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Should I start cycling from Harleem or Leiden?

Hi Everyone! I'm planning for my honeymoon trip to Amsterdam in May 2017. I intend to rent a bike and start cycling either from Harleem or Leiden (cycle by the flower field). Whichever start off point, I will make a U- turn back as cycling across towards the other side will take quite some time and i'm not quite sure if I can catch the off peak period to return to the original start off point by train. I understand that we can only bring our bike up the train during off peak period. Thus, i decide to cycle halfway and make a u turn. With this, i would like to ask, is the windmill at the flower field located at Harleem or Leiden?
Thank you in advance for all answers.

8 Answers

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Amsterdam

Hi, it's not really clear to me which route you plan to follow or which windmill you mean.

From Leiden to Amsterdam or from Haarlem to Amsterdam?

I suggest to go by train to the flowerfields and rent a bike at the spot. That way you will enjoy the flowerfields by bike and you will not be exhausted getting there by bike or getting back by bike.

If you rent a bike in Amsterdam, you can visit the windmills at Zaanse Schans by bike.

Personally, I prefer the windmills at Kinderdijk (near Rotterdam),


answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thanks Pijlman! Didnt know that we can rent bike from the flower field itself. Will check out the windmills at Zaanse Schans too!

answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hazleton

The daughter and I rented bikes, took them on the train to Leiden, and rode back to Amsterdam in 2003. The route we used took us through the tulip fields, right past Keukenhof (we didn't go in, but you could), and then we went to Zandvoort on the coast. It was a bit early in the year to hit the beach, but did spend some time walking around.
After that we went through Harleem on our way back to Amsterdam. All easily doable in a day.
And yes, we did see the windmill at Keukenhof from a distance.
You can find information on the trip at my Amsterdam pages here on VirtualTourist.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Ukraine

There are a lot of bike rentals in the tulip fields region near Keukenhof . You can rent a bike there

answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Excellent idea! Thanks!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hengelo

Just a question: Is this a day trip you want to do?

The total distance can easily go up to 100 kilometers when you include that U-turn.

And take a look at the weather forecast. You will cycle in a flat open land, so wind force and wind direction are major issues. Choose your departure location such, you can profit from the wind.

And there are also E-bikes for hire.


answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Hi PJ! Yes, I'm thinking of a day tour. Looking at the estimated distance that you mentioned, I guess I'll settle with renting of bike near the flower field area. Thanks again.


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