Fun Activities

Cycling

Cycling in Schiermonnikoog, © Annemieke WaiteThis is n0. 1 activity in Holland. It is true to say that there are more bicycles than people in Holland and twice as many bicycles as cars. There are cycle tracks just about everywhere and because the country is so flat, it’s not exactly hard work. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why almost all kids go to school by bicycle. There are special traffic lights for cyclists too, which normally give priority to the cyclists. Just the way it ought to be…. 🙂

Did you know that…

There are more than 15,000 kilometres of cycle track in Holland.

Every year during July and August most regions have a 4-day cycling event. They give you a cycle route, you choose your daily cycling distance and start peddling. After 4 days you’ll come away with a medal.

Skating and Rollerblading

During the winter a skating fever hits Holland. Most Dutch people (young and old) can skate. When it is cold enough, all the canals and lakes freeze over and people are out in force showing off their skating skills. They are so keen on skating, that most villages have a piece of land that they flood deliberately in the autumn, so that it can freeze over quickly. Locals set up hot chocolate and soup stalls and flood lights will provide light during the dark evenings on the ice rink.

Did you know that…

Rollerblading is called Skeelering or Inline Skating in Holland.

The Dutch don’t like to go without skating for long, so many people enjoy roller blading in the summer months. You can rent roller blades in most parks and if you are really keen you can have some great rollerblading holidays in Holland.

Walking – with or without mud…

Walking Shoes © Ivobalderi | Dreamstime.comJust as the keen cyclists go on a 4-day cycling trek, so the walkers walk. There are organised 4-day walking events all over the country, but without a doubt the 4-day walk of Nijmegen is the most famous. It is called The Walk of the World, and about 50,000 people take part every year, many of them from abroad. The shortest daily distance is 30 kilometres, but the real walkers walk 50 kilometres a day for four days. Worth a medal I think. Some people come back every year to take part – that’s enthusiasm for you… 🙂

Sailing in Holland, © Annemieke WaiteSailing

With so much water around, it is no surprise that sailing is really popular. There are sailing schools all over the country, and many of them organise residential sailing weeks that you can book. Many families rent sail boats or motor boats for their summer holidays and spend a week or more on the Friesian Lakes.