Biking in Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna

Jul 3rd, 2019, 04:57 AM
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Biking in Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna


My husband and I (50's) are leaving tomorrow for 2 1/2 weeks for a trip to Europe. On the 2nd half of our trip, we will be in Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna. We like to bike, but we are casual bikers and we are more interested in biking on easy trails (i.e., not a lot of hills), rather than on roads. We like to bike along more scenic places. Just to give you an idea of the type of biking that we are looking for if you are familiar with it, being from the United States and having traveled to Canada, these would include biking along Lake Michigan in Chicago, Central Park and Riverside Park in New York, the Rio Grande in Colorado, the Golden Gate Park/Bridge in San Francisco, and Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Are there places like this in or close to downtown Munich, Salzburg or Vienna where we could take in the sights of the City and rent bikes? If so, where would those be? Would the bike rental places also rent helmets and locks or would you recommend that we bring our own?

Thanks very much.
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Jul 3rd, 2019, 06:21 AM
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In Munich we rented bikes one day from Mike's Bike Tours and we rode all through the English Garden and beyond. It was wonderful!!! We had done the Neuschwanstein Tour with them a few days before, which was excellent, so decided to just rent their bikes for that other day. They have two different locations in Munich, one for their tours and one for bike rentals, so take note. Anyway, the bike riding day was a lot of fun with stops at the beer gardens along the way and anything else that looked interesting, then when we reached the other end of the garden, we kept going for a few mikes before turning back. It was really nice to have no agenda and just explore with no idea where we would go.
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Jul 3rd, 2019, 06:51 AM
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One of our favorite cycling routes in Austria is from Melk Abbey to Krems along the Danube; it was an annual Mother's Day weekend activity. Though we take our personal bikes on the train from Vienna, it is possible to rent bikes either in Vienna, or in Melk (with a drop off in Krems). Along the way you will have spectacular scenery, little heurigers and restaurants to enjoy a snack or meal at. The ride is about 40km, almost entirely flat, and extremely well-marked. This article offers some helpful information for renting bicycles.
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Jul 3rd, 2019, 06:56 AM
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Just a few thoughts
Munich bike riding surfaces include the pavements (marked) so you have to keep your eyes open
Vienna has tram tracks which are slippery if wet, take care
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