Day trips

Many touristic highlights in the Utrecht region are within cycling distance. Utrecht's central location and the varied landscapes in the region make the city an ideal starting point for a bike trip. It's a great way to experience the Dutch cycling culture! Here's a selection of 'must do' bike trips in the area.
Cycling along the river Vecht. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Cycling along the river Vecht. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Are you looking for the very best cycle route in the Utrecht region? We've made a selection of 'must do' day trips especially for cyclists from abroad - in English. There are bike rental facilities at the beginning of all of these cycle routes.

For an overview of all our day trips in Holland, go to: Day trips.

Overview of day trips in the Utrecht region

Utrecht Forts Cycle Route
Exploring the New Dutch Waterline
Distance: 52 or 37 km

This route takes you around the Utrecht area to explore the historic forts of the New Dutch Waterline - a 85 km-long military line of defence that relied on forts, bunkers, fortress towns and inundated land to protect Amsterdam and the centre of Holland.

Linge Cycle Route
Blossom and pretty villages along idyllic river
Distance: 41 or 35 km

This picturesque route takes you through the Betuwe region, famous for its fruit production. Highlight of the year is when the fruit trees are in bloom from the second half of April to the beginning of May.

Lage Vuursche Royal Cycle Route
Royal palaces and pancakes in the woods
Distance: 20 km

This routes takes you through the woodlands of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, an area associated with the Dutch royal family. Highlights of the route are Groeneveld Castle, Soestdijk Palace and the woodland village of Lage Vuursche.

Gouda Cycle Route
Historic gems in the heart of Holland
Distance: 41 or 29 km

This route takes you through the Green Heart of Holland, a water-rich, rural region dotted with picturesque historic towns. Highlights of the route are the cheese market and canals in Gouda and the witches' scales at Oudewater.