ECF (the European Cyclists’ Federation), in a recent newsletter, are jubilant that a further 10,000 kilometres of cycle track were added to the network yesterday when the European parliament officially inaugurated two new cycle routes. These are the Iron Curtain Trail (EV13) which is over 9000 kilometres and crosses 20 countries (see here for a past blog entry about this route) and the Rhine Route (EV15) which, not unsurprisingly, follows aforenamed river through the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Don’t expect EV routes to be fully signposted, but do expect some bits to be.
Further news on the EV front is an announcement from the Hungarian government that they’re going to undertake a major upgrade on their stretch of the Danube Cycle Path (Eurovelo Route 6). Here’s an interesting blog about it ~ http://cyclingsolution.blogspot.com/2011/09/major-upgrade-for-budapest-vienna-trail.html ~ and an interesting story about the Hungarian government who are thinking about spending a shedload of cash upgrading the cycle route on their side of the river Danube, from the Austrian border to Budapest. A further useful website about Eurovelo routes generally is http://cyclingeurope.org/
As a relatively soft introduction to long distance touring, these routes have to be hard to beat.