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Cyclo-hiking   from BUDAPEST to CUXHAVEN

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Below :
General Data
Step details

Slideshow (French)Diapo

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of the detailed route…

KMZ format (Google Earth)

GPX format grouped in ZIP

GENERAL DATA

Country Departures Arrivals Tracks Distance Year
Hungary,
Slovakia,
Austria,
Czech Republic,
Germany
BUDAPEST

in Hungary
CUXHAVEN

on the North Sea in Germany
Danube, Bratislava, Wien (Vienna)
Greenways from Wien (Vienna) to Praha
Vlatava (Moldau) from Praha to Melnik
Elba from Melnik to Cuxhaven

1 700 km

2 065 km made with the detours of visits and excursions

2012

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ACCOMODATIONS 
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NOTE : THE DANUBE? TO THE BLACK SEA?

For years we were very tempted to travel the Danube in its entirety. With our hikes of 2008 (from Donaueschingen to Vienna, described here) and 2012 (described in this page), so we made the route from Donaueschingen (the source) to Budapest… But we will leave it at that.

Indeed we have read and heard many disillusioned comments about the vicissitudes encountered by cyclists beyond Budapest.

he problems are numerous, some of them serious. We can mention for example the great difficulties of accommodation, the very high risk of cars colliding with cars (beyond Hungary), bites or falls by stray dogs (in Romania), the fact of being used as pasture for clouds of mosquitoes (Danube delta)…

We know from experience that people like to talk about their successes and little about their failures. It's the same with travel, with hiking. Cyclists like to highlight the beautiful rides, and often silence the less beautiful ones.
Considering all the negative feedback it is that really this part is contrary to the PLEASURE-BY-BIKE… we will not go beyond Budapest.

STEPS

THE DANUBE - from BUDAPEST to WIEN (VIENNA) via BRATISLAVA

Diapo SLIDESHOW of the portion
(in French)
Step Departure Arrival L. (km) dH (m) Track
1 Budapest Esztergom 78 543 GPX
2 Esztergom Komárno 56 338 GPX
 
We chose the 'Bank Left' (left bank in the direction of the river's flow, therefore to the right in our progression). The other bank has a cumulated difference in level too important for our taste.
Here on the right is the variant 'Bank Right' via Tata.
59 740  
3 Komárno Györ 56 293 GPX
 
If the previous step is carried out by Tata, then the Tata-Györ' variant is shown on the right.
77 400  
4 Györ Mosonmagyaróvár 46 153 GPX
5 Mosonmagyaróvár Petronell Carnuntum
(près Bad-Deutsch-Altenburg)
69 430 GPX
6 Petronell Carnuntum Wien 55 511 GPX

 

THE GREENWAYS - from WIEN (VIENNA) to PRAHA

Diapo SLIDESHOW of the portion
(in French)
Step Departure Arrival L. (km) dH (m) Track
7 Wien Mistelbach 56 505 GPX
8 Mistelbach Mikulov 50 560 GPX
9 Mikulov Hnanice 63 442 GPX
10 Hnanice Geras 36 580 GPX
 
The official route of the Greenways passes through the Nationalpark Thayatal and Podyjí, but the gradients, especially in this direction, are crazy. So we diverted further south through Austria. Here on the right variant through the park.
    GPX
11 Geras

Slavonice (then Telc by train)

66 896 GPX
 
The portion Slavonice - Telc was made by train. Here on the right is a bicycle variant.
    GPX
12 Telč Jindřichův Hradec 43 574 GPX
 
In order not to take the train again (back to Slavonice), we left the official route that goes south of the 'National park Ceská Kanada' (Czech Canada). We passed to the north of this same park (which is MAGNIFICENT). Here on the right is a variant to the south.
    GPX
13 Jindřichův Hradec Tábor 50 645 GPX
14 Tábor Sedlec-Prčice 26 409 GPX
15 Sedlec-Prčice Kamenice 58 975 GPX
16 Kamenice Praha 40 334 GPX

During our passage in Praha (Prague) we learned that we could have gone up from the south of the Czech Republic to Prague along the Moldau (Vlatava). Here is a variant for those who would try it… alternative Moldau, from the source (Přední Zvonková) to its confluence avec the Elbe (Mělník).

The VLATAVA (MOLDAU) - from PRAHA (PRAGUE) to MELNÍK

and THE CZECH ELBE from MELNÍK to DECÍN

Diapo SLIDESHOW of the portion
(in French)
Step Departure Arrival L. (km) dH (m) Track
17 Praha Mělník 61 665 GPX
 
We took a portion of the stage less steeply. But it is a bit 'sporty' (VERY narrow path, just above the Elbe). Here on the right this variant for the volunteers.
    GPX
18 Mělník Litoměřice 47 330 GPX
19 Litoměřice Děčín 52 546 GPX
20 Děčín Bad Schandau 25 424 GPX

 

THE GERMAN ELBE (formerly RFG) - from BAD SCHANDAU to WITTENBERGE

Diapo SLIDESHOW of the portion
(in French)
Step Departure Arrival L. (km) dH (m) Track
21 Bad Schandau Dresden 52 596 GPX
22 Dresden Meißen
(via château de Moritzburg)
25 251 GPX
23 Meißen Riesa 29 318 GPX
24 Riesa Torgau 51 293 GPX
25 Torgau Lutherstadt Wittenberg 67 290 GPX
26 Lutherstadt Wittenberg Dessau
(via Ferropolis)
70 415 GPX
27 Dessau Magdeburg 66 393 GPX
 
Magdeburg is pointless.
So we took the opportunity to make an excursion to BERLIN.
SLIDESHOW of the portion
     
28 Magdeburg Tangermünde 71 405 GPX
29 Tangermünde Havelberg 49 273 GPX
30 Havelberg Wittenberge 40 176 GPX

THE GERMAN ELBE (formerly GDR) - from WITTENBERGE to CUXHAVEN

Diapo SLIDESHOW of the portion
(in French)
Step Departure Arrival L. (km) dH (m) Track
31 Wittenberge Dannenberg 73 447 GPX
32 Dannenberg Lauenburg 65 520 GPX
33 Lauenburg Hamburg 60 248 GPX
34 Hamburg Wischhafen 81 262 GPX
35 Wischhafen Cuxhaven 75 228 GPX

 

Update 12/28/2017
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