Along the Danube

The Danube is the second longest river in Europe, and runs from the Black Forest in Southern Germany all the way to the Black Sea. We are planning to ride only as far as Budapest in Hungary.

There is some debate on where the Danube actually begins, but the official source is located in Donaueschingen.

The Danube source

The Danube source

For some time, the river is barely more than a creek, as the route meanders through the pleasant countryside. Within the first day or two, we reach the Swabian Alb, where the river valley narrows, and we see beautiful limestone cliffs. These cliffs are apparently a good place to build castles, as we saw quite a few in this area.

Castle on the cliffs

Castle on the cliffs

The Castle Wildenstein

The Castle Wildenstein

We spent a while in the town of Sigmaringen, where we were able to tour a famous castle and church.

Sigmaringen Castle

Sigmaringen Castle

This is a very popular route, and we have been meeting a variety of people of many ages, nationalities, and origins. Also quite a few families and local riders. It is fun to see some of the same people multiple times, as we ride at differing speeds and stop at different times.

The map below shows a rough idea of the part of the Danube we have done so far (don’t believe the elevation profile or the exact lines – we didn’t mark the route too carefully and don’t have a GPS trace or anything like that). We rode from Donaueshingen to Ulm over the course of four days, at which point we decided we deserved a day off (the weather was not cooperating), so we took the train to Ingolstadt for a rest day. Tomorrow, we will set out on again on our bikes down the Danube from Ingolstadt.

Note/Edit: We decided to go back and tag posts with the games they’re related to. Sigmarignen, Ulm, and Ingostadt are all in Thurn and Taxis.

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Map (note: not exact). The green marker shows the beginning of the route. If you click on other markers, you will see a note or information about that spot.


Approximate elevation profile (markers correspond to markers on the map):

Elevation Profile

One Comment

  1. Kedamono
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Ulm… reminds me of that Monty Python bit about Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- n├╝rnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- sh├Ânedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm, but I digress.

    It looks like you saw some great sights. The only castle I got to see was the Herrenchiemsee Castle by mad king Ludwig.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herrenchiemsee