Drenthe is the Netherlands’ cycling paradise, rich with expansive heaths, rolling hills, lakes and sand drifts, rugged forests and meandering streams. The landscape is asking to be explored! With no fewer than 2100 kilometres of well-maintained cycle paths, Drenthe offers you limitless possibilities. Cycling will not only lead you through beautiful natural scenery but also into historic villages and cultural sites that you’ll find around every corner.

Cycling tips - Tour Drenthe by bicycle for a day? We have gone ahead and compiled the best tips for you.

Cycling routes

You can use the cycling junctions to plan your own route, but you can also choose to rely on one of the preselected, themed routes we have developed especially for you, which you can download here. Cultural, natural beauty or culinary – which option suits your fancy?

Download a route
Een man en een vrouw zijn in het Bargerveen even van de fiets afgestapt om van het veenlandschap te genieten. Een stel neemt even pauze tijdens hun fietstocht en zitten samen op een bankje van de natuur te genieten.

Tip: Van Gogh Cycling Routes

Get to know Van Gogh's primal landscape by bicycle! Follow three different routes, see what Vincent saw and what inspiration he found. The routes will take you past viewing panels with listening stories and large murals

Discover the routes
Een man fietst door het Drentse landschap langs een doorkijkpaneel met een schets van Van Gogh.

Cycling junctions

With no fewer than 5000 information panels and 20,000 route markers, getting lost is simply not an option in Drenthe. The extensive cycling junction system is perfect for if you want to plan your own route and the number of kilometres you end up cycling. Apart from choosing your own route, you can also select one of the sign-posted ANWB themed routes.

There are also various websites that allow you to map out your cycling route across the various junctions. We recommend the Dutch National Cycling Platform's website


More information
Een man en vrouw fietsen langs een kerk door een dorp.

Practical information

Stay the night!

A single day of cycling in Drenthe is fun, but also much too short, so why not consider staying the night? Whether you are looking for a bungalow park, a cosy hotel, or a remote holiday cottage, you’re sure to find the perfect place to sleep in Drenthe. The next morning, you’ll wake up well rested with nothing to keep you from spending another amazing day on your bike.