From St. Brévin-les-Pins to Constance. An itinerary that touches 10 countries: France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
Eurovelo 6 connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea by engaging the cyclists for over 3,600 km.
It is one of Eurovelo’s most popular tours because it is develope almost completely on flat following the course of three major European rivers: Loire, Rhine and Danube.
The route starts from the village of St. Brévin-les-Pins at the mouth of the Loire and immediately leads to the heart of France, passing by Nantes, Orléans and Besançon. Along this stretch, until the town of Mulhouse at the German border, you can choose from a variety of routes options, however, not far from the river.
Following the Rhine cycle track, you turn along the Canal Huningue by entering to Switzerland in Basel, the third most populous city in the nation. From here the trail continues along the Rhine shore in a very pleasant natural environment to observe. The route always points eastward to the waterfalls that the river creates in Schaffhausen and Lake Constance.
In Tuttlingen Eurovelo 6 is connected to the Danube. Following the river bank, the route crosses Bavaria, Germany’s largest region, and arrives in Regensburg. This town deserves a brief stop to visit the medieval old town, the Gothic cathedral and the oldest stone bridge over the river. The last German city that crosses is Passau, from here it enters Austria and the route head towards to Vienna.
Before arriving in the capital, the cycle path along the Danube also touches Linz. We recommend a stop at Pöstlingberg, the city castle in a panoramic position on the river and the old town. From Vienna, about 93 km away from Bratislava, the route continues on a well-equipped cycle track with fountains and refreshments. The rest of the road up to Budapest is equally peaceful: you pedal cycle paths and secondary roads that avoid much of the traffic.
Between Budapest and Belgrade the signs for cyclists begin to decrease significantly, in Hungary the route runs between immense cultivated fields and there is no accommodation option except in the more developed urban centers. Pass the border with Serbia is only possible in Tompa, then you continue along quite busy roads to the outskirts of the city where the cycle trail reappears.
Following the route suggested by Eurovelo 6, before the Romanian border, we encounter the natural spectacle created by the Danube between the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkans. Once in Romania, the route touches the cities of Cernavoda, Galati, Tulcea and Murighiol. Continuing to the south you finally get to the Black Sea and the town of Constance, known tourist resort of the country.
Please note: Not all route sections have been completed yet, we recommend that you check the Eurovelo official website for more information.