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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!

Elbe Bike Route: Day 4

Elbe Bike Route (Elberadweg): Litoměřice to Melnik (44 km)

This morning Doris leaves us to go to her parents’ place. Doris’ mother comes to our hotel to pick up Doris and for a very pleasant chat. We say goodbye to Doris. Percy and I will continue our bike trip to Prague.

After riding a couple of kilometers Percy and I are at our first destination Terezin. The town has an impressive fortification, built in the late 18th century.

Terezin is also known for its dark history: a Second World War concentration camp.  The map below showed where men, women and children were retained. We didn’t visit the museums and memorials here, but some horrifying images from the movies such as “Life is Beautiful” still haunt me. Like Hiroshima, the town has a weighty past but today it is full of life. With a heavy heart we leave Terezin.

More on Terezin

The beauty of nature along the river soothes me after the heart-wrenching visit in Terezin.  Life has light and shadow.

The charming town of Roudnice – After lunch we tried to find a hilltop viewpoint which was highlighted on our map, but could not find it. The search became nothing but a pleasant extra uphill bike ride to digest the heavy asparagus & potato lunch.

On this trip I have seen so much Sakura (cherry trees) in full bloom!  Each time I am delighted by these pink flowers. Cycling along the calm stream of the river puts me in a meditative mood.

We arrive at the hilltop town of Melnik and after a quick shower we rush to a terrace bar at the castle. We’re rewarded by a fantastic view of the Elbe river and a glass of local wine!

We decided to finish the day with a nice vegetarian dinner at the quiet village square with a view of the castle.

Daytime tourists are all gone and we enjoy a beautiful night view from the hilltop village of Melnik.

That was another great day of biking!