A friend and I are planning on a mammoth cycling trip around Europe. We will be casually cycling down whichever road looks nicest, but hopefully in a general direction! We’d like to coincide the route with all the main must see things in Europe, so I was just writing to see what everyone recommends seeing in Europe?
Any suggestions would be brilliant.
Heh, the first two suggestions for must see places in Europe that popped into my head are the Hardangervidda in Norway (gorgeous wild highlands) and the Algarve in the south of Portugal (during the off-season). Which might just be a wee bit far apart for a cycling trip, even if it is a mammoth one.
I guess Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Rome can also be considered must-sees. Don't know really, I'm still busy getting to know Europe myself.
Personally, i find the former Eastern block of Europe the most interesting, because it is still a little old fashioned. I especially like Romania. Slovenia is also an interesting place, to me.
If you want to cycle (really cycle, with bicycles and your own legs as engine) there are two routes that cannot be beaten: From Prague to Hamburg along the Elbe river (search google for "Elberadweg") and the other from Munich to Passau and then on down the Danube valley on to Eastern Europe and Turkey. (In Istanbul I met two Germans who had gone from Hamburg to Prague, Vienna, Budapest etc to Istanbul. They said it was the trip of their live.)
I think the Curonian Spit on the Baltic Sea (Lithuania) is worth seeing if you have never been there before. Magnificent sand dunes, unique flora and fauna, beautiful towns, the Sea Museum, dophin shows,etc. Many things to discover and enjoy. Developed biking trail system.
For more info you may visit www.nerija.lt
I have a friend who did Hamburg to Prague then Prague to Vienna and had a fantastic time. Personally I like to have a train do all the work for me but if you like cycling I'm sure that would be a good route - Vienna is also particularly cycle friendly.
Here is a report of a Hamburg to Dresden trip:
Take a look at the pictures too.
BTW, if you decide to take this route, drop me a line. I live on the Elbe River half-way between Hamburg and Dresden. I might find the time to give you a small tour.
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 11, 2006 2:43 PM by t_maia ]
A friend and I are planning on a mammoth cycling trip around Europe. We will be casually cycling down whichever road looks nicest, but hopefully in a general direction! We’d like to coincide the route with all the main must see things in Europe
Many people equate must-see with the major cities, but cycling into and out of them (not to mention through them) is not really the most fun (esp. when in an unfamiliar area and loaded with luggage). There are so many beautiful places to go riding and small towns to be seen. If you stop in most any bookstore in Germany (for example) you will find dozens of maps, tour routes, and cycling guides (though all in German). France is also excellent; there you can rely on the Michelen maps; just stick to the "B" roads (as I recall). Slovenia also had some lovely riding (not to mention Italy).
Your question (and goals) are really so broad that one can't really give you a good answer. A lot depends on where you are starting and ending, what kind of routes you like, whether you like hills, tolerate city traffic, etc. But one thing is sure, most any direction you want to head will be a joy (unless it rains for two weeks straight).
Follow-up: You already have some good suggestions here (the Elbe, for example), but if you have a couple areas in mind, some light Googling should turn up even more travel reports.
[ Edit: Edited at Sep 11, 2006 3:04 PM by pfeiffer ]