The ultimate slow-travel experience is a bike ride through Europe. ©iStock/Patryk Kosmider Our emotions were high as we rode our fully laden touring bicycles down the impressive Unter den Linden toward the iconic Brandenberg Gate. My husband Tim and I were elated at completing one of our most enjoyable cycle tours to date and in awe of the grand memorials, parks, and buildings lining our way. With each pedal stroke, the anticipation grew for all we might discover over the next few weeks in Berlin, Germany’s iconic capital.
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Tranquil canal paths, verdant green forests, grand castles, and quaint little villages were just a few of the many natural, historical, and cultural highlights we’d experienced in our four weeks riding across Europe from the U.K. to Germany . The generous hospitality showed to us and the world-renowned cycling infrastructure only enhanced the experience.
The decision to cycle from London to Berlin evolved while researching the many European cycling routes for our annual summer tour. Berlin has always been high on our list of places to visit, so when the opportunity to petsit for two cats in an inner-city apartment came up, we immediately started planning how we might get there.
Our first move was to seek out any relevant Eurovelo paths (Eurovelo is the European cycle route network. See: en.eurovelo.com ). With 17 routes of almost 56,000 miles, we were sure there’d be one mapped out for at least part of […]