E-chopper tour: the best and most fun way to explore the Dune and Bulb region

This article was written in collaboration with E-chopper Rental Noordwijk. We always give our objective opinion on products and services that we have experienced or tested ourselves.

In late April 2021, we visited the famous bulb and Dutch coastal region. We decided to book two real e-choppers, which resulted in a fantastic and active afternoon. We found the combination of these electric mopeds with the beauty of the region to be a real highlight of our stay. Therefore, we are happy to provide you with the following review and tips so that you can also enjoy this region to the fullest!

The diversity and vastness of the flower-bulb region and dunes

If you find yourself in the bulb region between mid-April and early May, you can enjoy the beautiful blooming flower fields. The allure of the daffodils and tulips not only attracts bees but also swarms of tourists. For those who have grown tired of the beauty of the colorful flowers after a while, the semi-professional photo shoots that tourists hold in front of the rows of flowers provide additional entertainment. However, the region is large and offers more than just flower fields. As you move towards the coast, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful protected dune area, where you’ll find kilometers of walking and cycling paths.

Nederland - bloemenvelden
Nederland - bloemenvelden

Why e-choppers are the best and most fun way to get around

The bulb region is as diverse as it is large. Depending on your fitness level, you can cross it by bike. However, in combination with warm weather, the differences in height in the dunes offer a real challenge. With the electric mopeds from e-chopperhurennoordwijk.nl, you can effortlessly zip through this beautiful area. In addition to being fun to ride an e-chopper, it offers you many other benefits. Along the way, we encountered many tourists on rented scooters. While we rode side by side and discussed the beauty of the surroundings, we saw people on scooters gesturing and shouting at each other.

At the dunes, you’ll also find signs that they are only accessible to cyclists. Fortunately, an exception has been made for electric variants. Alternating between the vast flower fields and the dunes is something you shouldn’t miss! The e-choppers are the best way to enjoy the surroundings without polluting or disturbing them.

Riding an e-chopper

Riding an e-chopper is easy and safe. We had very limited experience with driving a scooter or moped ourselves, but we felt very comfortable and at ease. The wide tires make the whole thing stable, and the seat felt comfortable. The e-chopper from e-chopperhurennoordwijk.nl reached a maximum speed of about 30 km/h, which is perfect for covering a longer straight stretch. You don’t need a helmet to drive the e-chopper.


The routes

When we rented the e-chopper, the following three routes were offered:

  1. Route 1 (2 hours): This route of approximately 25 kilometers takes you along the boulevard of Noordwijk aan Zee, through the beautiful dune area, and along the Oosterduinse lake. Along the way you will pass various flower fields.
  2. Route 2 (3 hours): This approximately 35-kilometer-long route shows you everything that makes this region famous. During this tour you can enjoy the dunes, the flower-bulb fields and of course the pleasant seaside resort of Noordwijk aan Zee. This route is an extension to route 1.
  3. Route 3 (full day): If you want to see even more of this region, choose the longest route of approximately 50 kilometers. This route includes everything from routes 1 and 2, with longer stretches through the nature in this coastal region. This route also offers more opportunities to enjoy, for example, an extensive lunch along the way.

If you don’t want to ride a pre-programmed route, that’s certainly possible too. You can, of course, ride freely within the time of your arrangement. However, unless you are already familiar with the region, we recommend following one of the planned routes. The rental company has put a lot of thought into these routes, so you’ll pass by the most beautiful spots!

We ourselves have used Route 2, which covers all the highlights. With average traffic on the bike paths, we had enough time to stop about 5 times along the way and take extensive photos and videos or a short walk. We brought drinks with us, but this route certainly offers the opportunity to enjoy a coffee to go along the way. We navigated using our phone after downloading the selected route to our phone. You can download the route when you pick up the e-chopper.

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Our experiences

As you have already read, we are very enthusiastic about the e-chopper tour from e-chopperhurennoordwijk.nl..
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Reservation and collection of the e-chopper

We were quite late with our reservation, but they were flexible and when some e-choppers became available earlier, we were still able to leave that afternoon. Our starting location was Hotel NH Noordwijk Conference Center Leeuwenhorst. This location is easily accessible, and you can park your car (or bike) for free. Here, we had the opportunity to get used to the e-chopper on the spacious grounds and received a good explanation without being overwhelmed with information. After only 5 minutes we left from this location. You can first get used to the e-chopper on quiet roads before you drive onto the often somewhat busy boulevard of Noordwijk aan Zee.

The e-chopper

We were also pleasantly surprised to find a reliable phone holder for every phone size mounted on the handlebars. This is better than the flimsy holders we often see, where you shouldn’t drive too fast over a speed bump if you want to keep your phone undamaged. The phone holder also has a USB connection, so you can charge your phone while driving. However, you need to bring your own charging cable. The battery of the e-chopper was also more than enough for us to cover the 35 kilometers without charging stress.


What would have made the experience even better

What we missed was suspension. Despite the pleasant seat of the e-chopper, you notice the importance of suspension as soon as you drive over a manhole cover or unevenness in the bike path. If you already have back problems or want to avoid them, it is advisable to avoid large unevenness or make good use of the brakes. Furthermore, our e-chopper lacked a side mirror, which is useful for keeping an eye on other road users and whether your company is still behind you. Unlike non-electric mopeds and scooters, you don’t hear this.

Points of attention

To ensure that you get the most out of your e-chopper tour through this fantastic region without any inconvenience, we recommend that you;

  • Bring a USB charging cable for your phone. The navigation drained the battery of one of our phones completely after 20 kilometers (out of 35).
  • There is no basket on the e-chopper, so it is advisable to bring a good backpack with everything you may need during your tour.
  • Children are not allowed to ride on the back (this also does not fit in a decent way) and a valid driver’s license (car or moped) is required to drive the e-chopper. Therefore, (small) children unfortunately cannot come along.
  • We recommend that you bring sunscreen in addition to, for example, drinks, in sunny weather. Due to the lovely breeze along the way, you hardly notice the sun’s strength. On the other hand, it is good to wear a windbreaker in cool weather, as the outside temperature feels even cooler at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.
Nederland - bloemenvelden
Nederland - bloemenvelden

As far as we’re concerned, the e-chopper is the perfect way to explore the dunes and flower fields in a fun way. You can go to places where you can’t go with a car or non-electric moped and you have plenty of time to take in the surroundings. We hope to have provided you with all the information you need to make your visit to this region a great success. If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to leave a comment below.