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The Danube Cycleway: Donaueschingen to Budapest Paperback – January 1, 2010

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The guide is clearly set out. Every place passed through is mentioned, together with essential information regarding facilities available. The guide provides a good source of information on which to plan your trip, and is small enough to carry with you. All that may be needed to add are some road maps to allow for excursions from the well-marked way.' Cycling World magazine / October 2006

About the Author

John Higginson is a retired headmaster and lecturer who has explored much of Europe by bike. He has also written the Cicerone cycle-touring guide to The Danube Cycleway and Cycling the River Loire.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852843454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852843458
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a "how to do it" book; it's a "how I did it" book. It provides minimal route descriptions, primitive maps, and an unengaging shopping list of attractions en route: church tower, check; monastery, check; old bridge, check. I bought it with the idea of planning a ride a year or two from now and found it largely useless. It's a long way from the comprehensive cycling guides offered by other publishers for different parts of Europe.

If you are actually riding the route you'll want to buy proper maps in any case, but don't count on getting even a vague sense of the route from the ones here, which, although printed in full colour, simply connect the dots of the towns and villages on the route: there's no topographic info, no information on the surrounding area, and no street names for the few town maps.

The book includes some pretty pictures, some helpful information on the facilities available in each town on the route, and a little advice on navigating the larger cities. But it won't replace a more comprehensive guidebook and maps. I'll be looking for the German-produced Bikeline guides instead.

The "full kit list" at the back is a hoot. British cyclists of a certain age may agree that the essential items are the mini electric kettle, the teabags, and the bottle-cage thermos, but others will be mystified by those other items: what is Swarfega? Isostar? E111? Pertex? What's a dog-dazer? Why list cycling glasses, spectacles, AND sunglasses? How many riders will be inclined to pack a Dictaphone? However, it's probably wise to follow the author's example and take along "clothes."
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I've kayaked much of this route, rather than cycled it. It is relatively flat, very green and beautiful, and an easy route with plenty of accommodations along the way. John Higginson's book is a very useful and practical guide to plan, and execute, a memorable trip.
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Nice detailed turn-by-turn for the Danube cycleway. Have not made the trip yet, so can't verify the accuracy, but Mr. Higginson has a nice writing style, is detailed and informative. I especially appreciate that he is able to make a turn-by-turn guidebook read very much like a good book, which is to say that the narrative and directions flow very naturally. At the same time, by the use of text formatting, its easy to pick out the pertinent information. The color photos are also quite well done. The book is written from a British perspective, however, that has caused no problems at all for this American reader. Just don't expect any "how to get there from here" advice which would be applicable to North Americans.
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Another "pocket-size" Cicerones guide that is and does what its supposed to. Not an all-inclusive encyclopedia of every known detail, but then it's not 9"x12" or 3" thick, either. Definitely some goofy thinking on what to pack, but maybe that's the authors style of humor - advising newbies to head out loaded up with vestigial and redundant clutter. After all, how else will they learn and smarten up?
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Did the tour and the book was great. Somethings have changed but they always do.

I would like better town maps when moving through built up areas. That said the signage is excellent in Germany and Austria so I can see why the author never bothered. In Slovakia and Hungary it would have been helpful.
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Currently (2015) on this trip. The route has changed considerably since this book was published. The descriptions of the towns and sights is limited. The bikeline guide is much more thorough and accurate.
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This book is a very helpful guide book if you want to do a bicycle trip on your own along this international bike path that goes from southern Germany to Hungary, following the Danube River.
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