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    Danube trip. helpful tips?

    I'm planning a two week trip along the Danube this summer for our first Europe bike trip and I'm sending out a call for helpful tips of any kind. we plan on flying into Munich and then our starting point is in question- would you start all the way west in Donaueschingen and focus on more of the headwaters and then down to Vienna and possibly beyond or maybe start in Regensburg or Passau and try to make it all the way to Budapest?

    anyone know how easy/hard it is to travel within Germany/Austria/Hungary with bikes on the train or bus? our trip will be one way down river and then a quick return to Munich to depart. any limitations on getting bikes onto trains.

    how bout flying in and out with the bikes? ease of finding new bike boxes for shipment if we cant find a kind hotel person to keep our boxes for us in the backroom until we return? are hostels more likely to do this for us?

    other questions I should be thinking of as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollotheclown
    I'm planning a two week trip along the Danube this summer for our first Europe bike trip and I'm sending out a call for helpful tips of any kind. we plan on flying into Munich and then our starting point is in question- would you start all the way west in Donaueschingen and focus on more of the headwaters and then down to Vienna and possibly beyond or maybe start in Regensburg or Passau and try to make it all the way to Budapest?

    anyone know how easy/hard it is to travel within Germany/Austria/Hungary with bikes on the train or bus? our trip will be one way down river and then a quick return to Munich to depart. any limitations on getting bikes onto trains.

    how bout flying in and out with the bikes? ease of finding new bike boxes for shipment if we cant find a kind hotel person to keep our boxes for us in the backroom until we return? are hostels more likely to do this for us?

    other questions I should be thinking of as well?

    cheers
    rollo
    Hi,
    My wife and I did a 9 day tandem trip on the Danube in 2003. Trip report at: http://bikerlee2.home.comcast.net/germany2003/page1.htm
    I allways book first and last night at the same hotel on European trips. They have allways been happy to store bags, etc. that I do not wish to carry until my return.
    There are many websites with the information you are seeking, one is: http://www.bicyclegermany.com/
    A collection of links: http://mikven.tripod.com/DANUBElinks.htm
    German train schedules: http://bahn.hafas.de/bin/query.exe/en search for carriage with bikes.
    I would start at Donaueschingen if had it to do again. It was described as prettier and hillier than most of the rest. I started at Ulm due to less train travel required.
    We used the Bikeline Donau-Radweg maps (in German) but the route is well signed.
    Have fun, you will have lots of fellow travelers biking the route.
    Regards,
    Lee

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