Czech Republic Germany
This bicycle route between Prague, Czech Republic and Dresden, Germany is the favorite of the two countries. Why? Cyclists encounter natural beauty and centuries of history every day! From the stout sandstone columns and cliffs of Bohemian Switzerland to the peaceful vineyards of Melnik, from the reality of the concentration camp Therezin, to the silent ancient volcanoes of the Middle Highlands, this trip will create profound memories and rich impressions. All this lies between two medieval capitals of utmost significance Prague and Dresden every corner filled with recent and ancient stories!
The same way as the rivers flow, we will ride along them through a beautiful countryside full of picturesque towns such as Melnik, Litomerice or Bad Schandau. The tour will take us through natural beauties of bizarre Czech-Saxon Switzerland NP, as well as through romantic region of former volcanoes of the Czech Middle Mountains. The last kilometers will take us through cultural regions under t he auspices of the UNESCO the Dresden Valley of the Elbe River. Connecting two European centers, as well as the beauties of the Vltava and Elbe River basins, yields a very attractive, but not physically demanding tour manageable even by less fit bikers. As a bonus you can enjoy boat trip or half day hiking/walking in the Czech-Saxon Switzerland!
After your arrival and check-in to a Prague hotel, this day is yours to explore the "Paris of the Central Europe", relax, or have a Prague-by-bike tour. The tour is guided by Prague natives - who truly love the city and can reveal much more than any travel book all safely by bike and finished by a mug of good beer in an carefully chosen place. If time is not your worst enemy, we do propose you stay in Prague more days to fully explore its beauty and hidden corners. Feel free to ask us about more nights or other attractions!
Leaving Prague, we will peek into the elegantly restored Troja Chateau and its royal gardens before rolling under the rock cliffs of the Prague basin. Our route will pass by the sgraffito of the Renaissance era Chateau Nelahozeves feel free to enter the courtyard and admire the architecture. And pay attention to the small house nearly in the shadow of the castle, the birthplace of composer Antonin Dvorak. From Nelahozeves, it is only a short ride to Chateau Veltrusy and its Romantic era park. Take some time to meander around the hidden statues and monuments of the wooded park, or continue along the main path towards Horin, whose water lock is a technical and architectural landmark of the late 19th-century. We will finish our first day of biking with a glass of wine, since this whole region is one of the centers of the Czech wine-growing.
Todays bike tour stage will take in the most fertile part of the Czech Republic the Elbe lowlands (Polabska nizina region) or Czech Garden. For most of our day we will have the volcanic cone Rip in sight, a hill where the mythical arrival of Slavs into the Bohemian (Czech) Lands occurred. Pause to watch local champions working out on rowboats in the Racice sports facility before pedaling to Roudnice, one of the oldest cities in the Czech Republic and an ideal place for a pleasant lunch. From Roudnice it is only a short bike ride to the Romanensque monastery in Doksany and further on to the impressive 18th-century fortress of Terezin. Unfortunately, nowadays it is very well-known as a Jewish concentration camp during the Second World War, bearing witness to the dark side of the 20th century. But a happier coda to the day can be found just across the river in the regional capital town of Litomerice, our overnight stay.
On day 3 we will head towards the romantic region of the Czech Central Mountains. This ancient volcanic region rises high around our river valley route, medieval castles looming over visitors from the narrow peaks of extinct cones. But we will use the ancient trade route along the river Labe connecting the Czech and Saxon Kingdoms. We will enter the Czech Central Mountains by the symbolically named Porta Bohemica. From here we will continue to nearby Zernoseky, a village known for its wine-growing and Baroque chateau. Our next landmark will be more modern: the Masaryk flood-gates, followed by the ancient ruins of Strekov Castle majestically rising above the City of Usti. In Usti, we can admire the most off-center tower north of Alps. The incline of the tower was caused due to a heavy bombing at the end of World War II. Farther along, Velke Brezno Castle is a fine testimonial of Empire architecture in the Czech Lands. We will end our bike route in a city of Decin, a city dominated visually by a chateau high above on a rocky perch.
During day 4 we will take a little break from our bicycles, only making a short crossover through the picturesque landscape of the Czech and Saxon Switzerland National Park. The bike path is lined by amazing sandstone cliffs and pillars one would scarcely believe that this is the lowest point of the Czech Republic! After arriving at Hrensko, we can dedicate the whole day to hiking across this exquisite terrain. We can again chose from a few options: we can either hike up to the largest natural arch in Central Europe Pravcicka brana (Gate of Pravcice) with an admirable view of the surrounding area or we can take a relaxed stroll and gondola ride through an untouched part of the Kamenice River valley. Our third option would be to combine these two hikes into one trip.
On our last full day of bike touring, we cross the border into Germany. The lovely spa town of Bad Schandau waits for us. From this town it is only a short ride to an impregnable fortress of K๖nigstein that guarded a very important trade route in the past. We will continue on a moderate bike path, occasionally using a small ferry boat as a mean of transport to cross the already powerful and wide river Elbe. In Bastei we will come along a great view combining the natural beauty of the local sandstone and the medieval castle ruins. The system of fortresses and castles built by Saxon kings have merited an inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage list. After a fulfilling day among culture and nature we will end up our day by arriving to bustling Dresden.
You can spend the very last day of our touring visiting Dresden. One can hardly imagine today that this city was the epicenter of the most destructive Allied bombing in Europe at the end of the Second World War, almost completely turning the city into ashes. Thanks to a solicitous reconstruction and persistence we can today admire the beauty of most of the historical buildings, whether it is the imposing Royal Palace, the Opera building or the symbol of this city the Frauenkirche Church. All of these historical sights have merited the Saxon capital the nickname of the Venice of Germany! If you so desire, we are able to provide an extension of your stay in Dresden extra time it certainly!