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Cycling from Vienna to CracowItinerary:

10 - day itinerary for Cycling Trail
Vienna - Krakow

Length: 445 km / 277 miles

Day 1
Stockerau - Mikulov (77 km / 48 miles)

The route begins in the town Stockerau, 18 km northwest of Vienna on the other side of the Danube (best reached by commuter train, though it is possible to bike). Our route leads through the region of Lower Austria through undulating terrain to Ernstbrunn, then over the big hill of the day (Leiser Berge Naturalpark), and onward through the
border crossing into the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic. From there the trail leads through the vineyards and lowlands to Mikulov.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 2
Drnholec - Brno (52 km / 32 miles)

Start with a short 15-minute car transfer to the nearby village of Drnholec. From there the cycle route goes through the wine-making region of South Moravia, past the Palava Hills, a Protected Landscape Area and Biosphere Reserve, which will serve as the main panorama during the trip today. You will pass the town of Zidlochovice with its chateau, where the division of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia was negotiated. Before arriving in Brno the journey goes through some less-relaxed
landscape, around the new modern shopping malls and industrial outskirts of Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-largest city priorities.
Overnight in Brno.

Day 3
Brno - Moravsky Kras (43 km / 26 miles)

The journey through Brno demands concentration and caution (Brno is a bit deficient with its cycling trails). Brno is famous for its architecture; historically it was closer both physically and even culturally to Vienna than to Prague. Brno is home of the famous Villa Tugendhat, a 20th-century architectural treasure. The first village outside of Brno is the delightful Bilovice nad Svitavou, the scene of the famous opera ‘Lisky Bystrousky’ by Leos Janacek. By now you are climbing into the Moravian Karst, a region of limestone cliffs, deep valleys, and spectacular caves. You might finish today’s short stage with a journey down the underground river Punkva, and a view from the bottom of the deepest natural abyss in the Czech Republic, called Macocha (depth 187,5 m).
Overnight in the Moravsky Kras area.

Day 4
Moravsky Kras - Olomouc (63 km / 39 miles)

This part of the trip is the most demanding not only in length but also elevation gain due to the Drahan Hills. Our reward will be a visit to Plumlov, a small town with a spectacular, if unfinished, Baroque castle on a rocky outcrop and the opportunity to bathe in the cool, refreshing Plumlov reservoir. Through Prostejov we get to Olomouc, the second most famous town for historic monuments in the Czech Republic after Prague. A trip to the Premyslid palace or St. Wenceslas Cathedral is an experience not to be missed; the ornate Trinity Column in the square is designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Overnight in Olomouc.

Day 5
Olomouc - Teplice nad Becvou (51 km / 31 miles)

After sightseeing around Olomouc the route leads through the lowlands of the Morava River to the town of Prerov, and from there you begin to gradually climb towards Lipnik nad Becvou, with its old town walls, Jewish cemetery and synagogue. Lipnik nad
Becvou lies at the southwestern end of the great pass known as the Moravian Gate. High above it lies imposing Helfstyn Castle, unique not only for its great size but also for its rich cultural calendar, dominated by the annual meeting of artistic blacksmithsm, the Hefaiston, at the end of September. After the uphill journey to Helfstyn we ride on to the spa town of Teplice nad Becvou, where you have the opportunity to visit the Zbrasovska aragonite cave, or stroll the spa grounds and sip the invigorating waters.
Overnight in Teplice nad Becvou.

Day 6
Teplice nad Becvou - Stramberk (40 km / 25 miles)

From the mineral rich spas of Teplice you travel on to Stary Jicin with its old castle ruins, then on to Novy Jicin with its arcades and Renaissance chateau. From here you
journey just a short distance to the destination Stramberk, a small town famed for its spectacular tower, part of the old Gothic castle. Local culinary specialities include the famous Stramberk Ears, commemorating a bloody incursion by the Tatars in 1241. Stramberk also features a museum devoted to the work of Zdenek Burian, whose paintings depicting the Stone Age are commonly found in textbooks and museums around the world.
Overnight in Stramberk.

Day 7
Stramberk - Cesky Tesin/Polsky
Cieszyn (63 km / 39 miles)
The first stop of the day is in Koprivnice, home of the Tatra autmobile works, which features an excellent technical museum displaying many interesting antique cars. Hukvaldy is another delightful stop on the route, a lovely small town famous for its
ruined castle and also as the birthplace of the composer Leos Janacek. His original home, now a protected monument, houses an exhibition. The route then
takes you through the larger town of Frydek-Mistek to and then on to Tesin, a town divided in two by the Czech - Polish border: Cesky Tesin on the Czech side, and Polsky Cieszyn on the Polish side.
Overnight in Tesin/Cieszyn.

Day 8
Cesky Tesin/Polsky Cieszyn – Jasienica (43 km / 27 miles)

The cycle route on the Polish side leads through farmland and forests to the town of
Jasienica. Transfer by car from Jasienica to Oswiecim (Auschwitz), the terrible concentration camp of WWII.
Overnight in Oswiecim.

Day 9
Cycling Oswiecim – Babice – Krakow (25 km/ 15 miles)

This day allows you to spend more time in Oswiecim. The short ride is mainly flat and
finishes in Babice at an interesting outdoor museum of traditional Polish architecture and
crafts. Transfer by car from Babice to Krakow.
Overnight in Krakow.

Day 10 - Krakow
In Krakow you will probably want to spend more than just one day: Wawel Castle, the Old Market Square, the Kazimierz Jewish quarter, or the town walls and Royal Way could easily take a day. To really soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city you must get into the cafes or pubs, theatres or clubs, and that takes more than a day too...
Just outside of Krakow you could visit the salt mine in Wieliczka, which has been in
constant operation since the Middle Ages. It includes vast chambers ornately carved out
of rock salt.

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