There is nothing like cycling to discover the hidden corners of a new city. It is a pleasant, fun, inexpensive, healthy and environmentally friendly way, and often also the fastest to get around in a congested city. On the one hand, you progress faster than pedestrians, and on the other hand – you are not locked in a car and can enjoy the sights along the way, and if you want to stop, there is no need to worry about parking. Getting active definitely makes us feel good and many of us are sports fans, after all we can even read about the top 10 craziest fans pranks in the world. We love being active. So here are some European cities that are particularly friendly to cyclists:
Amsterdam, and in fact the whole of the Netherlands, is the perfect place for cycling. Bicycles are an integral part of the local culture, so much so that Amsterdam has more pairs of bicycles than residents. The locals take the kids on the bikes to kindergarten, go out with the bikes for an evening out and also ride their bikes (in a suit!) to work.
The amount of bike paths in the city is endless and you can ride almost anywhere. For the benefit of travelers and tourists, there are many bicycle rental shops scattered throughout the city, along with an urban bicycle sharing system, and in many hotels in the city you can rent bicycles.
If you are an inexperienced rider, it is advisable to start riding on the shady paths of the huge city park, Wendell Park, and then move on to riding along the city canals. Once you have gained enough experience and skill, the whole of Amsterdam is open to you, and you can also go by bike to the countryside outside the city.
Berlin is considered one of the greenest cities in Europe, which is reflected, among other things, in the developed bicycle infrastructure and the growing number of residents who ride bicycles on a daily basis and do not let the cold winters deter them. The city is networked with about 620 km of bike paths that pass through all the neighborhoods, central tourist areas, parks and natural areas near the city.
One of the popular tourist routes runs along the Berlin Wall. The wide boulevards that characterize Berlin make cycling especially comfortable, as well as across Most of the plain terrain. You can also join guided riding tours.
It is a pleasure to discover Vienna by bike. True, bicycle culture in Vienna is not yet as developed as in Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Berlin, but Vienna is moving in that direction by leaps and bounds. You should start by cycling along the Ringstraße, the wide boulevard that surrounds the city center and includes some of Vienna’s most prominent points of interest.
And after enjoying a ride in the city center, the forests of Vienna are a perfect place for those who want to enjoy a pleasant walk in nature, rather than necessarily to get to a particular place. The city bike sharing system, City Bike, includes more than 120 stations throughout the city, mostly near subway stations, and the first rental hour is free. In addition, you will find many cyclist – friendly hotels and boarding houses in Vienna, with storage spaces, maps and help for cyclists.
Many French cities, such as Paris and Bordeaux, are proud of their highly developed bicycle infrastructure, but the city that paved the way was Strasbourg, in eastern France, which led the country’s bicycle revolution. Strasbourg has more than 500 km of cycle paths, and it’s bicycle sharing system is one of the leading in the world. Many points in the city have bicycle moorings (for adults and children) that can be rented for a nominal fee.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is biting into Amsterdam’s status as the European bicycle capital. The city has more bicycles than vehicles and surveys show that more than 60% of residents make their way to work or school by bicycle on a daily basis. The flat, compact and pleasant city is networked with wide bike paths, with elevated paths that allow you to ride safely even in the busy areas of the city center.
In recent years, about $150 million has been invested in the bicycle infrastructure in Copenhagen, and it seems that they have thought of everything here to encourage residents to prefer bicycles over cars. The traffic lights are timed with the pace of cycling, there are lots of special bicycle parking lots, 16 new bridges for bicycles and pedestrians have been built and more. You can rent the bikes at stores scattered around the city or through the cooperative bike system.