Calling all cyclists! These are the top five cities in Europe to explore on two wheels are they’re ready to welcome you in 2024.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a nation with cycling at its core, so it’s unsurprising that it’s one of the best countries in the world to explore by bike.
Cyclists are welcome in the capital Amsterdam, and you’ll see many locals travelling on two wheels. The centre is compact, so you can pedal the paths along the canals between the tourist hotspots with minimal effort. Take time to stop off at the galleries and markets which are the main highlights.
The excellent infrastructure means that it’s easy to cycle most of the Netherlands. It’s worth investing in a road bike for the trip so you can venture out to the flower-filled countryside and other beautiful cities beyond Amsterdam.
Stable weather and completely flat streets make Valencia an ideal destination for a cycling holiday if you want a restful and relaxing experience. The 125-mile network of cycle paths allows you to access the best of the city with no need for dangerous road riding.
Spain’s third largest city has something for everyone with historic buildings, modern museums, and beautiful beaches where a wide range of water sports are on offer.
The Danish capital has a long-standing reputation as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. There are 300 miles of bike trails including a self-guided route around the city centre that was part of the 2022 Tour de France.
Special bike bridges across the central canals make it easy to dot between the best attractions including the majestic Amalienborg Palace and Tivoli Gardens which are the epitome of outdoor entertainment for children of all ages.
En route, stop off to sample delicious traditional Danish dishes including the open sandwiches known as smørrebrød, hot dogs, and sweet sticky pastries.
Rome is undeniably one of the most attractive cities in the world. Ancient architectural relics sit beside a parade of ornate heritage buildings such as the iconic St Peter’s Basilica, separated by a series of wide piazzas lined with charming cafés.
The cobblestone streets are perhaps best tackled by assisted e-bikes or mountain bikes with more hardwearing wheels, but whichever mode you choose it will be well worth the effort. Cycling around Rome gives you the chance to examine every inch of this stunning city while avoiding the tourists travelling on foot.
If you’re willing to face a few hills, cycling is a convenient and cost-effective way to tour Germany’s capital city. There are plenty of radewege (bike lanes) to follow and you can pick up your vehicle in the city itself using the Call-a-Bike scheme run by the National Railway (Deutsche Bahn).
Guided bike tours of the city are available and will bring to life key corners of the city including the Berlin Wall Memorial and lively nightlife districts. Alternatively, create your own route that encompasses all the best things to do in Berlin such as the canal paths and Charlottenburg Palace.