Europe is great for riding, but some of the bucket list destinations like Stelvio Pass or the French Alps can get a little crowded, especially in the summer. Here are four weird motorcycle destinations in Europe that are just as awesome.
Bran Castle, Romania
Also known as the Dracula castle, Bran is located 30 km from Brasov in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. Although the castle has little to do with Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, who the character of Dracula was loosely based upon, the castle is mentioned in Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” and it is adequately dark and creepy. Built in the early 1300s, Bran castle is a must-see in Romania, whether you believe in vampires or not.
Pekelné Doly (Mines of Hell), Czech Republic
Located near Svitaka River in Bohemia, Pekelné Doly is a complex of the largest artificially constructed caves in Europe. Originally, the tunnels were dug in the 18th century to extract sand to produce glass for mirrors. The mining process created an enormous tunnel of 37,600 square feet, surrounded by string rock pillars to support it. Later during World War II, it was used as an underground weapons factory.
Now, the Mines of Hell is a popular bike hangout. You can actually ride inside the caves, and there’s a large biker bar serving food and drinks.
Church of Bones, Czech Republic
Church of Bones is a small medieval church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, whose interior is designed entirely out of human bones. In the 13th century, a local crusader coming back from Jerusalem brought back a handful of soil from the Grave of the Lord and sprinkled it around the cemetery of the Kutna Hora church. Because of this, everyone wanted to be buried here, until there was no more room for more bodies, and in 1870, the local authorities decided to use the old bones as… decorations.