Discover Amsterdam by bike
When you're in Amsterdam, it’s hard to ignore: the sound of bicycle bells and parked bicycles everywhere. In addition to its cheese, clogs and tulips, the Netherland is also known for its cycling inhabitants. Cycling is not only fun and healthy, but also the ideal way to explore the city. Get on your bike and discover the most beautiful places, that are often much less accessible by car or public transport.
As with everything in life, good preparation is half the battle.
- Get a good bike. You can reserve a Hely bicycle and/or e-bike at the Student Experience locations Amsterdam Zuidas, NDSM and Minervahaven (for free or for a small fee). Do you live at Amsterdam Amstel? The nearest bicycle rental is located at Amstel station.
- Take something to drink (and snack) with you for the road.
- Plan your cycling route ahead in Google Maps.
Best cycling routes in town
Vondelpark, the Amsterdam forest or the most beautiful streets in the center; there is something to discover for everyone! A cycling route that is definitely worth doing is the Amstel route. An easy route that starts at bicycle junction 61 Oranjebaan. After that it’s a matter of following the bicycle signs. The road leads you along the river. On the way you’ll be surprised by cute houses, old mills and beautiful nature.
Is a combination of cycling and eating more your kind of thing? Discover the best hotspots on this foodie route from East to North (or vice versa of course).
If you haven't lived in Amsterdam for very long and prefer not to get lost on your own, you can also follow one of the many fun bike tours of I Amsterdam, such as the Arrival Tour.
Student Experience cycling course
Student Experience offers a free bicycle course especially for international students at Amsterdam Minervahaven. In a theory lesson of max. 90 minutes everything about traffic rules, signs and cycling in a busy city will be explained. Afterwards, the participants receive an official ANWB certificate.