[VIDEO] Cycling Athens to Amsterdam in 3 Parts
Athens to Amsterdam by bike? Sure, that sounds fun. But what does it look like? How do I know if this is something I would enjoy? Well, we hope these three videos give you a better idea of what it’s like – the hills, the herds of sheep, the architecture, the people, the food, the open road, the rainy days and the sunny skies.
Cycle touring is a wonderful way to connect the many incredible tourist sites in Europe. It’s also a great way to discover hidden gems off the beaten track and to experience village life, up close and personal.
Part 1 – Athens to Sarajevo
“I had no idea that northern Greece had so much great scenery… so lush… coming down some of those mountains, and cruising by these rivers.. valleys… it’s just incredible. Seeing the monasteries at Meteora.. one of the coolest things I’ve seen anywhere.”
Starting in Athens and quickly working our way into the mountainous countryside of Greece, the riders had better come ready with their climbing gears. The hilly roads offer incredible views of the valleys below and unique landforms like those found at Meteora. The section ends in Sarajevo, Bosnia after more stunning mountain scenery in Albania and Montenegro.
Part 2 – Sarajevo to Munich
“This stretch.. has been pretty fantastic. The landscape is pretty baron but the coast… it’s just brilliant. You know you come around the corner and there’s this gorgeous town with beautiful blue water.”
“The memories that stand out is the small gratitudes of the local people. To get that, all you have to do is try and say please and thank you and it comes back to you I think.”
From western Bosnia and into Croatia we work our way north leaving the Balkans and the pristine waters of the Croatian coast. We enter Slovenia and pedal on into Italy, passing through the mighty Dolomites before arriving in Munich, Germany.
Part 3 – Munich to Amsterdam
“The ride has been much more relaxing compared to the mountains. So not having to climb is a nice change – albeit, the scenery certainly is different. I can’t say how awesome it really is. You have to be there to experience it.”
If the first section was a test of your legs and lungs, then section 3 is the payoff – limited climbing on wonderful cycling infrastructure through Germany and onward into the Netherlands and the finish in Amsterdam.
A special thanks to Coby Werlin (www.cobywerlin.com) for completing this video series. The first of two he completed in 2019 – he also shot, and edited our North American Epic series. He spent months filming and months more finalizing the edits to give us this great window into these tours.