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The Danube Cycleway: Donaueschingen to Budapest (Cicerone International Cycling)
 
 

The Danube Cycleway: Donaueschingen to Budapest (Cicerone International Cycling) [Kindle Edition]

John Higginson
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The guide is clearly set out. Every place passed through is mentioned, together with essential information regarding facilities available. The guide provides a good source of information on which to plan your trip, and is small enough to carry with you. All that may be needed to add are some road maps to allow for excursions from the well-marked way.' Cycling World magazine / October 2006 --publisher

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A guide to cycling the Danube Cycle Way from Donauschingen in Bavaria to Budapest. The Danube Cycle Way has become the most popular holiday cycle touring route in mainland Europe. It has magnificent scenery, fascinating places to visit throughout its length and a wide cultural diversity. It is not unusual to sit in a wayside bar and hear seven different languages being spoken at the same time, but not one of them is likely to be English. It is high time this changed. This guide aims to introduce the Danube Cycle Way not only to keen long-distance cyclists but also to people who have never experienced the joys of this kind of journey. The fact that the majority of the route is on dedicated, clearly signed cycle tracks means that it is perfect for whole families to enjoy. Although the guide divides the length of the cycle way into 20 suggested days, a plentiful amount of low-priced accommodation throughout the entire length of the route means that each day's journey can be tailored to cyclists' needs. The way is almost free of hills, includes visits to monasteries, castles, museums, and ancient cities as well as picturesque villages, and provides adventurous cyclists with a month's sheer pleasure. It is there, waiting to be enjoyed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2810 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press; 1 edition (3 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2MKYNO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great journey 14 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
My girlfriend and I cycled from Passau to Budapest in 2006. We took only this book, the Bikeline map, a tent, and hired bikes in Vienna. The route is very flat and well maintained (on the Austrian side), suitable for all levels of cyclist. We had a great time and would recommend it to anyone.

Mr Higginson has done a fine job of covering the journey. Every village you pass through on the way has at least a couple of paragraphs dedicated to it, briefly describing the history of the town, sites to see, places to stay and eat, and maps for the larger towns. There are many interesting things to see along the route, so pace yourself - you could easily spend a whole week in Vienna alone!

There are a few minor inaccuracies in the book due to recent changes. Currency isn't a big problem - Euros and credit cards are usable in Austria and Bratislava, and there are plenty of ATMs. After crossing the border into Hungary the book warns that you will have no opportunity to get Hungarian Forints; the first town you pass through now has an ATM. The exit from Gyor is described as being unsignposted - now someone has helpfully slapped navigation arrows along a series of lampposts. The route into Budapest is described as being a "nightmare" through dangerous roads filled with busy traffic - now there is now a pleasant cycle route from Obuda into the heart of Budapest, which conveniently passes the Obuda campsite.

I only have minor criticisms of the book itself. The photos are too dark (cloudy/poor lighting). The focus is often on the local church and other historical attractions; it misses some of the more exciting attractions like outdoor water parks that may be interesting to younger cyclists. Maybe something for the 2nd edition!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 20 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback
I have just cycled from Vienna to Budapest using this book as my only guide. This is not enough! As in fairness the author does point out. A decent set of maps of the region will save you from the kind of navigational error that can cause morale to drop on a days touring.

The sections on border crossings are now out of date. Much of the route is now signed as European long distance route 6. No mention of this is made in the text.

The two main deficiencies I found were the lack of anything other than the most basic of maps and the habit in the text of referring to to a navigational point on the route without giving any context. The reader is left wondering if the vital left turn is 1 mile, 5 miles to 10 miles up the road. Perhaps the photographs of churches and rural scenes could have been replaced by some aerial images from Google earth showing the route.

Despite this it is a good little book. Some nice descriptive touches and generally good route and accommodation advice. Its modest size being a bonus, as one can cycle with it a pocket and with the odd wobble refer to it on the fly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take it, but with a pinch of salt 8 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
I recently cycled this route from the start of the Danube to Budapest using this book as a guide. I agree entirely with the 2 previous reviews comments. The book sorely needs an update and could be a much more complete guide if it included some simple miscellaneous information, such as pictures of the signs to look out for (they change frequently along the route) and a translation of the most common cycle signs (e.g. cyclists dismount).

A decent map (Bikeline's 'The Danube Cycleway' pt's 1-3 ideally) is a must, the book describes the route and gives some navigational help, but if you have strayed from the route or are not sure exactly where you are it is largely useless. The Danube cycleway seems to have been re-signed and re-directed since the book, it can be very misleading to try and follow the book sometimes. Many times when using the book to plan a days cycling it was annoying to find en route that the next town was 10km further away than the book states. The route is well paved (with some exceptions) and well signed in Germany and Austria, but there will always be temporary obstructions which the book can't anticipate. Entering and leaving large towns along the whole route is generally tricky too.

I found the places the book suggested stopping at overnight and the daily distances suggested to be ridiculous. The first 2 days are only ~40km and then later on two ~100km days are next to a 79km day that starts with 'climbing severely for several kilometres' (on a detour, from Weltenberg to Kelheim. Locals and tourist info stressed that this was madness and the road was too busy to be safe so I gave this a miss, visiting Weltenberg by boat as the book recommends and returning the same way).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Start Again, Cicerone. 13 Feb 2011
By Tam
Format:Paperback
I cycled the Danube Way from Donaueschingen to Budapest during September / October 2010. Like other reviewers, I found this book rather out of date. The Danube cycleway is now very comprehensively signposted throughout its entire length, but Cicerone books usually add that extra bit of information and background which can be really helpful and interesting. Sadly, this book does not. As an example, the author's information on getting to Donaueschingen is of little value and he dismisses air transport based on tittle tattle rather than the experience we should expect of an author of a cycle guide.
Throughout this book, the author declines the opportunity to provide anything but the most basic assistance to the cyclist. By stage 6 I had lost confidence in the book and declined its invitation to leave the well signed Danube Trail to pursue a 120Km deviation which the author confusingly refers to as if it is, if fact, the Danube Trail.
In one area the book appears admirable. Its descriptions of the religious buildings along the trail are, I suspect, comprehensive and well researched. The author's enthusiasm is clear long before he directs you away from the trail to the Abbey perched atop a rather impressive hill some kilometres away.
I cannot imagine what has possessed Cicerone to regard such obsession as appropriate to a cycling guide.
This book does not reach the standards usually met by Cicerone Guides. It is woefully out of date and should be re-written as a guide to the Danube Trail to help cyclists rather than souls.
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