The Danube Cycle Track from Vienna to Budapest
8 days / 7 nights | Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest
You cycle relaxed along the Danube mostly on good bike paths from Vienna through Bratislava to Budapest. Wonderful nature, impressive river banks and three exciting cities with rich history await you on this journey. For hotels and baggage transport is taken care of, so you can enjoy the tour carefree.
Tour profile: Level 1-2; the tour is mostly flat with rolling hills that are sometimes slightly steep. The Austrian section follows well-maintained and equipped cycling paths, in Hungary, you will often cycle on country back and side roads. Upon entering and leaving cities there is, but of course traffic that must be observed!
Day 1: Arrival in Vienna
Individual arrival in Vienna. Handover of travel documents. Underground parking space for the whole stay at or near the hotel inclusive. Overnight stay at the 4* hotel Arcotel Kaiserwasser or same category.
Day 2: Vienna – Bratislava (Cycling 67 km / 22 miles)
Hand over of rental bikes near the hotel close to the Danube Bike Trail. You start cycling in the metropolis of Vienna but soon find yourself in the verdancy of the national park “Donauauen”. Passing Schönau and castle Orth to the Habsburg castle of Eckartsau. A trip to castle Hof is recommended: The magnificent castle which was built at the behest of the Austrian empress Maria Theresia, its impressive park (65.000m²) and the gorgeous architectural monuments are definitely worth a visit. Via Hainburg to Bratislava. Overnight stay at a 4*-hotel.
Day 3: Bratislava – Mosonmagyaróvár (Cycling 45 km / 28 km)
Free time to do some sightseeing in Bratislava, you leave the capital of Slovakia while cycling along a very beautiful riparian cycling path. You continue cycling and soon cross the Slovakian/Hungarian frontier near Kunovŏ; via Dunasziget (in the past the village was located on an island in the middle of the Danube) you reach the small town of Mosonmagyaróvár. Overnight at the 3*-Hotel.
Day 4: Mosonmagyaróvár – Györ (Cycling 52 km / 33 miles)
Bike tour from place to place to Hedervár (castle) and further along the idyllic Danube dam - to Györ, the “metropolis” of western Hungary. Overnight stay at a 3*-Hotel.
Day 5: Komárno (Cycling 64 or 56 km / 40 or 35 miles)
VARIANT I / Slovak shore: On country roads back to the Danube at Nagybajcs; and continue to the border of Hungary / Slovakia. Past Medved'ov and the town Čicov to Zlatná and along the Danube to the Slovak / Hungarian twin town Komárno/Komárom.
VARIANT II / Hungarian shore (56 km): By bike to Böny. From here we recommend a trip to the well-kept town Bábolna with a nice town center and the famous national stud. Continue through Ács and past the Monostor Fortress to reach the divided city Komárom/Komarno. Overnight in a 3*-Hotel.
Day 6: Komárno – Esztergom or Visegrád (Cycling 55/69 km / 34/43 miles)
Passing the Roman fort Kelemantia you cycle through lonesome farming villages, where time seems to stand still. On beautiful, traffic free paths you reach Moča and twin village of Štúrovo/Esztergom; across the well-known Gisela-bridge to Esztergom (possibility to visit the cathedral) and further on to your hotel in Esztergom. Or - depending on the hotel - you go by a ferry (approx € 3,-) to the left riverbank to Szob and cycle on to Visegrád. Overnight stay at a 4*-Hotel
Day 7: Budapest (cycling 45/30 km / 28/19 miles, 18 km / 12 miles train)
Continue through the Danube Bend to Szentendre Island and the artists' village Szentendre about 20 km before Budapest. Sightseeing in Szentendre. There delivery of the rental bikes and continue by train directly to the center of Budapest (payable locally, about € 4, - per person).
Who likes to cycle a longer stretch can go by bike directly to the hotel (+ 20 km). Or you take the Danube ship in the late afternoon to Budapest (departure 5 pm from Szentendre, about € 10, - per person).
Overnight stay in 4*-hotel in the city center of Budapest.
Day 8: Budapest End of cycle tour.
Extra night(s) in Budapest or individual homeward journey.