Golden views at the Moldau
A tour full of highlights! Historic highlights brought to you by wonderful towns like the golden city of Prague, Budweis, world-famous for it´s tasty beer or Krumau, the pearl of the Moldau – an unique arrangement of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Highlights like the worth-seeing castles Orlik and Zvikov or the palace Hluboká want to be clambered by ambitious bikers. The route – often changing between uphill and downhill - leads along the blue river Moldau and offers breathtaking views. In the Czech Republic you mainly cycle on quiet secondary roads and on forest tracks. An architectural masterstroke – the canal Schwemm – leads you through the wonderful Bohemian wood into the quarter of mills in Austria. Danube, loop of Schlögen and a shipping trip to Passau are the highlights at the end of your tour.
1. day Arrival Prague
The 'Golden City' of Prague is waiting for you with the Wenzel's square, the Karl's bridge and the Hradschin! A limited number of free parking spaces outside the hotel are avaible (no reservation possible). On arrival, you may book a transfer from Passau to Prague. In the afternoon, you will receive your bike in the hotel.
2. day Sedlcany area 60 km
Today you start your first biking stage! Follow the blue course of the river Moldau towards south, pass the waves of the Moldau storage lake, admire small houses with gables paneled with timber, get pleasure from the blooming flowers and snug pubs with refreshing Bohemian beer.
3. day Pisek 75 km
This day is dedicated to the castle! Uphill and downhill you cycle through deeply green forests, along the river Moldau to the gorgeous castle Orlik. You will be amazed by the wonderful furniture before you reach the castle Zvikov after few kilometres. Zvikov, which is located at the confluence of the rivers Moldau and Otava, belonged to the most important castles of Bohemia during the Middle Ages. The splendour and the beauty of the castle has been preserved until nowadays. Accommodation in the picturesque small town Pisek at the bank of the river Otava.
4. day Budweis 70 km
Your trip is getting more and more beautiful! After few biking kilometres you can see the castle Hluboká at an altitude of 83 m above the loop of the river Moldau. The most visited castle of the Czech Republic with the epithet Neuschwanstein of Bohemia is waiting for you! But also your destination of today, Budweis, which is well-known among beer-lovers, attracts not only because of the breweries, but also because of a royal old town, a fascinating market place (133 m x 133 m) and pretty summerhouses dating from Gothic and Renaisssance.
5. day Krumau 30 km
Spend the morning in the wonderful town Budweis! After 35 km you arrive at the highlight of your trip. The medieval small town Krumau (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992) is famous as pearl of the Bohemain forest. Located romantically in the narrow loop of the Moldau Krumau attracts by an arrangement of 300 historic houses, palace and castle, narrow crooked lanes, cafés and cosy beer gardens.
6. day Aigen 70 km
Today you will have a very active biking day! The Bohemian forest is a forest of steep gradients, but also of heavenly beauty. Silence, which makes the ripple of the brooks and the roaring of the woods audible.The canal Schwarzenberg (built 1789-1823 for the transport of firewood) is nowadays one of the most popular biking paths between the area of the lake Lipno (parting from the river Moldau/ largest fishing area in the Czech Republic) and the quarter of the mills in Upper Austria because of it´s low downhill grade and it´s unspoild nature.
7. day Passau 50 - 75 km
There are marvelllous panorama views on the Alps and rolling ridges on your way from the quarter of the mills to the Danube. Now it is easy cycling. You roll through the famous loop of Schlögen to Engelhartszell and to Passau. From Engelhartszell to Passau you can also take a ship (13,50 Euro, bike free).
8. day Passau departure
Today, your nice bike tour ends in Passau. You have the possibility to extend your tour from Passau to Vienna on the Danube bike trail, or to book a transfer to Prague.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
12.04. – 25.04.2020
28.09. – 11.10.2020
26.04. – 09.05.2020
14.09. – 27.09.2020
10.05. – 13.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
25% reduction for children under 14 years of age in a room with two people paying the full price
15% reduction for children under 14 years of age in their own room
- Special dates possible for groups of at least 6 persons
- GPS datas available
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your bike tour
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
From all European Countries you have good options for going to Prague by train. From the main railway station (Hlavni nadrazi) best take a taxi to the hotel (about 16.00 euro). The hotel is located in a quiet villa district in the south of the city. With bus and subway you have good connections to the historic old town (about 30 min.).
Parking in Prague or Passau
Secure parking at the hotel in Prague in a limited number, about 25.00 Euro per night. No reservation possible.
Also possible: Parking in Passau and transfer to Prague at the beginning of the trip (see transfer): Public underground garage or hotel garage for about 30 - 55, - Euro per week.
Transfer Passau - Prag
Every Sunday at 9 am there is a transfer from Passau to Prague (travel time approx. 4 hours); Reservation required. Price: 69.00 Euro per person incl. bike; Payable on spot.
The transfer can also be used at the start of the journey from Passau to Prague! So you can travel to Passau, park your car there and then go to Prague with the transfer.
Condition of cycle paths
The topography of this cycle trip is to be described as challenging. The beautiful and varied landscape is, however, the best compensation for the ascents. Even steeper or longer slopes are to be mastered, in which pushing the bike is however allowed / making sense. The route is, with few exceptions, mostly on quiet country roads as well as forest and economic routes.
Available rental bikes
High-quality, comfortable and easy-running aluminum unisex touring bikes with 21-gear shifting (freewheel) with two hand brakes, 28-inch wheels and a secure Continental top touring tire are available. The bikes are equipped with bicycle computer, a handlebar and luggage bag, lock and air pump as well as a small repair set. The unisex electric bicycles are without a back-pedal brake. 7-speed wheels with hub shift and back-pedal brake are only available on request.
7 days hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: No problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Prague (Praha in Czech) was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the Middle Ages. Its epic history has produced a vibrant city of stunning buildings and lovely old squares, with the result that today Prague is one of the world's most beautiful cities. As visitors to Prague have increased, tourism has become of vital economic importance to the city.
Prague, Charle's Bridge
It is one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe: the Karlsbrücke over the Vltava. It is limited by two towers and is only open to pedestrians and is very lively around the clock. The Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) connects the Malá Strana and Staré Mesto districts with 16 arches. Numerous figures of Saints line the edges of the bridge. The most famous is that of Saint Jan Nepomuk, who was thrown into the Vltava at this point. The bridge is something like a open-air museum, although many figures are no longer can be seen as original.
Prague, Jewish Town
Few European cities can boast a better preserved Jewish Ghetto than Prague. Six synagogues, a Jewish Town Hall, magical cemetery and the unique genius loci make Josefov in Prague a place which you should certainly not leave out when you are wandering around the “Golden City”. Get to know the unsettled history of the Prague Jews, their architecture, traditions, customs and stories, which rank among some of the most tragic of the 20th century.
Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from the remains of Romanesque-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications of the 14th century. The famous Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik was responsible for extensive renovations in the time of the First Republic (1918-1938). Since the Velvet Revolution, Prague Castle has undergone significant and ongoing repairs and reconstructions.
Prague, Astronomical Clock
Every hour, hundreds of tourists from all over the world with cameras at the ready gather in front of the Old Town Hall to enjoy a fascinating mechanical performance which in the Middle Ages was considered one of the wonders of the world. The Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city, still amazes people with its procession of Apostles, moving statues and visualization of time like no other instrument in the world.
Built in the thirteenth-century on a 60-meter high cliff, Orlík Castle dominates the Vltava River valley. Today, however, the castle doesn't soar nearly as high over the river - since the Vltava was damned during the last century, Orlík has sat on the largest artificial lake in the Czech Republic. Orlík Castle has long belonged to the Schwarzenbergs, an influential family during the reign of the Habsburgs. Today, the castle museum houses the personal collection of this noble family. The arms room has an exceptionally beautiful interior.
The seat of the first Czech kings on the strategic trade route at the confluence of Vltava and Otava rivers had reached its greatest fame in the 14th century under the reign of the beloved Czech sovereign Charles IV. He commissioned thorough reconstruction, he loved to stay there and until the construction of Karlštejn the Czech crown jewels were kept there. Its ancient history was rounded off in the 20th century by construction of a dam which swallowed up the high rock below the castle and the fortifi ed settlement around the castle.
Chateau of Hluboká
This romantic château near České Budějovice is probably one of the most visited monuments in South Bohemia. The original royal castle dating from the 13th century has undergone many renovations of which the last took place in 1845 - 1871 and thus gave the château its appearance as the sumptuous neo-gothic seat of the House of Schwarzenberg. It is possible to visit the château´s chambers and richly decorated halls along several sightseeing trails or to visit the armoury or the adjacent Aleš South Bohemian Gallery with its important artistic collections. A walk through the expansive château park established in the English style should also not be missed.
Elegant townhouses gathered around one of the largest squares in Europe, an idyllic salt store and a brewery cooking up the original Budvar beer – this is České Budějovice, the capital of South Bohemia. This city has preserved its historical character over the centuries but is also a modern regional centre. So come and savour the city’s pleasant atmosphere with a tankard of our world famous beer.
For centuries, the small town on the Vltava River has been known as the Pearl of Bohemian Forest, thanks to its unique location in a Vltava loop. In 1992, UNESCO declared the entire inner city a world cultural heritage: the ensemble of 300 historic houses with the castle and castle complex impresses every visitor. The winding alleyways, the wooden balconies, the white or coloredwashed houses give Mediterranean flair in the warm season . The street cafés and beer gardens breathe new life into the town every day.
Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as "The Three Rivers City". The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to the Neolithic. Passau was part of the Roman Empire for more than 400 years. It became an Episcopal seat in the year 739 AD. Passau was an independent prince bishopric for over 600 years. Finally in 1803 Passau was annexed into Bavaria. The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes.
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Passau
Passau's magnificent St.Stephen's Cathedral is located on the old town's highest point. After it had burnt down almost completely in the devastating 1662 town fire, it was rebuilt by the famous baroque architect Carlo Lurago. Its stucco works were done by G.B.Carlone and the frescos were painted by Carpoforus Tencalla, all of them Italien baroque artists. With 17974 organ pipes, 233 stops and 4 carillons the organ in our cathedral is the world's largest cathedral organ.