Cycling through Europe

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YOURLifeChoices member Joe would do well to take our Savvy Traveller’s advice not to cycle the whole 3000km along the Danube, but he could try part of it.

Q. Joe

There’s a group of us who are keen cyclists and would like to cycle along the Danube, if not all, at least part of it. However, we don’t want to carry our luggage with us. Are there any organised tours which cater for this type of trip?

A. Joe, what a terrific idea … but let me first put you off cycling the entire Danube: it runs nearly 3000 km from southern Germany to the Black Sea! Manuela Mödlhammer, marketing manager of the Austrian National Tourist Office in Sydney, has a useful suggestion. “Concentrate on the Danube Cycle Path, which is amongst the most beautiful cycling tracks in Europe. It’s about 365 km in length, running from Passau in Germany to Bratislava in Slovakia.”

She says the most picturesque part is from Linz to Vienna, where the path almost always meanders directly along the scenic river. I should add that this section of the Danube (www.donau.com) is wonderfully referred to as ‘the smile on the face of Austria’ and flows through baroque and medieval towns, and a wine-growing region dotted with castles, abbeys and cellar doors. Consult www.radreisen.at and www.radurlaub.com for great cycling holiday advice, as well as organised tours.



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