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Vienna - Budapest

Vienna - Budapest

In search of the ancient Danube Monarchy...

The Danube Cycle Path from Vienna to Budapest is the logical continuation of the most popular cycle path of Europe, the Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna. We will meet excellent dam ways along the Danube and Danube reservoirs in Austria and Slovakia, comfortable Hungarian country roads and pristine Hungarian villages, culturally interesting towns such as Györ, Tata, and Esztergom, the scenic Danube knee, and, of course, the incomparable city of Budapest - the crowning jewel of our tour.

Total length: approx. 342 bicycle kilometres


29.04.12 till 09.09.12

Travel beginning: on Sundays

Duration: 8 days (7 nights)


  • picture 1: © Cornerstone/PIXELIO; Wien
  • picture 3: © Lars Paege/PIXELIO; Budapest Parlament

1. Day: Wien

Individual arrival in the Austrian capital and accommodation.

2. Day: Wien - Bad Deutsch Altenburg/Petronell-Carnuntum (approx. 54 km)

After the hand-over of the bicycles (if booked), we leave Vienna on an excellent network of cycle paths. On the Hubertus dam we cycle via Eckartsau, with the baroque hunting lodge, to Bad Deutsch Altenburg. In the evening we can make a short trip to the excavations of the ancient Roman settlement of Carnuntum. Accommodation in Bad Deutsch Altenburg or Petronell-Carnuntum.

3. Day: Bad Deutsch Altenburg/Petronell-Carnuntum - Mosonmagyarovar (approx. 60 km)

At first we bike along the southern bank of the Danube via the former border fortress of Hainburg to the Austrian-Slovakian border. On this short part through Slovakia we get a first impression of this country. At Rajka we travel to Hungary and reach today’s destination, Mosonmagyarovar, which is called the city of 17 bridges.

4. Day: Mosonmagyarovar - Györ (approx. 45 km)

Today we cycle through many small, dreamy farming villages, before we arrive in Györ. Györ abounds with sights and its medieval city centre lies at the confluence of the rivers Raab and Mosoni-Duna. Especially worth seeing is the Bishop’s Castle with the Gothic Doczy chapel, the cathedral with a bust of the Holy Ladislaus from the 15c, and the town hall.

5. Day: Györ - Tata (approx. 58 km)

We leave Györ through the suburbs with its many big industrial areas and head farther through the lowlands into the gentle hilly country of Transdanubia. Via Babolna, where the best and fastest Hungarian riding horses are bred, and Kocs, our journey continues to Tata. Here we can cycle around the idyllic “Old Lake” with the moated castle from the 15c. Accommodation also possible in Tatabánya.

6. Day: Tata - Esztergom (Train ride + approx. 56 km by bike)

From Tata to Esztergom the cycling route leads us on the Hungarian side through several hilly sections and along bad roads with heavier traffic. That’s why we recommend covering the first 18 km by train, to be organised on your own (approx. hourly connections, bicycle transport possible, approx. € 2,- per person + approx. € 1,– per bicycle, payable on site). From Komárom (H) we bike across the Danube Bridge into Slovakia to Komárno (SK) and on the Slovakian side of the Danube to Stúrovo (SK), where we cross the Danube Bridge once again to the other side and arrive in Esztergom.

7. Day: Esztergom - Budapest (approx. 69 km)

The last cycling day begins with a visit to the basilica of Esztergom, the biggest and most impressive church of Hungary. We leave the Episcopal city and cycle into the traditional town of Vinegar, where we can see the ruins of the Renaissance castle of Matthias Corvine. We change banks and journey along Szentendre Island until a ferry takes us back to the southern bank to the town of Szentendre. The atmospheric city of artists in front of the portals to Budapest houses many small galleries and studios, which lend themselves for a visit. Now we only have a short part left before we reach Budapest (approx. 15 km), which we can also cover by train or ship (to be organised on your own, payable on site). In Budapest we have chosen a beautiful hotel in the city centre, which is easily reachable by bicycle. We should absolutely pay a visit to Buda Castle, one of the most famous and frequently visited sights in Budapest.

8. Day: Budapest

Individual departure or extension of trip.