signposted in two directions with white, square signs bearing green lettering: the name and number of the route, followed by the letter a or b in order to indicate the direction of the route.
Every 10 kilometres you will find an additional NSCR board with information along with the regular signposting.

If you want to make trips it is easy to continue along another route. There are several other signposted routes which cross the North Sea Cycle Route (LF12, LF4, LF2, LF7, LF15 and LF14). You can also simply follow the normal signposts for cyclists, which describe places and distances in red on a white background. The use of a map of the area is then advisable.

Staying the night along the route
In the Netherlands, places that carry the ‘Fietsers Welkom!’ (Cyclists Welcome!) quality label, go the extra mile to cater to cyclists’ needs. You will enjoy a warm welcome, even when you have a punctured tyre or arrive all sweaty. There are over 1,000 cycle-friendly places to eat, drink and stay in the Netherlands. These are just a selection of the total number of hotel and catering establishments the country has to offer. You can recognise them by the ‘Fietsers Welkom!’ sign on the front of the buildings. Please look on the websiteNederlandFietsland.nl; you will find a wealth of information here. .
Bicycle storage/repair/hire

It is easy to hire a bicycle at the Rijwielshop or Fietspoint. The tariff is low, you can hire a bicycle starting at about 6,50 EUR a day for a bicycle with back-pedal brake and no speed. What's more, many signposted routes go pass NS-railway stations. In order to hire a bicycle you need to have valid identity papers and please take the deposit into account. If you want to be sure that a bicycle will be ready, book by telephone.

The bicycle may go along with you on the train outside the rush hours. This is very simple, you buy a 'Dagkaart fiets' (day card for bicycle) at a NS-ticket machine and put your bicycle on that part of the train especially reserved for it. This bicycle storage space is recognizable by means of the bicycle sticker on the side of the train. The price of a day card for the bicycle amounts to 6,00 EUR regardless of distance or destination. However, it is only valid outside rush hours. The exact conditions are found in the folder 'Fiets and trein' (bicycle and train). This is available at the NS-railway stations or may be ordered via internet from Fietsplatform. Inland rail transporters other than NS (Dutch rail) may demand different prices or conditions.

Bicycle arrangements
For all-in arrangements please turn to the site of Cycletours (travel organisation for cycling holidays) or the Fietsvakantiewinkel.
Public transport

The Netherlands have a fine public transport system. An intricate train network often comes quite near to the route. Where the route cannot be reached by train, the local bus company often offers a regular service to even the smallest of villages. Friesland, Groningen and Zeeland are however, thinly populated. The frequency of trains and buses is less high here.

Information concerning train connections and timetables is to be found on the website of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Rail). The website public transport Nederland can be used to plan your transport by train as well as the bus connections.

Useful links
NederlandFietsland.nl (all about cycle tourism in the Netherlands).
English, Nederlands, Deutsch


The route is well signposted
©Landelijk Fietsplatform

Benodigde routegids

Folder Nederlandse Kustroute

Example information board


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