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The Danube Cycleway Volume 2

From Budapest to the Black Sea

Cycling guidebook to the Danube Cycleway exploring the route from Budapest to the Black Sea, the more adventurous second part of the Danube, suitable for most abilities and bike types. The river route starts in Hungary and continues into Croatia and Serbia before ending at Tulcea in Romania. The Danube Cycleway is also part of EuroVelo 6 (EV6).


can be cycled at any time between April and October, but best in April-June and then September-October: July and August can be very hot


this is a long point-to-point route with no particular bases


although the route is mostly level, with a few gentle gradients, it is a challenging ride due to a lack of tourist infrastructure, particularly in Romania. There are long distances between places offering accommodation or refreshments and very few tourist offices or cycle repair shops. Moreover few rural Romanians speak west European languages. There are long stretches in Hungary and Serbia along unsurfaced flood dykes, although alternative routes are given to allow you to avoid these stages. Otherwise surfaces are mostly asphalt and in good condition, suitable for hybrid or touring cycles

Must See

Budapest: Fishermen's bastion, St Mathias church, Europe's largest synagogue, Liberty monument; Kopački Rit nature reserve; Osijek: Tvrđa fortress; Vukovar: civil war memorials; Novi Sad: Petrovaradin fortress; Belgrade: Kalemegdan fortress, St Sava cathedral; Golubac castle; Iron Gates gorges: Golubacki klisura, Gospodin vir, Veliki Kazan, Mali Kazan; rural Romania; Dervent monastery; Tulcea; Danube Delta
28 Nov 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.50cm

A guidebook to cycling the lower Danube, following the Danube Cycleway, from Budapest to the Black Sea. Covers 1647km through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia (former Yugoslavia) and Romania. The route is presented in 32 stages, averaging 53.5km per stage and is well within the capabilities of most cycle tourists. The Danube Cycleway is also part of EuroVelo 6 (EV6)

  • No major climbs or descents – predominantly level cycling following off-road stretches along flood dykes and quiet roads
  • This guidebook gives a detailed route description, and maps for each stage at a cycle-friendly scale of approximately 1:150,000
  • A perfect 3 to 4 week cycle touring adventure
  • Best time of year: late spring (May–June) and early autumn (September–October); it can be very hot during July and August
  • The route ends in the Danube Delta, Europe’s largest area of natural wetland and home to an enormous variety of bird species
  • Companion guidebook to The Danube Cycleway Volume 1 (taking in the upper and middle Danube, from the Black Forest to Budapest)

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Mike Wells Cicerone author WELLS

By Mike Wells

Mike Wells has been a keen long-distance walker and cyclist for over 25 years. He has walked all the major British trails, the GR5 through the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean and has explored the Italian Dolomites’ Alta Via routes. He has also walked in Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway and Chilean Patagonia.

Mike has cycled the C2C route across northern England and Lon Las Cymru in Wales, as well as the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela. He has completed an end to end traverse of Cuba, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape.

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