Our 12 day adventure starts in the fortified town of Prague – a UNESCO world heritage site – set on the Vltava river, with its magnificent architecture, medieval lanes and impressive castle, the largest in the world.
The Czech Republic has an amazing number of very impressive castles; we start our biking from Karlstejn Castle on the outskirts of Prague and make our way along the excellent network of marked bike paths crisscrossing the country.Gently rolling hills take us from one charming town to another as we make our way to stunningly attractive Cesky Krumlov where we have a rest day. Continuing south we cross the now deserted border into Austria, heading for the Danube and then the picture postcard town of Steyr, set on the confluence of the Enns and Steyr rivers. Austria is very well served by off road cycle ways that are well used by both locals and visitors.
Heading for the mountains we have an overnight at Gmunden on the shores of Lake Traunsee. Our last day of biking takes us over the one significant hill on the tour to Kamersee and Mondsee lakes as we make our way to Salzburg, a grand baroque masterpiece set on the Salzach river. Here our biking comes to an end, but the city, with cliff top fortress and little lanes and cafes selling decadent chocolate cake, is very worthy of an additional few days’ relaxation.