Melnik to Prague, 57km, our last day of Elberadweg
I made a short, quiet and beautiful morning walk in Melnik, a hill-top village looking over the rivers. I love roaming around in the villages early in the morning when it is slowly waking up and still quiet
The Elbe river branches out to Moldau here.
Melnik village square early morning
After breakfast we start our 5th and last bike day. The path signpost shows 53 km to Prague.
Percy starts for a day.
Sakura on the hill of Melnik
Route 7. 53km to Praha
Our first stop is at the historical sluice. The village of Melnik is seen on the hill.
Historical sluice at the backdrop of Melnik
Almost alone, we bike on the quiet coutryside admiring the the yellow rapeseed field in bloom.
Rapeseed field with Melnik in the background
Biking in the middle of rapeseed field
At the small village of Luzec, the bike path stops and we need to cross the river once more. A relaxed boatman sees us and signals to wait for 10 minutes. No one else comes by and so we are only the passengers. He brings us and our bikes to the other side with ease.
Here we are a bit perplexed, as the path indicator shows the “Route 7” instead of the “Route 2”. We soon realise that we now follow the Moldau river, the Czech Republic’s longest river, which flows into the Elbe river.
A very small boat to take us to the other side of the river
We were only passengers.
Our bike arrived safely at the other side.
We continue on the bike path on the other side of the Moldau river.
Biking away under the blue sky
Biking through the blissful, expansive park of Veltrusy.
Biking through the beautiful Veltrusy Park
At the edge of the park, the Veltrusy Castle appears. We enjoyed a visit to the castle and garden, and also had a lunch break at a simple relaxed cafeteria. The friendly staff does not speak any English nor German, but we made ourselves understood and got a vegetarian meal with cheese and croquettes : )
Castle Veltrusy from front
A varied and well-marked bike path continues along the river Moldau. The perfectly developed bike path keeps on impressing me greatly.
A narrow rough bike path
The path is clearly marked and free from cars.
A beautiful path along the river
We are getting close to Prague and we see more and more people walking and biking.
A boat full of bikers
A path close to Prague, well-marked and maintained
Got there! Prague!
Arrived at our hotel in Prague!
Beautiful Prague in the evening light. Percy and I have a drink to celebrate the successful end of our 5-day bike tour and a tasty bowl of Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup!
A beautiful city square in Prague
A beautiful city square in Prague in the evening light
Toasting to our successful bike-tour!
After the meal, we walked to the famous Charles Bridge. The magnificent night view of the castle over the bridge blew me away!
A night view of Prague