The Danube River is the second longest in Europe after the Volga. It rises in the Black Forest mountains of western Germany and flows for some 1,770 miles (2,850 km) to the Black Sea. It winds it’s way through 10 countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. This is my blog about the journey of three friends down this beautiful river. We visited the fountain in Donaueschingen and drank coffee nearyby, our spirits high. Next we had to find somewhere to launch and with hindsite we launched too early and the first few days made slow progress over shallows and weirs in our heavily laden sea kayaks.

August 5th, 2016

Danube – day - 1

August 6th, 2016

Overnight stop in Fislisbach

Danube – day 1

I’d had the idea of paddling the Danube for a few decades and with my sixtieth birthday approaching it was now or never. I lived in Konstanz for six months in 1988 and met some paddlers from Konstanz Canoe Club that had paddled the Danube from source to sea. I paddled on the upper Danube with them and the idea was born but not realised until this year. Two friends joined me on the trip. I was paddling in a Plastex Seamastaster kayak. Guy Dresser paddled a Prijon and Ian White paddled a British built boat. The dynamics in the group were interesting and the challenges of the long days and our competive nature made the journey memorable. We are planning the next stage of the European farwell Brexit tour together for next year.

Donaququelle The source of the Danube from a fountain in Donaueschingen

wild-camping-on-the-upper-danube-2 My bivouac on the first night.

wild-camping-on-the-upper-danube Ian White

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One of the one hundred portages
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Danube – day 2

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Danube – day 3

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Gunzburg Canoe Club

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Danube – day 4

Tuesday, 9 Aug 2016, 4:35 pm CEST 89312, Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany
15°C Clear
Day four and camp four at Gunzburg Canoe Club.
Body hurts. But enjoying the company.

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1008, 2016
End of day five in Neuberg

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Danube – day 5

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016, 6:31 am CEST
89312, Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany
12°C Cloudy
Start of day five. Slept pretty well in my bivi. First up. Hands sore and keep going to sleep even when paddling. Pretty sure it is a nerve.

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016, 9:34 am CEST
89415, Lauingen, Bavaria, Germany
13°C Mostly Sunny

Breakfast after two hours. Ian flying.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016, 9:58 pm CEST
86633, Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany
13°C Mostly Clear
Finished paddling in Neuberg

80k day

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1108, 2016

Danube – Day 6

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Thursday, 11 Aug 2016, 5:41 am CEST
86633, Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany
7°C Fog
Day six and hands hurt. I have trouble with tingly fingers. Hasn’t woken me as in previous nights

Guy is very organised whilst Isn is on the edge of organised.
Guy and Ian faster than me on the water. Lock keeper Guy. Things improved a lot when we started using the locks. Allowing me to get ahead.
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1208, 2016

Day 7

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Danube – day 7
Friday, 12 Aug 2016, 9:05 am CEST
Isarstraße 24C, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
11°C Mist and Fog

A wet night in Regensburg and woke up in a wet sleeping bag.
Breakfast in Zink in the shopping centre.
Planning our next stage of the journey.
Maybe a shortish day today.
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Packing boats and going to stay at the youth hostel
Friday, 12 Aug 2016, 2:36 pm CEST
Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
15°C Cloudy
In the Jugendherberge. Three of us in the room. Showered and relaxed
Saturday, 13 Aug 2016, 6:21 am CEST
Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
15°C Cloudy
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1308, 2016
Day 8

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Danube – day 8

Breakfast in Regensburg.at the hostel.
Good night sleep in small room with others
Sunday, 14 Aug 2016, 6:48 am CEST
48.6779° N, 13.1168° E
13°C Patchy Fog
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1408, 2016
Day 9 – lost

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Danube – day 9

Couldn’t find Ian and Guy last night.
Had a nice pizza and good night in this place
Sunday, 14 Aug 2016, 9:50 pm CEST
Brandstatt 5, Brandstatt, Upper Austria, Austria
22°C Mostly Cloudy
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1508, 2016
Day 10 – still lost!

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Danube – day 10

By the side of the road.
Fortunately found this restaurant where I got a salad and beer
Monday, 15 Aug 2016, 5:44 am CEST
48.3348° N, 14.0272° E
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1608, 2016
Day 11

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Danube – day 11

Breaking camp.
23 k to portage

Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016, 6:23 am CEST
Donau, Ardagger Markt, Lower Austria, Austria
14°C Fog

Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016, 9:45 am CEST
Stauwerkstraße 73, Ybbs an der Donau, Lower Austria, Austria
18°C Partly Cloudy
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1708, 2016
Day 12

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Danube – day 12

Breakfast at the first portage
Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016, 7:19 am CEST
48.3845° N, 15.8466° E

Camped at portage
Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016, 11:14 am CEST
Donaulände, Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Lower Austria, Austria
19°C Mostly Sunny

Day 13 – Wrong route! We went on the ship canal

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Danube – day 13

Breakfast
Thursday, 18 Aug 2016, 7:59 am CEST
Franzosenfriedhof, Fischamend Dorf, Lower Austria, Austria
14°C Mostly Sunny

Day 13 start after camping close to the airport
At 1910

Thursday, 18 Aug 2016, 1:37 pm CEST
48.0354° N, 17.2304° E
24°C Partly Cloudy
Modern art

We stopped at the modern art at the head of the lake
Thursday, 18 Aug 2016, 6:21 pm CEST
47.9772° N, 17.3824° E
Wrong route! We went on the ship canal
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1908, 2016
Day 14

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Danube – day 14

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2008, 2016
Day 15

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Danube – day 15

Saturday, 20 Aug 2016, 7:22 am CEST
Dunajské nábrežie 4726, Komarno, Nitriansky kraj, Slovakia
14°C Mist and Fog

Staying in hotel for rest afternoon and morning. Although really tired I didn’t sleep well last night.
Hands hurt and still tingly

We have had some great paddling. The 100k a day we have been doing has left us all a bit broken now. On the fast sections we average 15k. The fast sections run into hydros with slack water. We did a longish crossing into a head wind and I thought of you.

Saturday, 20 Aug 2016, 9:11 pm CEST
Duna, Esztergom, Komárom-Esztergom, Hungary
21°C Mostly Clear

Day 15 rest morning followed by 50k paddle
Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016, 6:00 am CEST
6333, Dunaszentbenedek, Bács-Kiskun, Hungary
16°C Cloudy
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Day 16

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Danube – day 16

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Day 17

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Danube – day 17

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2308, 2016
Day 18

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Danube – day 18

Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016, 6:00 am CEST 6333, Dunaszentbenedek, Bács-Kiskun, Hungary
16°C Cloudy

Hammock at little campsite.
Hands kept me awake.
Tingly and painful.
Guy will go ahead today as he has a tight schedule

Day 19

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Danube – day 19

Hammock at little campsite.
Hands kept me awake.
Tingly and painful.
Guy will go ahead today as he has a tight schedule
Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016, 7:58 am CEST
Ulica Ive Lole Ribara, Zapadno-Backi, Serbia
15°C Mostly Sunny
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2508, 2016
Day 20

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Danube – day 20

Staying in lovely hotel at kilometre 1401.
24 euros fantastic food and friendly staff
Thursday, 25 Aug 2016, 7:41 pm CEST
45.2645° N, 19.2035° E
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2608, 2016
Day 21 – Aperton to midge heaven

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Danube – day 21

from Aperton to midge heaven.

Lovely camp site but terrible midges.
Not much between Aperton and here.
Stopped at an odd riverside bar.
Ladies very keen to sell us fish soup
Friday, 26 Aug 2016, 6:23 pm CEST
45.1407° N, 20.2596° E

Faffed with border control
Friday, 26 Aug 2016, 6:25 pm CEST
45.1407° N, 20.2596° E
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2708, 2016
Day 22 – long paddle

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Danube – day 22

Saturday, 27 Aug 2016, 8:43 am CEST
Ulica Dr Borivoja Gnjatića, Sremski, Serbia
22°C Mostly Sunny
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Day 23

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Danube – day 23

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2908, 2016
Day 24

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Danube – day 24

Breakfasted and ready to go
Monday, 29 Aug 2016, 3:06 pm CEST
Central Serbia, Juzno-Banatski, Serbia
18°C Mostly Clear
44.6551° N, 20.8264° E
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Day 25

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Danube – day 25

Set off from Beograd in fine weather.
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016, 6:12 am CEST
44.722° N, 21.046° E

Fresh bread, omelette and jam at the guest house
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016, 12:36 pm CEST
Obala kralja Petra, Branicevski, Serbia
27°C Mostly Sunny
Day 24 lunch

Serbian salad, chicken and chips.
Hot and sunny with nice tail wind
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016, 3:45 pm EEST
44.7229° N, 21.6156° E

At border control
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016, 8:53 pm EEST
DN57, Caraş-Severin, Romania
26°C Mostly Clear
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Day 26

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Danube – day 26

at pension
Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016, 10:09 am EEST
44.6579° N, 21.8857° E
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Day 27

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Danube – day 27

Still in this little village, Liubcova
Just changed some euros to lev at the garage at rate of 4.2.
Ian got a lift to cash point while I wondered into the village and changed some Euros at the local shop then to the garage.
Thursday, 1 Sep 2016, 2:00 pm EEST
DN6, Mehedinţi, Romania
28°C Mostly Sunny
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209, 2016
Day 28

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Danube – day 28

Through the lock and in nice restaurant at 939.
Ian has paddled ahead
Friday, 2 Sep 2016, 8:23 pm EEST
Mehedinţi, Mehedinţi, Romania
25°C Partly Cloudy
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309, 2016
Day 29

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Danube – day 29

Camping at 838.
Bulgaria on the opposite bank.
Took two hours to get through the lock.
Saturday, 3 Sep 2016, 7:09 am EEST
Mehedinţi, Mehedinţi, Romania
19°C Partly Cloudy
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409, 2016
Day 30

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Danube – day 30

at on the boat and watched out for Guy who had a massive day.
Staying at the Hotel Neptun.
Sunday, 4 Sep 2016, 7:39 am EEST
ulitsa Edelvays 5, Vidin, Vidin, Bulgaria
15°C Mostly Sunny
Sunday, 4 Sep 2016, 11:50 pm EEST
reka Dunav, Kozloduy, Vratsa, Bulgaria
21°C Mostly Clear
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509, 2016
Day 31

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Danube – day 31

In hammock on dried up river bed.
Dogs barking incessantly.
Midges not too bad.
Beautiful starry night
Dried sausage for tea.
Went pretty well today.
Monday, 5 Sep 2016, 6:20 am EEST
reka Dunav, Kozloduy, Vratsa, Bulgaria
16°C Mostly Clear
Day 30 packing up at camp.

Breakfast later
Monday, 5 Sep 2016, 8:44 am EEST
reka Dunav, Oryahovo, Vratsa, Bulgaria
18°C Mostly Sunny
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609, 2016
Day 32

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Danube – day 32

Break after 2 hours paddling
Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016, 6:00 am EEST
43.7015° N, 24.8955° E
Day 31 at hotel in small village

Good nicght’ls sleep.no barking dogs.
Nice dinner last night.
Guy and Ian last day
Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016, 11:04 pm EEST
43.8888° N, 25.9668° E
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709, 2016
Day 33

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Danube – day 33

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809, 2016
Day 34

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Danube – day 34

120k
Knackered
Thursday, 8 Sep 2016, 8:49 am EEST
44.0511° N, 26.6083° E
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909, 2016
Day 35

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Danube – day 35

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Day 36

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Danube – day 36