There is so much information available about the Danube Cycle path
that I won't add any story of my own but will add a few summary
tips below and a bit of a slide
show (opens in new window).
The path is cycling Utopia. Once you've ridden it, everything else
seems poor in comparison. As well as its own traffic free path, the
route has its own sign posting and traffic lights. On the rare occasions
you come into contact with motorised vehicles; they have to give way
It's almost all flat, but contrary to popular belief, it doesn't always
follow the river but occasionally diverts you to places of interest.
There is ample accommodation to suit all budgets and you can't get
lost, so there is no real need to book an organised tour.
The surface is 70% tarmac and 30% gravel track. We coped well on road
racing bikes with Kevlar reinforced tyres, but would really recommend
something sturdier, although you don't need a full-susser!
The eastern end starts in the foothills of the Alps but anywhere can
have snow midwinter and weather can be highly variable at anytime
Anyone contemplating a round-the-world bike trip would do well to
consider it as a route between Switzerland and Bulgaria as it will
by-pass the Swiss Alps, Italian Apennines and Greek Pindos mountains.