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Cycling break in front of the Hofburg in Vienna, with a Fiaker in the background

Prague – Vienna

From the golden city to the old imperial city

8 Days / 7 Nights
Cycling break in front of the Hofburg in Vienna, with a Fiaker in the background

From the “golden city” Prague to the old imperial city Vienna - this bicycle tour connects two of the most beautiful metropolises in Europe. On your journey, you will ride through both virgin and cultivated landscapes. Lush meadows and deep green forests will give way to small, idyllically situated Bohemian villages. You will pass by numerous castles and palaces and cycle through pristine river and pond landscapes. The hilly southern Bohemian region and the “Waldviertel” in Lower Austria will put you to the test, but a good Budweiser beer is sure to make up for any exertions along the way. The courses of the rivers Vltava, Kamp and Danube will guide you for large portions of this tour. The landscapes and attractions on this route promise a refreshing break from everyday life and are sure to delight all.

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Itinerary at a glance

You don't have to decide whether you prefer Prague or Vienna - both metropolises are on your itinerary. Along the Vltava River, you will come across charming hidden gems, and in the wine region of Weinviertel, you can visit rustic wineries.

We recommend arriving in Prague early - the “golden city” is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and the historical city centre has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site since 1992. Its historical buildings, the winding streets of the old city and a breath-taking view of the Charles Bridge are perfect excuses for a stroll around the city and will be the first of many unforgettable holiday delights.

The Vltava river will guide you out of Prague. The slightly hilly and ever-changing landscape will enchant you. During today’s stage, you will pass through many small, idyllically situated Bohemian villages. The small houses with wooden-panelled gables irresistibly draw the eyes, and the many cosy inns entice one to stop for a refreshing beer.

For most of today, you will once again be following the course of the river Vltava, passing through many small Bohemian villages and the lush Bohemian forest. Via a beautiful reservoir on the Vltava near Milešov, you will make your way to Orlík. The gothic castle is certainly worth a visit, but merely a few kilometres further comes the next attraction; Zvikov Castle was one of the most important castles of Bohemia in the middle ages. The picturesque town of Písek marks the end of today’s stage.

You will be surrounded by fascinating virgin and cultivated landscapes for most of the day. The bike path follows the romantic banks of the Vltava river for the most part and will lead you through some pretty towns like Týn nad Vltavou. A small forest path will bring you to Hluboká castle, which sits atop a hill high over the Vltava and is definitely worth visiting. On arrival in České Budějovice, also known as Budweis, a Budweiser beer is exactly the right refreshment to make up for any exertions during the day.

During today’s stage, you will experience nature at its purest. The southern Bohemian landscape features many meadows and forests. The region is recognised as a UNESCO nature reserve, and the so-called “southern Bohemian pond landscape” is a result of the long-standing fish farming tradition in the region. The wholly untouched nature is a fantastic experience for any cyclist, and there is also something for fans of culture and architecture; historical buildings, old citadels and picturesque villages are scattered all along the way.

Today’s stage will take you through the north of Lower Austria. The so-called “Waldviertel” region is known for its many river and pond landscapes. The cycle path will lead you through seemingly endless forests with fresh air and wonderful authenticity. The Waldviertel cuisine is also known far and wide. Make sure to try a dish with carp and potatoes, the culinary specialities of this region.

The Kamptal bicycle path will quickly lead you to Hadersdorf via Langenlois. The route is gorgeous and also relatively flat. You will soon spot the first vineyards around Krems. From Hadersdorf, you will take the train to Tulln. Take some time to visit the Egon Schiele museum before riding the last few kilometres along the Danube to Vienna. You will reach your accommodation via the Danube Island, comfortably avoiding all traffic.

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Route information


The road quality varies widely. The route follows both well-paved cycle paths and bumpy, unsurfaced dirt tracks and forest trails. For the most part, you will cycle along separate cycle paths and secondary roads, with only a few sections featuring heavier traffic. Please note that the Czech part of the route as well as the so-called “Waldviertel” include some steep climbs and require a good level of fitness. The signposting of the route is generally good.


Prices and dates

Category A: 4**** hotels

Category B: 3*** hotels, inns and guest houses

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Best developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (German, English)
  • Train ticket from Hadersdorf to Tulln (incl. bikes)
  • GPS data 
  • Service-Hotline


  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer by minibus to Prague every Saturday morning, costs EUR 129, extra EUR 39 for your own bike, reservation is necessary

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Prague train station
  • Prague or Vienna Airport
  • Hotel parking, costs approx. EUR 28 per day, reservation is necessary, to be paid for at the time
  • Good train connection from Vienna to Prague

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
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