This article has been translated form the German version.
Out with the humdrum, in with the sunshine. It’s spring, and our hearts are dancing. When the trees start to bud, you can finally sit outside again in short sleeves, and the sun’s rays start tickling your nose, then we all know: The most beautiful of all the seasons has arrived. And what better way to welcome the spring than a trip to a new city? Today we’ll introduce you to five cities that are perfect for exploring by bike. After all, what could be better than mixing in with the locals, feeling the wind on your face, and relaxing as you discover a city on two wheels?
Young and old, business suits and flip flops: Absolutely everyone bicycles here. Bicycles are practically sacred to the Dutch: Hip Hollanders decorate their bikes with flowers and garlands, and chauffeur their kids around in so-called “bakfiets.” Amsterdam is the ideal city to discover from the saddle, thanks to its flat topography and extensive network of bicycle lanes. From the Central Station it’s off to Haarlemmerstraat, bursting with charming cafes and thrift shops. You’ll cycle through the neighborhood of Jordaan onward to the 9 Straatjes, the 9 streets: each one more magical than the last. After you’ve replenished your reserves, a trip through the Vondelpark beckons, where you can let the sun caress your face. Finally we’ll visit the Museumplein and the Albert Cuyp market.
Where to borrow? Bicycle rentals in Amsterdam are a dime a dozen. “Yellow Bike” is a proven option.
Photo: Katharina Werni.
Would you believe that Barcelona is ideal for exploring by bike? In the most bike-friendly city in Spain, more and more bike lanes are gradually appearing, many of which are even separated from the road traffic. Anyone who truly wants to experience the Catalan way of life should cycle the 4 km long beach promenade, enjoying a cocktail at the end with ocean views.
Where to borrow? The friendly bike-lover Ramiro Sobral has opened the extraordinary rental shop “El Ciclo” in the heart of the city. Read More »