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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-05-2018, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hi - I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to rent a kayak to do a stretch of the Danube - some sort of outfitter that rents the boat and equipment and can arrange drop off and pick up of the kayak a couple hundred km away.

I've searched for a while but can't find anything. Does anyone have ideas of where to look or what to search for to find information on whether this is possible?

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Also had that dream for some time, although France (Loire River) has been more on my radar and it's oftentimes referred to as "canoeing" over there. There can be quite a bit of ferry, barge and ship traffic on the Danube depending on where you go. Here are a couple of links to trips I have read about which might yield some insight/direction but these are self-supported. You might try contacting some of the kayak clubs in Germany that have clubhouses located on the Danube. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ce-Turkey.html https://kayakingthecontinent.com/


The Loire: https://www.loirevalley-france.co.uk...canoe-or-kayak

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Thanks! My brother will be doing the whole river (self-supported as you said), I just want to join him for a few days to a week and don't have my own kayak. Contacting the kayak clubs is a good idea - do you know if there are European kayakers online forums?
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I did some web searching but many of the "club links" were missing or not helpful. You might be better off searching around on the European Canoe Association or the German Canoe Federation sites or search for "forums".

Sometimes their site's are only in the German language (https://www.hamburger-kanu-club.de/) but you should be able to find someone who will be helpful or at least can point you in the right direction. Suggest trying to home in on the specific locality where you hope to join your brother to increase chances of success. You may need to buy a used one with the agreement from the seller that they will buy it back at a specific price. This reduces their risk of loss if for some reason you lose the boat. You might also have to join their club. Look forward to seeing a trip report.


Here is a link to one site that begins to talk about what you want to do, perhaps send them an email: http://en.wasser-und-urlaub.de/canoe/index.html

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Given the cost of rental and the currency differences, did you consider looking around for a used foldup kayak, like a Klepper, Feathercraft, or FoldBoat, then just take it with you on the airline. Once your trip is done and you get back home, sell to someone else.
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Thanks for all the tips! Just starting to think about this trip so it's definitely useful in helping with planning and thinking about all the options.
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You could try asking here:
http://kanuforum.de/forumdisplay.php?f=14

Or faltboot.org which is focused on folding kayaks.

There are bike transport services at least along popular stretches (like Passau - Wien Donauradweg) - and kayak as well:
https://www.kajakladen.com/kajakkurs...scher_Wald.htm
(the first I found, there are perhaps more)
(90 Euros a kayak for a week, shuttle something like 50 Eurocent/km) - GST should be included. ;-)

I guess it depends a lot on which part you want to paddle.
4-paddlers.com used to be an informative site - but it's not working at least at the moment.

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There are bike transport services at least along popular stretches (like Passau - Wien Donauradweg) - and kayak as well:
https://www.kajakladen.com/kajakkurs...scher_Wald.htm
(the first I found, there are perhaps more)
(90 Euros a kayak for a week, shuttle something like 50 Eurocent/km) - GST should be included. ;-)
Thanks! I had thought of checking with the bike transport services if I figure out how to rent a boat. This link looks great (can't read much of it) - sent them an email, I hope they read English!
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Yes, they should - just saw there is the contact form below in the first link (it's not very overseeable even in German...). Overall they don't seem too bad. If you start from Wien I suppose one should find something as well. It only seems to me that they shuttle til Linz and not further. But maybe you can talk them into something else or they should know the next competitor along the river -



faltboot.org has a wiki with river descriptions and possible starting points. It could give ideas for alternative starts. (no. 4 - or just here Einsetzstellen - where you can put the boat in or out)
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Thanks! I had thought of checking with the bike transport services if I figure out how to rent a boat. This link looks great (can't read much of it) - sent them an email, I hope they read English!

I use the Firefox web browser. I installed the Google Translate Addon to Firefox then went to the faltboot.org site. Most of the German was translated. Not sure if this helps you at all but it might reveal some info that might not otherwise be visible. Looks pretty good in the kajakladen site too.

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Not sure if this helps you at all but it might reveal some info that might not otherwise be visible.

No. 3 in the German section is also important: a list of more or less romantic beer gardens, accessible by boat. I suppose most of them still exist. Sure it's subjective - if you take a look at No. 10 in the Austrian section.
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I don't know what kind of English material exists, but Steve usually offers a very authentic and informative description of the rivers he is paddling:
https://www.flusswandern.at/donau/
(but don't ask him about shuttles, transport, rentals etc.) - if the google translation is too confusing or not detailed enough, deepl.com often provides even better results

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