Aug. - Oct, 2019 Czech-Slovakia-Hungary-Austria-Italy Recommendations

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  1. NSFW

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    i sense that too, though for me traveling in a foreign land is already exciting. i'll research the northern route towards the Baltic.

    thanks glitch.



    i only met a handful of Poles, very friendly and left with me a positive impression. then, last Thursday, i took a taxi, actually Uber and the driver grew up in Poland, he had a VStrom in his hometown. he told me to go south of Krakow for excellent riding. i will get to that next.


    looks very interesting and i can easily be steered towards north.

    thanks hans.
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    2 hits each for the Northern (Baltic etc) option and the southern part of Poland (south of Krakov), which is along the the Slovakian border :-)
    Check out the Wiki blurb on that area, the Hohe Tatra is the highest part of the ~800mile long Carpathian Mtns that run into Romania further south-east.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatra_Mountains
    Check Zakopane for a well-established international ski-circus area....roads and scenery are accordingly!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakopane

    As for the Baltic Coast (and you're there at the perfect time of year)....if you've ever heard the morning-ruckus of a few thousand migratory cranes (birds), you'll never forget it!
    Zingst-Darss Coastal Park, just north-west of Stralsund.
    More pics of a Duesseldorf-> Stralsund trip a couple of years ago http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6314

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    glitch, awesome website, informative and inspiring. damn....i love your profile "Mapping the next ride......"

    yeah and so, go Baltic.....:clap

    i still remember Lech Walesa and the Gdansk Shipyard Uprising.
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    one inmate point me to kurviger.de/ and i am liking it. this must be popular among EU riders and travelers.

    https://kurviger.de/en?
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    Hans and Glitch, i appreciate your inputs. if we cross path, lunch on me.

    gpx file attached. 1235 km or 23 hours

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    Yo, Lech Walesa and the Polish struggle in the '70s still brings up memories here, too.
    Good to hear you found something interesting in that link...and "mapping the next ride" has become a "life-curse", hehe
    Being around that area again in a few weeks, one of "my" maps is sort of copying your route but running closer to the coast on minor roads, small ferries, parks, lagoons etc. trying to string as many POI's together as possible.

    https://isn.page.link/jbHm

    Ruegen from above https://www.baumwipfelpfade.de/en/nezr/

    Route starts at the tiny town of Ivenack, famous for the stand of 500-1000 y/o oaks and the elevated walkway
    https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attr...ichen-Ivenack_Mecklenburg_West_Pomerania.html
    https://www.wald-mv.de/Forstaemter/Stavenhagen/Nationales-Naturmonument-Ivenacker-Eichen/

    Then Usedom:
    https://www.weltstehtkopf.de/
    Peenemuende is an absolute MUST https://museum-peenemuende.de/?lang=en due to it's WW2 importance (and what resulted from there! i.e. Atom-bomb, Hiroshima, NASA, Moon Landing etc.)
    the old lighthouse-mill at the end of the pier in Schweinemuende https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Świnoujście
    Found this one on google
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    There's also one of the world's tallest lighthouses and endless other historical and nature stuff along the coast and beaches that the route tries to string together.

    Don't know how far we'll get and I don't really care... when our time is up we'll go home. :-)
    It's all about snooping around and digging up a healthy variety of the non-mainstream stuff.
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    Exceptional stuff!
    Tks for that one, Sir. That's my kind of travel!
    Had no idea Lilienthal was from that part of the world. :hmmmmm
    Also just tripped over the Stoertebecker Brewery + Local Produce in Stralsund...yet another reason to hang around for an extra day! Can't go past the kegs of an old pirate, aye?
    https://www.stoertebeker-brauquartier.com/de_en/

    Warsaw is moving further and further away... :-)
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    Don't miss out on the Harz region!

    Harz.JPG

    Great riding there, and not that many tourists as the holidays should be over by then.
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    You didn't have a closer look at the map in #17, did you? :wink:

    Never ever go there on a sunny sunday. Lived nearby for two decades...
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    Um, well, stupid phone :lol2
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    no worry.....my iphone does the same thing....:lol3

    pretty close to Nordhausen, but instead of going north, i went east to Gottingen to attend the MRT 2018. here's for this year.

    i love to go back to Germany. lots of good stuff and places to explore. Spain is a great destination too, except not on my list since my memories of it is still vivid.
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    must be nice to be based in Germany. you can ride in all directions. keep us posted of your new trip.
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    Awesome ride planned, Joel, but you need to get off those Google roads. Get some paper maps that show all the smaller roads and for sure you can find some great alternatives. I have heard that the Aral gas station chain publishes a good set of around 7 maps for all of Germany, alas none of the Aral stations I went to had it. Maybe search for it online. ADAC also has a set of 20 maps, and supposedly there's some sort of reciprocity with AAA.
    You can't ride to Berlin as an engineer on a BMW and not go Here, just be sure to book several weeks in advance. I also really liked This hostel there, quite laid back as the proprietor stumbled in around 5:00AM after a night out, but no worries as other people staying there just sort of took care of everything. They had an arranged tour of Berlin that even I enjoyed and I hate tours. Poland was awesome, very "civilized" for a former eastern block country, yet very affordable by western standards. It's on my list of "go-back-to" countries.
    You should also see if you can throw in a little detour through Slovenia - the eastern extension of the Alps before they get to Romania and change their name. Beautiful country that's just kind of fallen off the radar as a piece of what used to be Yugoslavia, but definitely worth visiting.
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    :-)
    Even better...based in Melbourne/ AUS and can ride in all directions for weeks on end without needing a passport...or Green Card :-)
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    I'm a lucky bastard, I can call both my home. Paraguay too. Sadly Germany is mostly work, the other two play.
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