Elbe Bike Route: Day 4

Elbe Bike Route (Elberadweg): Litoměřice to Melnik (44 km)

This morning Doris leaves us to go to her parents’ place. Doris’ mother comes to our hotel to pick up Doris and for a very pleasant chat. We say goodbye to Doris. Percy and I will continue our bike trip to Prague.

After riding a couple of kilometers Percy and I are at our first destination Terezin. The town has an impressive fortification, built in the late 18th century.

Terezin is also known for its dark history: a Second World War concentration camp.  The map below showed where men, women and children were retained. We didn’t visit the museums and memorials here, but some horrifying images from the movies such as “Life is Beautiful” still haunt me. Like Hiroshima, the town has a weighty past but today it is full of life. With a heavy heart we leave Terezin.

More on Terezin

The beauty of nature along the river soothes me after the heart-wrenching visit in Terezin.  Life has light and shadow.

The charming town of Roudnice – After lunch we tried to find a hilltop viewpoint which was highlighted on our map, but could not find it. The search became nothing but a pleasant extra uphill bike ride to digest the heavy asparagus & potato lunch.

On this trip I have seen so much Sakura (cherry trees) in full bloom!  Each time I am delighted by these pink flowers. Cycling along the calm stream of the river puts me in a meditative mood.

We arrive at the hilltop town of Melnik and after a quick shower we rush to a terrace bar at the castle. We’re rewarded by a fantastic view of the Elbe river and a glass of local wine!

We decided to finish the day with a nice vegetarian dinner at the quiet village square with a view of the castle.

Daytime tourists are all gone and we enjoy a beautiful night view from the hilltop village of Melnik.

That was another great day of biking!

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