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The Terschelling culinary bicycle route begins at the harbour of West-Terschelling. With the Terschellinger shell paths as your treasure map y…
The Terschelling culinary bicycle route begins at the harbour of West-Terschelling. With the Terschellinger shell paths as your treasure map you'll cycle through forest and dunes to som of the best culinary riches the island has to offer. Or go on an adventurous excursion and discover the rich and nutritious secrets of nature. Pick fruit in the autumn, eat oysters while walking the mudflats or go horseback riding through the surf. The Wadden is one of the most important nature areas in the Netherlands and Europe. Even on the world stage our Wadden play a prominent role when it comes to flora and fauna. The island is an extraordinary ecosystem that you can enjoy on your bike but even more on your plate. On Terschelling farmers, gardeners and nature protectors work together to ensure the safety of the island's riches. On this route you'll cycle along the beach and through the polder, over dunes and dike exploring the Frisian landscape in all its glory.
Rest stops and accommodations
The villages on Terschelling offer hospitality and culinary delights while forests, dunes and beaches give you space to spread your wings. No other people in sight; just you, the sea and the birds. The purple heather is in bloom in late summer, cranberry picking begins in October and after a chilly winter walk on the beach you'll find an oasis of warmth in the many bars and restaurants. The route takes you from west to east and back again You can follow the route in two directions. You'll find great places to stop for coffee and cake, lunch, a drink and snacks or fine dining. In addition to the culinary hotspots there are sorts of excursions and activities that will make your visit truly one to remember. Terschelling is perfect for a weekend getaway and has so many unique accommodations to choose from all over the island; west, middle or east. To find the best hotels and holiday homes visit the VVV Terschelling website or have a look here.
4 tips for your shopping
Keurslager Schaafsma, Torenstraat 53 Slagerij Schaafsma sells, among others, beef and lamb from the island.
De Bionier, Burg Reedekerstraat 8 Pop in for your local Terschellinger vegetables, honey, beer and home-made meals!
Lokaal Terschelling, Torenstraat 3 Fill a picnic basket to the brim with scrumptious island rolls, bonbons and smoothies.
Het Olde Ambaecht In their shed Hans and Quirina sell warm and cold smoked sustainable eel, mackerel and salmon.
Before departure check the coronavirus regulations for the cafés, shops and hotels you wish to visit. They may be closed, have adapted opening hours or temporary behaviour regulations due to the pandemic. Partial closing and/or adapted opening hours may apply during the off season. It may be a good idea to (phone) contact the places you wish to visit.
Starting point: Willem Barentszkade West Terschelling
Terschelling Harbour, ferry arrival times Didn't bring your bike? You can rent one at one of the many bicycle rental shops at the harbour: Zeelen, ThijsKnop or Haantjes. Many of the bicycle rentals offer luggage service so you can hop on your bike and go. Read more on your bicycle rental service's website .
De Walvis You've handed in your luggage and found a bike. Your Terschelling adventure simply must begin with a drink at De Walvis. With a view of sailboats, the beach and endless skies this is arguably the most popular place on the island.
Coffee and tea house De Bessenschuur Cycle via dunes and forest to the Bessenschuur. Cranberries and Terschelling are an inseparable pair. From 19 October 2020 you are free to pick them. You'll find more information in De Bessenschuur where you can visit the Cranberry museum and participate in taste testing and excursions.
Paviljoen West aan Zee After all that picking and tasting it’s time to relax. Cycle on to Terschellinger Noordzeestrand post 8. The recently renovated pavilion West Aan Zee has local products on the menu.
Paviljoen De Branding Feel like cycling a bit more? Cycle another 4 kilometres to Paviljoen De Branding in Midsland aan Zee where the endless beaches and beauty continue.
Petit Restaurant ’t Golfje Cycle from the dunes to the polder. In Midsland-Noord you'll find ‘t Golfje. Enjoy the most delicious seasonal dishes in three to eight courses. Or go that extra mile with accompanying wines. In the polder you'll cycle past Striep and up onto the Wadden dike. Follow the bike path with infinite views over the Wadden Se tot De Wierschuur, where seaweed used to be dried and pressed. It's just a short ride from the high dunes to the muddy Wadden coast where you can spot hundreds of different kinds of birds. And if you look really hard maybe even a seal or two. Just after this point the Boschplaat begins: one of the most important nature areas in the Wadden. You can't cycle any further than this to the east.
Organic sheep farm De Zeekraal Cycle from the dike to the village of Oosterend. Here you'll find De Zeekraal organic sheep farm where you can buy an array of local and organic products. Have you ever eaten sheep ice cream? You'll also find home-made cheeses, jam and clothing.
Puur Terschelling Walking the mudflats while eating oysters, horseback riding on the beach or a romantic sleigh ride in the snow? It's all possible at Puur Terschelling.
Zelfpluktuin Groenhof Cycle to the west. The village of Hoorn has some great businesses, like Zelfpluktuin Groenhof with (dried) flowers and seasonal veggies you can find displayed on a table along the road.
Het Olde Ambaecht Het Olde Ambacht is also worth a visit. In their shed Hans and Quirina sell warm and cold smoked sustainable eel, mackerel and salmon (you may recognise them from the KRO-NCRV programme BinnensteBuiten). The Tres Hombres sailboat transports the smoked salt.
De Koffiemolen Cycle to Formerum (pronounced: Formeerum) and eat what is probably Terschelling's very best cranberry pastry and sorbet at De Koffiemolen. When the mill became redundant in 1964 the miller began serving coffee. And son Gosse is still doing just that.
De Vijfpoort Fancy a drink? Then grab a seat with Jan and Conny from De Vijfpoort. This music café serves various Terschellinger beers. Curl up by the wood-burning stove and warm up with a Brandaan or Skylger Blond
Bunker Museum Terschelling Cycle via Midsland through forest and dunes towards West-Terschelling. Climb up onto the high dunes on your way for a heavenly vista. Cycle past the Duinmeertje van Hee to Bunker Museum Terschelling. For the history buffs: in 4 of the 85 bunkers on the Tigerstelling you can see how they were used in WWII. Book a tour via the VVV.
Café Loods The Rondje Terschelling will its island mushroom croquettes and a crackling fireplace will warm you through and through. Relax at Loods and take in the view of De Betonning and the Wadden Sea. And be sure to get your unique souvenirs for those back home.
Restaurant Hotel Nap Want to have a good meal before going on board the boat again? At historical Hotel Nap Chef Sander Wever recently began conjuring up his delicious dishes with local ingredients from the Wadden, beef from the Boschplaat herd and vegetables from Zilte Tuin in Oosterend. Savour the true flavour of Terschelling at the foot of the Brandaris.
Seasonal information: In the low season, there may be partial closures and/or alternative opening hours. It may be useful to contact the places you want to visit (by phone) in advance.
Starting point: Port West Terschelling. Here you arrive by boat on the island. Here you will find the tourist information office, several bike rental companies and cafes, shops and restaurants. Didn't bring your bike? Rent one at one of the many bicycle renters on the have, such as Zeelen (https://zeelenfiets.nl/), ThijsKnop ( https://www.tijsknop.nl/ ) or Haantjes ( https://fietsenopterschelling.nl/ ).
Name of Administrator: This route has been made possible by the Interreg 5a program Wadden Agenda.
The 'Wadden Agenda' project is carried out within the framework of the INTERREG program Germany-Netherlands and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development, as well as by the Provinces of Friesland and Groningen, supervised by the program management of the Eems Dollart Region (EDR).
Type of Route: Recreation
Route obstacles: On the road
Route characteristics: From A to A
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