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The Danube Cycle Path from Donaueschingen to Budapest

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The Danube Cycle Path from Donaueschingen to Budapest

Bike Touring Collection by Donauradweg

12-26

days

3-6 h

/ day

795 mi

18,400 ft

20,325 ft

The Danube Cycle Path is one of the most beautiful cycle routes in Europe. Enchanting river landscapes, unique natural spectacles, impressive sights, a lot of culture and legendary history can be found on the cycle path through Germany's south, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

The Danube Cycle Path begins at the source in Donaueschingen and winds from there for about 1,260 kilometres to Budapest. Most of the time, the cycle path runs directly along the banks of the Danube. Almost without gradients you cycle past picturesque natural landscapes, sun-drenched vineyards, mighty fortresses or romantic monasteries and pass through such beautiful cities as Ulm, Passau, Linz, Vienna and Bratislava.

We have divided the cycle path into 27 stages, each about 50 kilometres long. Thanks to the well-developed paths and the easy route, the individual stages are really suitable for anyone who is looking for cycling pleasure. The good infrastructure along the Danube cycle path is also pure pleasure. Accommodation is available everywhere, so you can choose from guesthouses, beautiful hotels or inns to suit your taste. Even youth hostels and camping sites can often be found close to the stage destinations. The cycle path is also well developed in terms of gastronomy and you can look forward to a tasty meal in one of the numerous restaurants and cafés after each section of the route.

No matter if spring, summer or autumn, the Danube cycle path is always beautiful to ride and a very special experience in every season.

The part of the Danube Cycle Path that leads through Germany got ranked by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) as a quality cycle route with four stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde

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Donau-Radweg von Donaueschingen nach Budapest

752 mi

15,100 ft

16,975 ft

Last updated: November 16, 2021

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The stages of the Danube Cycle Path

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    Intermediate
    02:49
    29.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    525 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Start of the Danube cycle tour is in Donaueschingen. As the second largest city of the Black Forest Baar district, it is easily accessible by train and thus a perfect starting point. In the midst of the unique landscape between the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest, you cycle on predominantly paved paths

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  • Difficult
    03:35
    29.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage takes you from Mühlheim to Sigmaringen. Despite the gradients, you can cross the narrow valley by bike quite comfortably. Highlights of this approximately 47 km long route are Schloss Gutenstein and Sigmaringen Castle as well as the steeply rising cliffs along the Danube.

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    30.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    850 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the Danube Cycle Path, which takes you from Sigmaringen to Obermarchtal, is all about history. On the way you should visit the Heuneburgmuseum in Hundersingen, where you will find numerous testimonies from the Celtic period. A few kilometers further, a romantic moated castle awaits

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    33.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    650 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fourth stage from Obermarchtal to Ulm, you cycle straight ahead of the Danube. The 53 kilometers are good to drive. At the finish you should spend some time for the former imperial city with its many historical sights. Above all, the famous Gothic Ulmer Münster with the highest church tower in

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    33.2 mi
    8.7 mph
    325 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage is quite comfortable to drive. Without significant gradients, Ulm is about 54 kilometers to Dillingen. Worth seeing on the route are the monastery church in Oberelchingen and the Frauenkirche in Günzburg. A break is recommended at the "Radler gas station" insert. This is where the whole cycling world meets.

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    22.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    225 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Dillingen the tour continues to Donauwörth. The shortest and lightest section of the entire route gives time and again the view of the picturesque Danube meadows. Arriving at the finish of the sixth stage, the Käthe Kruse Doll Museum is worth a visit. His collection does not just make children's

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  • Intermediate
    04:10
    37.6 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At just over 60 kilometers, the seventh stage, which starts in Donauwörth, is the longest of the route. There are a lot of historic castles (including Schloss Steppberg and the New Castle in Ingolstadt) waiting for you. Take time to visit one or the other from inside or outside. It is worth it .. The

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    34.6 mi
    8.4 mph
    800 ft
    875 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On the eighth stage the route is mainly paved from Ingolstadt to Kelheim. Several times you now cross the Danube. Shortly after Bad Gögging you reach the monastery Weltenburg. In the midst of the historic scenery, you can stop in the beer garden and order one of the self-brewed beers of the monastery

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    23.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    625 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Before you go on the ninth stage from Kelheim to Regensburg, you should take a short hike to the Liberation Hall on the Michelsberg. The antique-looking building was built by King Ludwig I in memory of the battles won against Napoleon during the Wars of Liberation. From up here you have a wonderful view

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    34.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    475 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tenth day's stage comprises about 55 relaxed kilometers to go from Regensburg to Straubing. You can take a break at the marble-clad Walhalla memorial, where well-known German personalities are immortalized. Continue to Schloss Wörth, one of the largest castles in Bavaria. Last but not least, in Straubing

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  • Intermediate
    02:40
    26.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    275 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Straubing you cycle on the eleventh stage to Deggendorf. On the way there is the Bogenberg, a destination of many pilgrims, and the monastery of Metten, furnished with classical baroque elements. Especially recommended is a visit to the famous monastery library. From here it is not far to Deggendorf

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    37.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    800 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Only about 60 kilometers are on the twelfth and last leg from Deggendorf to Passau. The three-river city is a worthwhile destination. The picturesque cityscape is characterized by baroque buildings and narrow streets. Matching Passau is also referred to as the Bavarian Venice. Among the special cultural

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    25.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After Passau you leave Lower Bavaria behind and cross the border to Austria on the first stage. It goes on partly steep paths along the Danube in the direction of Engelhartszell with its pretty Trappist monastery and its impressive collegiate church in Rococo style. After 40 kilometers you reach your

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    34.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,425 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this stage of the Danube Cycle Path you leave the Upper Danube Valley and cycle 54 kilometers to Linz. On the way you should see the Schlögener Schlinge, the castle in Aschach and the town of Ottensheim with its traditional market square. All of them offer a great backdrop for a breather. At the end

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    39.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage in Austria leads to Linz from about 63 kilometers to Grein. The first stopover is the KZ Gusen memorial. This is followed by the open air museum Mitterkirchen, where you can immerse yourself in the world of the Celts. You should take a break at the bicycle station Mitterkirchen, where

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    29.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    525 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage is one of the most scenic sections on the Danube. Here you drive on easy trails about 48 kilometers from Grein to Emmersdorf, while the river flows picturesquely through the valleys of the Strudengau. Short detours are worth the Stillensteinklamm as well as the castles Persenbeug and Luberegg

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  • Difficult
    03:52
    36.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,125 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today you cycle about 55 kilometers from Emmerdorf to Wachau. The first highlight is the Wachauer Nase - a skiff sculpture made of concrete, which stands directly on the Danube. Continue to the old town of Krems, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Historical sights await you

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    44.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    650 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There are still 70 kilometers to go before you reach the Austrian capital on the sixth and last leg as the grand finale. You drive past the city of roses Tulln, the castle Greifenstein and the imposing monastery Klosterneuburg. Arriving at the destination, you should take your time for the sights of

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    34.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    500 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Through the Donau-Auen National Park, a true natural paradise, you cycle on the first leg from Vienna to Bad Deutsch-Altenburg. The approximately 75-kilometer route leads you on predominantly solidified paths without great gradients to two castles that are worth a visit: the Renaissance castle in Orth

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  • Easy
    01:23
    13.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    375 ft
    425 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The aim of the second stage of the day is the Slovak capital, which is only about 22 kilometers from the starting point Bad Deutsch-Altenburg and can be reached on well-developed, mostly paved and car-free paths. The first stop you should insert in Hainburg. On a city tour you can visit the largest medieval

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  • Tours
    24
  • Distance
    795 mi
  • Duration
    80:13 h
  • Elevation
    18,400 ft20,325 ft

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