Just a few decades ago the bicycle was regarded as no more than a means of getting from one place to another, for example, as a way of getting people and their lunchboxes to work. Then someone came up with the bright idea that bicycles could also be used as a source of enjoyment. All sorts of different bikes appeared on the market and part of the population took up biking as a hobby.
As of 10/2008 there were more than 37,000 kilometres of cycling tracks and routes in the Czech Republic. The territory of the Czech Republic has excellent conditions for the development of this active way of spending holidays. It offers diverse and picturesque landscapes, great natural beauty as well as a wealth of historic monuments that can be visited. Cyclists can use accommodation facilities of all categories. There is no shortage of cycling guides and maps and bikes can be hired at both bike rental centres and in many hotels.
Cycling route markings
The cycling paths are marked by yellow signs bearing the number of the route. Forest paths for cyclists and many local routes are marked by coloured "band" signs. You will also come across other signs where the route is not marked in the way prescribed by the Czech Hiking Club or where the signs mark a route stretching into this country from abroad. Apart from the marked routes, there are also recommended routes that require a map to follow. These often involve a circular route in places of local interest and usually link up to marked long-distance, regional and local routes. One example of this is provided by the South Bohemian Beer Trails.
A Greenway is a continuous band of countryside linked by a trail that can be followed on bike, horseback or on foot. The path of the corridor is chosen taking into consideration local needs and traditions. These green corridors usually link the towns and villages of a region and are designed to attract those who favour environmentally-friendly forms of tourism. They are often associated with attempts to develop the regions overall.
- Greenway Prague - Víenna, Prague - Tábor - Jindřichův Hradec - Znojmo - Valtice - Vienna, 456 km
- Labe Greenway, Prague - Dresden, 153 km (over 200 km right to Dresden)
Moravian wine trails:
- Botič Greenway , Výtoň - Nusle - Hostivař - Průhonice, 24 km
- Vltava Greenway , Výtoň - Holešovice - Troja, 13,5 km
- Litavka Greenway
By their sheer extent and mission Moravian wine trails represent a unique network of regional cycling routes linking all the best of wine-making and tourist attractions in South Moravia. The main Moravian Wine route is between Znojmo and Uherské Hradiště, and is linked to ten circular routes each leading through one particular wine-growing district. The trails are almost 1,000 kilometres long and lead mainly through vineyards, orchards and along local roads.
Beer cycling routes
- Beskydy Radegast Cycling Track, 53.3 km - a circuit taking in 40 pubs and restaurants devised by the Radegast brewery. It begins and ends in Nošovice. The highest point of the route is at Malá Prašivá at a height of 706 metres above-sea-level. Otherwise the route leads through an easily negotiable landscape by the Žermanice and Těrlicko reservoirs in the foothills of the Beskydy Mountains. The route links up to the Těšín Silesia Euroregion international cycling route and the Beskydy-Carpathian route. There are information boards, bicycle stands, free maps and even postcards of the pubs where you will also get a stamp to prove you have been there.
- South Bohemian beer routes - these are recommended signposted routes, which can be taken with the help of special maps for this very purpose.
Projekt The European network of cycling routes EuroVelo was set up by the European Cycling Federation and aims to connect twelve pan-European routes linking all the countries of Europe and mostly leading along existing or planned routes at national, regional and local levels. A large number of the parts of the route have already been completed and others are being developed with the help of local or national branches of the federation.
Altogether, the EuroVelo network will include around 60,000 kilometres of cycling trails passing through every country in Europe.
Source: Transport Research Centre, www.cdv.cz
- EuroVelo n.6, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic (Cheb, Plzeň, Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava), Poland and Ukraine
- EuroVelo n.7, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic (Děčín, Prague, Tábor, České Budějovice), Austria and Italy
- EuroVelo n.9, Poland, Czech Republic (Jeseník, Olomouc, Břeclav (in the version Brno, Hevlín), Austria, Slovenia and Croatia
- A Descent to the Land of Forgotten Patriots (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- All-day Circuit through the 1866 Battlefield (Hradec Králové region)
- A Long Circuit through the 1866 Battlefield (Hradec Králové region)
- Along the skiing roads in the Summer (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Around Hradec Králové Woods (Hradec Králové region)
- A Short Circuit through the 1866 Battle Sights (Hradec Králové region)
- Between the Krkonoše and the Jizerské Mountains (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- By Chair Lift to Hnědý vrch Hill (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Černý Důl Descent (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Cycling around the Pastviny Dam (Eagle (Orlické) mountains and foothills)
- Cycling trips around Litomyšl (Bohemia-Moravia borderlands)
- Descent along the Kozelsky Brook (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Descent from Plaň to Stražné (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Descent from Roudnice (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Downhill the area of Rýchory (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Downhill under Fox "pod Liškou (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Elbe River trail from the source of the Elbe to the National Stud Breeding Farm in Kladruby (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains), Krkonoše foothills, Hradec Králové region, Pardubice region)
- Enjoy the Views of the Western Krkonoše (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- For the Hucul Pony Ride (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- From Hradec Králové to Kuks (Hradec Králové region)
- From Všestary to Hrádek u Nechanic (Hradec Králové region)
- Journey into history: Chateau at Nechanice, Battlefield on Chlum (Hradec Králové region)
- Let’s all go to Bethlehem (Hradec Králové region)
- Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Horni Domky – Dolni Square (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Sports week - sightseeing programme for young couples (Chrudim and Hlinsko region, Eagle (Orlické) mountains and foothills, Králický Sněžník, Pardubice region, Bohemia-Moravia borderlands)
- Štěpanice Descent (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- The trail through the town woods to the pond Výskyt (Hradec Králové region)
- Through the Orlice nature park (Hradec Králové region)
- To czar on bikes (Hradec Králové region)
- To Labský Důl Valley for Views (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- To the river Malé Labe (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Tour de Králíky or "Králíky from your bicycle seat" (Králický Sněžník, Eagle (Orlické) mountains and foothills)
- Trip from Greenway Labe to the city forests (Hradec Králové region)
- Trip to Hrádek u Nechanic chateau (Hradec Králové region)
- Trip to the Prehistoric ages (Hradec Králové region)
- Trutnov convention (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Where does the River Labe Flow (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
- Zlaté návrší Hill – Masarykova Roadway (Krkonoše (Giant Mountains))
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