Zeebrugge to Rotterdam

lozfuller

Über Member
Hi,

Looking to do around a 200 mile route between these two ports (hoping that this direction will be better from prevailing wind perspective!), taking 4 days in total and therefore 3 overnight stops in addition to the nights on the ferries.

Thinking of stopping at Ghent, Antwerp and finally Eindhoven as want to stay in reasonably large places, however wondering if these may be too large? Are they all quite nice places to stay? Does anyone have any alternative suggestions for largish towns at which to stop following a similar looping in-land route?

Also, do people have any recommendations as to particularly nice places to visit along the route?

Any suggestions gladly received! Thanks.
 

HobbesOnTour

Über Member
Location
The Netherlands
Hi,

Looking to do around a 200 mile route between these two ports (hoping that this direction will be better from prevailing wind perspective!), taking 4 days in total and therefore 3 overnight stops in addition to the nights on the ferries.

Thinking of stopping at Ghent, Antwerp and finally Eindhoven as want to stay in reasonably large places, however wondering if these may be too large? Are they all quite nice places to stay? Does anyone have any alternative suggestions for largish towns at which to stop following a similar looping in-land route?

Also, do people have any recommendations as to particularly nice places to visit along the route?

Any suggestions gladly received! Thanks.
Without knowing what interests you it's difficult to make recommendations.

For example, Ieper/Ypres is south of Zeebrugge but definitely worth a visit if WWI interests you.
Or there are several breweries worth visiting if that tickles your taste buds.

Certainly Brugge is a charming town. It would be a shame to miss it.

I've always found Bergen op Zoom to be charming too, but that may be too coastal for your route.

As to the size of the cities? Yes, the places you mention are big, but certainly easy to get around on a bike. I've always liked Antwerp and Eindhoven has a "small town" feel to it.

Just remember Rotterdam port is a good 30km outside the city.

I've used https://cycle.travel/ to plot many routes in these areas. It's great.

Enjoy!
 

mjr

Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
I would suggest Breda as better placed for Rotterdam, about 80km, but it depends how far you want to ride each day. The Apollo Hotel Breda was excellent this year with a great welcome, an acceptable bike shed in a reception-controlled-gated CCTV fenced area and a good breakfast.
 

Milkfloat

An Peanut
Location
Midlands
I know Eindhoven very well as I lived there for a while and go back for work a lot. It is a post war mix, but very lively. If you want peace and quiet then I would suggest staying out of the city centre.
 

Ajax Bay

Veteran
Location
East Devon
Would not fit in with overnight ferry but youth hostel (JH) only a mile from Bruges city centre. There's another JH on the canal about half way between Bruges and Zeebrugge - stayed at both and recommended. But after an overnight ferry from Hull, you'll be wanting to get on. On your last day, Breda is a town which I wish I had had more time in.
 
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snorri

Legendary Member
Any suggestions gladly received! Thanks.
Even if you are not an architectural buff or rail enthusiast, a visit to Antwerp central station will impress.
Nearby is the Diamond Centre, worth a wander round.
A crossing of the Scheldt via the Saint Anna's tunnel is interesting. You can cycle in and out of the lift cars and across the river without getting off your bike, if you're careful!
Eindhoven , you must do at least one return crossing on the Hovenring:biggrin:.
 
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