This day will cover some of the borders I had observed on Day 40 in the regular loop of the project.

It starts on the EuroCity train from Berlin to Dresden, changing there onto the Trilex Express train to Zgorzelec, across the Neiße river from Görlitz. At one level this is a good cross border connection – there is an hourly service with regional trains. But at another level it is absurd – the electrification masts extend from the Polish side to the middle of the bridge, but do not reach Görlitz! So this is a border with reasonable regional services, but with opportunity for improvement.

From Zgorzelec I will cycle to Černousy, a village on the Czech side of the border that has an hourly service via Frydlant to Liberec, run with single carriage rail buses. Extending this service to Zgorzelec would be possible – a single track line, not electrified, exists here – and it would provide a connection between Liberec and Zgorzelec/Görlitz east of the Neiße. But at the moment this is a cross border railway with a missing service.

From Liberec I will head north once more, and take to the bicycle between Hradek nad Nisou and Zittau – for this line crosses a 4km sliver of Poland, and where the track is in a poor state and speeds of just 40km/h are possible – even though there is an hourly regional service here. This one needs some infrastructure improvements!

Then it’s back to Berlin from Zittau, via Dresden Neustadt again.

Day / Date Wednesday 3 August
Departure and End Berlin
End Görlitz-Černousy-Hradek nad Nisou-Zittau
Trains 6
Rail km 654.6
Bike legs 2
Bike km 44.6
Borders crossed DE-PL – Görlitz-Zgorzelec
PL-CZ – Černousy
CZ-PL – Luptin
PL-DE – Zittau
Events No formal events planned – but do contact meto say hello!

Data here is indicative. The Google Sheet for the trip is the always-updated definitive version.

The map below is an image of the route for this day. You can alternatively see access whole route with more controls on umap here.

Day 1 Map