Main Square in Telc with its famous 16th century architecture. Southern Moravia, Czech Republic. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Hans Weingartz

Town of Telc, Moravia, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:izarbeltza

Prague to Vienna

Austria, Czech Republic Bike Tours

Cycling in Czech Republic and Austria!

A quick look at the map of Bohemia and Moravia reveals the characteristics of the landscape: A versatile, partly hilly area, where idyllic rivers flow. Southern Bohemia and Moravia have a lot to offer ranging from historical UNESCO protected inner cities, to beautiful nature reserves. There are plenty of towns reflecting the interesting Middle European history: Inner cities containing gothic and Baroque style buildings, old fortresses, and in the smaller villages the traditional karp ponds. The cycling route on this bike tour in Austria and the Czech Republic offers variety as it takes you over hills, through valleys, along patches of farmland, over bridges, and through forests.

Prague and Vienna are the highlights of this trip. Prague, was for centuries, the center of power for the Czech aristocracy, and the parliament still houses in the fortress in which the Czechs were ruled for centuries. Vienna is magnificent, as it once housed the powerful Habsburg family for centuries. This is a city where almost every period in the last 800 years is represented. Both cities are overwhelming when it comes to architecture and art.

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 to 4 hotels

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in 3 to 4 hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 24 gear hybrid bicycle
  • Transfer from airport on day 1
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Emergency service
  • Helmet and basic repair kit
  • Self guided
  • Train ticket Benešov-Tábor
  • Car transfer Mistelbach-Vienna
  • Guided tour only
  • Dinners on biking days (except day 7)
  • Water and snacks during cycling
  • Tour guide
  • Support vehicle

What’s Not Included

  • Remaining meals (dinners can be included for a supplement)
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Always recommended!

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Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Self-guided tour: Arrivals possible daily from May 1 to October 15, 2017

Guided tour: May 7, June 11, July 9, August 6, August 27, September 24, 2017

Skill Level

This European cycling tour is a moderate self-guided bike tour on designated bike paths and quiet roads with rolling hills. Average daily distances between 25 and 39 miles (40 - 62 km).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Prague to Vienna Map

Day 1: Arrival in Pague, Praha - (Konopiste) - Tábor, 38 mi. (62 km)
Day 2: Tábor - Jindrichuv Hradec, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 3: Jindrichuv Hradec - Telc, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Telc - Vranov nad Dyji, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 5: Vranov nad Dyji - Znojmo, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 6: Znojmo - Lednice - Valtice Cultural Landscape, 11 to 35 mi. (18 to 56 km)
Day 7: Valtice - Mistelsbach - Vienna, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 8: Departure from Vienna

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Prague, Praha - (Konopiste) - Tábor, 26 mi. (42 km)
Our first biking day starts easily and relaxed Vltava river upstream on nice bike trails. After 20 km on flat ground we have to leave the river and open romantic Posázaví highlands For every climb you will be rewarded with nice views to surrounding countryside. At Zbořený Kostelec you can take short hike to local castle ruin. From here, you will continue to nearby Týnec nad Sázavou. Todays stage will end with a visit the Konopiste Castle, the summer palace of Archduke Franz Ferdinand D ́Este. In late afternoon from Konopiště/Benešov you will take a train or car (Fully guided tour) to the former Hussite stronghold, Tábor. An evening stroll through this wonderful medieval town will be one of the highlights of the whole tour!

Day 2: Tábor - Jindrichuv Hradec, 32 mi. (52 km)
In the morning, a short morning walk on the ramparts of Tábor is recommended. The careful usage of the assets of the landscape and countryside during its construction resulted in several unsuccessful attempts to siege of the town during the times of religious wars. Next you'll enter the South Bohemian region. You will encounter many little castles and chateaux and a few of the most well known places of interest in the region, the romantic water castle of Cervena Lhota and also the third largest historical complex in the Czech Republic – the town of Jindrichuv Hradec with its well preserved castle and city center. It is hard to believe that this calm town used to be one of the largest medieval towns in Bohemia! Based on a legend, it is possible to meet Perchta from Rozberk, the famous “white woman” ghost! 

Day 3: Jindrichuv Hradec - Telc, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today’s highlight will be a visit of the Renaissance town of Telc, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Telc is considered to be the most beautiful Renaissance town in Europe! The route to Telc weaves through a slightly hilly countryside for about 45 km and passes many ponds and lakes along the way. In Strmilov is the opportunity to visit an artistic weaving factory and to learn more about the process of fabric making, which has been a large part of this region for many years. 

Day 4: Telc - Vranov nad Dyji, 42 mi. (67 km)
Do you take sugar in your coffee or tea? If so, you will be happy to visit Dačice where the first sugar cube was produced. Meandering quiet roads will take you through undiscovered highlands and peaceful villages near the Austrian border.

On the border road you can see a well-preserved system of fortifications from the beginning of WW II. These fortifications are well-preserved for today’s tourists. Riding along, the route will pass by the Renaissance castle of Pisecna and medieval castle of Frejstejn. Before reaching your destination, take a detour to the scenic Vranov water dam that offers rewarding views of Bítov castle. You can also visit one of the biggest castle ruins in Moravia, Cornštejn.

The final destination of today’s stage is the town of Vranov nad Dyji, nestled on the edge of the Podyji National Park.

Easy option: You can take a morning train transfer to Slavonice to bike just along the Austrian border.

Day 5: Vranov nad Dyji - Znojmo, 29 mi. (46 km)
Experience the Podyji National Park today, which captures everyone’s attention with it's beauty. From the ruins of Novy Hradek, as well as from the viewpoint over the majestic medieval castle of Hardegg, you'll be able to see places where the Dyje River meanders its way through the countryside. The memorial of the Iron Curtain is located in this area. The bike trail will lead along the borders of the national park, where no traffic is allowed. While descending to the Dyje river through Šobes vineyard, you'll want to stop and have a glass of wine. This place was awarded one of the top 10 best vineyards in the world! The next stop will be the town of Satov, where you can visit a uniquely preserved world war II fortification, painted wine cellar, cozy wine cellar streets, and an educational path leading through vineyards of old wine varieties.The day ends in Znojmo. 

Day 6: Znojmo - Lednice - Valtice Cultural Landscape, 11 to 35 mi. (18 to 56 km)
In the morning, you will leave the town along the river and then continue through fields and vineyards to the Austrian border. The border line will then lead east with a stop in the town of Jaroslavice with its Renaissance chateau. Crossing the border into Austria, visit the picturesque wine growing area of Galgenberg. From here, follow a nice new bike trail meandering through the peaceful countryside to Mikulov. This hidden gem will capture your attention with its Baroque Castle and wine museum, a historic synagogue and a local curiosity is a gigantic wine cask big enough for a chamber orchestra.

TIP: Culture and wine lovers can take a morning train transfer to Břeclav and spend whole day biking in unique Lednice - Valtice UNESCO area!

Day 7: Valtice - Mistelsbach - Vienna, 38 mi. (55 km)
Last day of the bike tour from Prague to Vienna will follow Lichtenstein heritage bike trail. On the way, bike through the Herrnbaumgarten Village, which is famous for its poetic museum of nonsenses, all the way to wine museum in Poysdorf, where you will have a chance to learn about the process of wine making! Next, pass through Wilfersdorf with its famous chateaux, which was the main residence of the Prince between 17th and 18th century. It is highly recommended to spend some time in Mistelsbach, from which you can take a support vehicle to Vienna. Cycling enthusiasts can choose to bike this distance following the Eurovelo route no. 9 (95 km!). 

Day 8: Departure from Vienna
Departure or extension of your stay. A transfer back to Prague or guided tours of Vienna can be arranged. 

VARIATION: Prague to Vienna via Český Krumlov

Day 1: Arrival in Prague; Prague - Cesky Krumlov
After arrival, today is merely a free day. In the morning, you are transferred from your Prague hotel to Český Krumlov (approximately 2 to 2.5 hours) by a van. Here you will have a welcome briefing. The rest of the day is reserved for your individual exploration of this fabulous town. The day concludes with dinner.

Day 2: Český Krumlov - Trebon, 38 mi. (61 km)
The start to today's cycling route is a difficult one as you have a significant climb out of the Moldau valley. Visit the lovely Zlatá koruna monastery. After the inevitable climb, the route gets easier, winding through tiny villages and picturesque landscape. Finally you arrive at the Trebon pond area. This originally swampy area was turned into a kingdom of ponds with thousands of little ones and crowned by the mighty giants like Svet (world) or Rozmberk (Rosenberg). The day ends in Trebon, once a cozy residence of the mighty Rosenbergs, today a lovely spa town amidst the ponds. 

Day 3: Trebon - Telc, 48 mi. (78 km)
Today's route offers a lot of the border area and there are not as many hills to contend with as the day before. Today you cycle mostly between the many ponds built here through the reign of the Rosenbergs. Touching Austria for a bit, you never leave the border for long and enjoy the border nicknamed Czech Canada. Finally, turn north to reach the highland pearl of Telc. This UNESCO protected town offers some of the best renessaince pictures.

Day 4: Telc - Vranov, 35 mi. (54 km)
Today you can cycle south again enjoying the ups and downs of the highlands. Passing the town of Dacice you can visit the place where the first sugar cube ever was produced. Later on, cycle along the Austrian border admiring the landscape and the pre WW II bunkers which were supposed to stop the German invasion. Finally, descend into the deep canyon of Dyje river to admire two mighty castles – Cornstejn and Bitov. One final climb and descent brings you into the tiny town of Vranov with mighty castle overlooking the premises.

Day 5: Vranov - Znojmo, 23 mi. (38 km)
Today's route covers a shorter distance but is a very picturesque day. It winds through the Podyji NP recognized as one of the most preserved nature bits in the country. You can admire the Dyje valley and numerous views crowned by the the Austrian town of Hardegg. Around the corner, cycle by the remains of Iron curtain and then descend all the way down to the river to sip wine from one of the most fascinating vineyards – Sobes. Today's final destination in Znojmo with its many beauties to discover.

Day 6: Znojmo - Mikulov, 43 mi. (70 km)
Today you again follow the Czech-Austrian border east. Leaving Znojmo, you reach farmland crowned by vineyards and towns like Jaroslavice. Enjoy wine tasting and from here, follow a nice new bike trail meandering through the peaceful countryside to Mikulov. This hidden gem will capture your attention with its Baroque Castle and wine museum, a historic synagogue and a local curiosity is a gigantic wine cask big enough for a chamber orchestra.

Day 7: Mikulov - Mistelbach - Vienna, 60 mi. (96 km) (all way biking) or 30 mi. (48km) to Mistelbach
On the last cycling day, follow the border to Austria and continue along the local vineyards and towns like Poysdorf with an extensive wine market. Soon you come to Zaya creek and through the ex-Lichtenstein seat in Wilfersdorf get to Mistelbach where our journey comes to an end. The transfer will bring you to Vienna. Should you prefer, you can prolong biking by finishing the route to Vienna by bike (96 km total distance).

For guided group tours, the support vehicle with bikes and the tour leader leave Vienna on Day 7 in the early afternoon. All participants with flight tickets from Prague can travel by support vehicle to Prague (included in the tour price). These participants spend their last night in Prague.

Day 8: Departure from Vienna or Prague
The bike tour from Prague to Vienna ends with a breakfast either in Prague or in Vienna. 

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