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Bicycling around and to Friesland

You see more when you are biking. Friesland has over 2,750 km of bicycle track. Through forests, moors, drifting sand and over the seafront along the Wadden coast, from picturesque villages to historical cities, across waterways by ferry, on islands and straight through nature reserves. Friesland is the Dutch province par excellence for cyclists. Moreover, we have been chosen as the best bicycling province of the Netherlands 3x in a row!

Friesland is fit for every type of cyclist, with our provincial bicycle network, culinary cycling routes past the eleven cities and E-bike accessibility.

Own bicycle or rental bicycle

Do you own a good bicycle? Then you can of course bring that along. If that is not possible, you can rent bicycles in countless locations throughout the province. From ladies’ bikes to mountain bikes and from electrical bicycles to tandems!



As the number 1 bicycling province, Friesland has no shortage of biking routes to choose from. You can find a large selection of these on by clicking on them. Another great option is to download the Routes Friesland Style app. With this app you can find ample routes throughout the whole province. Some of these routes will serve as a personal travel guide, as they will automatically tell you about your surroundings.

Discover Routes Friesland Style

Do you feel like having a bicycling holiday in Friesland and do you want to make full use of all the beautiful things that Leeuwarden Capital of Culture has to offer? Then go here for the best arrangements.

Electric bicycling

More and more people are purchasing an electric bicycle. Do you not own one yet, but would you like to try one out? Then grasp that opportunity in Friesland! Electric bikes are available at all bicycle rental companies, and as they allow you to cover larger distances, you will see even more of the province. For instance by going on the special e-bike route of 63 kilometres around the Tjeukemeer!

Bicycling on the Wadden Islands

If there is one place where a lot of bicycling is going on, then that would be on the Wadden Islands. Not only because these places are beautiful locations to go biking – to the beach, along the coast and through forests –, but also because you get there by boat and most people leave their car on the mainland. In fact: cars aren’t even allowed on Vlieland and Schiermonnikoog. So many people go biking instead.

Of course it is possible to bring your own bicycle on the boat, but you don’t need to. All islands rent out bicycles in all shapes and sizes. You can rent bicycles for ladies, men and children, with and without children’s seats, with or without gears, electric or regular, off-road mountain bikes, tandems and even (electrical) cargo bicycles.


  • Do you already have the LF2018 app? Use it to discover everything about Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018, the European Capital of Culture!

  • The arrangement Going around Friesland by Bike (‘Rondje Friesland op de Fiets’) has been chosen as the best LF2018 arrangement in 2017. This is the go-to bicycling tour for a true fan of biking and Friesland!

  • Would you like to bicycle across a Wadden Island with your kids in a different manner? Then hop onto a children’s tandem! You can rent both regular and electric versions.