Belgrade - Ruse Belgrade - Ruse

Belgrade - Ruse

The section from Belgrade to Ruse offeres spectacular gorges and little orthodox churches to visit.

The “Iron Gates” are a series of spectacular gorges formed as the Danube flows between the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkans along the border between Serbia and Romania. The route also leads through little villages with little orthodox churches worth a visit. From the Iron Gates at the borders of the three countries, cyclists can follow the Romanian section on the left bank of the Danube or the Bulgarian one on the right bank of the river.

In Romania, EuroVelo 6 follows the Danube which flows in vast plains. Consequently, cyclists can enjoy a relaxing stage on totally flat roads. This stage is an opportunity to meet with the local rural and agricultural population who will probably let you discover the rich local cuisine.

On the Bulgarian side, the route is a bit hillier and passes through different types of regions. Considering the low human activities along the Danube in Bulgaria, the nature has remained unspoiled. EuroVelo 6 in Bulgaria is therefore the ideal place for a “nature break”. Finally, both legs of EuroVelo 6 meet in the region of Silistra for the last stage of the route.The section ends in Ruse, often called "little Vienna" due to its engaging charme.

  • Belgrade, Serbia

    The capital of Serbia is one of the oldest cities in Europe . Today, Belgrade is home to Serbia’s most important state, cultural and educational institutions. Its most historic sight, the Kalemegdan Fortress, has been conquered 77 times, destroyed and rebuilt in its 7,000-year history. © Andreas Lehner (Flickr)

  • 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: vanessa cornacchia (Flickr)

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