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ibobi Mar 3rd, 2020 10:16 AM

Best cycling tour area in Europe -- go!

bilboburgler Mar 3rd, 2020 11:27 AM

As a linear Hamburg to Prague.

As a circle Lake Constance is pretty good but probably Bari to Napoli along the coast

cdnyul Mar 3rd, 2020 04:18 PM

Trojmiasto by bike.

Start in central Gdynia, Skwer Kościuszki pier. Sometimes, in addition to Dar Pomorza, there might be an out of town visitor. This time, there is one from Brazil.

Gdynia is one of the youngest cities in Poland, build to give Poland a port on the Baltic. During WW2 it was a German naval base; both Bismark and Wilhelm Gustloff sailed from this pier on their last voyage.

Take the now renamed Bulwar Szwedzki to its end at Polanka Redłoska. Follow the bike trail sign but take the walking path towards the old Cold War fortifications.
There were slated for demolition in 2001, but were saved and preserved through a volunteer effort.

Reverse your path back to the bike path and follow the bike signs.
The path goes through Kępa Redłoska, and follows the Kacza River where it discharges into the Baltic Sea.
You are now in Orłowo, with the Klif, Molo and one of the last Kaszubian fishing fleet still operating ( this is where my ashes will end up)

Leave Orłowo behind and follow the signs toward Sopot.
On the way you will pass the Sopot Grand Hotel, host to VIP’s, amongs them Hitler, Castro and rock stars; Rolling Stones, Mungo Jerry, Annie Lennox, Robert Charlebois, Boney M. etc.

Sopot is home of the International Song Festival, initiated in 1961 by Władysław Szpilman.

From Sopot continue to Gdańsk and explore; now largely abandoned Stocznia Gdańska or Stare Miasto.
Have lunch at Kubicki, in business since 1918.
Between Sopot and Gdańsk is Oliwa, with its beautiful botanical gardens and the Oliwa Cathedral with its famous organs.
Take the SKM train back to Gdynia. Ticket is about $1.00, bikes are free.

Photo album:

Organs in Oliwa.

menachem Mar 3rd, 2020 08:56 PM

The entire Netherlands

alluring4 Mar 4th, 2020 12:15 AM

My vote will be for Via Francigena that runs from the Great St Bernard Pass on the border with Switzerland to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The route takes riders through Tuscan landscapes and past medieval towns like San Gimignano.

alluring4 Mar 4th, 2020 12:25 AM

Also if you love England then you must not miss the
Cornish Coastal Way, England

alluring4 Mar 4th, 2020 12:27 AM

Then you can also go to the Danuble circular track, one of the prettiest in Europe.

Rubicund Mar 4th, 2020 01:18 AM

If you want challenging, then Mont Ventoux area in France.

StCirq Mar 4th, 2020 10:34 AM

Judging by the number of bicycling maniacs on the roads around here, I'd have to say the Dordogne.

bilboburgler Mar 4th, 2020 01:12 PM

I know most of these but I don't know the Polish cycle path. NB Poland has a highish death rate for cyclists on the road in Europe but the paths may be a welcome improvement.

The route up from Girona to Toulouse is nice. But it depends on what you want. Hilly, touring, off road, racing Euro-velo ?

ibobi Mar 5th, 2020 12:41 PM

Flat (or mostly so) please!

bilboburgler Mar 5th, 2020 01:20 PM

Mosel from Trier to Koblenz is very pretty and flat.

MmePerdu Mar 5th, 2020 01:54 PM

Originally Posted by ibobi (Post 17074090)
Flat (or mostly so) please!

Any river or canal that has a towpath. The ones I know are in France: the Burgundy Canal & others. And England: Thames Path, Kennet & Avon Canal & on & on. I've abandoned hilly long-distance walks so towpaths are now my favorite places & there are always cyclists.

bilboburgler Mar 5th, 2020 11:03 PM

Miss Lost is spot on. Also try for some of the easiest to access

Odin Mar 6th, 2020 12:01 AM

Originally Posted by ibobi (Post 17074090)
Flat (or mostly so) please!

Denmark. There are loads of cycling trails north of Copenhagen, towards and beyond Helsingoer.

MmePerdu Mar 6th, 2020 07:32 AM

Originally Posted by bilboburgler (Post 17074307)
Miss Lost is spot on. . .

Make that Mrs. Lost. Cheers.

bilboburgler Mar 6th, 2020 09:47 AM

Originally Posted by MmePerdu (Post 17074408)
Make that Mrs. Lost. Cheers.

​​​​​​😁 I just love the name. Sorry at the blunder. Mr Bilbo.

MmePerdu Mar 6th, 2020 02:26 PM

Originally Posted by bilboburgler (Post 17074420)
​​​​​​😁 I just love the name. Sorry at the blunder. Mr Bilbo.

No problem Mr. B. A bit of a blast from the past, Pal used to call me Madame Lost.

menachem Mar 6th, 2020 10:30 PM

so how many in this thread actually do cycle, and who has quickly googled "bike tours [insert country]"?

bilboburgler Mar 6th, 2020 11:03 PM

Cycle every day, done all but Poland.

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