What Should I Know About the 23 Best Bike Friendly Cities in Europe? (Part 2)

Strasbourg France

I now have a Brompton folding bike and can easily carry it in my car. I do not like to walk for more than 30 minutes at a slow pace. Most towns and cities I have visited in Europe will take a couple of hours to walk around and see everything. So, I got to thinking, “What Should I Know About the 24 Best Bike Friendly Cities in Europe?” Below is a list of cities with key points about biking in those cities. Now we will all be better prepared when we go there and either ride our own bike there or rent a bike from a local shop.

Now we will cover the other half of the best cities for cycling in Europe.

Island of Sark

First, let’s see what the Island of Sark has to offer by going to the Official Sark Website for all sorts of information.

Here are some highlight points about biking on the Island of Sark:

  • Cars are not allowed on the island
  • Designated as the first Dark Sky island with no cars or street lights
  • From the visitors center in the center of the island everything is within one hour’s walking distance

Do you want to explore the island on your own? Well then I recommend renting a bike from Avenue Cycle. I would also recommend pre-booking your bike(s) in advance to ensure they are available on your arrival.

If you do not feel like exploring the island on your own you can take a horse and carriage ride. There are two carriage services available: Stocks Hotel Sark Carriage Tours  and Danny Wakley Carriages.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

First, let’s see what Ljubljana has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Ljubljana Tourism for all sorts of information. Here are some highlight points about biking in Ljubljana:
  • Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia
  • One of the smallest capitals in Europe with a population of 300,000
Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from MayMyRide. If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Ljubljana Bike Tour.

Malmö, Sweden

First, let’s see what Malmo has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Welcome to Malmö for all sorts of information. Here are some highlight points about biking in Malmö:
  • Castle Malmöhus
  • St. Peter’s Church
  • Old Town in Lilla Torg Square
  • Biking from Malmö to Lund
  • Kungsgaten
  • Ribersborgsstigen
  • Pildammsparken
  • Regimentsgaten
Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from bikemap. If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here are some of the businesses that offer that services from Trip Advisor.

Nantes, France

First, let’s see what Nantes has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to nantes.tourisme for all sorts of information. Here are some highlight points about biking in Nantes:
  • Historic Center
  • The “Machines”
  • Erdre Area (tributary of the Loire River)
  • Nantes Island
Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from bikemap. If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Baja Bikes.

 

Oslo, Norway

Oslo Norway

Oslo Norway

First, let’s see what Oslo has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Visit Oslo for all sorts of information.

Here are some highlight points about biking in Oslo:

  • Akerselva (Aker River)
  • Maridalsvannet (Lake on Northern Edge of Oslo)
  • Sognsvann (Lake Just West of Maridalsvannet)
  • Bygdøy (Peninsula)
  • Ekeberg
  • Nøklevann (Lake on Eastern Edge of Oslo)
  • Nesodden (Southern Peninsula facing Oslo)

Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from Visit Norway.

If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Viking Biking.

Paris, France

Paris France

Paris France

First, let’s see what Paris has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to the Paris Official Website for all sorts of information, to include a downloadable PDF of Paris bike routes.

Here are some highlight points about biking in Paris:

  • Canal St-Martin
  • Coulée verte René-Dumont
  • Bois de Vincenees (Forest in Paris)
  • Banks of the Seine River
  • Sacré-Coeur Basilica
Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from Spinlister.

If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Paris Bike Tour.

Here are some added notes after a recent visit (22 Nov 2018) to Paris. It seemed that mopeds were much more predominate on the streets than bicycles, especially in the bike lanes.

I know I do not like driving in Paris in my car. Many of the multi-lane roads do not have lines painted on them and some of the roundabouts are just crazy!

Seville, Spain

First, let’s see what Seville has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Seville tourism website for all sorts of information. Here are some highlight points about biking in Seville:
  • Real Alcázar
  • Parque de María Luisa
  • Catedral de Sevilla and La Giralda
  • Barrio Santa Cruz
  • Plaza de España
  • Metropol Parasol
  • Torre del Oro
Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from bikemap and limit the search to 30 km or less. If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: See By Bike.

 

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg France

Strasbourg France

First, let’s see what Strasbourg has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Strasbourg Official Tourism Website for all sorts of information.

Here are some highlight points about biking in Strasbourg:

  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
  • Parc de l’Orangerie
  • La Petite France
  • Over 20 Bridges
  • Botanical Gardens

Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from bikemap.

If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Baja Bikes.

 

Utrecht, Netherlands

First, let’s see what Utrecht has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Utrecht Tourist Information Website for all sorts of information.

Here are some highlight points about biking in Utrecht:

  • De Haar Castle
Utrecht

Utrecht

  • Oudegracht (Canal)
Utrecht Canal

Utrecht Canal

  • Dom Church
  • Amelisweerd

Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from Utrecht Tourist Info – Cycling Routes.

Driving in Utrecht

Driving in Utrecht

If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Holland Cycling – Utrecht.

 

Vienna, Austria

First, let’s see what Vienna has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Vienna Tourism for all sorts of information.

Here are some highlight points about biking in Vienna:

  • Ringstrasse
  • Rathaus
  • Parliament
  • Imperial Palace
  • Opera House
  • Giant Ferris Wheel
  • Danube River

Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from komoot.

If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Vienna Explorer.

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

First, let’s see what Zermatt has to offer in things to see and do or eat and drink by going to Trip Advisor – Zermatt for all sorts of information. As a bonus, here is a website with beautiful pictures. Here are some highlight points around Zermatt:
  • Matterhorn
  • Klein Matterhorn
  • Rothorn
  • Zermatt Village
Do you want to explore the city on your own? Well then I recommend checking out the cycle routes from komoot. If you do not feel like exploring the city on your own or you want to maximize your limited time, then I would suggest taking a city or countryside bike tour. Here is just one of the businesses that offer that service: Zermatt Bike Tours.

In Part 1 we covered:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Ghent, Belgium
  • Giethoorn, Netherlands
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Helsinki, Finland

Now you have seen some of the most bicycle friendly countries in the world!

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