Good news for cycling fans: the Vëlosummer initiative is back this year. The dates and routes have been published, and the organisers have moved things up a gear.
Keen cyclists are already preparing to hit the saddle – and there's a real treat in store for them. The dates and routes of the Vëlosummer initiative have now been published. This year's edition will take place from Saturday 31 July to Sunday 29 August.
The organisers have shifted things up a gear for 2021 – there are 12 routes, covering a total of 550km, compared with just six last year. The number of participating municipalities has tripled compared with the 2020 edition. For the initiative, a total 112km of roads will be closed to traffic, 103km of them for just one or two weekends.
Vëlosummer is a great opportunity to rediscover the joys of cycling in a safe and practical way, and also to take in some of Luxembourg's most picturesque, varied landscapes, check out local cultural attractions, support local businesses and become acquainted with a wealth of local produce. To help you pinpoint hotels, restaurants and nearby tourist attractions along the way, a handy road map has been produced , showing the different routes in detail.
The map, together with information about the different routes, is available at www.velosummer.lu and via the new "Tourismus-App".
Success of the 2020 edition
Vëlosummer 2021 will continue to help promote Luxembourg as a cycling tourism destination. Some 40,000 cyclists took part in the 2020 edition, which proved to be a resounding success.
The initiative was popular online too – the www.velosummer.lu website, containing practical information and descriptions of the different routes, received 100,000 visits, and the various social media pages reached some 67,000 people.
A cycling country
This success is no mere coincidence. The people of Luxembourg are passionate about cycling. The country has bred a long line of champions who have graced the podiums of the world's top races such as the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.
And today Luxembourg has an outstanding cycling infrastructure, with 950km of cycle tracks, some sections only open to bikes, and links with the EuroVelo network of European cycling routes. The measures taken to promote cycling demonstrate Luxembourg's commitment to non-motorised transport – not only with the aim of reducing harmful emissions or reducing traffic in Luxembourg City, but also to demonstrate the potential of cycling as a mode of transport in its own right. Another measure that encourages residents to take up cycling is the offer of a cash incentive for bicycle purchases.
"Move We Carry" available again this year
The luggage transfer service movewecarry.lu, which cyclists can use to have their luggage delivered free of charge to their next accommodation stop, is available again for 2021. This service is a great practical solution for exploring Luxembourg by stages.
It is available for any paid accommodation anywhere in the country: the luggage is picked up after 10am and delivered by 4pm on the same day. So tourists on a multi-stage hike or bike tour can travel lightly, safe in the knowledge that their suitcases and other equipment will be waiting for them when they arrive at their next destination.
The €50 hotel vouchers distributed as part of the national tourism campaign Lëtzebuerg – Dat ass Vakanz are also valid until 15 September 2021.