The Sudeten Highlands biketrail
Cultural, traditional and historic. Experiences on the bicycle combined with a trip to the past. On this round trip from/to Wroclaw (Breslau) you can enjoy wonderful biking routes through the river valleys of Weistritz and Glatzer Neiße and the flat to slightly undulating foreland of the Sudeten hills. Most of the time you cycle on asphalted narrow country roads with little traffic and lined with nice old avenue trees, on forest tracks and bicycle paths.
1. day Breslau (Wroclaw) arrival
We recommend to arrive early, it is worth it! You should discover the marvellous old town of Breslau individually. Arrival by train possible/parking at the hotel possible.
2. day Zieleniec - Klodzko, 36 km
You go by bus through the countryside of Lower Silesia to the border of the Czech Republic to the skiing village Grunwald located at an altitude of 860 m. It is wonderful to start cycling here. The typical mesas glitter while you visit the vast highmoor. Through green forests and avenues with dense foliage you cycle downhill via Bad Reinerz – one of the oldest and most famous spas of the Sudeten (nowadays well-known for the Chopin festival) to the picturesque spa Polonica Zdroj (Bad Altheide) and on to Kolodzko (Glatz).
3. day Klodzko - Javornik, 55 km
Your path is characterized by single farms, dreamy villages and avenues of fruit trees. Enjoy the charme of Glatz! The gothic bridge of Glatz goes for the little sister of the Karlsbridge of Prague.You cycle through the popular place of pilgrimage Wartha past the palace of Kamenz, built according to an extravagant design of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Later you will visit the historic Patschkau before you pass the polish / czech border and reach Javornik.
4. day Javornik - Glucholazy, 45 km
You cross the Czech-Polish border and there is much to see! You cycle on romantic tracks along the borderline, pass waggons loaded with hay, poultry and other domestic animals by the side of the road. In the end of the day you cycle to the hotel in Ziegenhals. The very beautiful market place of Ziegenhals fascinates because of the houses of renaissance and baroque.
5. day Glucholazy - Krnov, 65 km
A romantic day lies ahead. You cycle through flat sometimes slightly undulating countryside, past countless stone crosses and shrines which marked the paths of pilgrimage in the past. You discover hidden, almost mystically concealed historic monuments. A special attraction is waiting for you: a ride on the narrow-gauge railway! You enjoy the last kilometres cycling to the pretty old town of Jägerndorf , where you can find colourful newly renovated houses of the art nouveau.
6. day Krnov - Opava 35 km
From Krnov we first ride southwards towards a hill with a pilgrimage church and a neo-Gothic look-out tower and then downwards through the Moravian region back into the Opava valley. The highlight of this leg will be the visit to the city of Opava, the historical capital of Czech Silesia. We stay in a hotel located directly in the heart of the old town.
7. day Opava - Krzanowice - Wroclaw, 25 km
We then bid the Sudeten region adieu and cycle northwards to Kraware Palace built in the 17th century, which was for a long time the seat of the aristocratic von Eichendorff family. We then get off beyond the border at Krzanowice, where it is time for the return journey towards Wroclaw (or Krakow as the case may be).
8. day Wroclaw (Breslau) departure
You may stay for the first and/or last night in Krakau instead of Breslau. There are favourable flight connections from/to Krakau. We will book the transfer to your group for you! You may do the bicycle trip in the Dunajec valley before or after this trip in the country of the Sudeten.
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.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
16.05. – 29.08.2020
bookable additional nights
- 7 x bed & breakfast category A of Poland
- 7x dinner
- transfer Breslau–Bad Kudowa and Kranowitz–Breslau
- 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 Sudeten 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 to Wroclaw
The hotel is located in the city centre. It is close to the train station. The ride by taxi costs around 15 Euro. The Bus No 406 drives you from the airport to the train statopn as well. The bus costs less than 1 Euro.
Please use the secured parking lot next to the hotel (costs per week around 150zl/40 €)
Condition of cycle paths
We first ride downhill quite a bit to the river valleys of the Weistritz and Nysa Klodzka. This is followed by the flat to undulating Sudetic foreland. There are some climbs once in a while during one of the days, however, the climb will not be more than 30-50 m with a maximum incline of 5-7 %. About 70% of the stretch is on small asphalt roads and the rest is on country roads and dirt roads. We generally use the narrow curving country roads bordered by beautiful old trees or forest roads with very few cars and at times the cycle tracks are completely off limits to road traffic.
Available rental bikes
The rental bikes are 21-speed gear shift trekking bikes (men's and women's bikes). On request we can offer electric bikes as well.
The curreny in Poland is called Zloty. 1 Euro are 4,30 Zloty. In the Czech Republic the currency is called Koruna (CZK). 1 Euro is about 26 CZK. The exchange rates are best in the exchange offices. You can get money at cash maschine in every city.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
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.
If this is your first time in Wrocław, prepare to get starry-eyed – this dame has it all, from high breeding and good looks, to cultural clout and an up-for-anything attitude. Reared at the crossroads of Europe and endowed with equal parts Austrian Hapsburg charm, Prussian pride, Polish playfulness and Bohemian rhapsody, it’s easy to see why every duke, emperor and chancellor in the land was ready to wage a war or two just to share a table with this Lower Silesian lady.
Wrocław Town Hall
Old Town Hall is a unique Gothic building in European architecture. It has 2 storeys, 3 parts with a rectangular building of the councils, which is attached to the northern wall and a square tower. Located in the city centre, it was being built for about 250 years (13 - 16th century). It used to serve as the seat of the city authorities and the court. King Augustus II the Strong used to reside there during is travels between Dresden and Warsaw. That is why it has the name Pod Polskim Królem and Pod Królem Augustem (Under the Polish King).
Situated in the centre of the Klodzko Valley, in the vicinity of health-resorts and numerous recreational areas, Klodzko is famous for its cultural richness. The fascinating, over-one-thousand-year-old history, multiple sites, cultural events organized throughout the whole year, recreational and sports events as well as a charming atmosphere make Klodzko a city of inimitable character and beauty on the Nysa Klodzka river.
Kamieniec Ząbkowicki Palace
The bidder and first owner of the Kamieniec Ząbkowicki Palace was Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, who in 1838, commissioned the construction of the palace to Karl Friedrich Schinkel. In 1848, construction works were halted due to Princess Marianne's divorce with Prince Albert of Prussia, only to be renewed in 1853. In 1858, the terrace gardens were designed by Peter Joseph Lenné, the General Director of Prussian Parks. In 1873, and with the marriage of Albrecht's son, Princess Marianne granted Albert property rights.
Opava, known as the white pearl of Silesia, offers visitors a range of monuments, from Gothic to architectural gems from the first half of the 20th century. Opava, one of the historical centres of Silesia, presents itself as a town of parks and two towers. The first of these is the white tower, known as Hláska, adorning the Neo-Renaissance Opava Town Hall on Horní náměstí square. The second is the spire of the Gothic Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, built at the end of the 13th century by the Teutonic Order.
When Maria Theresa lost a part of Silesia in 1742, the empress wept over her loss beneath the walnut tree in the Kravaře Chateau park. And no wonder—the loss of an expanse of land as beautiful as this one must have caused great heartache.
Kravaře lies right on the border between Moravia and Silesia, and the majority of it, including the chateau, lies on the Silesian side of the Opava River. First mention of this location dates back to as early as the 13thcentury. In the 17th century, the estate was acquired by Michal Sendivoj, representative of a poor Polish noble family who was also a renowned alchemist in the court of Rudolph II in Prague. Having loaned the Habsburgs money, Ferdinand II decided to repay his debt by offering Sendivoj the Kravaře estate.