“Castles and Chateaux of the Czech-Austrian Borderlands” Cycling Route

This cycling route focuses on castles and chateaux of the western part of the Czech Republic’s Podyjí National Park and Austria’s Nationalpark Thayatal. Length: 53 km.

Leave the Vranov square towards Podhradí, i.e. turn left at the petrol station and climb the steep hill to Vranov Chateau. Continue following the road to the village of Podmýče, but do not enter it and continue straight on to Šafov. Turn right in Šafov to Starý Pertřín and left to Podhradí nad Dyjí which features the ruins of Frejnštejn Castle. Follow the road up the Dyje river and later climb a steep hill out of the valley. Pass the Mitrov farm and go to Uherčice with its charming chateau. Continue in the direction to Lubnice, but turn right at the first crossroads to Korolupy, Oslnovice and Vysočany from where you continue towards Dešov. Go downhill to the Želetavka valley, cross the river at Svobodův Mlýn [mill] and soon after turn right to Zblovice. Pass the village and turn right at the crossroads to Bítov Castle. Go the same way back from the castle to the crossroads, go through the town of Bítov and descend to the (rather narrow) lake. Cross the bridge and soon make a sharp left turn to the ruins of Cornštejn Castle. Follow the narrow asphalt road to Lančov, turn left there and continue all the way back to Vranov.      -       -       -     The Austrian alternative route runs from Uherčice to Vratěnín, crosses the state border and goes via Unterthürnau to Drossendorf, continues to Langau and Riegersburg which features a baroque chateau, then through Felling to Hardegg, where you can visit an interesting medieval castle, and return via Čížov to Vranov.