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A cyclist stands in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna

Danube Cycle Path sporty, Vienna – Budapest

Three-country tour – sporty

6 Days / 5 Nights
A cyclist stands in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna

Three European capital cities in six days - this sporty cycling tour takes you from Vienna to Bratislava and onwards to Budapest. In between, you'll encounter pristine nature, Roman cultural sites, and historic castle complexes. Jewels along the Danube include picturesque marshes and the beautiful Schüttinsel. This vacation offers the perfect combination of urban excitement and rural tranquility - savor the experiences of the three countries: Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary!

Before embarking on your cycling tour, take some time to explore the Austrian capital, Vienna. Schönbrunn Palace, the giant ferris wheel, and St. Stephen's Cathedral each exude their own unique charm. As you journey through the Danube floodplains and past the Roman city of Carnuntum, you'll reach the next capital: Bratislava.

On the second stage, you pass the border with Hungary and cycle over the Schüttinsel to Mosonmagyaróvár and on to Györ. Along the route to Esztergom, known as the "Hungarian Rome," you'll encounter picturesque villages, the Bábolna National Stud Farm, and the Kelemantia Roman fort. The final stretch leads along the Danube Bend via Visegrád to Budapest - the impressive city is a worthy conclusion to this diverse cycle tour.

  • The beautiful nature by the water: The Danube marshes between Vienna and Budapest are a natural paradise with diverse flora and fauna. These protected marshlands provide unique ecosystems for rare animal and plant species. Take a moment to stop and watch the birds, take a deep breath and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  • Esztergom as the "Hungarian Rome": Take a leisurely stroll through the charming alleyways of the old town and visit the Christian Museum to delve into the city's rich history and religious significance. Enjoy panoramic views of the cityscape as you wander along the banks of the Danube, treating yourself to a relaxing break at one of the delightful cafes.
  • An exploratory tour through the Hungarian capital: While in Budapest, be sure to visit the majestic Parliament building, particularly at night when it is beautifully illuminated. Additionally, explore the Fisherman's Bastion for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city, and savor traditional Hungarian cuisine at charming restaurants. For a unique perspective of the historic buildings lining the river, embark on a boat ride along the Danube.

The route along the Danube is predominantly flat, making it easy to navigate. However, we recommend a good level of fitness for the sporty route, with stage lengths ranging between 70 and 100 kilometers. Our local team will provide you with comprehensive travel and route documentation, packed with tips for your destinations and navigation along the route.

Whether cycling along the Danube, through the Salzburg Lake District, or in the "Sunshine State" of Carinthia, cycle tours in Austria guarantee delightful hours, breathtaking mountain panoramas, and shimmering waters.

Itinerary at a glance

Cycling along the Danube, you'll pass through untouched nature, romantic river meadows, and by castles and palaces. The Slovakian city of Bratislava and Budapest charm with their delightful cityscapes, and Esztergom is considered the Rome of Hungary.

It is recommended to arrive early. This metropolis on the Danube has plenty to offer and it is worth to stay there for a longer time. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of the typical Vienna cake „Sachertorte“ in one of the numerous coffee houses or treat yourself to a roundtrip with the horse-drawn cab „Fiaker“.

The first stage of your bike tour takes you through the national park 'Donau-Auen'. There you will see the diversity of the flora and fauna as well as the manifold types of landscape for yourself. You pass Orth castle and Eckertsau village and you then 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 with Slovakia and it's capital city, Bratislava taht is your next overnight stay.

You cycle a short distance in Slovak territory before you pass the Hungarian border in Rajká. Within the first few kilometers of your cycle trip in Hungary you will discover charming villages. The complete section is influenced by agriculture. Your route guides you through the so-called Szigetköz (a small Rye Island). This is characterized by numberless side arms of the Danube. The beautiful town Mosonmagyaróvár is also called „City of 17 bridges“ and ideally suited for a short break. On your further way you will pass Hédervár. The castle there is situated in the middle of a protected park. However, 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 Bábolna, 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. Afterwards the route takes you back to the Danube where you soon reach the divided town Komárom/Komárno. The 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“). It´s basilica is the largest church of the country.


You cycle along the „Donauknie“ which is probably one of the most attractive sections of the Danube bike trail. 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 crowning highlight is Budapest. After arriving there you can review all impressions of this wonderful bike trip during a walk through the city.

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.

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Route Information


You cycle on bike trails, ways alongside a dam and partly on relatively quiet side roads. Busy roads are of short-term duration. You cycle on unmade paths only for 3 short distances otherwise you will find asphalted roads. On the whole the route is signed very well with a few exceptions in the Slovakian part. Because of the longer stages you should have a 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


  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room ( German, English)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline


  • 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, approx. 3.30 pm, price EUR 79 per person, for your own bike additional EUR 39 reservation required, subject to availability a time of application.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Vienna train station
  • Vienna or Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna airport
  • Public multi storage car park close to the hotel costs approx. EUR 25 per week, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible.
  • Car park approx. EUR 28 per 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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