Danube between Bulgaria and Romania
Descriptiption of the step
The countryside is not spectacular, but the warmth of the people allows the visitor to enjoy a different facet of the diverse continent that is Europe...
Baba Vida Castle, built in the 9th and 10th centuries on the ruins of a Roman fortress, is Vidin’s most important historical site and the best-preserved Mediaeval castle in Bulgaria. The castle houses a museum and a theatre that uses its unique backdrop to present plays with historical themes.
The route through Romania stays on the rich silt plains formed over the centuries by the river. Here, we find an agricultural landscape teetering between traditional family-run smallholdings and large modern farms. The countryside is not spectacular, but the warmth of the people allows the visitor to enjoy a different facet of the diverse continent that is Europe.
The route along the right bank is hillier and more varied.
The international access by rail with a bike are relatively long and difficult. The two main entry points of the route are connected to the west Vidin to Sofia via Belgrade (night train from Belgrade to Sofia + 5h train between Sofia and Vidin) and Bucharest Romanian side 65km from Giurgiu.
The least expensive to go to Western Europe is certainly the long-distance bus. Many airlines offer attractive rates. The bus offers direct service to this part of the route via Turnu-Severin Constanta to the west and east.
Many international flights connect Bucharest, Sofia and Belgrade to major European cities. Bucharest is located 65km from the route.
where to stay ?
Along the route there are a lot of small inexpensive hotels in most cities, a few campsites but mostly cottages often very warm.
Practical information and useful links Budapest to the Black Sea are available on this site:
maps and guidebooks
Donau-Radweg N°4 Bikeline
This guide provides maps, hosting, rental and repair bicycles along the route.
Click here to buy.
Der neue Donau-Radweg von Budapest bis zum Schwarzen Meer
Those maps present in 8 components all routes from Budapest to the Black Sea. Designed by each country in collaboration with non-governmental organization GTZ, they describe all the best routes. Click here to buy.