Latest news about the Corona situation on the Danube cycle path

In brief: If going for a ride on the Danube cycle path these days, consider cycling in Germany and Austria. Relatively low risk to catch the virus paired with an excellent hospital infrastructure.
The good news is: Cyclists along the Danube are back. But the numbers are a fraction of what we would see in a normal year. Hence this is your chance to enjoy the cycling and the scenery with less tourists.

Preface: We use 'new cases per 100K inhabitants in seven days' to assess the local situation because the European Council uses this metric to formulate recommended entry bans. The member states themselves then decide from which third country entry is blocked.

Situation in Germany

Daily Covid-related deaths: Germany vs UK

(reviewed: July 15, 2020)

  • Hotels, restaurants, shops, public transfer services: open for business, local sanitary measures may apply, face masks required indoors
  • Daily situation reports in English and German (For the English report follow the second link in the list just below the blueish picture in the page centre, 'English')
  • Current numbers: approx. 3 new cases per 100K inhabitants in seven days, <chart by Google>

Situation in Austria

(reviewed: July 15, 2020)

  • Hotels, restaurants, shops, public transfer services: open for business, local sanitary measures may apply, face masks required indoors
  • Current numbers: approx. 7 new cases per 100K inhabitants in seven days
  • Latest data published by the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
  • No travel restrictions between Germany and Austria: Free movement, yeah!

Situation in Slovakia and Hungary

(reviewed: July 9, 2020)

  • Current numbers: new cases per 100K inhabitants over seven days: Slovakia between 1 and 3 [Government data], Hungary below 1 [<chart by Google>]
  • Potential travel restrictions when entering Slovakia: Currently none, when entering from Austria
  • Potential travel restrictions when entering Hungary (except for nationals of EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland): 14 days self-quarantine plus special permit required
  • Either way, we recommend checking the immigration rules if you intend to cycle in Slovakia or Hungary.

Situation further downstream

(reviewed: June 28, 2020)

With the current situation and the local health care infrastructure in mind, we advice against any cycling holidays in Eastern Europe at the moment.