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Trip tip: Bikemuseum in central Germany

By Adam Maršál

Too cold outside to ride a bike? Don’t know what to do at the weekends? How about a  trip to the biggest bicycle museum in Germany? „Deutsches Fahrrad Museum” in Bad Brückenau, Bavaria has everything you need.

It’s a private collection of the bicycle enthusiast Ivan Sojc, who bought an Art Nouveau villa, built in 1908, to give the collection a sutiable environment. You can find more than 200 bikes in the cllection and lot more accessories. In the two level exhibition you can learn everything about cycling history from 1820 until today. After the visit you can have a cup of coffee in the café on the ground floor. It really is a bike enthusiasts paradise!

For the trip we rode in a new Skoda Rapid Spaceback. It’s a roomy and usable hatchback for a great price. The car was perfect for such a trip for two people. Driving on the German Autobahns, it was not a problem to achieve a speeds of 212 km/h  with a ten liter per 100km fuel consumption. Of course, driving ‘normally’, the hunger for fuel descended to a more pleasant 7,5 l/100 km average ratio.

There were two interesting surprises waiting for us as we drove. Firstly is that the car is absolutely quiet and calm, even at the high speeds. The other thing is the perfect and precise steering. We were a little bit sceptical that the Spaceback would not be a suitable partner for longer trips, but yes – it worked out exceptuonally well! It was that good that one of us refused to take turns and drove all the way to the museum.

How to get there? Bad Brückenau is a spa in the middle of Germany. The Museum is open everyday except mondays. Entry is 4,50 euro for an adult. More on: www.deutsches-fahrradmuseum.de