EuroVelo 6: Explore European rivers by bike!
The Atlantic-Black Sea EuroVelo 6 route is one of the 14 routes of the EuroVelo network created by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) in 1994. From 2004 to 2006, 18 French, German and Swiss partners joined forces to set up the West part of this EuroVelo cycle route, from the Atlantic to Ulm.
It aims at running alongside three of the largest European rivers, melting pots of European civilisation: the Loire, the Rhine and the Danube.
3 653 Length
- Culinary delights
- World heritage by UNESCO
- Natural heritage
- Cultural heritage
- Capital cities
Sziget Festival Budapest, Hungary
The Sziget Festival in Budapest is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. The festival takes place in August on the Óbudai-sziget island in the middle of the Danube. Every year, more than 1.000 rock performances make this a musical highlight along the EuroVelo 6.
Donauinselfest Vienna, Austria
The Donauinselfest is an open-air free music concert taking place on the Donauinsel, an island on the Danube, near the Austrian capital of Vienna. Usually taking place in the summer, in June, the festival is a great way to have fun after a long ride on the EuroVelo 6.
Busójárás is a traditional event to celebrate spring originating from the Croatian citizens and held every year in Mohács. It is also listed on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage. If you miss out the feast, you can still visit the monument made for the battle between the Hungarian forces and Suleyman the Magnificent in 1526.
Exit Festival Novi Sad, Serbia
The Exit festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, is a summer music festival in the forteress of Petrovaradin. The festival won several awards, amongst others the EU Festival Award for "Best Major European Festival" in 2014 and is therefore definetely worth a visit.
Gäubodenvolksfest Straubing, Germany
The Oktoberfest in Munich might be bigger and more famous, but this traditional and second biggest fair of Bavaria won't disappoint lovers of folklore and 1l beer glasses, called Maß. The fair counts more than one million visitors per year and takes place in August.
EuroVelo 6, from Saint-Nazaire to Mulhouse, following the Loire, the Saône and the Doubs, is the most famous and prestigious cycle route in France. The route goes through numerous cities and villages full of a rich historical heritage, some of them listed as UNESCO World Heritage (Loire valley, citadel of Besançon...).
The EuroVelo 6 route in Switzerland (= National Rhine Route No 2) follows the Rhine river from Basel to Stein am Rhein at the Bodensee. Along the route you will find bustling towns, medieval towers, Swiss-German bridges, Roman ruins, romantic riverside paths, aspargus fields, timber-framed houses and a mighty river tames by 11 power-stations.
After following a similar path to EuroVelo 15 along the Swiss / German border, EuroVelo 6 heads to north from the shores of Lake Constance to Tuttlingen where it meets the 'Blue Danube' for the first time. The Danube: songs have been written about it, composers have dedicated pieces of music to it and it has been the source of countless stories. Along the Danube Cycle Route in Germany it's easy to see why this mighty river has proven such an inspiration to so many.
The route from Rajka to Mohács along the Danube river is known for its outstanding natural and cultural attractions. The Roman 'Limes' along the Danube, the fortresses of Komárom and Komarno, the natural landscape of the Danube Bend and the banks of the Danube in Budapest are all important heritage attractions offering visitors enjoyable diversions when they fancy a break from their bike.
The route takes you through a beautiful region of eastern Croatia along Danube and Drava River. In Croatia, the route enters in Duboševica and you cycle through beautiful region of nature park of Kopački Rit one of the most important, largest and most attractive preserved intact wetlands in Europe.
Euro Velo 6 – The Danube Trail has bikeable route along the Bulgarian side of the big river. The route starts near Bregovo to Vidin and through Lom, Kozloduy, Swishtov and Ruse reaches Silistra, where cyclists could continue to the Danube Delta. The cycling trail is marked mainly on asphalt roads as close as possible to the river and offers good opportunities especially for birdwatching and close interaction with unspoiled natural environments.
- Latest news
The EuroVelo 6 - Atlantic-Black Sea route has a new dedicated website. The new website, developed under the 'Danube Cycling Project', adds points of interest, detailled stages descriptions, a service section and information for the national partners.Read more Mar 22, 2016
EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is expected to be the third most frequently chosen cycle destination for 2016 in Germany, EuroVelo6 brand appears on the radar of German cycle tourists
On its bike tourism event on the ITB in Berlin, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrradclub (ADFC) has revealed that the EuroVelo 15 is the third most frequently chosen cycle destination among German bike tourists according their plans for 2016.Read more Mar 10, 2016