EuroVelo 6: Explore European rivers by bike!
The Atlantic-Black Sea EuroVelo 6 route is one of the 14 routes of the EuroVelo network created by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) in 1994. From 2004 to 2006, 18 French, German and Swiss partners joined forces to set up the West part of this EuroVelo cycle route, from the Atlantic to Ulm.
It aims at running alongside three of the largest European rivers, melting pots of European civilisation: the Loire, the Rhine and the Danube.
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- Natural heritage
- Capital cities
- Culinary delights
- Cultural heritage
- World heritage by UNESCO
Duna-Ipoly National Park, Hungary
The Duna-Ipoly National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Hungary, offering several wonderful cycle routes in the forests, if you like to stop for a few days in the small villages of the beautiful Danube Bend with the sight of the medieval capital fortress of the country, Visegrád.
Iron Gates, Serbia/Romania
Despite the name, this breathtaking gorge on the Danube is not directly related to the 20th Century Iron Curtain, except that it was located on the border with Romania and Yugoslavia. On the southern bank of the river (now in Serbia), cyclists can ride in the Đerdap national park where the magnificent medieval Golubac fortress is located. In the Iron Gates Natural Park over on the Romanian bank meanwhile, is a 40-m high statue of Dacian king Decebalus, the tallest rock sculpture in Europe. Photo Credit: Denis Barthel
The Szigetköz is an island plain in Western Hungary, part of the Little Hungarian Plain. The name literally means island alley, because the territory is located on an island. Its borders are the Danube and its branches; with a length of 52.5 km, with an average width of 6–8 km, and with a territory of 375 km², the island is Hungary's largest one. The territory's elevation varies between 110 and 125 meters.
Rhine Falls, Switzerland
Near Schaffhausen the Rhine River offers visitors the glorious spectacle of the largest waterfall in Europe. At a width of 150 m and a height of 23 m, an average of 700 m3 of water rushes over the cliffs each second.
Lake of Konstanz, Austria/Switzerland/Germany
The largest lake of Germany is located on the triangle between Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The lake has a lot to offer to tourists for all kind of tastes: wellness, hiking, cycling, culture and much more!
Gemenc Forest, Hungary
The Gemenc Forest is located along the Danube, being one of the biggest wilderness reserve of the Hungary. You can use the local forestry trains and wonder along the deers in this place to have a little rest of cycling - but there are also bicycle paths if you feel like exploring the wilderness!
Danube Delta, Romania
The wildlife paradise at the end of 1,788 miles from the Danube source is one of the last of its kind in Europe. The delta hosts the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe, a total of 3,450 animal species and some amazing resorts to relax end enjoy this magnificent place.
Kopački Rit wetland Nature Park, Croatia
The Kopački Rit Nature Park is also called the European Amazon, situated in the central part of the Danube floodplain in Croatia. Due to its rich ecosystem counting more than 260 bird species it has been declared protected area in 1967. Guided tourist visits by panoramic ships, boats, team of horses or on foot are available.
EuroVelo 6, from Saint-Nazaire to Mulhouse, following the Loire, the Saône and the Doubs, is the most famous and prestigious cycle route in France. The route goes through numerous cities and villages full of a rich historical heritage, some of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage (Loire valley, citadel of Besançon...).
The EuroVelo 6 route in Switzerland (= National Rhine Route No 2) follows the Rhine river from Basel to Stein am Rhein at the Bodensee. Along the route you will find bustling towns, medieval towers, Swiss-German bridges, Roman ruins, romantic riverside paths, aspargus fields, timber-framed houses and a mighty river tames by 11 power-stations.
The route from Rajka to Mohács along the Danube river is known for its outstanding natural and cultural attractions. The Roman 'Limes' along the Danube, the fortresses of Komárom and Komarno, the natural landscape of the Danube Bend and the banks of the Danube in Budapest are all important heritage attractions offering visitors enjoyable diversions when they fancy a break from their bike.
The route takes you through a beautiful region of eastern Croatia along Danube and Drava River. In Croatia, the route enters in Duboševica and you cycle through beautiful region of nature park of Kopački Rit one of the most important, largest and most attractive preserved intact wetlands in Europe.
Euro Velo 6 – The Danube Trail has bikeable route along the Bulgarian side of the big river. The route starts near Bregovo to Vidin and through Lom, Kozloduy, Swishtov and Ruse reaches Silistra, where cyclists could continue to the Danube Delta. The cycling trail is marked mainly on asphalt roads as close as possible to the river and offers good opportunities especially for birdwatching and close interaction with unspoiled natural environments.
- Latest news
With our Insider Tips series, we present you our staff's favourite sections of the EuroVelo network. This month Project Officer - EuroVelo, Jesús Freire, takes us on his trip along the Danube in Austria and Hungary.Read more Jul 04, 2016
The EuroVelo 6 - Atlantic-Black Sea route has a new dedicated website. The new website, developed under the 'Danube Cycling Project', adds points of interest, detailled stages descriptions, a service section and information for the national partners.Read more Mar 22, 2016
EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is expected to be the third most frequently chosen cycle destination for 2016 in Germany, EuroVelo6 brand appears on the radar of German cycle tourists
On its bike tourism event on the ITB in Berlin, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrradclub (ADFC) has revealed that the EuroVelo 15 is the third most frequently chosen cycle destination among German bike tourists according their plans for 2016.Read more Mar 10, 2016