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The Parliament in Budapest

Vienna – Budapest

A three-country bike tour

8 Days / 7 Nights
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The Parliament in Budapest

Three countries, one cycle tour! In the ‘City of the Waltz’ in Vienna, the dreamlike cycle tour begins from Austria via Slovakia to Hungary. Between untouched nature and breathtaking culture you cycle from one highlight to the next. The uniqueness and peculiarity of each region can be clearly felt. Be it the incomparable landscape, the local culture or the culinary delights! Each region impresses with its own charm. Curious? Come with us on a journey of discovery full of nature, culture and culinary delights!

‘Grüß Gott’ in Vienna! Starting from the Austrian metropolis, the route goes between the Donau-Auen National Park towards Bratislava. As you pedal onwards you pass the diverse flora and fauna and encounter a variety of landscapes. Via Mosonmagyaróvár and Györ you go from Komáron to Visegrád. The destination of Budapest gets closer. Once you have arrived in the Hungarian capital, you can relax. The Hungarian cuisine invites you to enjoy. Let yourself be pampered!

  • Imperial city of Vienna: A Sachertorte in a traditional Viennese coffee house, an enchanting Fiaker tour through Vienna’s streets and a stroll through the city to St. Stephen’s Cathedral…enjoy your first day in the Imperial City and use the time to get to know the unique character of this beautiful metropolis.
  • The city of 17 bridges: Go on two wheels through the natural paradise of the small island. Take a short break in the pretty town of Mosonmagyaróvár. For example, take a leisurely stroll through the city.
  • Esztergom: Between vineyards and picturesque towns you cycle towards ‘Hungarian Rome’. The Basilica build there is considered to be Hungary’s largest church. Take your time for an extensive tour. You will be impressed!

In total, you cycle along the paths of the three-country tour over eight days. The cycle tour includes 320 kilometres, with you covering between 40 and 70 kilometres per day. The route runs mostly on flat and well-signposted paths. Need a little breather? You can put your feet up and relax on the boat trip from Visegrád to Budapest!

Itinerary at a glance

Treat yourself to a delicious pastry in Vienna before heading towards Budapest. The next capital city awaits you with Bratislava, and you can reach Mosonmagyaróvár via the picturesque Schütt Island before continuing to Esztergom.

We highly recommended that you arrive early in Vienna. This metropolis on the Danube has plenty to offer and it is worth staying there for longer. Enjoy a cup of coffee and the typical Viennese cake. the "Sachertorte“ in one of the numerous coffee houses. You could also treat yourself to a tour with a horse-drawn cab that they call "Fiaker“.

The first distance of your bike trip guides you through the national park Donau-Auen. There you will get to know the diversity of the flora and fauna as well as the manifold types of landscape. You pass the castle Orth and the village Eckertsau and reach Bad Deutsch Altenburg. There you can make an excursion on the Roman bike trail (Römerweg) to Carnuntum. The archaeological park is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria. After Hainburg you reach the border to Slovakia and it´s capital city Bratislava that is your next overnight stay.

You cycle a short distance through Slovakia today before you pass into Rajká, Hungary. Within just the first few kilometers of your cycle trip in Hungary, you will discover charming villages! This area is heavily influenced by agriculture. Your route guides you through the so-called Szigetköz (a small Rye Island). This is characterized by an uncountable number of Danube side arms. Today´s destination is Mosonmagyaróvár, which is also called the "City of 17 bridges“.

Also today you cycle through the nature paradise of the small Rye Island. On your way you pass Hédervár, which is perfectly suitable for lunch break. The castle is situated in the middle of a protected park. You should schedule a plenty of time for visiting Györ. The district capital offers many sights and a breathtaking historic center.

Soon you reach the Hungarian Böny. From there a route version guides you to Babolna, a well cultivated town with a beautiful inner city. The local National Stud is known far beyond its borders. Racehorses are bred in the splendid inner courtyard. The last part of the route takes you back to the Danube. Then you reach the divided town. Komarom/Komarno. At night you can relax in the spa.

Today´s route runs near riverbanks in the flat Danube valley. In the course of this you pass different villages and while cycling you can view the vineyards in the background. The sporty bikers can choose a route over Tata but there are some increases. This requires a basic level of fitness. Those interested in history should plan time for the Roman castle Kelemantia which is on the way. However the absolute highlight is your destination today: Esztergom (also known as „Hungarian Rome“) or Visegrád. The last kilometres to Visegrád you stay on a Danube boat, from where you can enjoy the beautiful surrounding. You cycle along the „Donauknie“ which is probably one of the most attractive sections of the Danube bike trail. (Please note that with an overnight stay in Esztergom the boat trip from Szentendre to Budapest to Visegrád will take place on the following day. Very likely in April, September and October as well as on Mondays the boat trip will not take place. You would get a train ticket instead.)

The Royal Palace and the castle of Visegrád will delight you and the open air museum as well as the baroque old town of Szentendre invites you to stay. The first part of your cycle tour leads through the scenic Danube Bend, probably the most attractive section along the Danube. Soon you will reach the Hungarian capital, where you can review the numerous impressions of this wonderful cycle tour during a stroll through the city in the evening.

In the Hungarian capital city there is a lot to discover. If you are interested in spending some more time here, we would be happy to book extra nights for you. Our transfer from Budapest to Vienna is very comfortable and this can be arranged for an additional charge.

Route Information

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You cycle on bike trails, paths alongside a dam and occasionally on relatively quiet side roads. Busy roads are only used for very short distances. You only cycle on rough paths for 3 short sections. Otherwise you will also be cycling on tarmac. The entire route is signed very well with just a few exceptions in the Slovakian part. Altogether the tour is relatively easy with a few hills at times. Because of the longer stages you should have a decent level of stamina.

Prices & Dates

Category A: 4****-hotels

Category B: 3***-hotels, inns and guesthouses

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room ( German, English)
  • Boat ticket from Esztergom – Visegrád or Szentendre – Budapest incl. Cycling (probably every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the beginning of May to the end of September; outside of this season or on other days of the week there is a replacement train ticket)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data 
  • Service hotline

Optional

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher, Vienna and Budapest B&B)
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Transfer from Budapest to Vienna by bud: bookable each Friday, Saturday and Sunday and in season 3 every day, departure 3.30 pm, price EUR 79 per person, for your own bike addidional EUR 39 reservation required, subject to availability a time of application.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Vienna train station
  • Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest airport
  • Public parking garage, costs approx. EUR 25/week, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible.
  • Hotel parking, costs approx. EUR 28/day, to be paid for at the time, reservation necessary

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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