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Biking in the Czech Republic's GreenwaysCycling Amber Trail:
Budapest - Cracow

Description: This rewarding route leads through three countries - Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland in the steps of the historic amber trade route. Our journey starts on the Danube River in Budapest, the capital of Hungary and the 'Paris of the East'. The route itself begins in the nearby village of Szentendre about 10 km north of Budapest. Szentendre is a picturesque little town full of cafes, restaurants, galleries, churches, museums, little shops, and street artists. It is the gateway to an especially beautiful part of Hungary called the Danube Bend, where the river winds between high hills to Visegrad (its castle has a beautiful view) and the historic town of Ezstergom, for centuries the seat of the Hungarian bishops, with a magnificent cathedral.

In crossing the Danube we reach Slovakia, the longest and most scenically attractive part of the journey. The first segment leads through the spa town of Dudince to Banska Stiavnica, a medieval mining town, selected for the UNESCO
World Heritage List because of its unique history. For those who wish to rest and regenerate their strength, the spa in Sklene Teplice offers swimming in thermal caves.

The trail leads through the unspoiled countryside of the mountains in Slovakia and typical highland villages, through historic Kremnica and Banska Bystrica to the Low Tatras and the Western Tatras ranges, where the effort expended in conquering the difficult route is more than compensated for by the panoramic view of the highest mountains in Slovakia. The little mountain villages might be lost in time; the hospitality of the local people, herds of sheep and traditional crafts, all this is part of the unforgettable experience of this trail, so far relatively undiscovered by outsiders. You can still watch carpets being hand-made in Malatin, or little wooden churches in Lestiny and Hronsek built without a single nail. History lovers will not fail to notice the castles and castle ruins along the way; for example, majestic Oravsky Castle is breathtaking even for the experienced traveler. Many villages such as Vlkolinec (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) consist largely of the old-fashioned traditional wooden cottages. And most importantly, the bicycle route leads over the asphalt surfaces of Class 3 roads, i.e., the backroads, with a minimum of traffic and good surfaces ideal for bicycle travel.

The Slovak leg of the journey ends at the border in the village of Trstená, and the route
crosses over into Poland. The route on the Polish side goes through less demanding
terrain, through Sucha Beskidska, by the chateau of Maly Wawel and the village of
Lanckorona, onward to the monumental Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, with 32 chapels and
chaplets on a famed Stations of the Cross. Only 8 miles outside of Cracow, Wieliczka, a salt mine is an incredible place to visit. It has been in operation since the Middle Ages and is still going. The high point of the Polish side is Cracow itself, a wonderful historic, lively, pulsing town, a town known among other things for the amber market at the Sukienice (Cloth Hall), reaffirming the meaning and existence of the Amber Trail as a link between North and South, a trade route that offers such riches as to become a destination in itself.


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