Jesús' EuroVelo Insider Tip: the EuroVelo 6 in Austria and Hungary

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.

Although the EuroVelo 6 - Atlantic-Black Sea cycle route is one of the most popular EuroVelo routes, the Danube itself as a touristic destination remains an unknown for a lot of Europeans. This is a shame, since this part of Europe has a lot to offer in terms of fascinating cities, untouched nature, delicious food and interesting culture. Especially the part between Austria and Hungary is a particular highlight for cycle tourists.

Be it the capital of Austria, Vienna, the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, or the "pearl of the Danube", Budapest, the cities on the Danube are each well worth a visit on their own. All three present a mix of a rich historical past, boast impressive architecture and are respecitvely cultural highlights. But the urban landscape isn't the only thing to enjoy on this section of the EuroVelo network, on the contrary. The nature along the Danube on the EuroVelo 6 is simply amazing. Here, the nature shows itself from its best side. Several natural parks along the route are home to a wide variety of animals and plants and will transport you far away from civilization. The Danube still remains wild besides hundreds of years of human activity.

This trip was incredible and I would defintetly repeat it and highly recommend it. I believe it is not only a top EuroVelo destination, but also a top European tourism destination in general. And if you like it wilder and want to explore… you can always continue and follow the river to the east, in Bulgaria and Romania.


Insider tips


- Budapest, more than expected! Mohács and Baja are very interesting as well!

- The riverside and the forests are a nice place to relax after a long bike ride

- Food not too miss: Halászlé, the Hungarian fish soup