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Trip Report Munich - Bondensee -Danube Cycleway

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Just back from my Germany/Spain expedition. Thanks everyone who offered help and hints for biking in Germany.
We hired bikes from Radius at Munich main railway station. They were top quality trekking bikes (Winora?), 24 gears, rental came with lock, repair kit and pump, staff very helpful, rental 84 Euro per week. I also bought panniers for 29 Euro, this was the rental price for panniers with other companies, no they weren't waterproof but I packed everything in plastic bags so no problem. My friend brought her own panniers.
It was easy to travel with bikes on the trains - Europe being very geared up for this.
We stayed one night at Lake Constance (Bondensee) at Lindau, a beautiful island city to explore, then biked to Friedrichshafen next day and got the train to Donauschingen and the start of the Danube Cycleway.
From there to Passau was great - no crowds, some forest, lots of corn and maize fields, lots of lovely villages and markets to explore. Some bigger towns with cathedral and city wall (eg Ulm).
We didn't pre book anywhere, just checked in with the information centres and said we'd like to bike another 20 or 30km and they rang ahead for us. (After I explained my lack of German speaking ability)
Recommended places if anyone is interested
- Pension Jasmin in Geisingen (only an hour or so ride from the start but we started in the day, very friendly, helpful couple with good breakfast).
- Breisachmuhle, a farmhouse/pension on the edge of the village Blindheim. Outstanding - both village restaurants were closed the night we were there so our host drove us to the next village then collected us when we were finished, and at breakfast brought in plastic bags and instructed us to fill them with bread rolls, cheese and meats from the breakfast platter for a picnic lunch.
In Munich, Pension Westfalia was excellent value and location - recommended through this forum thanks very much!
Another place recommended, Ulmur Spatz Hotel beside the cathedral in Ulm, was good for its location, good breakfast and cleanliness, however the staff (receptionist, housemaid, breakfast waitress) would have be among the rudest I have ever experienced. You just had to laugh, really.
Heavy rain meant we jumped on a train for about 50km of the journey, apart from that it was all a great experience, and I'm glad we did the German section rather than the more popular/crowded Passau-Vienna, also that we saw a bit of the lake, Bondensee, as well.

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