Czech Republic

In recent years the Czech Republic has invested heavily in long distance cycle routes. More information is available here. We have not cycled in the Czech Republic, but we went to a lecture last year at our local bike shop given by an employee who had cycled alone from Viernheim to Istanbul and returned via a different route with his girl friend. She described the return journey though the Czech Republic and mentioned the difficulty they had cycling on rough paths there. We were surprised to hear this, but our experience is similar, although we have only walked along a few km of Czech cycle route. The tracks were bumpy, covered with layer of 1" sandstone pebbles, more suitable for the robust bikes the continental Europeans call trekking bikes than the thin tyred Audax road bikes many Brits and North Americans use for touring. Signposting however was very good. Local prices are very reasonable. We ate in the restaurant of the four star Hotel Komorni Hurka in a village near Cheb. We had an excellent three course lunch with a beer for six to seven Euros each. I suspect as long as one avoids the tourist traps like Prague that hotels and restaurants are not expensive in the main. 

We did however find a new EU sponsored cycle- and footpath running from Doubrava, Czech Republic to Bad Elster west of the Bily Halstrov/Weiße Elster river as part of the Elster Cycleway from As (Czech Republic) to Halle an der Saale (Germany) which had a smooth high class tarmac surface. Maybe things are looking up.

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