As the former capital city of Poland, Krakow has a very rich cultural and historical heritage. The city is reknown for being home to six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art. A stop in Kracow would allow cyclists to discover some of them, including the Wawel Castle, the Wawel Cathedral, the buildings of the Jagiellonian University and the medieval site of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues. About 50 km outside of the city, and also close to the route of EuroVelo 4, the former Auschwitz concentration camp provides a sobering reminder of the Holocaust. Photo credit: FotoCavallo
Also known as the 'Wonder of the West', Mont-Saint-Michel is one France's most famous monuments. A Gothic-style Benedictine abbey is located on an island 600 metres from the Normandy coast, which means that it is exposed to the powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany. This architectural treasure is situated in the midst of vast sandbanks is therefore accessible only at low tide. Photo credit: Jesper Krogh
The Belgian coastal paths of EuroVelo 4 pass next to the wonderful city of Bruges. Sometimes called "The Venice of the North", this canal-based city is worth a short detour. Visiting the Basilica of the Holy Blood or Saint Salvator's Cathedral, enjoying the beauty of the Markt and its 83-metre-high belfry or simply trolling through the little streets and canals of the Flemish city is like stepping back in time. Photo credit: Jean-Christophe Benoist
On the Central Europe route in the Netherlands, make a stop in the charming city of Breda. Its cosy city centre makes for a very pleasant spot for a lunch or even an overnight stay. Around Breda’s central square, the Grote Markt, tourists can visit the two churches Grote Kerk and Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk (whose architecture is typical Gothic Brabant style) or have a walk in the quiet park around Bouvigne Castle, a red-brick castle built on a lake. Photo credit: Peter van der Wielen
The layout and architecture of medieval and Renaissance Bamberg exerted a strong influence on urban form and evolution in the lands of central Europe from the 11th century onwards. Bamberg is an outstanding and representative example of an early medieval town in central Europe, both in its plan and in its many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings. Its historic city center is a listed UNESCO world heritage site.
One of the most beautiful and largest Orthodox Christian shrines in the world, Pochayiv Monastery (Pochayivska Lavra) is the most eastern outpost of Russian Orthodox Church. It’s also the country’s second largest Orthodox complex after Kyiv’s Kievo-Pecherska Lavra. The monastery was founded here by monks fleeing from Kyiv when the Mongols sacked the city in 1240. Now, the place is open for tourists, and a small tour bureau with English-speaking guides is ready to provide tours for a small fee. Visitors are required to comply with attire rules.
Kyiv is a big, vibrant city with plenty of tourism attractions that may be easily found on the web. One of a more hidden places of interest that we recommend to visit is PinchukArtCenter. It's a museum of contemporary art, one of the biggest and the richest in Central and Eastern Europe. It was founded by the Ukrainian businessman and philanthropic, Viktor Pinchuk, and became a very notable point on the world's map of modern art. The museum is located in the very heart of Kyiv, in Besarabka, and admission is free.
Based on original foundations Roman buildings of the former city Colonia Ulpia Traiana were reconstructed in the Archaeological Park in Xanten. It belonged to the approximately 150 cities, which were considered "Rom's copies". With the view to the magnificent Xanten Cathedral and a stone's throw away from the Rhine the largest of all Roman festivals takes place every two years in the Archaeological Park. © Michael (Flickr)
The impressive four-wing building of the Johannisburg Palace, completed in 1614, is one of the most important castle buildings of the German Renaissance. In a distance of just 50 kilometres from Frankfurt's financial metropolis, situated along the course of the river Main, the castle is open to the public and offers, among other things, the world's largest collection of cork-made architectural models.
Capital of the Czech Republic and one of most beautiful cities in Europe. Famous for its large castle complex, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with astrological clock and its unique architecture combined with a wonderful setting on the Vltava (Moldau) river. Photo credit: che
Located in the central Bohemian town of Kutná Hora, the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec are indisputably true artistic jewels. Built on the proceeds of the town’s famous silver mines, the church is a dramatic gothic building dedicated appropriately enough to St Barbara - the patron saint of miners. The cathedral meanwhile is one of the oldest examples of the Baroque Gothic style. Photo credit: Suzanne Hamilton