Our guide book includes 10 section maps to aide with planning and navigation. Combined with EV6 signage and the occasional peak at a GPS/smartphone it should be possible to find your way.
As a more comprehensive option we recommend several maps from different providers. Use of these detailed maps and map books will make following the official route significantly easier, although you may groan at their collective weight.
Alternatively, if you are tech savvy the official www.eurovelo6.org website has an excellent overlay of the route for each stage on Google maps but, and it is possible to download the route file as a .gpx in sections if you wish to load this onto your GPS app on your smartphone. There are also several blogs and open source mapping programs that have GPS coordinates for parts/all of the route. We have not verified these so can’t comment on the merits of the available options, but this is destined to be the way of the future!
For the rest of us who prefer the joy of unfolding a real map, here are our recommendations:
To accompany our Cycling the Eurovelo 6: Volume 1. France we recommend:
- The official Eurovelo 6 map set produced by Huber Verlag. This six map set covers France. It clearly identifies the route but lacks contours, many minor roads and other information typically found on other 1:100,000 scale maps. Be sure to check you are buying the latest edition (published in 2016) as previous edition printed in 2012 is still available on several websites. (For example the 2016 edition was available on Book Depository and Amazon US but Amazon UK only had a 2012 edition available.)
Switzerland and Germany
To accompany our Cycling the Eurovelo 6: Volume 2. Switzerland and Germany from Basel to the Donau river we recommend:
- The German 1:150,000 scale Black Forest – Upper Rhine cycle map by Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club.
Alternatively, from Basel to Stein-am-Rhine refer to the 1:301,000 map of Switzerland cycling paths by Kümmerly + Frey (this map is typically available in local Swiss bookstores and covers the whole of the Swiss stage; at this scale it’s adequate but lacks detail). A more comprehensive and more costly option is to purchase either the Kümmerly + Frey cycle maps at 1:60,000 scale or the La Suisse a Velo guide to Swiss route 2 along the Rhine valley.
Then from Stein-am-Rhine to the Donau river use Google maps or a local German map to select and navigate your route. Then refer to Bikeline map book Danube Bike Trail 1 for the portion on the Donau river.
To accompany our Cycling the Eurovelo 6: Volume 2. Switzerland and Germany along the Donau river to Passau we recommend:
- Bikeline map book Danube Bike Trail 1: German Danube from Donaueschingen to Passau.
Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
To accompany our Cycling the Eurovelo 6: Volume 3. Austria, Slovakia and Hungary we recommend:
- Bikeline map book Danube Bike Trail 2: Passau to Vienna
- Bikeline map book Danube Bike Trail 3: Slovakian and Hungarian Danube from Vienna to Budapest
Our guidebook concludes at Budapest but if you are keen to continue on the black sea we recommend:
- Bikeline map book Danube Bike Trail 4: Budapest to the Black sea
If you intend to deviate significantly from the route the 1:100,000 topographical maps available for purchase locally, are excellent. In France these typically cost €6-8. In Germany and Switzerland expect to pay 3 times this amount for their durable, glossy maps. Maps at this scale include minor roads that are a mainstay of enjoyable cycle touring.