Air conditioning

Although we strive to make sure all our hotels are comfortable (including having air conditioning available), air conditioning standards throughout Europe are often not the same as you will find in North America or other countries with more modern buildings. In many locations like Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Denmark or mountainous areas, air conditioning isn’t available because it traditionally hasn’t been needed.

Even in hotels that provide air conditioning it is not uncommon for hotels to limit its use. Meaning that they will only allow the thermostat to go to a preset limit – say 78F. Or the system is set to turn off at night or when rooms are unoccupied to save energy and resources. Sometimes, one AC unit serves several areas. This may be for cost reasons (electricity is very expensive), for system reasons (the system can only tolerate a certain amount of electrical use), or cultural reasons.

We plan our departures around the best cycling weather to avoid heat and inclement weather. In case of atypical heat in regions, we try our best to provide flexibility to avoid the heat. Our Tour Leaders have license to restructure planned days to avoid peak heat.

Culturally the difference between European and North American attitude regarding the use of air conditioning is huge.  Check out this article in the Washington Post from a few years ago.

Nadine Dirksen - A German native, Nadine is a happy Colorado transplant who moved from lush Bavaria when she married. She left the land of pretzels in 2012 and has been enjoying a fun life full of cycling, mountain biking, CrossFit, hiking, running and any other outdoor activity that involves her little black Dachshund-mix. When not having fun outside or at work, she tries her hand at different craft projects with varying success. She helps our travelers by answering all their questions before their tours and she can't wait to help you bring your dream trip to reality!

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