Amsterdam Bike tours

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Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam 2ith an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

2. Amsterdam: Windmills, Cheese & Clogs Countryside E-Bike Tour

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam by taking a ferry to the countryside and embarking on an e-bike tour just outside the city. Cycle through Broek in Waterland past canals, bridges, and historical farms with a guide. Then, visit an authentic cheese farm to see how cheese and clogs are made. Start your bike tour by taking the ferry to the north side of Amsterdam. See the Amsterdam Tower and the Eye Film Museum, a unique introduction to Amsterdam's Old Holland area. Afterward, cycle through the natural area of Waterland. This flat landscape offers views of moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and traditional Dutch farmers going about their daily lives. Cycle through the ancient villages of Broek, where time seems to have completely stopped. The land is protected by kilometers of dikes and pumping stations, allowing picturesque villages to blossom, and the region to become a hot spot for outdoor activities on land and on water. Finally, visit a windmill, and a local farm that produces cheese that is exported around the world.

Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

3. Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour

Start your Amsterdam tour by jumping on board a bicycle and traveling like the locals do. On this quirky Amsterdam bike tour you will use the city’s most beloved form of transportation and hear stories and tales from the city’s past and present. You’ll feel like a true Amsterdammer in no time. Weave your way through Amsterdam’s history by starting downtown. See all the major highlights as you learn about Amsterdam's rich history. Cycle over bridges, along idyllic canals, and into hidden courtyards. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the picturesque city. At each stop your guide will tell you about the history of the sites that you’re visiting and also about Amsterdam's culture.

Amsterdam Beer and Bubbles Bike Tour

4. Amsterdam Beer and Bubbles Bike Tour

Climb aboard Amsterdam’s unique beer bike to see the sites of the city while drinking unlimited cans of cold Heineken. Your sober guide will steer the bike and a canopy is available in case of possible rain. See the hidden gems of Amsterdam located in Amsterdam-Noord, known for its popular NSDM-werf. See the upcoming part of the city and peddle through the bustling center, make your way across Het IJ to the rustic meadows of the other side. Pass by the famous Amsterdam lookout tower along the way. Suitable for groups of between 6 to 16 people, the beer bike comes with its own designated driver, known as “BOB" for Bewust Onbeschonken Bestuurder (Conscious Sober Driver), to remove that awkward choice of who has to stay sober. Make merry as BOB does most of the work on the bike. Beer bikes run throughout the day, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and you can even rent more than one bike for larger groups, subject to availability. See the best of Amsterdam aboard this unique mobile bar.

Amsterdam: Bike Rental

5. Amsterdam: Bike Rental

Rent a bike to make the most of your visit to Amsterdam. Cycle easily from one landmark to another, along the beautiful canals, through the artsy Jordaan neighborhood, the famous Red Light District, or through the breathtaking Vondelpark. You can also cycle out of the city for a trip through the beautiful landscape around Amsterdam, such as the rural Waterland or the green Amstelland, along the Amstel River. Receive guidance on various cycling routes, traffic and parking rules, and a high-quality bike. With five bike rental locations in the center of Amsterdam, there’s always a location nearby. Choose from footbrake or handbrake bicycles in all models and sizes. Have the bike adjusted to your height, and embark on your adventure across the city.

Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

6. Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

The best way to explore Amsterdam is like the locals do, on a bike. You will meet your guide in the bike shop and be given a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour you will stop at a number of interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of the city. Discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. Cycle along the famous canals and Dam Square. Cycle through the various different neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass the Rijksmuseum, home to a rich collection of Dutch art and history. Discover other gems such as the Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw.

Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

7. Amsterdam: Countryside Bike Tour and Zaanse Schans Windmills

Learn about Dutch culture and history as you discover the area of Zaanse Schans on a half-day bicycle tour from Amsterdam. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and travel to Zaandam by train to start the bicycle tour. Cycle past industrial windmills and admire the beautiful landscape. Stop at a sawmill to learn how it operates, and visit a paper mill to see how paper was made in the 17th century. Pedal through the stunning wetlands, painted by Monet at the end of the 19th century. Pass the neighborhood of Domineestuin, filled with authentic wooden houses, before arriving in Zaanse Schans. Park your bicycle and enjoy a demonstration of how clogs are made. Take the opportunity to taste delicious Gouda cheese, a local specialty. After a fantastic half-day experience, return by bike to Zaandam and board the train back to Amsterdam Central Station, where your tour will end.

Amsterdam: Bar on Wheels Bachelorette Party with Drinks

8. Amsterdam: Bar on Wheels Bachelorette Party with Drinks

Our BOB (sover driver) will be waiting for you and your party with enough alcohol for everyone in the best upcoming part of Amsterdam. Set foot on our comfortable designed Beer / Prosecco Bar Bike and discover Amsterdam in an adventurous and surprising way! Within 1.5 hours you will get to Amsterdam North. The area is full of trending and modern cafes, restaurants and hotels. The NDSM wharf is an absolute must see in Amsterdam and we'll peddle ourselves right through this old wharf. To make this Bar on Wheels even more festive and memorable, we have have arranged a striptease as a surprising act! Let us know if you'd like to have a female or male striptease and we'll figure it out for you! The ideal surprising act for every bachelor party! Grab yourselves a drink, cheers to an awesome activity and go ahead on our pub on wheels!

Amsterdam: 3-Hour Zaanse Schans Windmills Tour w/ Guide

9. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Zaanse Schans Windmills Tour w/ Guide

After gathering at the small headquarters next to Central Station where you will get your bikes, you'll go on a 3-hour tour with a friendly and experienced guide. The banks of the Zaan River, a few kilometers north of Amsterdam, is the set of one of the most photogenic village of windmills in the Netherlands. The famous painter Claude Monet, during his stay in Holland, found here his main source of inspiration. It is your turn to discover this unique place, a postcard setting which represents perfectly the Holland of old times. The village of windmills has become a protected regional reserve, the perfect location for a splendid bike tour, led by one of the tour guides who will share with you the history and traditions of Holland. Ride on top of the Dutch bikes from the brand Batavus. These bikes are reknown for their comfort so you can focus on sightseeing only and on the stories of the guides.

Amsterdam: Countryside and Villages Bike Tour

10. Amsterdam: Countryside and Villages Bike Tour

Discover a picture perfect landscape on the outskirts of Amsterdam on a half-day bike tour of the Dutch countryside. Depart from the city center, close to Central Station, and transfer to the Waterland District, just 15 minutes north of central Amsterdam. Riding comfortable bikes, you can admire a pancake flat scenery of gentle brooks, wooden houses and, naturally a windmill. Led by an experienced guide, you will pass through picturesque villages and towns, pedaling alongside the banks of the dikes and waterways that gave the Waterland District its name. Reclaimed from the sea by the entrepreneurial Dutch, the land is as full of history as it is of water.

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Amsterdam bike tours: Everything you need to know

Take advantage of an Amsterdam bike tour while you’re in town. Savor the capital of The Netherlands as you pedal past iconic waterways, green pastures, and storybook streets. Strap on your helmets, folks, because we are taking the town by bike.

What will I see on a bike tour in Amsterdam?

While cycling through the sights of central Amsterdam, you will no doubt admire the windmills and inspiring scenery. Make your way down main roads to experience the crowds and culture or cut through backroads for an eye into the city's core. You can see a few of the following sites on your way through town.

Cycle past ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo, the first zoo built in The Netherlands. Opened in 1838 and located in the middle of the city, this zoo contains a bird house, planetarium, savanna, butterfly pavilion, and aquarium. It even houses the world’s only microbe museum and invites you to check out nature’s tiny organisms.

You can also see the Magere Brug, or Skinny Bridge that crosses the river Amstel. When erected, this Dutch-built bridge barely allowed room for two pedestrians to walk side-by-side across it. Reconstructed in 1871, the beautiful bridge allows both passersby and cars to cross. It even lights up at night and welcomes romantic evenings and photo ops.

Bike through Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter, De Pijp, and experience the Albert Cuypmarkt street market, Sarphatipark gardens, and bohemian pulse

If you think your garden back at home is exceptional, you need to check out the Hortus Botanicus. This botanical garden boasts over 6,000 plants and exudes peace as you breathe in the fresh air and take in the plentiful plants.

Pass by the Joordan District where you will find unique homes, restaurants, and shops. You can make your way through the canals, visit the flea markets that locals set up throughout the week. This will also be your chance to hear the Westertoren church bells chime at different times during the day.

Looking for a peek into The Netherlands' past? There's a museum for that. Rijksmuseum, or the State Museum, abounds with paintings, antiques, and classic photographs that represent the change in Dutch culture over the years.

What can I expect on a bike tour in Amsterdam?

The tour will provide you with a bike, a live guide, and sometimes a city app available in different languages. Still, you will also need to pack a few things for the trip. Charge your smartphone before you arrive so you can take advantage of the free app and take photos while you’re out. A dead cellphone is a useless cellphone. 

Also, pack along a pair of headphones. If you find yourself in the back of the pack, you can listen to the historic information and interesting facts through the app. Lunch is usually not provided but fear not. You can park your bike at a café for a stroopwafel pastry and a cup of coffee along the way. Don’t know what a stroopwafel is? It is only one of Amsterdam’s most famous pastries.

Last but not least, the best news of all: Amsterdam is as flat as the pannenkoeken, or pancakes, they are known for. The city’s terrain makes it perfect for a leisurely bike tour. It invites you to see the city as the locals see it since many prefer to bike around town over walking or driving. Beginners are just as welcome to saddle up as expert cyclists.

Family-friendly bike tours in Amsterdam

Don’t leave the kids behind for this treat. As long as they are able to keep pedaling, they can come along. Infants get off easy and can enjoy the ride from a complementary baby seat while their parents sweat their way around town. If your children range anywhere from 0-17, a parent needs to be present. So, make it a family day.

How long are most Amsterdam bike tours?

You get to choose the bike tour in Amsterdam to embark on, which will prescribe a time allotment. The tours last from about 1.5 to 3 hours, but there are several you can join if you want to experience a half day tour. You can book a morning, afternoon, or evening tour and enjoy the diversity of commotion that ebbs and flows throughout the day.


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What people are saying about Amsterdam

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David L. Was our guide and he was excellent. First, David is a really nice guy. He is professional and knowledgeable. He kept us save leaving and entering Amsterdam. A remarkable achievement even for a good cyclist. Our route included the wetlands, wind mills and small villages north of the city. A perfect ride and a perfect guide.

Amazing perfect way to see the entire city! Emily was great I would highly recommend no need for the ebike upgrade the biking is not strenuous. Very enjoyable pace with plenty of stops along the way.

There was just us and 1 other person on the tour so it felt personalised. super fun guide and a nice ride through Amsterdam!

Bas was an excellent guide. Biking is a wonderful way to see parts of the city we hadn’t yet seen by foot.

Rad is such a nice guide! He knows the history and loves the city! He also provided snacks!