The Danube Cycleway Volume 2
From Budapest to the Black Sea
By Mike Wells
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 Serbia and Bulgaria before ending at Constanta in Romania. The Danube Cycleway is also part of EuroVelo 6 (EV6).
Seasonscan 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
Centresthis is a long point-to-point route with no particular bases
Difficultyalthough the route is mostly level, with a few gentle gradients, it is a challenging ride due to the lack of tourist infrastructure, particularly in Romania. There are long distances between places offering accommodation and refreshments, almost no tourist offices or cycle repair shops, and very 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 SeeBudapest: 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
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Mike Wells is an author of both walking and cycling guides. He has been walking long-distance footpaths for 25 years, after a holiday in New Zealand gave him the long-distance walking bug. Mike has also been a keen cyclist for over 20 years. After completing various UK Sustrans routes, such as Lon Las Cymru in Wales and the C2C route across northern England, he then moved on to cycling long-distance routes in continental Europe and beyond. These include cycling both the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela, a traverse of Cuba from end to end, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape. He has written a series of cycling guides for Cicerone following the great rivers of Europe.View author profile
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