Frederiksoord is a beautiful and peaceful area, very popular to camp, spend some nights in a B&B and enjoy your holiday. This is a wonderful area in the North of the Netherlands. Cycling is a wonderful way to explore the scenic landscapes and historical landmarks of the region. We suggest you rent an E-bike to explore the surroundings. Frederiksoord is located in the northern part of the Netherlands and is known for its rich history as a colony for the Society of Humanitarianism in the 19th century.
UNESCO Frederiksoord, cycling or walking route
Here’s a suggested cycling or walking route to help you make the most of your trip:
Route: Frederiksoord Cycling Tour Distance: Approximately 25-30 kilometers (can be adjusted based on your preferences)
- Start in Frederiksoord: Begin your cycling adventure in the heart of Frederiksoord, where you can take a moment to explore the Koloniehof museum to learn about the history of the colony.
- Maatschappij van Weldadigheid (Society of Humanitarianism) sites: Cycle towards the surrounding areas to visit other historic locations linked to the Maatschappij van Weldadigheid, such as Wilhelminaoord and Willemsoord. These sites are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage and offer a glimpse into the social experiments of the past.
- Boschoord and Huis Westerbeek: Continue your journey to Boschoord and Huis Westerbeek, which are adjacent to Frederiksoord. These places are also significant historical spots related to the colony’s history.
- Drents-Friese Wold National Park: From Frederiksoord, head south to reach the Drents-Friese Wold National Park, a vast and beautiful nature reserve that spans the provinces of Drenthe and Friesland. You can explore the forested areas, heathlands, and sand dunes, making the ride a refreshing and picturesque experience.
- Onderduikershol, Hiding Place, War Monument, Make a little side trip and visit this impressive and well-preserved 2WW hiding place in the woods.
- Vledder: As you leave the national park, cycle towards the charming village of Vledder. Here, you can take a break and enjoy a traditional Dutch meal or refreshments at one of the local cafes or restaurants.
- Return to Frederiksoord: After a relaxing stop in Vledder, head back to Frederiksoord to complete the cycling tour.
Where to rent a bike or an e-bike
Nowadays, most campsites, hotels, and B&Bs rent out their own bicycles and e-bikes. If your accommodation does not rent out bicycles, the homeowner or camping manager probably knows a bicycle rental address. Are you renting a bicycle or an e-bike? Best to check the tires, the tires must be hard, check the brakes, and read the bicycle rental conditions and the regulations of your own health and travel insurance. Rent a bike and explore the beautiful UNESCO Frederiksoord!
BEWARE: Be careful riding an e-bike, these bikes can be very fast.
Bicycle rules in the Netherlands
It is forbidden to hold a telephone or other electronic device in your hand while cycling.
In general, cyclists follow the rules of car traffic but never cycle on a Motorway or a Highway.
Cyclists must overtake each other on the left, other vehicles may be overtaken on the right.
Traffic from the right has the right of way unless indicated otherwise.
Two cyclists are allowed to cycle next to each other, more is not allowed. If cycling side by side hinders traffic, you must cycle one behind the other.
Cyclists may turn right at a red traffic light if there is a sign with the text ‘turn right for cyclist free’.
Cyclists give way to pedestrians when crossing at a zebra crossing.
Cyclists may park on the sidewalk and sidewalk unless there is a sign prohibiting this.
Cyclists may only carry children under the age of 8 if they are seated in a safe seat.
Cyclists must have a front and rear light on at night.
Cyclists hold out a hand when they want to turn the corner.
Just like cars, cyclists have priority on a roundabout.
The right traffic has priority unless indicated otherwise.
Cyclists cycle on cycling pads but if they are not available cycle along with cars.
Cyclists don’t cycle on the footpath, this is not allowed and you can get a traffic fine. The fine for cycling on the sidewalk is €55, excluding €9 administrative costs.
In the Netherlands, the rule applies that a cyclist is always right in a collision between a car and a bicycle.
As we say in the Netherlands, behave like a gentleman in traffic.
At the bigger NS train stations, you can rent a bike, at some NS stations you can rent an e-bike.
➔ Rent a bike or e-bike at the NS train station