Want a bike route that’s easy to follow, well-marked, and specifically designed to pass points of interest and amenities?
Here are seven of our favorite bicycle-friendly routes—a combination of greenways, dedicated bike paths, and quiet back roads.
Danube Bicycle Path: Germany and Austria
The full Danube River flows about 1,800 miles, from Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea, making its way through ten countries. In Germany and Austria, cyclists will find wide asphalt paths that are mostly flat and accompanied by road signs that direct cyclists to their next destination or upcoming attractions like the baroque town of Durnstein and the Wachau World Cultural Heritage Site.
Saar and Mosel Bike Path: France and Germany
Cycle past picturesque villages, inviting vineyards, and sleepy hillsides along the Saar and Mosel Bike Path. With few climbs, the route continues on mostly flat, asphalted paths. Cyclists will travel through a countryside full of castles and, of course, with vineyards producing the region’s famous Riesling wine.
Aare Cycle Route: Switzerland
Setting off in Interlaken on Lake Thun, the Aare Cycle Route takes cyclists along a Swiss adventure with the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger mountains in the background. The route meanders along dedicated cycle paths or quiet regional roads. Mostly-flat paths make this a perfect route for all riders. One of the most famous routes in Switzerland, the Aare takes you through the Bern UNESCO World Heritage Site, home of the delicious Toblerone chocolate.
Voie Verte: France
Spanning 72 miles through the southern Burgundy region of France, the Voie Verte offers easy riding for cyclists of all experience levels. Dedicated bike paths from Charnay Le Macon to Givry provide a flat and paved portion of the route. Then, cyclists find themselves on mostly-flat small, country, side roads from Givry to Beaune. With lots of shade cover and little traffic, this French route puts cyclists up-close-and-personal with quaint villages, charming vineyards, and Romanesque churches.
Via Verde: Catalonia, Spain
The Via Verde, or “greenway,” is made from more than 1,200 miles of repurposed railway lines. From the volcanic region of La Garrotxa to the Costa Brava, this path prohibits motor-vehicles of any kind. The flat route makes it ideal for families and all types of cyclists, and the region meanders through isn’t too bad, either! Cyclists can even enjoy a visit to the medieval city of Girona and tour the Spanish Peninsula along the way!
Tauern Bike Path: Austria
The Tauern Mountains set the stage as the backdrop and also lends its name to this route. But, the “Mountain” name isn’t an indicator of the route’s terrain, which is mostly-flat, running alongside the rivers Salzach and Inn. The 1860-mile route flows from Salzburg to Passau, allowing cyclists a close look at beautiful Austria, rich with stunning landscapes, vistas, and culture.
Ciro Trail: Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina
Running from Croatia’s Dubrovnik to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ciro is 100 miles of paved cycling. Positioned alongside the old Austro-Hungarian railway line, the route takes cyclists through charming towns and beautiful landscapes. It was built with cyclists in mind, so it’s the perfect route for all riders.
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