Five Of The Best Cycle Paths In Europe

By Ben Corke
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Europe is home to some of the world’s best cycle paths, which take in stunning natural backdrops, world-renowned cities and wonderful cultural attractions, all whilst providing relaxed cycling along largely well-surfaced terrain.

The beauty of a cycling holiday in Europe is the variety of routes that you have to choose from. Whether you're new to cycle touring or a seasoned cyclist that needs some inspiration, we're sure that you'll find what you're looking for on one of the paths suggested below.

Danube Cycle Path

Cycling on the Danube River cycle path

Europe’s first cycle path follows the beautiful Danube river as it meanders from Germany to the Black Sea via Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania! This route provides a fantastic introduction to leisurely cycle touring, with safe rides along flat paths that are well maintained.

This is one of our team’s favourite destinations for a cycling holiday because of the magnificent scenery, with rolling green riverbanks along the river’s course. There is also a seemingly endless array of sights to see along the way. From the Baroque palaces of Vienna to the charming towns of Krems and Melk and the naturally fed thermal baths in Budapest, you’ll never be stuck for something to see or do.

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Adige Cycle Path

The Adige cycle path is lined with natural beauty

From the majestic Alps to the glistening Adriatic, riding the Adige cycle path is one of the best ways to see Northern Italy. The beauty of this route is that it’s downhill or flat almost all the way! Starting in the mountain city of Bolzano, you’ll ride through one of Italy’s most beautiful regions, taking in the varied landscapes that include orchards, emerald-green vineyards and shimmering lakes as you ride into a different town each day.

This is a great route for cyclists of all levels and it’s a real family favourite too. The cycling isn’t the only highlight of this route... it’s difficult to visit Italy without marvelling at the beautiful buildings, viewing impressive art collections and of course enjoying the world-class food and wine.

Cycle this path from Bolzano to Verona or on easier tour from Bolzano to Lake Garda

Holland Junction Network

The flat routes of Holland are inviting for all levels of cyclists

It’s very difficult to list just one cycle path that stands out as the best in Holland - this is a country with such a fantastic cycling infrastructure that you’re in for a treat wherever you cycle! Following the junction network of signposted routes, rides along the 32,000 km of cycle paths are joyously flat with short distances between notable destinations.

Whether you’re looking to explore the peaceful coastline and pretty harbour villages of Holland’s North Sea coast, the country’s colourful bulb-growing fields or routes around the vibrant capital city of Amsterdam, you’ll find cycle paths that embody everything that is great about active cycling at a leisurely pace.

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Elbe Cycle Path

The Elbe cycle path follows the rivers' path

For 13 years in a row, the Elbe Cycle Route has been voted the most popular in the country by members of the German Cyclists’ Federation and it's easy to see why! Dramatic mountain scenery, Bohemian towns and grand rivers are the essence of this route along Germany’s second longest river. Ending in the fascinating city of Dresden, with its cathedrals, palaces and museums, is a real highlight.

Cycle this path from Prague to Dresden

Baltic Coast Cycle Path

Pretty beach huts on Germany's Baltic coast

Cycle along the beautiful Baltic coastline of Germany and you'll soon see why it is a region that once discovered, is often returned to year after year. Beautiful white sand beaches, lighthouses and chalky cliffs dominate the landscape of the German Riviera. Nature lovers will enjoy rides through protected national parks, with harbourside restaurants offering tasty treats for those well-earned breaks.

Cycle this path from Lübeck to Stralsund

If you would like to know more about holidays on cycle paths in Europe, make an enquiry online or speak to one of our team by telephone: +44 (0)1273 224066

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