WORLD TOUR SECTION NORTH-EAST EUROPE: Munich - Moscow - Riga 1MR
Austria | Czech Republic | Estonia | Germany | Hungary | Latvia | Lithuania | Poland | Russia | Slovakia
Adventure, unforgettable moments, magical scenery, friends for life and a huge amount of fun!
Once we have picked up our bikes and enjoyed a few days in and around Munich (to get acclimatised), we will head south for Austria. Our goal is Mieming, the home of Edelweiss Bike Travel.
On the way there we will visit the world-famous Schloss Neuschwanstein and tackle the first alpine twisties of the tour. During the following days we will get to know the Edelweiss team, ride the Alps all the way to the Passo Stelvio, and then make our way via Salzburg to Budapest. On the way we will also pass through some of the most excellent wine regions Europe has to offer. A bottle or two might have to be sampled. Leaving the Hungarian capital behind us, we will head north and pass through Slovakia as we head for Krakow in Poland. After a wellearned break, it will be time to pay our respects as we visit the infamous concentration camp of Auschwitz. From there we turn west, heading for Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. A rest day will allow us ample time to visit the stunning historical city center and sample some of the fantastic pubs this beautiful town has to offer. The roads through the Ore Mountains take us back towards Germany. The old town of Dresden and the new city of Berlin are two of the many highlights of this section. After another rest day, we head east through Kolberg and Reszel. Poland will enchant us with its beautiful Baltic beaches, the Masurian Lakes and cosy evenings with hearty food. Vilnius marks our entry into the New Europe: untouched nature, pretty little towns, the historic capitals of the Baltic States are just some of the highlights of this route. We will spend a rest day in each of the capitals, giving us time to realize that we are crossing borders that 20 years ago seemed as solid and immutable as stone walls. Our road to St. Petersburg takes us across one of these borders. After completing some fairly intricate and strenuous border formalities, we will enter the largest country on Earth. Two days riding via Vyshny Volochok will take us to Moscow and give us our first glimpse of the grand scale of this enormous country and how the tour would go on riding to Asia. Participants finishing the European leg will leave Moscow, after an impressive rest day, to reach the final destination in the Latvian capital of Riga – completing the toll and import formalities is far easier in the European Union – and end a fantastic section filled with a bounty of natural, cultural and culinary highlights.
At a glance
- Total distance: around 5.900 km / 3.700 miles
- Bavarian sociability in Munich
- Royal castles of King Ludwig II
- Fantastic Alpine passes
- Mozart’s Salzburg
- Obersalzberg and Eagles Nest
- International life style in Vienna
- The fascinating double city of Budapest
- Sweeping roads through the Tatra Mountains
- Old Town of Prague
- Dresden and the Semperoper Opera House
- Lively Berlin
- Marienburg fortress
- Masurian Lakes in Poland
- St. Petersburg and the Hermitage
- Moscow, Kreml, Gorky Park
- and many more ...
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Munich to Moscow
The worldtour segment rides from Munich to Moscow and Moscow to Bangkok have been adventure und unforgettable experiences in breathtaking scenery, with friends for life and a lot of fun. In August 2014 we did finally start the engines and the long planned journey to Bangkok did start. I have been the only self-riding woman in a group of experienced riders - that's why I may have been a little excited in the beginning. Our group did develope to a perfectly working team and everybody could trust each other 100%. This of course did help to increase our excitement and enthusiasm for the tour each and every day. My personal highlight was the ride over the Quilian Mountains with three passes over a 13,000 ft. The landscape was mind-blowing and the remoteness of this part of the world something very special. Our two professional guides and the entire Edelweiss team did a perfect organisation so the group only needed to focus on the days ride. The cultural highlights were also a big part of the expedition, such as Moscow, Kazan, Jekaterinenburg, Astana, Kashgar, Xian with the Terracotta armee or the Great Wall of China. During the trip a group of bikers from Switzerland, Austria, Germans, Canadians and one guy from Poland did get friends for life and we hope, the next segement ride all together will come soon. This expedition has been a unique experience and did change my life in some way.
Claudia-Nicole Wenhart, Germany
Munich to Moscow
To all world tourers and those of you who want to become one some day: In 2014 I have been part of the worldtour segment rides from Munich to Moscow and Moscow to Bangkok. My recommendation to all those who are considering such a journey is ... quit hesitating and take the opportunity and ride! It was a memorable experience for us as a group, and as individuals, too. Our group consisted of riders from various countries and, along the way, we managed to help each other out of the dust when needed. The excellent tour guides assisted us with knowledge and help each and every day; and Edelweiss Bike Travel did an absolutely fabulous job of organizing this grand adventure. My next trip is planned already and I am looking forward to doing another worldtour section soon ... in South America.
Alois Clemens, Austria
Munich to Moscow
It was a one of a kind experience being part of the first guided motorcycle world tour ever. Though I have only participated in the first section, going all the way through Europe, I experienced everything which characterizes such an undertaking: Incredible routes, beautiful cities and gorgeous landscapes. Mother Nature gave us tastes of all she has to offer, from ice cold riding days to days with heavy rain, and from bright sunshine to sandstorms. It was a memorable experience and an outstanding group!
Christoph Haider, Austria