Haarlem Dunes Cycle Route

Coast, polders and nature reserves

Distance: 40 or 29 km

Vogelmeer (Bird Lake). Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Vogelmeer (Bird Lake). Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

This route shows you two different sides of Haarlem: to the east typical Dutch polders and to the west sand dunes and beaches. Highlights of the route are the dunes of National Park Zuid-Kennermerland and the historic centre of Haarlem.

From the bridge over the Spaarne you get a view of the skyline of Haarlem. Leaving the city, you cycle through flat open polders to the villages of Penningsveer, Spaarnwoude and Spaarndam. You pass several fortifications of the Defence Line of Amsterdam which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Santpoort the route takes you through the dunes of National Park Zuid-Kennemerland to the seaside resort of Zandvoort. Via the old tram track you return to the centre of Haarlem.

Cycling holidays in the Haarlem region

For an overview of cycling holidays that take you through Haarlem, go to our holidays section.

Haarlem Dunes Cycle Route

Distance: 40 km (2h40), or 29 km (2h)
Type of route: Day trip, round trip
Starting point:

Haarlem train station
- Bicycle rental
- Car parking

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