Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A little more about Luxembourg Accommodation and Organised Trips

If you are thinking of going cycle touring in Luxembourg, you may be interested to know that the Luxembourg Cycle Club has organised a bed and bike website listing bicyclist- and even tricyclist-friendly hotels: Similar to its German cousin the website is in German, but as befits a country where French is spoken, in French as well.
We can recommend the services of Velosophie s.à.r.l., 144, avenue de Faïencerie, L-1511 Luxembourg,, t:+352 26 20 01 32, (in German) in case you wish to order a made to measure tour.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bike Hire in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

There are three bike hire organisations. We have found only these which are in the south and east of the country. As you can see by the names of the bike rental organisations, dialect is big in Luxembourg.

Rent a Bike Dikrich    (Diekirch)       

27, rue Jean l'Aveugle
L-9208 Diekirch (Luxembourg)

Tél. : (+352) 26 80 33 76
Fax : (+352) 26 80 33 75
eMail :

This organisation hires out city, mountain and children's bikes not only on a daily basis but by the week as well. 

Rent a Bike Miselerland (Moselle Valley)
This organisation seems to be more interested in daily rather than weekly hire. However it also has a repair van that shuttles up and down the Moselle Valley in case your steed breaks down.

Rental Stations:

Deutsch-Luxemburgische Tourist-Information
Moselstr. 1
54308 Langsur-Wasserbilligerbrück
Tel: +49 6501 / 602666
Fax: +49 6501 / 605984
(Actually over the border in Germany, but who's counting? Borders, thank goodness, don't count for much, near to Schengen.)
Open: April to October:
Mon - Fr: 09:00 - 17:00
Sat / Public Holidays: 10:00 - 14:00
Sun: Closed

Camping Schützwiese Wasserbillig
T: +352 74 05 43
F: +352 26 714 203
rue des Sports oder rue des Romains
Open: April to September:
09:00 - 12:00, 17:00 - 18:00

Camping Mertert
Rue du Parc
L-6684 Mertert
Tel: 74 81 74
Fax : 74 98 08
Open: April to October:
Mon - Sun: 10:30 - 20:00

Administration Communale de Flaxweiler 
1, rue Berg 
L-6926 Flaxweiler 
Tel : 770204 - 1 
Fax : 770833 
Mon - Fr: 08:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:00 (Closed Thursday afternoons.)

Camping Route du Vin
route du Vin
L-6794 Grevenmacher
Tel: 75 02 34
Fax : 75 86 66

Open: April to September:
Mon - Sun: 07:00-22:00

Musée du Vin (The Wine Museum)
115 route du Vin,
L 5416 Ehnen
Open: April to October:
Mon - Sun: 0930 - 11:30, 14:00-17:00

Hotel Restaurant l´Ecluse
Famille ALBERT
29, Waistrooss
L-5450 Stadtbredimus
Tel.: + 352 23 61 91-1
Fax: +352 23 69 76 12
Email: info(at)

Open: Fr to Wed: 08:00-11:00, 14:00-18:00

Gare Routière (Bus Station)
Esplanade Moselle
L-5533 Remich
T: 621 35 61 37
Open: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Schwebsange (Schwebsingen)
Camping du Port
R.N. 10
L-5447 Schwebsingen 
Tel: 23 66 44 60
Fax : 23 66 53 05 
Open: April to October:
Mon - Sun: 08:00 - 22:00

Tourist office of Mondorf-les-Bains
26, avenue des Bains

L-5610 Mondorf-les-Bains
T: +352 23667575

F: +352 23661617


Tuesday - Saturday
09:00 - 12:00 & 13:00 - 18:00


Youth hostel Schengen/Remerschen
Sacha Jeitz & Melanie Bausch
31, Wäistrooss
L- 5440 Remerschen
T: (+352) 26 66 73 1
F:(+352) 26 66 73 2
e-mail :

Open Mon-Sun 08:00-10:00, 17:00-22:00

CENTRE EUROPEEN - Centre d'information touristique, Centre d'information Europe Direct 
Rue Robert Goebbels 
T: 0035226665810
F: 0035226665811
Open: Tu - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 18:00

Rentabike Mellerdall (Müller Valley)

Syndicat d’Initiative et de Tourisme Berdorf

7, An der Laach  L-6550 Berdorf
Tél.: 79 06 43 Fax: 79 91 82
01.06. - 30.09. / Mon-Sunday / 09:00 - 17:00
30.09. - 31.05. / Mon-Saturday / 08:00 - 17:00

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Madeira per e-Bike

Madeira is a great place to cycle, but there is no shortage of hills. Assistance is at hand however: Natascha and Marco Mück from Cologne have opened Moskito Drive, an e-bike hire business in Funchal on Madeira. They rent out Flyer bikes. The batteries can be recharged underway at various restaurants.
Their address:

Moskito Drive, Lda
Estrada Monumental 316
Hotel Alto Lido, loja 4
9004-529 Funchal
Tel: + 351- 291765180
Mobile: + 351- 963204964, 

Saturday, May 05, 2012

German traffic laws applying to cyclists

Summing up German laws and regulations for cyclists. 
Obeying these regulations is important for at least two reasons:
1) You can receive an on-the-spot-fine of up to €50 (about £40 or $65) for some of these offences:

You can be fined 5 Euros for cycling on the pavement (sidewalk).
You can be fined 15 Euros for cycling in the wrong direction on a cycleway.
You can be fined 25 Euros for using a mobile phone when underway on a bike.
You can be fined 45 Euros if you jump a red traffic light.
You can be fined 10 Euros for cycling in a pedestrian zone.

2) If you don't follow the law, you can be involved in an accident and this can have severe personal and financial effects.

The main regulations:

a) Cyclists must use a cycleway when present, as long as it is in a fit state to be used. There is another problem, caused by motorists' belief, that those cycleways which are designated by a painted stripe on the side of the road are designed to be emergency parking areas for motor cars. It is no use getting annoyed because many motorists or as they see themselves, the Lords of Creation, often see fit to park on pavements (sidewalks) and annoy pedestrians as well.
b) Cyclists should ride single file, unless there is so little traffic that by riding adjacent to one another they do not impede traffic.
c) E-Bikes or Pedelecs whose maximum speed is under 25 kph are treated as normal bicycles, i.e. the bicycle regulations apply to them.
d) Mopeds and more powerful e-bikes can only use cycleways outside of town limits. (These are marked by rectangular yellow signs giving the name of the community.)
e) Moped and more powerful e-bike riders must wear a helmet and have third party insurance cover.
f) If there is no cycleway, cyclists should cycle on the right.
g) Children aged eight or less must cycle on the pavement (sidewalk) as long as there is one present. Between eight and ten children may cycle on the pavement (sidewalk).
h) Cyclists should push their bikes in pedestrian zones.
i) There is no requirement to wear a helmet, although it is strongly encouraged.
j) Using a mobile phone when underway on a bike is verboten, i.e. a no no, but like motorists some cyclists need to be in touch with the rest of the world constantly.

Friday, May 04, 2012

From Node to Node

If you've read our eBook: "Following the Rhine gently upstream Rotterdam to Basel, a Cycle Tourist’s Guide" available from Smashwords and Amazon you will have noticed that we are great fans of the Belgian and Dutch knooppunt system. This system uses a series of numbered points to link cycleways across a region. It's a great idea and means that navigation can be reduced to a list of numbers on a sheet of paper. The problem for the British and the US Americans as well would be that you need a basic network of cycle paths to start with. Obviously the system would work well in Germany and I was pleased to read recently that Rhine-Neuss County in North Rhine Westphalia in in process of setting up a node system for cyclists. It should be in operation this summer. Great news. It is to be hoped that other local authorities in Germany follow Rhine-Neuss County's example.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Hiring bikes in Köln (Cologne)

Rent - a - Bike Cologne
Kölner Fahrradverleihservice
Markmannsgasse / Altstadt
Tel.: 0171 - 629 87 96
Fax: 0221 - 13 97 191
A week's hire of a standard bike costs about 40 Euros, three day hire costs 20 Euros and a day will cost you 10 Euros.
Breslauer Platz
50667 Köln
Tel. 0221.13 97 190
Fax 0221.13 97 191
Offers touring bikes, children's bikes and at least one tandem. The Radstation is on the north side of Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne central station). The Radstation also offers a place to park your bike. It's open from 05:30 to 22:30 Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays 06:30 to 20:00 and Sundays and Public Holidays from 08:00 to 20:00.  A week's hire of a standard bike costs about 40 Euros, three day hire costs 20 Euros and a day will cost you 10 Euros. Better quality bikes and the tandem cost a little more.

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