Tokaj

Tokaj is (somewhat) famous for its sweet white wines. Their most famous is known as Aszu, a dessert wine made with grapes that are attacked by a (good kind of) mould, which withers and sweetens the grapes. The grapes are collected in ‘Puttonyo’ baskets, and the more Puttonyos used per barrel (between 3 and 6),…

Heading to the Hungarian hills

After following mostly rivers for the first month of our ride,  we thought it was about time to tackle some hills. We later discovered that Hungary is well known for its flat, boring plains. But that didn’t stop us. First up was Galyateto, a 900-something metre peak, that we couldn’t quite find the top of,…

24 Hours in Slovakia

It turns out the Danube goes through Slovakia. We arrived in Bratislava early evening, with just enough time to have a look around and enjoy a tasty hot chocolate.

Budapest (written by June and Miles)

It was only when we arrived in Budapest that I realised that the scale of the city was nothing like Paris. Divided into districts, the hotel I had booked was In district III. On the map It looked within striking distance of the inner city, not too central, and was on the banks of the…

Vienna

After reaching 2000km, we felt we had earned some time off the bikes. We arrived in Vienna, and for the first time used warmshowers.org to find somewhere to stay. We stayed with Konrad and Lili. They are a lovely couple who really made us feel at home, so much so we ended up staying a…