1 Salzburg - St. Gilgen (49 km / 31 miles)
Start in Salzburg. This exquisite town, situated on the banks of
the Salzach River, is
where the composer Mozart was born and raised. On this first day
cycle along the Mozart
cycling path. This winds its way through beautiful Alpine countryside
in the region known as the Salzkammergut, along the Mondsee and
Wolfgangsee lakes to St. Gilgen.
Overnight in St. Gilgen.
Day 2 St. Gilgen – Gmunden - Linz (59 km / 37 miles)
Today you will cycle to Bad Ischl at the foot of the 1450m high
Katrin Mountain. Here you
can visit the Imperial Villa, the summer residence of the Austrian
Emperor. Continue along the river Traun to Lake Traunsee where
you will see the major highlight of the day,
Chateau Orth, situated on an island in the middle of the lake.
Transfer by train from
Gmunden to Linz. Linz is vastly underrated as a city of art, architecture,
Overnight in Linz.
Day 3 Linz – Cesky Krumlov (47 km / 30 miles)
Cycle from the Danube River valley up into the hills that form
the border of the Czech
Republic and Austria. Today is the only challenging biking day
because it’s all uphill, but if the weather is good you can stop
for a rest once in awhile and enjoy the ever-more-spectacular view
of the Alps! On the Czech side of the border in Vyssi Brod is one
of Central Europe’s most venerable monasteries, built in the late
13th century. Transfer by car from Vyssi Brod to Cesky Krumlov.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
4 Cesky Krumlov – Ceske Budejovice – Hluboka nad Vltavou (42 km / 26 miles)
Magical Cesky Krumlov has an unparalleled medieval town center,
and an enormous chateau and tower high overlooking the town.
From here cycle to Ceske Budejovice, the home of the original
Budweiser beer, where it has been brewed for the past 700 years.
Finish by cycling to Hluboka nad Vltavou. The Tudor Gothic chateau
in Hluboka nad Vltavou is one of the most beautiful in Bohemia.
Overnight in Hluboka nad Vltavou.
5 Hluboka nad Vltavou – Pisek (53 km / 33 miles)
Today you start out by cycling from Hluboka through Tyn nad Vltavou
to the historical
town of Pisek. The oldest bridge in Bohemia, built in the 13th
century (older than Charles
Bridge in Prague and likewise lined with statues), crosses the
river at Pisek.
Overnight in Pisek.
6 Pisek – Pribram (64 km / 40 miles)
The highlight of this cycling day is Zvikov Castle. It is known
as the “Queen of Bohemian castles” for its majestic appearance,
perched on a rocky hill overlooking the confluence of the Otava
and Vltava rivers. Next stop is Castle Orlik, on Orlik Reservoir.
At Vysoka u Pribrame there is the memorial to Czech composer
Antonin Dvorak. Continue on to Pribram, which has a long historical
legacy as a mining town. Silver, lead and other metals were mined
here from the 12th century onward.
Overnight in Pribram.
7 Pribram – Prague ( 50 km / 32 miles)
The bike route from Pribram to Prague first takes you
to the town of Horovice and its Baroque chateau, and then to
the Gothic castle of Karlstejn atop a wooded hill. This sturdy
castle, founded by Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles
IV, once guarded the Czech crown jewels.
Overnight in Prague.
Day 8 Prague
Prague is the “city of a thousand spires”. The Charles Bridge,
the Old Town square and
Prague Castle, the largest castle complex
in Europe, are great places to visit.