Europe is “cycle-friendly” The best bike infrastructure in the world and there are numerous dedicated scenic cycle paths without motor traffic. Extensive bike paths in cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Vienna. Long distance cycling paths like the Danube bike trail, that snakes through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
One of Europe’s first cycle paths, and still one of the most popular, the Danube Cycle Path winds along the Danube River from Germany all the way to the Black Sea. Riders can travel through 10 countries and are rewarded with many beautiful sights, from the Danube Loop, a natural wonder of Austria, to the Baroque palaces of Vienna. You could stop in Budapest and use its thermal water to ease aching limbs, though that shouldn’t be much of a problem as the route is relatively flat.
Fresh sea air, small villages, and excellent seafood are all on offer along this route. There are various trails to choose from, ranging from 30 miles to 100 miles, passing popular seaside towns like St Ives and, for the romantic, along smugglers’ and wreckers’ paths. If the sun is shining, sandy coves and clear water will tempt a pit stop.
The Camino Frances is the most popular part of the famous pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago. It’s 490-mile long and passes through major cities like Pamplona and León. It finishes, of course, in Santiago de Compostela.
This route starts at Gerlos Pass and ends in Salzburg, and because it covers several thousand feet in altitude, it’s not for the faint-hearted. However, spurring you along the 150-mile trail are views of Grossglockner Mountain, the Hohe Tauern National Park, Lake Zell reflecting the surrounding landscape, and the dramatic Krimml waterfall, one of the highest in Europe.
Nearly 5000 miles long, this route (also known as EuroVelo 10) passes through nine European countries following the coastline of the Baltic Sea. Through countries like Estonia, Finland, and Latvia you will be able to admire white sands and icy blue water from your saddle. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even ride over frozen lakes.