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Salzkammergut Landscape cycling Salzburg - Prague Itinerary Heart of Europe Trail

Salzburg - Linz - Cesky Krumlov - Prague

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Distance: 372 km / 231 miles
Daily avg.: 53 km / 33 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Self-guided / semi-guided / guided tour

Suitable also for road bikes

Day 1)
Salzburg – St. Gilgen (51 km / 32 miles)

In the morning meet our representative/guide who will give you the tour briefing, bikes and all information materials.
The starting point of this tour is Salzburg, the town where the composer Mozart was born and raised. On this first day follow the Mozart cycling trail winding its way through beautiful Alpine countryside and along Lake Mondsee in the region of Salzkammergut.
Overnight in St. Gilgen.

Day 2)
St. Gilgen – Gmunden – Linz (60 km / 37 miles)

Today you will cycle past Lake Wolfgangsee via Bad Ischl, where you can visit the Imperial Villa, the former summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Continue along the Traun River to Lake Traunsee with the major highlight of the day, Orth Chateau situated on an island. Transfer by train from Gmunden to Linz, a city which has a host of museums and churches including the St. Martin‘s Church dated back to 799, the oldest church in Austria, which still retains much of its original form.
Overnight in Linz.

Day 3)
Linz – Vyssi Brod – Cesky Krumlov (48 km / 30 miles)

Cycle from the Danube River valley up into the hills that form the Austrian-Czech border. Today is the only challenging biking day riding uphill most of the way, but if the weather is good, you can stop for a rest once in a while to enjoy the ever-more-spectacular view of the Alps! Crossing the border come to Vyssi Brod with one of Europe’s most venerable monasteries, built in the late 13th century.
Transfer by car from Vyssi Brod to Cesky Krumlov.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 4)
Cesky Krumlov – Ceske Budejovice – Hluboka nad Vltavou (41 km / 25 miles)

Enjoy the magical town of Cesky Krumlov which has an unparalleled UNESCO enlisted medieval town center dominated by an enormous castle with a tower overlooking the town. Start cycling via Ceske Budejovice, the home of the original Budweiser beer brewed here for the past 700 years, to Hluboka nad Vltavou, with a Tudor Gothic chateau, one of the most beautiful in Bohemia.
Overnight in Hluboka nad Vltavou.

Day 5)
Hluboka nad Vltavou – Pisek (54 km / 34 miles)

Cycle from Hluboka along the romantic Vltava River valley passing the ruins of Charles IV private castle. Then ride through a vast natural park to the historical town of Pisek, where is the oldest bridge in Bohemia, built in the 13th century over the Otava River (it is older than the Charles Bridge in Prague and likewise lined with statues).
Overnight in Pisek.

Day 6)
Pisek – Pribram (67 km / 42 miles)

The highlight of this cycling day is Zvikov Castle, known as “the king of Bohemian castles” for its majestic appearance, perched on a rocky hill overlooking the confluence of the Otava and Vltava Rivers. In summer months you can take a boat ride on the Vltava from Zvikov to Orlik Castle. Then ride past the last European battlefield of WWII to Pribram, a medieval mining town.
Overnight in Pribram.

Day 7)
Pribram – Karlstejn – Prague (51 km / 32 miles)

The route from Pribram to Prague first takes you to the town of Horovice with a Baroque chateau, and then to Karlstejn Castle atop a wooded hill. This sturdy Gothic castle founded by Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV once guarded the Czech crown jewels.
Afternoon transfer by car from Karlstejn to Prague.
Overnight in Prague.

Day 8)

Prague is the “city of a thousand spires”. The Charles Bridge, the Old Town square and Prague Castle, the largest castle compound in Europe, are great places to visit.

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