Welcome to the world’s number one cycle touring route. That’s not hyperbole: the Danube cycleway through Germany is the single most popular bike holiday destination, and for good reason.
It’s a very gentle downhill gradient all the way from Tuttlingen to the Austrian border. It’s traffic-free for most of the way, or on very quiet roads. With so many cycle tourists taking to the trail, there are campsites, bike shops, cafés, and guesthouses at (almost) every turn. It’s mainly rural, with pleasant, welcoming historic towns, just a couple of small cities, and many sleepy little villages.
The scenery is never less than pleasant, but is at its best in the early, upstream sections, particularly from Tuttlingen to Sigmaringen and its famous castle. Further downstream, you’ll start to see frequent river traffic.
Ride the route in the summer, and you’ll be genuinely amazed by the amount of cycle traffic – and not just hardened tourers with battle-worn panniers, but families on bike holidays and pensioners out for a leisure ride. Even the popular Rhine and Loire cycle routes have nothing on this. This does mean that campsites can get crowded at peak times.
If you’re riding the whole route, the 600km of EuroVelo 6 in Germany also includes a short opening leg from Lake Constance before you get to the Danube at Tuttlingen, with a climb over the Witthoh about 50km in.