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Biking from Meilen to Walenstadt along the Linthkanal

Biking from Meilen to Walenstadt, Walensee – 64km

After my 5-day bike tour in Germany and Czech Republic, I re-discovered the joy of biking. Biking gives a sense of adventure and freedom.

Philippe and I planned a one-day bike tour from Lake Zurich to Walensee along the Linth Channel.  We packed our lunch in our backpack and hopped on our bikes.

The highlights were the tranquil, deep-green Linth channel which, unfortunately, is covered with a multitude of powerlines crossing from all sides, the remaining old mule track hanging on the Walensee cliff which we got to know the history about, the narrow bike-only tunnel along the Walensee, a fantastic view of the Churfirsten and a nice dessert stop at Restaurant Sagi in Murg.

After a 64km ride under the blue sky, we made it to Walenstadt!  Great fun!

 

Elbe Bike Route: Day 5

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

After breakfast we start our 5th and last bike day.  The path signpost shows 53 km to Prague.

Our first stop is at the historical sluice. The village of Melnik is seen on the hill.

Almost alone, we bike on the quiet coutryside admiring the the yellow rapeseed field in bloom.

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.

We continue on the bike path on the other side of the Moldau river.

Biking through the blissful, expansive park of Veltrusy.

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  : )

A varied and well-marked bike path continues along the river Moldau.  The perfectly developed bike path keeps on impressing me greatly.

We are getting close to Prague and we see more and more people walking and biking.

Got there! 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!

After the meal, we walked to the famous Charles Bridge. The magnificent night view of the castle over the bridge blew me away!

The picturesque town of Dresden

Doris, her boyfriend Percy and I have decided to bike 220km along the Elbe river from Dresden in Germany to Prague in the Czech Republic.

On a sunny day, and with a very promising weather forecast for the week to come, we left Zurich much too early for my taste and arrived in Dresden just an hour later.

I knew little about Dresden but read that the city was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. So I was not expecting much. How wrong I was.  Dresden turned out to be a beautiful city, loaded with many historical buildings. We saw several old photos in which some churches were completely demolished by the bombs. It was impressing to see how the Germans endeavored to bring the city to the former splendor.

This city makes me think of human insanity (such as wars) as well as resilience.