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Volendam: E-Bike Rental With Suggested Countryside Route

1. Volendam: E-Bike Rental With Suggested Countryside Route

Depart from the old harbour in Volendam on your E-bike to explore multiple villages. Along the route you will see a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows, countless number of cows and sheep, and you will cross the famous Dutch dikes. From Volendam, you can ask for advice as to which villages you would like to visit with your E-bike. Within one hour you can easily visit Edam, an almost 800 year old town north of Volendam. Edam is famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals, the beautiful façades of the cosy houses, and the unique small boutiques. Also Edam is known for its cheese market where visitors can both taste and purchase various cheeses. Another town,Monnickendam, can also be visited in only one hour of cycling. When walking or cruising around in the old centre of Monnickendam it will feel like you have gone back in time. If you have more time to spend, it is highly recommended that you go from Volendam to Monnickendam and from Monnickendam to the former island of Marken. Marken is a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and really nice wooden façades.

Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

2. Volendam: E-Scooter Tour with Lunch and Tastings

Start your tour in the famous old-harbor of Volendam, soak up the fishing village atmosphere and pick up souvenirs. See the famous maze Doolhof with small streets and cute houses, dress up in the Volendam costume and get photographed.  Move on to Katwoude, known for its cheese farms. Visit the traditional cheese farm and taste the different types of cheese. Head to Monnickendam, known for its smokehouses, 3 churches, and shipyards. See the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks, the old harbor, and charming terraces. Explore the city center and head to the harbor to check out the boats. Stop at a canalside cafe for a drink and a snack. Visit a nice restaurant in Monnickendam and enjoy a lunch. Continue to the former island Marken, formerly an isolated island. See its characteristic houses, pleasant ambiance and the beautiful view over the Gouwzee and the Markermeer. Stop at the viskraam (fish stall) and try some haring (raw herring served with chopped onions) or kibbeling (fried fish nuggets). From Marken, take the boat back to Volendam. Cruise along the former Zuiderzee coastline and learn all about this area's fascinating history and culture.

Volendam: E-Fatbike Rental

3. Volendam: E-Fatbike Rental

Depart from the old harbor in Volendam on your super cool E-fatbike to explore multiple villages. Along the route you will see a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows, a countless number of cows and sheep and you will cross the famous Dutch dikes. You will be cruising on top of the dike, so you can see (and even dive into!) the lake, the 'Gouwzee'. You can also ride meters below sea level along the dike to experience how the Dutch locals live behind the dikes.  From Volendam you can either choose or be advised which villages you would like to visit with your E-fatbike. Within one hour you can perfectly visit Edam, an almost 800 year old town north of Volendam. Edam is famous for its peaceful narrow alleys and small canals, the beautiful façades of the cozy houses and the unique small boutiques. Also Edam is known for its cheese market where visitors can both taste and purchase a various number of cheeses.  Also another town, which is called Monnickendam can be visited in only one hour of time. When walking or cruising around in the old center of Monnickendam it will feel like you went back in time. Along the streets you will see the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks. Also the old harbor with its pretty ships and charming terraces is definitely worth a visit. An absolute highlight in Monnickendam is the beer brewery, where you can see where and how the beer is brewed, where you can taste the homemade sausages and enjoy the lovely terrace along the water. When you have more time to spend it is highly advised to make a tour from Volendam to Monnickendam and from Monnickendam to the former island Marken. Marken is a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and really nice wooden façades. As the island can only be reached by the 10 kilometer long dike, the small town is surrounded by water where it becomes really clear again how the Dutch are dealing with living below sealevel. From Marken it is possible to take the boat back to Volendam. The Volendam-Marken Express departs every 30 minutes from Marken to Volendam and it is possible to bring your E-bike on the ship. After a 30 minutes cruise you will be back in Volendam where you can drive underneath the dike back to the rental company to bring back your E-fatbike. 

Volendam: Bike Rental with Suggested Countryside Route

4. Volendam: Bike Rental with Suggested Countryside Route

Depart from the old harbor in Volendam on your bike to explore multiple villages. See a beautiful windmill, lots of meadows and a countless number of cows and sheep.  From Volendam, choose or be advised which villages you would like to visit with your bike. Within one hour you can perfectly visit Edam, an almost 800-year-old town north of Volendam.  You can also visit Monnickendam in one hour. When walking or cruising around in the old center of Monnickendam it will feel like you have stepped back in time. Along the streets, you will see the beautiful houses made of light bronze bricks. If you have more time, continue to Marken, a stunning town with lovely bridges over the small canals and gorgeous wooden façades. The small town is surrounded by water. From Marken, it is possible to take the boat back to Volendam. The Volendam-Marken Express is departs every 30 minutes from Marken to Volendam and it is possible to bring your bike on the ship.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Ideal for cycling to Marken.

We rented a bike for a day and drove from Volendam to Marken. Along the way we came across typical Dutch things. Next to Volendam is a beautiful mill and a cheese farm where you can visit the cows. In Monnickendam you have nice terraces for something to drink or eat. Then we went cycling at the top of a dyke to Marken. In total this was only 15 kilometers so great for us. On Marien we visited a clog maker and the lighthouse. We then sailed by boat from Marken to Volendam. In the store we received a discount for this boat trip.

Had a great time

Had a great time. Wanted to make more stops. Wish we would have planned all day rather than 4 hours. Visit at the cheese farm was very interesting. The only problem was that we bought tickets for bikes online but bikes were sold out when we arrived. However there was great customer service and the scooters were offered at a discount. I was hesitant but after a few minutes very used to them and was happy not to have to bike. We saw much more of the landscape this way.

Fantastic experience. If you want to explore the countryside of Amsterdam, this is the best way possible. Seeing Volendam, Marken and surroundings, this is amazing.

Very nice bike ride through beautiful villages. Interesting cheese farm and delicious lunch at Bob&Co. Good bikes!!

excellent cycling friendly explanation of possible routes