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Bicycling Four Countries in Four Weeks
These pictures describe a 4 week trip we made by bicycle and train through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Slovakia. 684 miles of bicycling and three train rides took us from Amsterdam to Heidelberg, Salzburg, and Bratislava.
Date(s): July 21 - August 18, 2004. Album by ohbike.org. Photos by J Hudnall. 1 - 124 of 124 Total. 23853 Visits.
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We arrived at Schiphol Airport with panniers, but no bicycles. KLM promised that our bikes would be delivered to us when they arrived, and they did the next day. Edit

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Our plans included a few days with our daughter Julie in Amsterdam. Edit

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We did Amsterdam tourist things - a canal boat tour, outdoor cafes, and the Anne Frank House Museum. Edit

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And of course, we tipped a few Heinekens, and visited the Heineken Museum. Edit

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Amsterdam is a beautiful place to walk or bike. Edit

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Amsterdam has 727,00 residents, and over 400,000 bicycles, ... Edit

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... miles of bike lanes, Edit

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...and interesting cyles, such as this trike. Edit

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Damp streets don't stop cyclists in Amsterdam. Edit

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On Monday, July 26, we cycled out of Amsterdam, stopping to admire the stainless steel bike racks that are found throughout the city. Edit

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Roads and paths are well marked for bicycles in the Netherlands. We followed bike signs to Ede, where we planned to stay. Edit

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We couldn't find a place, but the VVV (tourist office) gave us directions to a B&B in Wageningen. Edit

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After 64 miles of cycling, we arrived at the Villaria B&B in Wageningen. Edit

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The next morning, we biked up a hill from the hotel where Germans surrendered to Canadian forces at the end of WW II.  Pictures from 1944 were in the hotel lobby. Edit

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Leaving town, we visited the botanical gardens and had a panoramic view of the Rhine River. Edit

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From here we could see the ferry we would take across the Rhine. Edit

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We crossed the Rhine by ferry,... Edit

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...like many other cyclists. Edit

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We followed the Rhine on roads with little traffic,... Edit

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...and a path to the Waal River. Edit

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After lunch at a cafe on the Rhine, we were ready to cross the Rhine again and follow the dike to Emmerich, Germany. Edit

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After 39 miles, we arrived in Emmerich, checked e-mail at the library, strolled the Rhine promenade, and almost got locked inside a church. After dinner and a night at the Montenegro Hotel, we took the train to Koblenz. Edit

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From Koblenz we cycled on a bike path along the Rhine to Overwesel 28 miles. Edit

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We returned to the Gasthaus Schmelzeisen where we had stayed two years ago. Rudolph and Hildegard welcomed us back. Jane looks down at the Rhine from a gazebo high above Overwesel. Edit

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A bike path follows the Rhine south of Overwesel toward Mainz. Edit

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Blackberries growing along the path were irresistable. Edit

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Jim takes a break at a park on the Rhine. Edit

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We stopped here for lunch. Edit

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We arrived in Nierstein after 46 miles. The Weingut Friedrichshof has a Gästezimmer where we spent the night. Edit

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The cyclists in the picture also stayed there and invited us to join them on our way south. They had cycled to Mainz and were on their way home to Mannheim. Edit

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With other cyclists we took a ferry across Rhein to follow the route on the east bank. Edit

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Other cyclists on the ferry were fascinated with Jane's rear view mirror. Edit

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A cyclist follows a path on dike along the Rhine. Edit

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We try a new bike path that is under construction but rideable. Edit

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The cathedral of Worms with a statue that welcomes visitors. Edit

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Jim with statue of bishop in Worms. Edit

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Statue of Martin Luther in Worms commemorates the Reformation. Edit

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An interesting cable-stayed bridge connects Ludwighafen to Mannheim. Edit

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Bike path leads across bridge. We did 61 miles today. Edit

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In European cities, hotels are found near train stations. That's how we found the City Hotel in Mannheim. Edit

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Mannheim was a pretty city with beautiful parks Edit

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and bike paths. Edit

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From Mannheim we followed a bike path along the Neckar River to Heidelberg. Edit

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We cycled 21 miles from Mannheim to Heidelberg. Edit

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The Neckar River has bike paths on both sides. Edit

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We found a room at the Hotel Neckar and set out to explore the city, have dinner, and attend an organ concert. Edit

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Jim in window at the Hotel Neckar. A triathalon was being held just across the river. From here we took the train to Salzburg. Edit

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We arrived in Salzberg about 4 p.m. and found Bridgett Lenglochner's bed and breakfast just before the rain started. Rick Steves recommended her. Edit

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The next morning we hiked up the Monchburg hill that over looks Salzburg. We have great views of the town and a pedestrian bridge. Edit

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More views from the Monchburg. Edit

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A birds eye view of Salzburg from the fortress above the town. Edit

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Jim admired the view of Salzburg. Edit

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The fortress on Monchburg Edit

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Path to fortress Edit

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View from fortress Edit

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Lunch at Weisses Kreuz Restaurtant in Salzburg. Edit

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After two days in Salzburg, we headed east through the Salzkammergut. Edit

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We followed the Mozart Radweg to Eugendorf, Thalgau, and St. Gilgen. Edit

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The Salzkammergut is where "The
Sound of Music" was filmed.
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Austria is a beautiful country. Edit

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This hill was steeper than it looks here. Edit

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We take a break from cycling by taking a ferry across St. Wolfgang lake. Edit

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The town of St. Wolfgang is filled with quaint shops and flowers. Edit

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We spent the night in Bad Ischl at Gasthaus Sandwirt after 42 miles. Edit

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Leaving Bad Ischl, we cycled toward the Ebensee. Edit

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We stayed in the valley and avoided the higher mountains. Edit

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Even roads in the valley can be steep. Edit

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We had lunch on the Traunsee. Edit

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Leaving Gumuden we climbed a steep hill. Edit

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Jane cycles up from Gumuden. Edit

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The cue sheet from our friend Bruce said "take a left at the mirror." Edit

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Stopped in Kremsmunster after 52 miles at the Schlair Hotel with dinner at Huthmayr Gasthaus. Edit

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On this day we got lost a few times as we cycled through small towns and farmland. Edit

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The path led past fields of wheat. Edit

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The bridge bike path led to Steyr. Edit

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The bike/pedestrian path was below the automobile travel lanes, protecting the cyclist from noise and fumes. Edit

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Bicycle path on bridge. Edit

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The Tourist Information office in Steyr gave us excellent maps and we decided to follow the R7 bike route along the Enns River to the Danube. Edit

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A ferry took us to across the Danube to Mauthausen. Edit

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We stopped in Mauthausen after 44 miles and stayed at Weindlhof - a gasthaus high on a hill overlooking the Danube. Edit

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We had a delicious meal here. Edit

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Getting ready to leave Weindlhof. Edit

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Cycling along the Danube path toward Vienna. Edit

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The path was rough in places. Edit

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The Danube trail was once a tow path used to pull boats up the river. Edit

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Corn growing along the Danube Edit

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The Danube cycle path. Edit

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Biked on north shore and then crossed bridge to south bank at Griem for a shadier path. Edit

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Linden was a lunch stop. Edit

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Crossed again to Personsberg on this pedestrian/bicycle bridge. Edit

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On bridge high above the Danube Edit

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Cycling across bridge. Edit

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Tour boats cruise the Danube. Edit

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The Melk Abbey is worth a visit. We stayed in Melk at Willibald Lecher's B&B after 54 miles of cycling. Edit

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The Melk Abbey was founded in 1089 and rebuilt in 1704 so the site goes back many centuries. Edit

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The  abbey is on a hill overlooking the town. Edit

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After touring the baroque rooms, library, and church we visited the gardens. Edit

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The Wachau is one of the most beautiful regions along the Danube. Edit

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We contiune to follow the Danube from wine town to wine town. Edit

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Vinyards grow on the steep slopes. Edit

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More vineyards Edit

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The villages are full of interesting houses and flowers. Edit

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Towns have narrow streets and cobblestones. Edit

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We stopped in Krems at Pension Hietzgern after 25 miles. We had dinner at this Weinstub. Edit

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We continue toward Klosterneuburg, stopping for lunch in Talln to listen to a five piece string orchestra playing waltzes in an amphitheater. We stayed at Pension Strohamer. 45 miles Edit

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This is one of the many bridges in Vienna. Cyclist and pedestrians use lanes below the automobile traffic. Edit

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We continued through Vienna and on toward Slovakia. This dyke path was paved with gravel. Edit

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The path led to Hainburg where we spent the night in a B&B over a pizzeria. 50 miles Edit

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It was an easy ride to Bratislava where we caught a train to Jaboloncia. Then we biked 9 miles to the town of Brazova pod Bradlum. Edit

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Viera welcomed us to Brazova pod Bradlum. Viera had been an intern at our church in Fort Washington several yesra ago. Edit

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Viera is now the pastor of the Lutheran church where her father had been pastor. Edit

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We leave Brazova for Bratislava. It was a 64 mile day through the Slovakian countryside. We stayed at the Hotel Kyhev. Edit

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A tour guides shows us around Bratislava. Our Hotel was a high rise in the old town but with cranky elevators. We ended up walking down six flights of stairs to have breakfast. Edit

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Leaving Bratislava, another bridge has bike lanes hung below the automobile traffic. Edit

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The Danube Bike Trail from Bratislava runs next to the D2 motorway. Edit

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A soldier guards the bike path at the border between Austria and Slovakia. This will be an open border when Slovakia joins the EU. Edit

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The path to Vienna passes  a field of sunflowers. Edit

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This is Frau Puty's B&B in Hainburg. Edit

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We took the train from Hainburg into Vienna. Jim is admiring the rental bikes that are available along the ring road in Vienna. Edit

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Our children met us in Vienna and we spent the next four days seeing the sights. Edit

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Our daughter, Julie, lives in Amsterdam. Edit

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Our son, Jay, lives near Carcassonne, France. Edit

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A baroque church offered us beautiful sights and a place to rest. Edit

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Julie, Jim, and Jay in the Hofburg palace garden. Edit

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Thank you for sharing your trip with us.  We really enjoyed the commentary and pictures.   Have you done other trips in Europe?
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Chris, Sat, 31 Dec 2005 9:53AM
I am glad to hear you had such as good trip and I was wondering if there are any safe places to camp along the Rhine and Danube Rivers.Are there any places to obtain bicycle path maps.  
Thanks William D   Sydney Australia
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William Daskalopoulos, Sun, 1 May 2005 3:20AM
I am planning a similar bicycle trip this year from holland to austria.
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William Daskalopoulos, Sat, 30 Apr 2005 4:21PM
 
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