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Best Cycling Routes in Central Europe

by Jack Guy

Dec 22, 2018

Cycling Tour © David Rickard | Flickr

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Hopping on a bike is one of the best ways to appreciate Central Europe, no matter how long you have in the region.

For serious cyclists, the Danube Path is one of the most well-known cycling routes in the whole of Europe. While the river runs from Germany to the Black Sea, the best bit for cyclists runs through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Join the path for a while outside Vienna or Budapest and you won’t be disappointed.

A shorter trip can be made around the Lake Neusiedl cycle path, which winds around the largest steppe lake in Central Europe. Head to Burgenland province in Austria to see this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Another lake provides the setting for one of the best-known cycle paths in Hungary, too, the Lake Balaton circuit. It’s largely flat and takes around five days to complete the circuit, depending on your level of fitness.

In the Czech Republic, the Elbe trail follows the mighty river of the same name, from Špindlerův Mlýn to Děčín. You can also join the Prague-Vienna Greenways route, which traces the 292 miles between the two cities, or take on a section of the Iron Curtain trail.




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