Krakow and the EuroVelo cycle lane
Krakow is a great city for cyclists. There are a lot of bike lanes, green areas, parks in the city and forests nearby. Not only that, Krakow is proud to be one of the cities on the route of the European cycle lane, EuroVelo 4. This cycle lane starts on the Atlantic coast of France in Roscoff, goes through France, Germany, Prague in Czechia and then continues to Poland. In our country, it goes through Silesia, Auschwitz and on to Krakow. From Krakow, it continues east to Ukraine, where it finally ends in the Kiev.
The natural route of EuroVelo through Krakow is, of course, next to the Vistula River, offering cyclists great views on both sides of the river. The route here starts at the ancient Tyniec Abbey, a place with around 1000 years of history. From there you will continue to Krakow and on the way, you will see the towers of the Bielany Abbey of the Camaldolese monks and Przegorzaly Castle, both with interesting stories to tell. They are on the other side of the river, so you better find the closest bridge. You are going to see a lot, but in Krakow, so think about that before getting closer to the city.
The EuroVelo 4 route then continues onwards to the city center of Krakow. After that it goes next to Wawel Castle – where you can enjoy awesome views – then very close to Lover’s Bridge, a romantic place for couples. The next stop is Nowa Huta, and the New Steelworks, formerly a communist-built district of the city with its own architecture and history. From there, the route will take you to the Niepolomice Blackwoods, where you can enjoy a chilling picnic in the wilderness. This is definitely worth recommending to all keen cyclists!
Images by Mateusz Świercz for Absolute Tours