Bike Touring in Europe: Danube Cycle Path

I want to do some serious bike touring on the continent, but without paying top Euro. What are the best bets for affordable routes?

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A:This is a European classic. A designated cycling route, the Danube Cycle Path follows the Danube River for nearly 2,000 miles, from its source in Germany’s Black Forest through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. It passes through mountains and major cities, including four national capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, and Bratislava. The stretch of trail through to Budapest is well-maintained and easy to follow; as you travel south and east, though, the route gets slightly more challenging even as your surroundings get cheaper.

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