The Prague-Vienna Greenways bike route is a part of the larger bike trail system in the Czech Republic and Europe. The surface varies from asphalt and crushed limestone to packet dirt. You travel on II and III class roads with little or no traffic, and on trails and dirt roads. The terrain varies from flat to rolling hills, through open fields, wooded areas and small villages, along rivers and lakes. On only a few ocassions does the route cross a class I road.
Rather than just a single path, the Prague-Vienna Greenways is really a 250-350 mile long web of trails and country roads that offers variation and diversity to the traveler. Thanks to support from the Greenways-Zelene stezky, the main PVGW route now includes additional loop-greenways that were created by local groups and members of the PVGW Association
Prague-Vienna Greenways let you take a journey along centuries-old salt, silver and amber trade routes, allowing you to discover the most interesting, off-the-beaten path places, closed off for forty years behind the Iron Curtain. You visit castles and historic villages and admire the architectural monuments, some declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Walk or bike through fragrant meadows, watch rare birds fly over peaceful fields. Taste fine Moravian wines and varieties of hearty Czech beer and attend concerts and festivals of high quality and fun. And...meet local people!
You walk on the well-marked hiking trails that meander in and out of towns and villages, or bike on the newly marked Greenways biking route on small country roads. You may also canoe down the beautiful Vltava or Sazava Rivers, or enjoy a horseback ride on the Lednice castle estate, or around peaceful lakes in Trebon.
The Prague-Vienna Greenways bike route was created by the Greenways-Zelene Stezky civic organization. In 1997, a grant from the McDonnel Douglas company made possible the completion of marking of the entire bike route in the Czech Republic (350 km/217 mi). The Austrian part (90 km/35 mi) had been marked in the past.
Dyje River Valley Greenway: Vranov nad Dyji...Znojmo
For thousands years it was a natural border, guarded by medieval castles. This area of Southern Moravia is also a wine country. Wine cultivation probably reached here in the first century AD with the arrival of the Roman legions who made camp on the banks of the Dyje River. Wine was certainly grown from the time of the first Slavonic states supplying the early Czech kings with wines. The castles and towns of Vranov nad Dyji and Znojmo and Bitov are the main attraction in this section.