Fietsen naar Loosdrecht (Cycling to Loosdrecht)

We didn’t manage to cycle at the weekend as the Dutchie only picked up his bike on Sunday evening (after it had been lovingly stored by a friend for the past 3 years) but we went on our first bike ride together yesterday. The Loosedrechtse Plassen didn’t disappoint and I’m so glad to have them on our doorstep! (In Dutch terms, 30 mins by bike is “on your doorstep” :))

Bike ride to Loosdrecht

Bike ride to Loosdrecht

I was quite proud of myself for getting there without doing something embarrassing like crashing or falling off my bike… you see, I’m not a natural born cyclist. The Dutchie on the other hand was born with a bike between his legs it seems. He was happily speeding along, beer in one hand, phone in the other taking photos!  (He’s one of those annoying people who are good at everything: cycling, snooker, darts, ping pong, even football. You name it, he’ll do it well.) But we eventually reached a happy medium once I’d gained a bit of confidence and speed!

Taken by the Dutchie of me lagging behind!

The Dutchie took this pic of me lagging behind!

We arrived at the lakes at the perfect time, just as the sun was beginning to set, which made for some spectacular views!

Sun setting in Loosdrecht

Sun setting in Loosdrecht

Loosdrecht ride2

Loosdrecht ride9

Loosdrecht ride3

We also saw some people water-skiing which looked like fun, but far too dangerous for a scaredy cat like me!!

Water skiing in Loosdrecht

Water-skiing in Loosdrecht

After we had soaked up the views and taken some pictures, it was clearly borreltijd so we went off in search of beer and bitterballen! Whilst we passed at least 5 cafes en route, it was hard to find one which was actually open at 9pm on a Monday evening. We wanted to stop at “The Quiet Piss” (De Stille Plas – it actually means The Silent Lake, but plassen also means to pee, so I prefer my translation!) but unfortunately it was gesloten (closed.) Sad face.

De Stille Plas, Loosdrecht

De Stille Plas, Loosdrecht

Instead we found Het Praethuys (Old Dutch, it means the Talking House) which was an excellent choice. The lady behind the bar was extremely friendly, nothing was too much trouble and the other patrons were really friendly too – greeting us when we arrived and when we left. It’s located on a caravan/ holiday park (one of many in the area) so maybe that’s just what the community is like there 🙂 Gezellig! 

Eetcafe Het Praethuys

Eetcafe Het Praethuys

We had some lekker bitterballen and kippen vleugels (chicken wings). If I’m Bitterballen Bruid, the Dutchie should be re-named Kippenvleugelman! He’s obsessed!

Loosdrecht bitterballen

Bitterballen at Het Praethus, Loosdrecht

I have to be a bit critical and give the bitterballen a 7/10. They were quite small, a bit too much colour on them for my liking and the coating was quite thin. I’ve had better… although they were perfectly edible and served with a tangy mustard (it tasted home made) so props for that!

Loosdrecht bitterballen, bijna op!

Loosdrecht bitterballen, bijna op!

I don’t think I’ve had a BAD bitterbal yet to be fair!

Loosdrecht pub

View from the cafe

A lovely evening in Loosdrecht! I’m sure we’ll visit again very soon! My best friend is coming to visit in 2 weeks, so I’m definitely adding this to our to-do list!

Where’s your favourite place to cycle?

Hayley x



  1. That was very good to read your post! Nice pictures and indeed there are many beautiful cycle tours in the surrounding of Hilversum and Huizen. Geniet je van het mooie weer? Liefs, Willy


  2. I had to giggle when you wrote that your partner was born with a bicycle between his legs, but seriously. It’s true! They are! My hubby taught me to ride a bike when I was … 23. No joke. I’m terrible at it, terrified of crashing into a three year old (but let’s be real, the three year olds are faster than me). My son isn’t even two yet, and already is showing interest in learning to ride a normal bike (instead of his three wheeled one). I mean how is this possible? Are they all just born with a bike riding gene or something?

    My amazement aside, it looks like a gorgeous place and like you guys had a great time 🙂


    1. They definitely are! I’m terrified of crashing too… that could be partly to do with the last time I cycled in England (I did crash) or that some of the cycle paths here are reeeally narrow! When I’m on my own, I’m fine, but as soon as I have to share the path with another human – I panic! We went out again last night on the bikes and I couldn’t even overtake a man running. A man on foot! He was peskily fast though!
      Good luck with your ongoing battle with your bike. I feel your pain!

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      1. Haha, I feel the same way – as long as I am alone, then it’s fine, but if there are others, I get quite nervous. I also get nervous if I am driving a car and there are cyclists, especially kids.

        Thanks for the luck! I was just shown off by a four year old yesterday :/ not cool.


  3. Oooh this place looks beautiful!! It reminds me a place outside of Groningen where my friends and I used to bike … sigh 🙂
    As a vegetarian I’ve never had a bitterballen – but I did have my first-ever vegetarian croquette last month and it was dangerously delicious


  4. I like your translation of De Stille Plas – I always smile driving in the Rotterdam area when you see signs for “Plaspoelpolder”! I think it’s an industrial area there – the Pee Puddle Polder 🙂

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