The Danube Bike Trail
(also called Danube Cycle Path
; Dunajská cyklistická cesta) is a bicycle trail along Europe’s second longest river the Danube
. The trail is situated in the following European countries: Germany
, and Ukraine
The Danube Bike Trail (Donauradweg) is divided into four sections:
- Donaueschingen-Passau (559 km)
- Passau-Vienna (340 km)
- Vienna-Budapest (306 km)
- Budapest-Black Sea (1670 km)
Part I of the path begins in the foothills of the Black Forest
and continues 559 km to the scenic Passau
, a town on the Germany-Austria border where three rivers meet. Guidebooks for Part I are available from BikeLine but only in German.
Part II of the path begins in Passau, Germany, near the Austrian border, and continues for 340 kilometers to Vienna. This is the most popular section.
On this section there are paved paths for all but 100 meters on either the north or south banks with bridges, ferries and some dams linking the two banks. The trail is typically traveled from west to east as it is down-hill and the winds are typically from west. All along the way there are delightful small towns, placid scenery, castles on the hills, monasteries, and excursions into woods and farm country. The most scenic areas are on the north or "left" bank in the Wachau wine valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Part III begins in Vienna
goes through Bratislava
and continues 306 km until Budapest
Part IV of the path begins in Budapest
and continues 1670 km to the Black Sea