Bikes (fietsen) are synonym for the Netherlands!
A typical bike (especially in the city) comes with locks (often at least 2) and sometimes a crate on the front or saddle bags for shopping.
Be sure to have a bell to warn traffic! Child seats mounted at the front or back or a ‘bakfiets’ are quite handy if cycling with children dogs or shopping.
Also make sure you know what the rules and regulations for cycling are.
Cycling in and around Leiden
As well as the city centre, the area around Leiden also has a lot to offer. Cycling is the ideal mode of transport for discovering the region, and there are many different cycle routes starting in Leiden. The following are a few ideas for places to visit:
Mountainbike in Katwijk
In October, a mountain bike track was opened at Sportpark De Goerie in Katwijk. Open to the public and good fun for beginners, though it also offers challenging sections for advanced mountain bikers.
The dunes in Noordwijk and Katwijk
Leiden is just ten kilometres from the North Sea coast. You can enjoy an exhilarating cycle ride in the dune area with its varied landscape; the tops of the dunes even reach a height of 25 metres in some parts! There are also attractive seaside resorts like Katwijk and Noordwijk to call in at on the way.
The Bulb Region
From Leiden it is a short cycle ride to the Bulb Region, where in spring time you can see vast panoramas of colorful bulbfields in full bloom. You can combine your cycle ride with a visit to the Keukenhof garden. Even outside the bulb season, the area is well worth a visit.
The Kaag lakes and polders
A few kilometres outside Leiden you will find an area of polders and lakes, known in Dutch as the Kagerplassen. The region is famous for its varied landscape; it has large stretches of water with peat meadows, or polders, in between. The Kaag lakes are natural lakes, edged with ragged shorelines. There are many impressive windmills to see in the area. In the Tourist Information Centre several maps and books are for sale.
It is easy to rent a bike per day or per week.