Cycle routes » Rotterdam to Kinderdijk
Map: Google Earth (KML).
Although it is a while before this route gets you out of the city, it does not matter because cycling along the river on Maasboulevard shows off the best of Rotterdam. Once you reach the Brienenoord bridge, this becomes a pleasant route - first on a cycle path below the dyke, and later following a minor road along the dijk to Lekkerkerk, where you take the ferry across the river Lek to Kinderdijk and all its windmills.
01 East on Blaak
02 Continue accross Posthoornstraat
03 Right up slope on
04 Cross left over Verlengde Willemsbrug
05 Left down slope in cycle path
06 Continue North-East on Maasboulevard
07 Continue over bridge
08 Continue past Tropicana
09 Continue South-East on Maasboulevard
10 Continue past Shell garage
11 Continue East on Abraham van Rijckevorselweg
12 Continue across tram tracks and up slope
13 Continue across Kralingse Zoom and down slope
14 Left under motorway Van Brienenoordbrug bridge
15 Right across road towards river
16 Left on Rivium promenade
17 Continue on cycle path
18 Continue on cycle path down slope
19 Bear right up slope
20 Right up slope towards bridge
21 Continue across the river Ijssel
22 Right at bottom of cycle path slope
23 Left along Weteringsingel
24 Bear right
25 Continue on Tuinstraat
Pass a school on your right
26 Continue on Tuinstraat
27 Left on footpath up slope
28 Left on Lekdijk
29 Right on Industrieweg
30 First left across road on Lekdijk
31 Continue several kilometers along dijk to Krimpen aan de Lek
32 Right down slope to Kinderdijk car ferry
33 Take the ferry across the river Lek
As of 2008, the ferry runs 06:00-24:00 year-round and costs €0.65 for one person with bicycle, according to the ferry operator's web site (in Dutch).
34 Continue South up slope
35 Continue on Veerdam
At the end of the street, turn left along Molenstraat using the cycle path on the road.
After 400m turn right towards the pumping station and windmills at Kinderdijk.
Where to go next - options
- Cycle East along the Lek to Schoonhoven, then either NW to Gouda, North to Oudewater or East to Nieuwegein and follow the LF cycle route North to Utrecht. The route to Nieuwegein is a beautiful route with easy navigation and great river views as you cycle along the top of the dike. Schoonhoven and Oudewater are very pretty small towns.
- Follow the windmills SE to Oud Ablas and then cycle East through the middle of Nieuw-Lekkerland along the scenic Ablas river. This is a very pretty countryside route where the navigation does not matter too much, because the area is so attractive.
- Follow the windmills SE then continue SE past Papendrcht and cross the N3 road bridge to Dordrecht. This is not a particularly nice route, but Dordrecht is worth visiting.