Bikepacking Baltics – Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

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The first Kaunas impressions I collect from the bus window. The driver in Marijampole didn’t want to believe me that I had covered the very largest part of my route with the fully packed bicycle. But we were both allowed to get into the bus anyway.

Actually, I would have liked to stop in Vilnius, but it is not on the direct route to Tallinn. The Covid situation has meanwhile become so tense again that everyone assumes that the Baltic states will stick together and not close the borders among neighbours. But you can never be sure in this summer of 2020.

+400km: Krakow > Warsow

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On my first evening in Krakow, I only made it from the bus station to the AirBnB apartment. I stayed there for a few days to work. Because my tour is not a holiday trip. My business continues as usual.

However, my next important destination is Warsaw, where I can pick up my Estonian e-residency card. So in Krakow I only have time for a few short tours through the city and the typical Pirogies.

+200km: Budapest > Banska Bystrica

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Budapest is honestly not my favourite city. I don’t know if it was because public life came to a standstill because of Corona, or why the Hungarian capital and I didn’t really become friends. In any case, I wasn’t sorry when I left the city – back towards Slovakia.

Actually I could have taken the Flixbus from Budapest to Krakow. But I wanted to get to know some more corners of Europe and rather spend time on the bike and in nature than sitting in the bus for a whole day. Right at the first evening I was rewarded for my decision. I found a camping site in a small village directly at the lake.

+250km: Bratislava > Budapest

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When I leave Bratislava, it is quite hot. I decide against a short detour at the castle in Devin and drive directly along the Danube towards Budapest. The cycle track is well developed and serves many city dwellers as a local recreation area. I meet many other cyclists and inline skaters. In the floodplain landscape around the big river, there are numerous resting places and even a bathing lake.

+90km: Vienna > Bratislava

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After the day of the Cargo Ride, I left Vienna to spend the sunny weekend in nature. My destination was Klosterneuburg, a small town with a beautiful old monastery, which is also Austria’s oldest winery. The local campsite is situated between the city and the danube floodplains, so I had a good location and also from the tent the perfect view into the green.

Cargo Ride with Robin Foods

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David is a real Viennese bicycle celebrity. Already when I meet him and his cargo bike in the 19th district, we are greeted friendly by the neighbours at every corner. The same goes on all day long. The people on the street, other cyclists and shop owners are happy to see the Robin Foods crew in action.