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    Touring in Germany

    I am just beginning to plan a short two-weeks tour through Germany next July, mainly in the east area. I would like to include also other countries, especially the Czech Rep.

    Checking plane destinations from Madrid I see that the cheapest option is Berlin. So I suppose the start point should be Berlin.

    It is my first tour abroad and really I am a bit confused. I plan to make at least 100 km. per day, having made more than that distance in Spain. Suggestions and reccommendations on routes, places to visit,...will be much appreciated.

    Sorry for my poor English.

    Dario

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    Hi Tomas,

    It sounds like you would enjoy the Elba bicycle trail. It is one of Germany's most beautiful, and leads from the coast to Prague. Here is a link to a map of Germany's long distance bike paths.

    http://adfc-rodgau.de/d_radfernwege1.html

    If you come through Frankfurt, I'll buy you a beer.

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    Hi Becnal,

    Thanks for your comments and great help! I think Frankfurt (Main) is far from the route I am making this year. If you plan a tour in Spain, let me know.

    Most probably will try the Elba cycle route as already my intention was to visit Dresden before leaving Germany and going into the Czech Rep. I don't know if I can fit Leipzig too in this route.

    Having a good Iberia connection from Vienna I suppose my final destination will be Austria. I will try then to tour on Czech Rep., Slovakia, Hungary and finally Austria, but I have to make km. calculations before I can decide.

    Arriving at Telgen airport in Berlin, is possible to leave the airport by bike? Any route reccommended?

    Thanks again.

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    Hi Dario,

    I'm also planning a tour through Germany. During my research I came across the following website with maps of various routes through the country: http://www.esterbauer.com/. I already bought the Rhein Route #2 and #3. Some of the maps are availalbe on Amazon Germany: http://www.amazon.de/.

    cheers! chris
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    You might want to find out how much EasyJet charges to take the bike along. It might be cheaper to find a flight on another carrier that doesn't charge extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomasV
    Hi Becnal, Arriving at Tegel airport in Berlin, is possible to leave the airport by bike? Any route reccommended? Thanks again.
    Tegel Airport is really close to the Spree bicycle path. Just ride south right out of the airport, go through the park, and you will come right to the Spree River, Berlin's major river. Where in Spain are you? My best friend lives in Leon, and I rode the Camino from Frankfurt to Finisterra last summer.

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    Becnal,

    I live in Alcobendas, a town near Madrid. I also made the Camino two years ago from Sto. Domingo de la Calzada and plan to make the part in Navarra and La Rioja in a near future.

    Sure you remember Fromista (Palencia), will be there on Saturday following the Canal de Castilla in a short 3-days tour ending in Burgos.

    As Tegel is so close to the Spree cycle path I will start the tour from that point, heading to the Elba cycle path. Still I have to research on the route to take inside Czech Rep., Slovakia, and Hungary.

    Ziemas,

    Already checked EasyJet connections from Madrid but found that Iberia has a lot more. As I have many points to discount I hope the price to be very competitive.

    Chrish,

    Thanks for your suggestions. I leave the Rhein route for the future, sure it is beatiful. Will check maps you are using.

    Tomas

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    EuroVelo Long distance routes 2, 7, 4, 9, and 6, in that order, will take you from the airport, along the Elba, to Czech, then Austria, and then Slovakia, without ever leaving a major international bike path. TA DA!!!!

    http://www.ecf.com/83_1

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    here's a good website for planning routes in germany...has all the maps online. a bit complicated for the longer routes, but could be a good resource.
    http://www.radroutenplaner.nrw.de/

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    Quote Originally Posted by lipsey33
    here's a good website for planning routes in germany...has all the maps online. a bit complicated for the longer routes, but could be a good resource.
    http://www.radroutenplaner.nrw.de/

    Yes, but it is only one state in Germany, NRW. Too bad it's so small.

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    I finally made a decision about the route: will start in Berlin next 24/06/2006 and end in Budapest on 9/07/2006, total distance approx. 1300 km. In Germany I plan to take the Elba cycle route to the Czech border and before that another cycle route through Brandenburg.

    As I am new into international touring sure will make more questions to all you exprerienced tourers!

    Dario

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