Cycling and walking Drachten
Would you like to undertake sporting activities during your stay in Drachten? Discover the versatile environment on foot or by bike! There are many nature reserves around Drachten where you can enjoy walking and cycling. Read our tips here!
Experience routes in Friesland
We are fans of the experience routes in Friesland! During these interactive walking, cycling and car routes you will learn everything about the area through mini-documentaries, podcasts and games. The only thing you need during this route is your phone with the izitravel app on it.
One of the routes is, for example, the 11 km long walking route 'In noble footsteps', which starts 7 kilometers from the hotel. Through podcasts spoken by Jort Kelder you will be updated on the history of the picturesque villages of Olterterp and Beetsterzwaag.
A wonderful experience route that you can take by bike is, for example, the 37-kilometre long route 'Drijvende forces'. This starts in Drachten and leads you through De Alde Feanen National Park. The route is about peat cutting and the Frisian Skutsjes ('barges').
More information about this and other experience routes can be found at https://www.zuidoostfriesland.nl/routes-overzicht/beleefroutes
The Mandefjild near Bakkeveen
Bakkeveen is 12 kilometers from our hotel. At Bakkeveen you will find the Mandefjild; a beautiful and incredibly versatile nature reserve with fens, heaths, forest and a sand drift. You can enjoy walking here and there is also a wheelchair-friendly path! A map of the area and various routes can be found at https://www.itfryskegea.nl/natuurgebied/mandefjild/gebiedskaart/
De Veenhoop is 13 kilometers from our hotel. From here you can take a 41-kilometre bike ride through nature park De Alde Feanen, but also past charming villages where you can relax on a terrace. In addition, on this route you will be brought to the other side 4, 5 or 6 times with a bicycle ferry. The route can be found at https://www.friesland.nl/nl/routes/1893387140/de-8-van-grou-pontjesroute-b. Check the sailing times of the ferries in advance at https://de8vangrou.nl/vaartijden/.
Walking in De Deelen
Not as well known as De Alde Feanen, but definitely worth a visit: De Deelen. Here you can walk beautifully on wooden platforms, through the swamp and across legakkers. In 15 minutes by car you can drive from the hotel to the starting point (parking lot Hooivaartsweg in Tjalleberd). Follow the red route for a beautiful 3.2 kilometer walk!
More cycling and walking routes
The Other Friesland has put together a lot of diverse cycling and walking routes in the vicinity of Drachten. View the cycling routes via https://www.zuidoostfriesland.nl/routes-overzicht/fietsroutes. Prefer walking? Here you will find the walking routes: https://www.zuidoostfriesland.nl/routes-overzicht/wandelroutes.
Isn't it ideal cycling or walking weather? Take a car puzzle tour! Check out the car puzzle tours here: https://www.zuidoostfriesland.nl/routes-overzicht/autopuzzeltours
Rent a bike?
Would you like to rent an (electric) bicycle, that is possible in the hotel! Ask the reception about the possibilities or visit https://www.hoteldrachten.nl/en/facilities/activities/bikerent.