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1. Posted by vilhelm (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi all.
I'm new to TP. This site is amazing.
I'm about to finish uni and am thinking about plans for next year. I'm thinking of touring Europe by bike, leaving England in about sept (long way off I know!).
I was wondering if anyone's done a similar thing and has any tips/recommendations about where to go, what to take etc. Also, if anyone else is in a similar situation and fancies joining me...

hope to hear from you!


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y


haven't done this, but I happen to know that one of the most popular routes by bike is from Hamburg to Prague along the Elbe river and from Passau along the Danube.

In Istanbul I met two bikers who had gone from Hamburg by bike all the way to Istanbul. In Isfahan I run into a Swiss couple who had gone to Istanbul by train, taking their bikes along and then gone from Turkey by bike through Iran and intended to go on through Central Asia to China.

So along tour is certainly possible. The two people from Hamburg told me that they would be flying back with Germanwings from Istanbul to Hamburg. Taking their bikes along was an extra 25 EUR per bike, which I thought was an ok price to pay.

BTW, depending on where you live, you could take the ferry from Newcastle to either Hamburg or Amsterdam and start your trip this way. Amsterdam and the Netherlands are a cyclists heaven.

From the Netherlands, you could go down the Rhine, through Germany and then to Austria or Czech Republic.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 11, 2007, at 12:36 PM by t_maia ]

3. Posted by fra72 (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I've done the Passau-Wien in 6 days, cycling about 70 km per day, and absolutely LOVED IT! next summer I'm going to do the Castles of the Loire that is supposed to be the best cycling tour in France.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Vihelm

Make sure u cycle around the Netherlands. It is nice and flat, so easy to cycle.


5. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

This thread changed my life. I'm planning a massive trip in about 3 or 4 years, a year to go around the world, the big one you know. Anyway, you just inspired me to make my Eastern Europe part of that a bit more interesting. Bike the Danube through Austria then all around through Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldava (hitting up all of my ancestors' towns through that) and then all the way down to Istanbul. NICE.

6. Posted by vilhelm (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

this site really is amazing. Usually noone responds and I got 4 great responses in 2 days!. Yeah, that all sounds great. Anyone got ideas about the camping part? Also if anyone's up for joining me...!


7. Posted by sunnyeve17 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

I went cycling in Austria this past summer and let me tell you, it was one of the most self-satisfying things I've ever done. The sights are gorgeous and you feel fabulous afterwards. Have fun!

8. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Not too much more to say except that Europe is a fantastic place to vacation on a bike. Towns are much closer, the kilometer is much more cyclist-friendly, the days are much longer (than in the States, for example). People of all ages take cycling vacations; daily distances vary from 40km to 150km. As "fra72" suggested, 70km is a good distance, easy to do (a casual cyclist of most any age can easily ride 12-15 km/hr.); there are numerous maps available.

And you'll eat and sleep well. Enjoy.

Road cyclist in Berlin

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 16, 2007, at 4:23 PM by pfeiffer ]

9. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting vilhelm

this site really is amazing. Usually noone responds and I got 4 great responses in 2 days!. Yeah, that all sounds great. Anyone got ideas about the camping part? Also if anyone's up for joining me...!

We did a couple camping cycling tours -- one in Germany and one in France. You have more to carry with the tent; I like sitting up off the ground so I also took along a tripod stool. Campgrounds do cost money, but it's still cheaper than a Pension. And a bit of fun -- assuming you like sleeping on the ground.

Later on (older, lazier, more money in the pockets) we got out of the habit. I would pick up a guide or map or two that shows you your options for camping, so you will have a general idea of where you'll be ending up each day. It's also nice to have a small stove for making tea, etc., even if you plan to eat in restaurants.

Kevin Pfeiffer

10. Posted by keendog (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

im planning to ride to croatia from barcelona in september / october over 3 or 4 weeks via france italy and slovenia. anyone got any tips for young players?