The Danube Cycle Way has become the most popular holiday cycling route in mainland Europe. It has magnificent scenery, fascinating places to visit throughout its length and a wide cultural diversity. It is not unusual to sit in a wayside bar and hear seven different languages being spoken at the same time but not one of them is likely to be English. There is an excellent English-language guide to the entire route, published by Cicerone (listed below), a leading European hiking and cycling guide publisher. Also recommended are the four Bikeline guides listed below. These four guides contain detailed maps of the entire route. We strongly recommend that the Cicerone guide and the appropriate Bikeline guide be used together.
The Danube Cycle Way Guide. Cicerone, UK. The first in a two-volume set, this guidebook describes cycling the first 1271km of the Danube river from its source in the Black Forest to Budapest, passing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Suitable for all levels of cyclist, the route visits the great cities of Vienna and Bratislava before arriving in the Hungarian capital.
NOTE: Volume 2, covering from Budapest to the Black Sea will be coming out later this year.
Danube Bike Trail Vol. 1 - Donaueschingen to Passau. 1:50,000 scale maps + 17 city maps.
Danube Bike Trail Vol. 2 - Passau to Vienna. The most popular section of the Trail. 1:50,000 scale maps + city maps. The most popular guide to this 350km section of the famous cycling route along the Danube through Austria, from Passau to Vienna. Includes clear, large-scale maps specially designed for cyclists and detailed route descriptions. Places of tourist interest along the way are also listed with opening hours and telephone numbers. Includes accommodation and camping suggestions, and tourist information office details. 158 pages. This guide/map will fit easily into a pocket or panier.
Danube Bike Trail Vol. 3 - Vienna to Budapest. 1:75,000 scale maps + 5 city maps.
Danube Bike Trail Vol. 4 - Budapest to Belgrade. 1:75,000 scale maps + city maps.
Danube Bike Trail Vol. 5 - Belgrade to the Black Sea. 1:100,000 scale maps + city maps.