It is common joke that in some places winter lasts for 9 months. Although even that cannot put people off cycling, especially those who use bicycles for commuting rather than merely sports. Cyclists keeping the right lane or a special bike lane may now equally share the road with the cars.
Why not just use sidewalks? Firstly, in most places – basically, anywhere without a separate bike lane – that would be against the law. Also passing the pedestrians on a narrow path is a tricky challenge. Most pedestrians get stressed by the sight of a cyclist on a sidewalk. People wearing headphones can’t hear bicycle bells, others never tear their eyes away from cell phones, and some are simply scared of cyclists.
Nevertheless, riding a bicycle is a good way to relax and relieve after-work stress. If you choose to ride a bike, try new offline Bicycle Navigation on MAPS.ME. Use our maps to curate a cycling route that accounts for the specific terrain and picks the most convenient route.
Car navigation in MAPS.ME also got a redesign providing more space to the Route window. Turns are now displayed in a separate box with all the details shown in the lower panel. In addition to Route Time and Distance, now you can also track your Speed. A speed-dependent automatic zoom is another feature worth checking out.
With MAPS.ME, riding a bike can be truly captivating. There are thousands of cycling routes all around the world to serve the most selective taste. We have picked five most scenic trails to inspire your travels.
Donauradweg, one of the catchiest routes in Europe, stretches for 2,875 km along the banks of the Danube. It begins in Donaueschingen, Germany, and continues through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine all the way to the Black Sea.
The first part of the route from Passau to Vienna is 330 km long and runs along the picturesque landscapes of Schlögen Bend, ancient monasteries, castles, and stunning villages and vineyards. Cyclists can stop by Enns, the oldest city of Austria, Tulln an der Donau, a city of gardens, and the famous sights of Vienna, Linz and Passau.
Wachau Valley in Austria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a true gem of the route.
Alta Via dei Monti Liguri is a 440 km long trail with 43 stages of varying complexity. It runs along the coast of the Italian region of Liguria.
The route starts with the Alta Via (High Path) of the Ligurian Mountains, unique in its beauty and landscape, which passes right through the hilltops of Ventimiglia, the westernmost part of the region, to the Tuscany border.
The road weaves through incredibly picturesque sites and national parks, and passes alongside historical monuments.
Scenic landscape makes a lasting impression with its unique features. At one point, cyclists can enjoy the sights of Corsica, Monviso and the Rosa mountain range simultaneously.
The adventure begins in the village of Mortola Inferiore.
Westweg is the most famous (and accessible) cycling route in Germany. It starts in Pforzheim and ends in Basel (Switzerland) covering 11 stages along 280 km.
The Schwarzwald (Black Forest) mountain range features the largest and highest peaks among moderately-sized mountains in Germany. In addition to mountainous areas, the route also guides cyclists through high marshes, river valleys, water reservoirs and lakes. The section that leads to Upper Schwarzwald impresses with astounding views of the ridges of the Main European Watershed between the Black Sea and the North Sea.
Mount Feldberg (1,493 meters) is considered to be the highest point of German mountains. From the top, you can experience incredible views of the surrounding areas.
Experienced adventurists can try a challenging “Schluchtensteig” route which passes through the wildest areas of the country.
The route touches the Buchenbach commune.
The United Kingdom also offers a great variety of cycling routes. www.gps-routes.co.uk alone features six hundreds of various destinations and paths.
Forest Way is a green corridor where biking enthusiasts face the wild nature with a high chance to encounter swallows, badgers, deer and foxes. The route lies within the High Weald known for its outstanding natural beauty, and passes through East Grinstead, Forest Row, Hartfield, Withyham and Groombridge.
Importantly, the trail is accessible to people with disabilities.
Cuckoo Trail runs through a mixture of deciduous forests, open meadows, farmland and pastures. Early in the summer, the cycling route is surrounded by blooming orchids and other flowers. Cyclists can find a lot of quaint little villages, such as Horam, Hellingly and Hailsham worthy to make a short stop. We also recommend to visit Hampden Park in Eastbourne, just 3 miles outside of Polegate. This spacious park dazzles with its wildlife and beautiful flora. In spring, the entire park is covered with blooming daffodils, crocuses and bluebells which spread around the lakes and waterfalls.
All of these are part of the national cycling route network featuring thousands of trails across the country, where riders can enjoy peace and quiet to their hearts’ content.
Hiawatha Trail, a former railway line that was transformed into a 24-kilometer bike trail, runs in the mountains along the border of Idaho and Montana in the US.
The route starts at East portal, at its highest point. If you take it easy, the descent to the lowest point will last about two hours.
The trail runs through alpine bridges and unlit tunnels. The longest tunnel gives an experience of passing through 2.7 kilometers of darkness in the depths of the mountains. However, the tunnels aren’t entirely dismal: they are a great place for cyclists to have a little fun, shout, and listen to mysterious echo sounds.
Rallarvegen, or the Navvy Road, is probably the most beautiful cycling route in Norway. It has been plotted on the site of a minor technical road laid during the construction of the railway line. For 82 kilometers riders are surrounded by mountains, lakes and waterfalls.
The 80 km route passes through the breathtaking landscape of Sognefjord, with its rich history and well-preserved traditions. Start your journey through Rallarvegen in Flåm and finish in the mountainous region of Geilo., consider visiting the Navvies Museum (Rallarmuseet) in the town of Finse which is a rich storehouse of history.
If you wish to take a shortcut, start it in Flåm and head towards Myrdal Station. The same path is taken by the Flåmsbana mountain railway line, which passes through 20 tunnels. The journey from Myrdal to Flåm (14 km) runs along a winding serpentine trail, so it would be better to cross it on foot rather than by bike. Riders are treated to the sights of numerous waterfalls, steep mountain cliffs and small valleys with remote farms.
The Rallarvegen route starts at Haugastøl Station. Initially, Rallarvegen was used as an auxiliary road for workers building the Bergen Railway from 1895 to 1902.
Yungas Road in Bolivia also known as “Camino de la Muerte” (Death Road) is the most dangerous cycling route in the world. The narrow dirt road lays between a high rock cliff and a sheer 600-meter precipice.
The road runs around the mountains and offers spectacular views of the Bolivian Amazon rainforest.
More than a hundred vehicles a year had crushed over the precipice when “Death Road” was the only route between the cities of La Paz and Coroico.
Encountering wild nature is not the only benefit for cycling fans. The “Van Gogh” cycling route in Roosegaarde (Netherlands) is not just a 600-meter bike trail, but also an outdoor museum. At night, the trail is illuminated by LEDs that simulate a light-based version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. This artistic decoration adorns a section of this long cycling route near North-Brabant, where Van Gogh was born. The illumination equipment works on solar power, but is also equipped with batteries for rainy days.
The bike trail was built to honor Vincent Van Gogh’s 125th birthday.
There is a full 335-kilometer cycling tour divided into five unique routes across key sites related to the life and work of Van Gogh during his Dutch period. No matter how long is the ride, nothing beats seeing the scenes you can enjoy on your cycling routes.