Travel along the Blue Danube on 1,000 kilometer bike trail between Germany and Budapest.
This interactive map gives you a preview of the stages to come on this adventure.
A tour like this always starts with researching the best available maps and apps for guiding you to the bike trails.
I use an app called BikeGPX that allows me to pre-install trail routes with GPS precise locations.
The GPS files for this tour came with our German-language Radfahren guide books.
I rely on the native camera app to shoot with and the Photos to edit with. This means that my shots and editing workflow is both quick and ethical.
I do Filmic camera apps in certain situations and many apps to record geo, speed and elevation data.
I also rely on a specialized app for trail guidance.
The BikeGPX app will guide us along the Blue Danube river and indicate elevation, waypoints and distance traveled in kilometers.
I had to download the GPS bike routes from the book publisher’s site and then upload them to the BikeGpx home page.
All I have to do each day is load the trail map into the app and then glance down to see our position tracked in real time.
Grand Budapest Bike tour
Bike trail GPX Maps
We have been packing for weeks and further on I will share photos and details about what we brought.
But first, we knew we would have a story to tell for the #MojoTrek series and I set about making some show graphics for the videos that we will post on Youtube.
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Our next task is to get us, our tour bikes and five bike bags from Berlin to Passau by train.
The German Train Experience
The high speed ICE train we booked has room for only three bikes, so we made this train reservation months in advance not really knowing if we would be allowed to travel on this day.
It now becomes very important to know which part of the long train is actually ours and where on the train platform to position our selves and two fully-loaded tour bikes.
The signs indicate that the train to Vienna will be located between signs A and C on the long platform. The train to Munich will be between D and F.
In our case two wagons. We will park the bikes in wagon 24 of the Wien train and then have to walk through four cars and the restaurant car to reach our seats in wagon 28.
Having seat reservations in the first class car helps lower the stress of the having to muscle in and stow two bikes and all bags while being trampled by tourists and baby strollers.
Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria
In Passau we had the afternoon to toodle around the village and discovered a castle, a hot air balloon and a cafe that was running a blues workshop. We settled into our pub chairs to listen to the musicians workshop standards like “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” for a few hours while taking in the sunset along the Danube.
Danube bridge: Vectoring away from a thunderstorm as we cycle in 42.5 degrees celsius today. We are 75km west of Vienna on The Grand Budapest Bicycle Tour. #MojoTrek #Nogimbal #Handheld #Mojo #NativeCameraApp #oneTake
A weekend in Vienna
Vienna to Lake Balaton
We are at the mid-point of the Grand Tour as far as kilometers are concerned.
Leaving Vienna we spent most of the day circumnavigating the perimeter of Vienna airport.
Bük – 500 kilometers
Heviz, 590 km
We cycled 95 km today form Bük to reach Heviz. No cycle paths at all in this stretch and we rode mostly on back-country farm and village roads but also along some busy streets swollen with with lumbering lorries and Italian race cars cracklin’ by at high speeds. Below I show one I captured in slow mo mode at 240 frames per second. (10 times slowed down.)
Back to Tihany
We almost never backtrack while reporting on a #MojoTrek adventure, but we are making an exception here.
We loved the peaceful hillside view and private-cooked dinner overlooking the Balaton.
We have spoken with the owner of the villa to secure a return visit for the goulash and the romantic table.
Tomorrow we will take the ferry to the southern shore of the lake and search there for the bike trail to Budapest.
We camped in an isolated campground.