Budapest and EuroVelo Cycle Lane
Introduction: The EuroVelo cycle lane
Did you know that EuroVelo cycle lane is a network of 15 long-distance cycle routes connecting the whole European continent? It’s actually a project with co-financing from the European Union for the purpose of promoting sustainable tourism. These routes are in use by cycle tourists as well as local people who are making their daily journeys. Due to this, there are a huge variety of different routes. The EuroVelo currently consists of 15 routes and there are plans to continuously expand it through to 2020.
The EuroVelo 6 (European cycle route network) goes from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. As a result of being so long, it’s one of the most popular bike routes going along coasts. When riding it you’ll see rivers, castles and go through some amazing landscapes. It starts in Nantes, France and finishes in Constanta, Romania. That’s a 3653 km bike ride! Talk about saddle sore! Along the way it goes through 10 countries, covers 4 UNESCO sites, and meets 6 European rivers. Also there are sections along the Loire and the Danube river which are famous for cycle tourists around the world.
The Hungarian Section
This Hungarian section of the cycle route goes from Rajka to Mohács following along the Danube river. It’s famous for it’s outstanding natural and cultural attractions. The Roman ‘Limes’ along the Danube, which along with the fortresses of Komárom and Komarno, are important sights. Also the natural landscape of the Danube Bend and the banks of the Danube in Budapest are all heritage attractions offering enjoyable diversions.
After the bustling and busy streets of Budapest, it’s a quiet joy to discover that there are much calmer parts with rural and agricultural areas along the pretty Danube. This cycle route runs by the Gemenc Forest which is alongside the Danube. And it’s one of the biggest wilderness reserves in the country. Further more you can use the local forestry trains and wonder amongst the deer here to have a little rest from cycling. Have a look around and you’ll discover bicycle paths everywhere if you feel like exploring the wilderness!
Right before the Hungarian border, you can also enjoy the pretty landscape of the Duna-Dráva National Park. Consequently this is where you’ll find that the Hungarian part of the route ends at the border with Croatia and Serbia.
All along the way, there is an official EuroVelo signage which makes the biker’s life easier. So you can ask for maps and guidebooks. And for a small donation you’ll receive them by mail.
For more information, check out: HERE