Travel log

Morava

Excluding business visits, I’ve never been to Brno, the second largest Czech city. Is it boring there? I set to find out – and on that occasion to look around Morava.
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A couple of pictures from a trip to the so-called Bohemian Switzerland: a ride under the legendary Říp hill, via the Terezín fortress, Litoměřice and cycle trails around the Elbe river to Hřensko, a hike among the rocks there (including the obligatory tourists target the Pravčice Gate) and back through Česká Lípa and round the Máchovo lake.
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During the 2014 holidays I circled around Switzerland. The route was as follows: a night train to Basel, from there over the Jura ridges, around Lake Neuchâtel, second time over the Jura to France, just under the Fort de Joux border fortress, back to Switzerland around Lake Joux. From there downhill and towards Fribourg, around the lakes of Interlaken, over the Brünig Pass and through valleys of several successive lakes, including the Vierwaldstättersee and the Zurich see, then around Rhine to the Bodensee. And then just via Memmingen, Augsburg, Regensburg and Domažlice straight home.
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In the summer of 2012 I went to the Bohemian Forest (Šumava): by train to the ultimate stop (Rybník), via Rožmberk and around the Lipno lake, mostly following the cycling track 33. And then further on following the German borders, via the Upper Palatine Forest area (Český les). It provided an interesting comparison of Šumava, which is getting quite commercialised, especially around Kvilda or Modrava, with the Český les, where the time has stood still since the Cold War era Border Troops have left, and one can be distrubed here by nothing but maybe a a herd of cows (with the exception of the Čerchov lookout tower, a turist target). I can recommend this route to anyone looking for a quiet hideout in the nature.
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Following the Inn river
My first bikepacking trip started from the Austrian Innsbruck and followed the Alpine valley of Inn. Then, when the Alps were gone all of the sudden and immediatelly replaced by the flat lowland, I continued around the lakes of Simssee and Chiemsee, via Burghausen with its monumental castle, or Braunau, the birthplace of one famous guy the locals would rather want to forget, all the way to the point where Inn dissolves into Donau in Passau.
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