Daily Archives: July 23, 2015

Germany – Great Cycling for All Ability Levels

A view from our hotel in Rudesheim.
A view from our hotel in Rudesheim.

Two weeks cycling in Germany and I’m still in awe of and have a great appreciation for the abundance and ease of cycling here. It’s easy to find routes,  use public transportation with a bicycle, find parking places,  find food and lodging,  find interesting sites…it’s just easy…I can’t recommend it enough.

A recent day of cycling in Koblenz is an example of the ease of cycling which made sightseeing a breeze.*

Bikes on the cable car.
1. We took our bikes on the cable car up to the Prussian Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

 

The ancient tunnel from the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress downhill to Koblenz.
2. We walked our bike through the Fortress Ground and then cycled back to Koblenz downhill through the tunnel.
Still cycling downhill beside Fortress walls and gates.
Still cycling downhill beside Fortress walls and gates.

3. We joined hundreds of other cyclists sitting in one of many plazas to sip beer or wine and people watch. Our bikes had plenty of companions that were also parked on the many bike racks, to the lamp posts, or next to the empty walls of the square.

We cycled at sunset
4. We cycled at sunset along the Mosel River passing locals and tourists enjoying the same activity.

 

A bicycled repair station equipped with Park Tools.
6. We admired a bicycled repair station equipped with Park Tools.
A vending machine selling tire tubes in many different sizes.
7. We had never seen a vending machine selling tire tubes in many different sizes.
A small passenger and bicycle ferry to cross the Rhine River.
8 We rode several ferries across  the Rhine River.

And, if our ONE day of cycling near Koblenz has not been convincing enough to try a cycle trip in Germany, here are a few more reasons:
Germany, along the rivers, is mostly flat and very easy to navigate…just follow the rivers on either side.

There are many styles of bikes to rent including electric making it possible for all abilities.
The drivers are very respectful of the cyclists probably because they are cyclists, too.
The food – wine, beer, bread, cheese, ice cream, berries – is great!

One of our many delicious meals..
One of our many delicious meals..

The distances between sites is short.
Many people speak English, but it’s also fun to speak German.
The summer flowers are look and smell beautiful.

I couldn't resist a photo next to these lovely scented flowers.
I couldn’t resist a photo next to these lovely scented flowers.

The weather is lovely.
The days are long.
*10 months, 13,000 km, and 8 countries later – the bicycling culture of Germany is the best we’ve ridden on so far!