The Prague-Linz road has always been one of the major communication arteries of Habsburgs Monarchy, where the fist horse pulled railroad of this empire was built. On this bike tour from Czech Republic to Linz, we will visit antique UNESCO towns Prague and Cesky Krumlov, stronghold and cradle of Czech reformation Tabor, as well as fairytale-like castles of Konopiste, Rozmberk and Hluboka nad Vltavou. In the center of Czech brewing industry, in České Budejovice, you can taste it´s famous product – the Budweiser Budvar (not Budweiser Missury!). We will end our journey in Linz, a town located on the banks of the Danube River, which thanks to its independent cultural evolution and new trends in art, earned the title of European culture city of the year 2009. Danube boat trip might be the perfect farewell!
Day 1 – Arrival to Prague
Arrival to Prague, check-in to hotel. This day is up to you to explore Prague by yourselves, relax or have a unique Prague by bike tour (see more in Prague by bike section). The tour is guided by Prague born guides who truly love the city and will show you much more than Lonely Planet highlights and moreover – all of it done by bike and finished by a mug of good beer in carefully chosen place. Do not hesitate to ask us for this extra tour – it is the most beloved one of our clients! If time is not your worst enemy, we do propose to stay in Prague more days to fully explore the beautiful spots and hidden corners of it. Please do not hesitate to ask us for more nights or other attractions!
Day 2 – Praha – Konopiste
Distance: 42 Km / 26 miles
Description of the day: Today’s stage of this bike tour from Czech Republic to Linz runs through a slightly hilly terrain that surrounds Prague to the South. On the way, we will visit the Neo-Renaissance castle of Pruhonice, which is a great example of the European landscape style, as well as a beer town of Velke Popovice, where we will discover the secrets of the beer making process. Our next stop will be in the town of Tynec nad Sazavou and its Gothic castle. We will conclude today’s stage by visiting the Konopiste Castle, which is unique for its exposition of 10 000 hunting trophies, which were collected by Archduke Franz Ferdinand D´Este. Successful assassination of this member of the Habsburg Dynasty in Sarajevo in 1914 was the event that marked the beginning of World War I.
Day 3 – Konopiste – Tabor
Distance: 60 Km / 37 miles
Description of the day: On this day, we have ahead of us the most demanding part of the entire bike tour from Czech Republic to Linz – more than 60 km on the bike. However, it is possible to shorten the stage, if needed. While riding our bikes, we will visit a newly reconstructed castle in Vrchotovy Janovice, from where we will continue to the region of the Czech “Meran”. It was named after the Italian region of Meran, which has similar climatic conditions and breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding ridges. The well deserved reward of today will be a visit of the town of Tabor, which was the headquarters of the Czech reformation. Here we can admire a well-preserved city with reinforcements and genius loci, which by using the assets of the landscape and countryside during its construction, resulted in several unsuccessful besieges of the town during the times of religious wars.
Day 4 – Tabor – Hluboka nad Vltavou
Distance: 60 Km / 38 miles
Description of the day: We will enter the South Bohemian region today. It is well known for its hospitality, fish farming and architectural style called the folk Baroque. The stage of this bike tour from Czech Republic to Linz will lead us through picturesque villages of this region and we will visit the village of Zaluzi with a well-preserved open-air museum of folk architecture. In the Borkovicka Marshland, besides admiring this natural wonder, you will learn more about peat mining. In Dolni Bukovsko, we will stop by an early Gothic church of the Birth of Virgin Mary with precious Gothic mural paintings. The highlight of today’s stage is the visit of neo-Gothic castle in post-Tudor style in Hluboka nad Vltavou. This fairytale-like building can be easily identified by its numerous big and small towers with a noticeable white color. The castle is beautiful not only from the outside, but the inside hides treasured items from the Schwarzenberg collection, which are carefully arranged in 141 rooms of the castle.
Day 5 – Hluboka nad Vltavou – Cesky Krumlov
Distance: 40 Km / 25 miles
Description of the day: Just after breakfast, we will go up the stream of the Vltava River to the South Bohemian metropolis – to Ceske Budejovice. Besides the well maintained main square with a Baroque fountain and the Black Tower, this town is famous worldwide for production of the Budweiser Budvar beer. Only one sip of this golden drink gives you a proof that beer making in Bohemia with its several hundred-year old traditions is the true national treasure. Further, we will visit the old monastery of Zlata Koruna (Golden Crown), which has its origins in the 13th century when it became an important center of education and ruling power of its time. At the end of the day, we will enter the town sometimes called the “Pearl of Renaissance” – Cesky Krumlov. We will admire a complex of more than 300 historical buildings surrounding a Renaissance castle, which were used to be the residence of the most significant aristocratic families in the times of the Czech Kingdom. After Prague, Cesky Krumlov is the most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Visiting this town will definitely be the highlight of this entire bike tour from Czech Republic to Linz (for more info see UNESCO).
Day 6 – Český Krumlov – Linz
Distance: 70 Km / 43 miles (longest option)
Description of the day: Transfer to Vyssi Brod, where we will be able to admire an old monastery founded in 1259. From here, we will continue over the Sumava National Park, which is sometimes nicknamed “the green roof of Europe”, to former Iron Curtain Area through so called "dead zone". After crossing the border we will pass lovely rural villages along the Austrian-Czech border via Reichenthal all the way rolling down most of the part with a great panorama-view on the hilly world of the Mühlviertel In Reichenau we will join with famous Danube-Cycling route via Gallneukirchen and St. Georgen along the river Gusen. After 10 km of cycling along the river we will finally arrive at Linz.
Day 7 – Linz
Description of the day: A sightseeing tour of this magnificent city. You can visit a large Baroque square, a dominant building of the local government, the house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the biggest Austrian church from the beginning of the 20th century for 20 000 believers. In case you are interested, we can arrange tour guiding services for you or help you to extend your stay. And this is the end of this whole bike tour from Czech Republic to Linz.
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