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Crossing borders on the Bavaria-Bohemia long-distance cycling trail

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Crossing borders on the Bavaria-Bohemia long-distance cycling trail

Bike Touring Collection by Sebastian Gliem

8

Tours

38:09 h

338 mi

18,850 ft

City, country, river – the Bavaria-Bohemia long-distance cycling trail takes you through quaint little towns, beautiful landscapes with magnificent views and along idyllic rivers. This adventure is framed by forest – the Bohemian Forest, Fichtelgebirge Mountains and the Upper Palatinate Forest lie en route. My version of this adventure is 544 kilometres (338 mi) long with 5,750 metres (18,864 ft) of climbing. The original route is 521 kilometres (323 ft) long, but I’ve included a few detours.

The route was founded by EUREGIO EGRENSIS, a cross-border association that promotes exchanges in the region. The colourful green-white-red-blue striped logo waymarks the German side, but you won’t find signage on the Czech side so you’ll need to rely on your komoot navigation.

What makes this route so interesting? You spend several days hiking through the Bohemian Forest in the Czech Republic. You push your limits, climbing between 700 and 1,000 metres (2,300 to 3,280 ft) up steep hills everyday. Therefore, it’s important to have the right bike. A heavy mountain bike makes it more challenging and a road bike isn’t suitable on the unpaved roads. A touring bike with off-road tyres and mountain-appropriate gears is ideal. This lets you have a lot of fun on this adventure.

I’ve divided the Collection into eight stages and made sure that you always find accommodation at the stage destinations. Since some of the towns and villages are small, you should book your accommodation before your trip, so as not to have an unpleasant surprise in the evening. I’ve also included small detours away from the main route, but I point these out in the stage descriptions.

On the way, there is something for everyone. There are small towns with beautiful marketplaces, as well as the Czech spa town of Mariánské Lázně with its buildings and historic parks. You can enjoy great views over the Fichtelgebirge Mountains and the Upper Palatinate Forest, along with idyllic river valleys with inviting floodplains. And of course, there are many places to rest and take a break that offer more than just a bench with a table. I wish you a lot of fun riding between the borders.

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Radfernweg Bayern-Böhmen

324 mi

18,275 ft

18,275 ft

Last updated: January 21, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Von Bischofsgrün nach Waldsassen – Der Radfernweg Bayern-Böhmen

    Difficult
    04:51
    40.4 mi
    8.3 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Eight wonderful days on the long-distance cycle route Bavaria-Bohemia lie ahead of you. The official start is in Bischofsgrün in the Fichtelgebirge. There is no train station there, but if you don't want to travel by car, you can start the tour in Marktschorgast. Trains from Bayreuth and Hof stop there

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  • Difficult
    04:34
    38.7 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage on the Bavaria-Bohemia long-distance cycle path takes you across the border to our Czech neighbors, often and sometimes a little longer uphill. But if you cycle up, you can usually look forward to the descent that follows, like today. A total of almost 900 vertical meters await you and

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  • Difficult
    04:26
    40.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The start and finish of today's third stage on the Bavaria-Bohemia long-distance cycle path are not far apart, but you still have almost 65 kilometers and 850 meters in altitude ahead of you. Because of course you don't drive the direct way, that would be too easy. No, you follow a large loop through

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  • Difficult
    04:53
    42.9 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The fourth stage on the long-distance cycle path Bavaria-Bohemia brings you back to the German side of the border, of course it goes up and down again - without a detour to Eslarn - almost 62 kilometers. Today the route itself is the highlight, but there are also a few nice stops.

    

    On the Czech side you

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    42.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    925 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The good news first: The fifth stage of the long-distance cycle route Bavaria-Bohemia runs almost at ground level. Only 230 meters in altitude await you over 66 kilometers, unless you make the detour up to the Haus Murach castle ruins. After the last four days this will be a blessing for your legs. But

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  • Difficult
    05:20
    46.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    I hope you took good care of your legs yesterday, because today you and your bike can master a few meters of altitude again. On the sixth stage of the Bavaria-Bohemia long-distance cycle path, there are almost 75 kilometers and over 700 meters in altitude ahead of you, which will give you wonderful views

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  • Difficult
    04:15
    41.3 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The seventh stage on the long-distance cycle route Bavaria-Bohemia starts with a climb out of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, but after that it is a relaxed tour compared to the previous stage. Almost 400 meters of altitude are spread over 66 kilometers to your destination in Weiden in der Oberpfalz. Almost half

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  • Difficult
    05:17
    45.3 mi
    8.6 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your last stage on the long-distance cycle route Bavaria-Bohemia is coming up and you can collect altitude meters one last time. They are mainly on the last ten kilometers when it rises in the Fichtelgebirge in the direction of Bischofsgrün. Until then, castles, idyllic river valleys and geological highlights

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    338 mi
  • Duration
    38:09 h
  • Elevation
    18,850 ft

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