Hike & Cycle

The Dutch tourism market differs significantly from those in many other European countries. In short: the Dutch love to cycle and walk or hike on their holiday or for recreation.

Hiking: most popular recreational activity!

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Some figures about hiking or walking in the Netherlands*:

Though the Netherlands are commonly known as a cycling country, it is a hiking country too! On domestic holidays, 55% of the Dutch go for a walk. How many Dutch do the same abroad, is unknown.

More detailed information shows:

*National hiking monitor 2010

Cycling is the Dutch way

The Netherlands are well known as a cycling country. Several surveys in the period 2012-2014* clearly illustrate this:

* surveys Bovag-RAI, CBS, NBTC, NIPO, CVO, CVTO
** survey NBTC – NIPO, 2014

The surveys show a vast number of recreational cyclists with a lot of tourism potential. Cycling is third on the list of most popular recreational activities, only surpassed by shopping (2) and walking (1).

By far the largest group of cyclists is the ‘recreational cyclist’, which number runs in the millions. In 2012/13 a profile was drawn up of the recreational day trip cyclist:

Also, a profile was drawn of the cyclists who use long distance trails (LF) in the Netherlands:

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