Esztergom-Bratislava Travel Day_7-24-14

Esztergom-Bratislava Slovakia by Train : Change in Plans  World > Europe > Hungary > Komarom-Esztergom Megye > Esztergom  – map World > Europe > Slovakia > Bratislavsky Kraj > Bratislava  – map   We don’t have time to cycle from Esztergom to Vienna and still see our friends in Vienna when they are free from work. So we are going to bicycle across to Sturovo on the Slovakian side and take a train to Bratislava. From Bratislava we will be able to cycle into Vienna and meet our friends on schedule. Logistically it was the easiest alternative. So we cycled from Esztergom, Hungary across the Danube Bridge to Sturovo, Slovakia where we could get a direct train to Bratislava. We got some fantastic views of Esztergom from the bridge.     The train station was a bit further out of town than our hotel in Esztergom had indicated. After a bit of panic, trying to get a fix on the location, we arrived two minutes before the train was scheduled. A helpful English speaking attendant said we needed reservations for the bicycles. So, we made them on the spot and got our tickets moments before the train arrived. Only problem was, this train did not remember to bring the bicycle car along with it! So, we waited two hours for the next train. A one hour ride took us into Bratislava. It should have been two days of cycling. It rained all day and stopped just as we arrived. There are few designated bicycle lanes or paths in Bratislava. The train station is in the north; we needed to get to the river in the south where we had booked accommodation at Botel Gracia, a floating hotel very close...

Vac-Esztergom_Hungary_7-23-14

Vac-Esztergom_Hungary Some of the most scenic cycling to date 28 miles (45 km)  Total so far: 257 miles (413 km) Ascent: 804 ft (245 m); Descent 799 ft (243 m); Max Elevation: 458 ft (139 m) World > Europe > Hungary > Pest Megye > Vac  – map World > Europe > Hungary > Komarom-Esztergom Megye > Esztergom  – map Route 2,977,646 – powered by www.bikemap.net The bicycle path leaving Vac towards Vienna has more smooth sections than bad, although the bumpy sections can really toss you around. Much of the ride is through very scenic forests, open meadows and along the Danube shore. It is extremely pleasant cycling. Numerous sections are close to the Danube The inland portions are very picturesque After leaving Kismaros, the bicycle path turns into concrete and winds through lovely countryside. You don’t have views of the Danube, but it’s a very pretty ride. Kismaros Soon the path comes back down to the Danube. You’ll start seeing views of Visegrad Castle across the river. By the time you get to the ferry landing at Nagymoros you have splendid views of Visegrad Castle and the church across the river. This is the start of the famous Danube Bend section of the bike path. It is a very beautiful ride all day. Distant Visegrad Castle Visegrad Church You can take a short ferry ride to Visegrad and explore this old city if you have time and interest. Best to return, however, to the left bank for cycling on paths instead of in traffic on the right bank. There’s a pleasant café sitting on the banks of the river in Nagymoros just above the ferry landing. We arrived in Esztergom in the early afternoon. The entire ride...

Budapest-Vac_Hungary_7-22-14

Budapest-Vac_Hungary Some Great Cycling 30.6 miles (49 km) – Total so far: 229 miles (368 km) Ascent: 701 ft (213 m); Descent: 715 ft (218 m); Max Elevation: 459 ft (139 m) World > Europe > Hungary > Budapest Fovaros > Budapest  – map World > Europe > Hungary > Pest Megye > Vac   Route 2,977,646 – powered by www.bikemap.net   Back on the bikes again, we ride Budapest-Vac on a terrific bicycle path. We left Budapest this morning and had a pretty easy time following a bike path through the city. There is a bike path that we caught behind St. Stephen’s Basilica all the way to Margit Bridge that does not show on the Bikeline map. It goes to the back side of the Parliament Building, up close and personal. It crosses the bridge and connects with EV 6 on the right bank of the Danube, or you can choose to exit in the middle of the bridge and cycle north on Margit Island to the next bridge. As rain for the day was already in the air, we decided to follow the track on the right bank. We found this to be an easy bridge to get on and off. (Chain Bridge is also easy to access from both sides. We thought Erzsbet Bridge was the most complicated because of traffic on the right bank.) The bike path was easy to follow to the north end of Margit Island and Arpad Bridge when suddenly; it dropped onto a street with heavy traffic. We saw no EV 6 signs to guide us at this point. There were numerous roads to choose from. This was the first time today we got lost! After trying several routes and asking...

Kladovo-Belgrade-Budapest Travel Days

Kladovo-Belgrade-Budapest by Bus and Train World > Europe > Serbia > Kladovo  – map World > Europe > Serbia > Belgrade  – map World > Europe > Hungary > Budapest Fovaros > Budapest  – map Kladovo to Belgrade by Bus-7-17-14 A mechanical day. A 5.5 hour bus ride back to Belgrade. Bus left Kladovo at 10 am. Only a few passengers so loaded the bikes without folding. It is always up to the driver to decide if he will take them. It always helps to get on at the start of the route. He charged $2.00 extra for the bikes. The route went along the Danube as far as Golubac before turning inland. Fascinating to see the route we just cycled. The bus sure climbs the steep grades with a lot less effort! Day in Belgrade: Logistics Again-7-18-14 The train and bus stations are next to each other in Belgrade. On checking about train to Budapest, we discovered the bike compartment for the next morning was already full, so we had to wait until Saturday morning to go. No problem. We rode the wonderful bike paths in Belgrade for a little exercise and prepared to catch the train next morning. Belgrade to Budapest by Train: Easy, and Comfortable-7-19-14 We only have 60 days left in Shengen countries so we have chosen to ride as much of Euro Velo 6 from Budapest to St Nazaire, France as we can rather than ride through Hungary which is very rural in character. It is 1,666 miles from Budapest to St Nazaire. Of course, many cyclists can make the distance in 60 days with no problem, but, we like to go slowly (around 30 to 40 miles a day) to see all the things of interest along...
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