From Prague to Vienna by bike

Pedal from the Czech Republic to Austria: a cultural, gastronomic and sporting adventure

Highlights

Prague, the Czech capital, "the city of a hundred spires".
Vienna, the Austrian capital, "the city of music".
Numerous UNESCO sites: Kutná Horá, Litomyšl Castle
The Mikulov wine region and Czech gastronomy in general
The villages of Lednice and Valtice
Poděbrady, a renowned spa town
Pardubice, the Czech capital of traditional gingerbread

Cycling between two of Central Europe's most beautiful capitals

Welcome to Central Europe for a cycling adventure between the Czech Republic and Austria, linking two of the most beautiful cities on the old continent: Prague and Vienna. From the Czech capital to the imperial metropolis, you'll cycle to UNESCO World Heritage sites and enjoy the local gastronomy.

Around 300 kilometers long, this cycling tour features a wealth of culture, including several UNESCO sites, and rich local gastronomy. Through the valleys and hills of the Czech and Austrian countryside, you’ll pedal on greenways dedicated to gentle travel, or on quiet country roads. You’ll ride in peace and quiet along rivers like the Elbe or the Svratka. At the end of your journey between Brno and Vienna, you’ll be on the European route of EuroVelo 9.

Nicknamed the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague abounds in a variety of splendid buildings and picturesque quarters. The city is a pleasant invitation to get lost in the labyrinth of cobbled streets, as in Josefov, the Jewish quarter, or Malá Strana. For a bit of height, climb Petřín Hill. And for a touch of romance, stroll across the famous Charles Bridge.

Vienna, where you end your stay, is also magnificent. The Austrian capital is nicknamed both the city of dreams and the city of music. It boasts a remarkable cultural and architectural heritage. Vienna’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Throughout your cycling trip between the Czech Republic and Austria, you’ll discover UNESCO-listed sites. For a start, the town of Kutná Horá, with its historic center, the Church of St. Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Sedlec, is a Bohemian jewel. Then you can visit Litomyšl Castle, one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in the Czech Republic. Then admire the Villa Tugendhat in Brno, less well-known than Prague but still full of charm. Nearby Austria, the towns of Lednice and Valtice, flanked by two rococo castles, are also not to be missed, adding a cultural touch to your cycling adventure in the heart of Europe.

When it comes to gastronomy, this cycling trip will introduce you to many fine specialties and skills. During your stay, stop off in the lively villages of Pardubice, the gingerbread capital, or Polička to sample a local beer. The Czech Republic is Europe’s top beer-drinking country, with 130 liters per capita. Austria ranks second. Beer is a true institution in both countries. Close to the Czech-Austrian border, the Mikulov wine-growing region is the perfect place to sample local wines. Pálava, Neuburger and Sylvaner are the region’s most famous white wines. This cycling tour is also an opportunity to discover traditional Czech cuisine. Generous and nourishing. It’s the perfect way to make up for the hunger pangs that come with cycling! Among the emblematic dishes, don’t miss goulash, roast duck (pečená kachna), potato pancakes (bramboráky), fried cheese (smažený sýr) and trdelník, Prague’s must-try pastry.

Carte séjour Le petit tour culturel et gastronomique à vélo, de Prague à Vienne
Niveau FitFit
Day 1

PRAGUE Niveau Loisir

Arrive on your own to Prague. Nicknamed the city of a thousand towers and a thousand spires, take the time to visit after you’ve settled in. Welcome to your new cycling adventure!

Meeting with our local guide

Before your first ride, we invite you to meet one of our guides, at your place of departure. A time of exchange, a privileged moment to give you our last practical tips, must-see places and experiences, to answer all your questions, take care of your bike fitting to begin your trip.

Day 2

From PRAGUE to KUTNA HORA 42km 260m Niveau Facile

To avoid riding in city traffic, you take the train from Prague to Nymburk, from where you join a pleasant and easy cycle path. You ride along the river to the spa town of Poděbrady and continue to the royal town of Kolín with its ornate Renaissance synagogue. From Kolin, you leave the Elbe to cycle to one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites: the former silver mining capital of Kutná Hora. In the Middle Ages, it was one of the most important towns in Europe, extremely wealthy thanks to its mines, its coin minting  and its location on the trade routes. Afterwards, take time to relax in the pleasant old town, with its fascinating medieval and baroque structures. All of this is crowned by the astonishing St. Barbara’s Church, a true gem of Gothic architecture!

Day 3

From KUTNA HORA to PARDUBICE 56km 449m Niveau Loisir

Before leaving Kutná Hora, take the time to visit an extraordinary place: the Sedlec ossuary. The decorations were created from the bones of over 30,000 people, making for a curious and macabre display.

Just before returning to the Elbe, you can visit a charming castle in classical style, Kačina. Rejoining the river, you pedal to the Kladruby National Stud, which has produced exceptional horses for the Habsburgs since the 16th century. In the afternoon, you pedal along Lake Buňkov, in case of high temperatures, take time for a cool break and even a swim!

The last stop of the day is the medieval town of Pardubice. A charming, tranquil old town with a beautiful castle and old streets. Pardubice is also the Czech capital of traditional gingerbread.

Day 4

From PARDUBICE to LITOMYSL 62km 578m Niveau Forme

Leaving the Elbe, you come across the first gentle hills and the mighty castle of Kunětická Hora. A short detour and climb up the majestic hill is definitely worth a try! After a break, you reach the Loučná River, which you follow to the village of Vraclav and its memorial to the noble Vršovec family. Next stop is the town of Vysoké Mýto, today a hub of bus manufacturing. Its much longer history is displayed by the beautiful town square and its beautifully preserved gates.

You finish the stage in the UNESCO-protected town of Litomyšl, home to a fantastic Renaissance castle and superb gardens. Litomyšl is also the birthplace of the famous composer Bedřich Smetana, celebrated each year with a classical music festival: a highlight in the Czech cultural calendar!

Day 5

From LITOMYSL to SVITAVY 50km 260m Niveau Loisir

Today, you follow the Loučná River through lush green countryside, passing through a number of small villages. The town of Polička rises before you, where you can admire its medieval walls, the best preserved in the Czech Republic.

You then head to Březová nad Svitavou station, where you catch the train to Brno.

Day 6

From BRNO to MIKULOV 60km 469m Niveau Loisir

You continue southwards along the Svratka River, which will accompany you throughout the day. Here you are in the heart of Moravia. Admire the vineyards and discover the wine cellars along the way. Cross the huge Nové Mlýny dam. Finally, you arrive at Mikulov, a hidden gem.

Day 7

From MIKULOV to MISTELBACH 40km 350m Niveau Loisir

Today you discover the magnificent Lednice/Valtice region. You leave Mikulov and cycle along the old railroad road to Lednice to explore the fantastic old lands of the Lichtenstein family. The landscape varies from parks and brooks to ponds hiding magnificent castles.

You arrive in Austria in the heart of the village of Herrnbaumgarten, famous for its poetic museum of the absurd. Take time for an introduction to wine at the Poysdorf Wine Museum. Arrive in Mistelbach to catch the train to Vienna.

Day 8

VIENNA

Make the most of your last moments in the country’s wonderful capital. Take time to visit the iconic monuments of this magnificent city and soak up the rich Austrian culture one last time. Seize every moment to soak up Vienna’s unique atmosphere and take home unforgettable memories of this trip.

Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Starting from 1030€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 1265€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Application fee
  • Roadbook in English
  • Detailed travel documents in English (1 per room)
  • Navigation application including GPS tracks
  • If bike rental: Rental bike insurance included

*Luggage transfer: 2 pieces of luggage per person, maximum 15kg.

  • Additional services included:
    • Day 1 : A personalized greeting with our team at the beginning of the trip to do a bikefitting and receive your travel documents.
    • Day 2 : Train - PRAGUE - NYMBURK
    • Day 5 : Train - SVITAVY - BRNO
    • Day 7 : Train - MISTELBACH - VIENNA
  • Price does not include

    • bike rental (see option)
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Lunches
    • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
    • Tourist taxes
    • Drinks, visits and other personal expenses

    A “home-made” tour by a local partner specializing in the Czech Republic and Austria:
    • Routes selected with the Abicyclette team for their tourist and cycling interest, fully marked out and kept out of traffic.
    • Accommodation selected for the quality of its welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy.
    • Flexible organization that adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date you want! We check accommodation availability to ensure your departure.

    Local assistance:
    • A personalized welcome on the first day of your trip by a local guide who will give you your travel documents (welcome in your choice of French, English or German).
    • An application to follow the itinerary without ever having to look for your way (bike support supplied)
    • 7/7 telephone assistance from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the ABICYCLETTE team.
    • Local telephone assistance 24/7
    • Luggage transfer service

    And also :

    We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


    Trekking bike

    Aluminium frame

    Shimano Alivio groupset, 29 speeds, disc brakes.

    Wheels 28″

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 anti-theft device
    • 1 pump
    • 1 20-litre rear pannier
    • 1 luggage rack
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • 1 repair kit
    • 1 water bottle
    • 1 bottle holder
    • 1 telephone holder

    Electric Bike

    Aluminium frame, adjustable fork suspension, 26″ wheels, 8-speed drivetrain.

    Bafang motor, 400Wh battery, 65-90KM autonomy.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 anti-theft device
    • 1 pump
    • 1 20-litre rear pannier
    • 1 luggage rack
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • 1 repair kit
    • 1 water bottle
    • 1 bottle holder
    • 1 telephone holder

    Gravel Bike

    Aluminium frame.
    Microshift Advent X groupset, 11-48T, disc brakes.

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 anti-theft device
    • 1 pump
    • 1 20-litre rear pannier
    • 1 luggage rack
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • 1 repair kit
    • 1 water bottle
    • 1 bottle holder
    • 1 telephone holder

    Child Bike

    Supplied equipment per bike

    • 1 helmet
    • 1 repair kit
    • 1 water bottle
    • 1 bottle holder

    Getting here

    Departure city : PRAGUE

    Coming by car

    • at 10h from PARIS
    • at 15h from BORDEAUX
    • at 10h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Prague train station - 12h from Paris

    Coming by plane

    • Prague airport

    Arrival city : VIENNA

    Coming by car

    • at 12h from PARIS
    • at more than 16h from BORDEAUX
    • at 12h from LYON

    Coming by train

    • Vienna Train Station

    Coming by plane

    • Vienna airport

    *Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

    * Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

    How to get back to the starting point

    • By train from Vienna to Prague in 4h (hotline)
    • Return by car in 3h50 to your starting point
    • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

    Recommended equipment

    Bike

    • Hybrid Bike or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
    • 18 to 30-speed transmission
    • 26- to 29-inch wheels
    • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
    • Disc brakes recommended
    • 2 bottle cages
    • Bell
    • Front and rear lighting

    Clothing and equipment

    • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
    • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
    • Suitable cycling clothing:
      • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
      • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
      • Breathable windbreaker
    • Thermal or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • 1 pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of cycling shoes
    • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
    • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
    • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
    • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
      • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
      • Padded bib (chamois)
      • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
      • Neck warmer and cap

    Bike maintenance

    • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
    • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

    Other

    • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
    • Street clothes
    • 1 pair of evening shoes
    • Fleece jacket for the evening
    • Toiletry bag
    • Telephone and charger

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