The Czech Republic is relatively small in size with a rich history reflected in over 2000 castles and chateaux, the highest concentration in Europe. Its borders are naturally defined by mountain ranges and cyclists will discover a diverse interior of low mountains, hills, rolling plains and rivers across the historical territories of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. Cycle routes follow a variety of river valleys and quiet back roads through rolling, peaceful countryside between lively cities and towns with well-preserved medieval architecture. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 Prague has become one of the most visited cities in Europe and many cycling adventures feature the capital.
A new road infrastructure has been built since the communist era leaving an extensive network of relatively quiet, low-traffic paved roads that are perfect for touring on two wheels. Thanks to its location and the ease of crossing borders, a bike holiday in the Czech Republic can easily be combined with the neighbouring countries of Poland, Germany, Austria and Slovakia.
The River Elbe cycle route flows from Prague to Meissen in Germany. You cycle out of Prague along the River Vltava through the Garden of Bohemia to the palace and vineyards of Melnik, where you join the Elbe. Then you pedal through the sandstone canyons of ‘Saxon Switzerland’ in Germany, past vineyards, Baroque palaces and castles to Meissen.
A popular option for cyclists can be found along a network of trails that run from the Austrian border to Prague, known as the Czech Greenways. There are any number of routes through southern Bohemia and Moravia that take in medieval towns and villages, castle and palaces. After a day in the saddle you may enjoy sampling some of the excellent Czech beers or local wines.