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Biking the Danube with kids

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Biking the Danube with kids

Hello,

We are a family of 4 (2 daughters, 3 years and 10 months old). We’ll be biking the section of the Danube from Germany to Hungary over 2 months (May and June 2019). We’ll be traveling with our friends who have 2 kids the same age.

We are planning on camping most of the time but maybe some BnB’s here and there.

This is our first long bike tour and I wanted to get some advice about packing. For those of you who have biked with kids, what are the things that you wish you would’ve packed and what should you have left behind?

Any amazing sights or cool things for kids we should see?

thank you for any advice and info.

Kaya

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Us too!

hello Kaya,

I'm travelling with my partner and our one-year old in the opposite direction, starting at the Black sea in early May, so maybe we'll see each other along the track!

I haven't got any specific advice, but here are some websites I came across which discuss bike touring with babies and kids: -

https://totalwomenscycling.com/lifestyle/cycle-touring-with-your-baby 

https://rideonmagazine.com.au/world-tour-with-baby/

https://babyonabike.com 

https://www.icebike.org/mundu/ 

http://travellingtwo.com has a lot of information, not just on kids and touring, but touring more generally and is worth a good look,

Rob

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Cycling with Kids

Sounds like a great adventure for the family!!

We cycled with a 4yr and 2yr old from Passau to Vienna in 2015 and just stayed in various accomodations along the way (not camping) although we did stay at cabins at camp grounds.  It is an excellent experience for the kids and ours still remember a lot from the trip.  We only covered about 60km/day since the kids did need quite a few stops along the way to play in parks or run around.  We took most of the day with the cycling and didn't have much time or energy left to explore our destinations.  Any attractions at our destination were ususally closed when we arrived and we didn't bother waiting for them to open before leaving the next day.  We had two bikes, one with a rear seat and tag-a-long and another with a double trailer.  The trailer was at the insistance of my wife who thought the kids wouldn't like to be out if it rained.  As it turns out the kids love riding in the rain, so they never used the trailer.  Our 30l backpak did ride in luxury though.  We packed very light (~40L total) so the kids didn't have any toys, but they didn't need them anyway.  There was plenty to see and keep them busy.

My main suggestion would be to have changes of clothes handy as bike passangers are exposed to the cold or wet but don't have any pedalling to keep them warm.  We had to stop quite frequently to add or remove jumpers and raincoats, so it would be easy if you could access those items readily.

It may also be good to mix up the accomodation, since a budget hotel near the town square is a nice change from camping, particualry if you need to dry out any gear and it gives you a easy start if you have a longer day.  All of the accomodation we used had excellent storage for bikes and gear, which was a concern during the planning stages.

Have a nice holiday !

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Linz to Vienna

Two women are starting in Linz Austria In May and riding the Eurovelo6 to Vienna. Just really 8 days looking for a possible Warm showers host on the way.  Would love any suggestions of places to visit and places to stop.

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Eu irei começar dia 30 de maio em Ingolstad. Mas só.

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Biking the Danube

How you organize your travel is very valuable for your adventure.

That's a good challenge for you and your family. 

I have already experimented the road cycling along the Danube and it were great experiences. 

My view about this kind of travel is a little bit different like yours.

I do longer distance by day like you and it is why I take the minimum of weight.

As a result, my bike with all my luggages weight around 20 kg.

I haven't any tente or cooking material. I buy food on the road and I sleep to the people on the route.

That why I plan all my stages and I know in advance where I will sleep.

In Germany, you have a greater association of people who like bike. It's the same like warmshower but for Germany only. The name is adfc-dachgeber. You need to be registered (18€ per year) but I can send you the file with all the members (around 3000) and a map with locations of all of them.

Maybe you can see my profile on warmshowers and find my website 

 

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Danube downstream of Vienna

Hello Kaya:

As you probably know, there is an excellent bike path along the Danube all the way to Vienna and beyond.  The Wachau Valley, about 100 km upstream from Vienna is a section to savor.

However, once you pass Vienna, the trail gets a little dull and departs from the river for long stretches.  You may want to catch a train from Vienna to Bratislava, stop for a few hours to look around, and then continue by train to Železničný rad.  From that station, you can pick up the trail again in the riverside town of Štúrovo where you'll cross into Hungary.

The section of the river from the Slovakia/Hungary border is fantastic but the closer you get to Budapest, the harder it is to find the trail since it zigs and zags a lot.  I recommend cycling to the city of Vác along the left bank of the river.  Cross via ferry to the right bank and then ride across some fields to the western branch of the river to the town of Tahitótfalu.  Cross the west branch on the bridge and continue south along the right bank to the town of Szentendre.  Have lunch or dinner here and then catch a train into the center of Budapest; the road gets rather busy from here into town.

Eric

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Szentendre Budapest

Hello Kaya, 

I would like to tell you there is a good cycling road from Szentendre to Budapest. It's only for bikes and walks and it's along the Danube on the right side until the északi összekötő vasúti híd (green train bridge) and then follow the cycling road across Újpest to arrive to Pest.

Frédéric