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cycling ideas

Fremantle, Australia
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cycling ideas

Hi helpful TA forum people.

In the intial stages of planning our Europe trip for next June. We would like to do a 5-7 day independent cycling trip and thought that Germany might be a great destination. Looking for ideas of routes. Although fit, we aren't exactly super fit cycle people, so maybe not too many hills!

We enjoy seeing interesting architecture, food, wine as well as love the rhythmn of the countryside and of course scenery which is a contrast to West Australia! Love to get ideas- even if people have feedback on other countries.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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for Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg
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1. Re: cycling ideas

Two easy cycling routes within the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg ( www.baden-wuerttemberg.de ; www.tourismus-bw.de ; www.schloesser-magazin.de/en ) are the Kocher-Jagst Bicycle Way ( http://www.kocher-jagst-radweg.de/ only in German for the official website, and something in English.- cometogermany.com/ENU/… ) and the Bodensee (Lake Constance) Bicycle Way ( bodensee-radweg.com/lake-constance-cycle-pat… ). The first follows the scenic Kocher and Jagst Rivers and the second is around Lake Constance. Both routes will transfer baggage between your hotels. There are another 15 such routes varying in difficulty.

Edited: 23 September 2011, 13:07
Bautzen, Germany
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846 posts
2. Re: cycling ideas

The Elberadweg (Elbe cycle route) is by far the most popular cycle route in Germany. The route follows the Elbe river from Prague (OK, not on the Elbe) to Hamburg, with many interesting sights on the route, such as Dresden, Meissen, Torgau, Wittenberg, but also Saxon Switzerland. Since the route follows a river there are no difficult sections, and the hotels on the route transfer your baggage.

http://www.elbe-cycle-route.com/start.html

A route I really like is the Ostseeküstenradweg (Baltic sea cycle route) along the coast (which means no hills). The coast of the Baltic Sea is very picturesque, with endless beaches, beautiful islands, posh resorts and preserved cities of the Hanseatic league.

http://www.ostsee-radweg.com/startpage.html

Germany
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for Train Travel
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3. Re: cycling ideas

Discover Germany by bike (online brochure)

…zmags.com/publication/d576a1fd#/d576a1fd/36

Also the tourism sites of the federal states and the regions have information about cycling routes. However not that often also in English.

Here e.g. the one of Rhineland-Palatinate which is also in English and fits well to the "architecture, food, wine" criteria.

http://www.radwanderland.de

Best are the (many) river valleys cycling routes. Scenic and at the same time fairly easy cycling.

Also a guarantee for easy cycling are cycling paths using dismantled railway lines.

http://www.achim-bartoschek.de/bahn_rp.htm

Besides the touristic "themed" cycling routes there are also many other cycle paths. See e.g. this bicycle network map of Rhineland-Palatinate

routenplaner.rlp.de/mapbender/…

You can transport bicycles also on regional trains. Sometimes this is free (e.g. in Rhineland-Palatinate on Sa, Su and on weekdays past 9am). There are also special bike buses

www.regioradler.de/index.php…

These run however only during the season and often only on Sa and/or Su. Same with special trains for cyclists. E.g. in the state Baden-Württemberg there are the RadExpress trains

3-loewen-takt.de/fahrrad-oepnv/radexpress/

and other Fahrradzüge

aufreisen.de/nvbw_neu/nvbw_fahrradzuege_0.asp

photo bicycles on a normal regional train

bahn.de/regional/…20Zug.jpg

photo bicycles on a train with more space for bicycles

wikivoyage.org/w/…A4der_im_Zug.JPG

greeley, CO
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4. Re: cycling ideas

Checkout the Journals at www.crazyguyonabike.com

I am reading 2 reports now by New Zealanders biking along the Danube River

Fremantle, Australia
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5. Re: cycling ideas

Really appreciate all suggestions given to my question. Gives me plenty of ideas to plan the trip.

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