Here I am standing at the source of the Danube, the starting point of my bicycle tour, the beginning of the Danube cycle path.
The source of the Danube is located in the park of the Fürstenberg castle.
When in 1723 Prince Josef Wilhelm Ernst zu Fürstenberg moved his residence from Stühlingen to Donaueschingen, Donaueschingen became the "capital" of the Principality of Fürstenberg. But Donaueschingen is "city" only since 1810.
One more deep breath and off we go to Vienna! On the Prinz-Fritzi Allee I cycle lonely and alone slightly downhill through the park of the castle. I have no reserved accommodation. The most necessary luggage including rain gear is in the saddlebags.
Soon the first yellow sign "Donauradweg" appears. The whole way is excellently marked.
Very soon we come to the confluence of
Brigach and Breg in co, they're making the Danube go.
The Danube is the second longest river in Europe after the Volga. Its length, measured from the confluence of the Brigach, Breg and the Danube source in Donaueschingen, is 2845 kilometres; from the Breg source in Furtwangen it is 2888 kilometres until the river flows into the Black Sea.
Danube cylce route