Melnik to Prague, 57km, our last day of Elberadweg
I made a short, quiet and beautiful morning walk in Melnik, a hill-top village looking over the rivers. I love roaming around in the villages early in the morning when it is slowly waking up and still quiet
After breakfast we start our 5th and last bike day. The path signpost shows 53 km to Prague.
Our first stop is at the historical sluice. The village of Melnik is seen on the hill.
Almost alone, we bike on the quiet coutryside admiring the the yellow rapeseed field in bloom.
At the small village of Luzec, the bike path stops and we need to cross the river once more. A relaxed boatman sees us and signals to wait for 10 minutes. No one else comes by and so we are only the passengers. He brings us and our bikes to the other side with ease.
Here we are a bit perplexed, as the path indicator shows the “Route 7” instead of the “Route 2”. We soon realise that we now follow the Moldau river, the Czech Republic’s longest river, which flows into the Elbe river.
We continue on the bike path on the other side of the Moldau river.
Biking through the blissful, expansive park of Veltrusy.
At the edge of the park, the Veltrusy Castle appears. We enjoyed a visit to the castle and garden, and also had a lunch break at a simple relaxed cafeteria. The friendly staff does not speak any English nor German, but we made ourselves understood and got a vegetarian meal with cheese and croquettes : )
A varied and well-marked bike path continues along the river Moldau. The perfectly developed bike path keeps on impressing me greatly.
We are getting close to Prague and we see more and more people walking and biking.
Got there! Prague!
Beautiful Prague in the evening light. Percy and I have a drink to celebrate the successful end of our 5-day bike tour and a tasty bowl of Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup!
After the meal, we walked to the famous Charles Bridge. The magnificent night view of the castle over the bridge blew me away!
In the past the section along the Vltava from approximately Dolanky to Rez was not recommended for non-expert riders. It was planned to be upgraded but was basically a narrow rut through the trees. From your description it sounds like this bad section has been replaced.