We have to be there at a set date and I have work to do before. I know it is a tight schedule but the kid is set on going and even though he is 17 his parents will only let him cycle if he has a teacher present. Which is fine because that gives me yet one more reason to ride to Prague.
2 days, maybe three, but still that is a long way. I have never done more than 160 km in a day and I have not been on my bike for 6 weeks... but i think if we do 3 150km days that's not bad. We will just have to determine which bits to ride, which to train.
Being in Hungary makes getting train info easy and we get all kinds of discounts.. maybe the train up to just outside of Bratislava. Sk, on peddle the last few km in Hungary, then over to the relevent sections of http://www.pragueviennagreenways.org/gwmap.html and onwards towards Prague. When we run out of time/steam, back on the train.
We can do the Hungarian bit as a day trip later in the school year, maybe get more kids out and let them see how fun cycling can be... especially heading towards Budapest, nice tail wind and all...
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Wow! I have to say that i am jealous. That sounds like an excellent trip. There are no tips i can give you becuase i have only ridden from budapest to szentendre, but that was a nice ride, however i did find the bike routes hard to follow in places.
Hope to see some pictures soon. Enjoy Budapest, it is my favorite european city.....
We rode the reverse direction to you, Prague to Budapest, Aug 27- Sept. 18, 2005. Actual riding days were 16 for the whole trip, and 1,111 kilometers. Nine riding days for us from Prague to Vienna, which seems to interest you most. Since we weren't in a hurry, we detoured to see quite a few sites. Our nights were at: Sedlec-Prcice, Hluboka (in the wonderful castle!), Cesky Krumlov, Trebon, Telc (the "candybox towns"), Slavonice, Hnanice, Valtice, Vienna.
The Danube route didn't interest us since we had ridden it some years ago, but it is lovely - more German than Czech in flavor though. The Czech bike route system is amazing! Signs on all the routes, good arrows, wonderful smooth and nearly car-less roads. I had a hard time getting these bike route maps from the US (ordered from England, I believe, but don't have that info in front of me), but perhaps in Budapest they'll be easier to come by.
We found the riding much more pleasant in the Czech Republic than in Hungary (fewer roads, so bike routes followed busy truck routes), though the countries were both fascinating. We also used the bikeline Donauradweg book in Hungary.
Can't imagine that you would get to see too much doing Vienna to Prague in 3 days - perhaps better to choose some part of the route with sights that interest you, and do the rest by boat or train?
Also, the Greenways route mentioned by someone else is probably not the best one for you if you want to make good time! We had their route booklet and I spent a lot of time on their web site, but we rarely followed their route. Much of it on field tracks and remote dirt paths... we wanted to see the villages. (Which amazingly all looked like they had been painted by a Disney crew the week before! )
Sorry to be so wordy - this was one of my favorite trips ever! Hope to get back to the Czech Republic to cycle again.
Zoltan-i, you hungarian? You know Zoltán, the common first name that comes from the Turkish Sultan?
LindaB, I keep forget to update my presonal info on this site.. I live in Budapest! I am from teh US, but I live here now.
I am not at all interested i nseeing Vienna on this trip because of time. If I had the time I would pick 3 or 4 cities/villages to spend whole days in and do so. But I am on a tight schedule so I have to get to Prague. I am chaperoning my class there with my co-worker = we are their home room teachers = and since Szabi wants to go by bike I am going with him.
I used plain old maps to pick a route, then somebody suggested that greenroute thing.. which is not too far off from what I had planned.
I turned here to get the kind of info that you all have been giving me regading types of roads, quality of roads, places of interest, etc. Thanks.... if we canride through some nice countryside, swim in a lake/river or two on the way, see a few cool viallages/towns, eat some good local food, then it will be worth it. I can always schedule a new ride back to Prague, taking my time and enjoying it even more...
FYI Szabi wants to ride the whole 600 km (400 miles) in two days. I may be able to do it if it is not too hilly and not too windy but I will just sleep the whole time in Prague...