8 days
Austria, Germany

Cycle from Bavaria’s ‘city of three rivers’ to dazzling Vienna; ‘the city of music’

Cycling on one of Europe’s most popular long-distance cycle paths, completely traffic-free

The impressive Schloegen river bend, a natural wonder of upper Austria

Leisurely cycling through the beautiful winelands of the Wachau

Discover impressive castles, monasteries and some of Austria’s oldest towns

Cycling along the Danube: from Passau to Vienna

The Donau Radweg is one of Europe’s classic cycling routes. The section between Passau and Vienna is particularly flat and well-developed for cyclists, making this an ideal cycling holiday for people of all ages and abilities. Starting in the Bavarian city of Passau, the city of three rivers, the Danube Bike Path then winds its way through Austria, on dedicated cycling paths running parallel to the mighty river. As you follow the Danube you will discover that each region offers unique attractions. Discover the culturally rich city of Linz and the World Heritage region of the Wachau, where tiny villages nestle against the sun-drenched vineyards, guarded by mighty castles and monasteries. You finish in Vienna, one of Europe’s great cities. As you reach the City of Music, treat yourself to a well-earned Riesling and Wiener Schnitzel!

As with all of our self-guided cycling tours, this trip includes luggage transportation and very comfortable accommodation.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS From €895 per person sharing*

*A high season supplement of €25 per person will apply during July and August.
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo travellers.

BIKE RENTAL If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. All bikes are provided with chain locks and a daily cycle and breakdown service is included.

We deliver the bicycle at your first accommodation and pick it up from your last accommodation after your last cycling day. You just need to give us your body length, so that you receive the correct bike size, and we take care of everything else.

*Please note: Price on request for extra-large bikes (body height > 190 cm)

Bike hire prices (weekly rates)

  • Hybrid/Trekking bike (21-gear KTM): €160
  • E-bike (from 158 cm): €325
  • Child bike (up to 145 cm): on request
ACCOMMODATION 7 overnight stay with breakfast buffet in *** and ****hotels.

*Note: Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as ‘Austrian Twins’ and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between May 1st and October 9th.
7 x overnight stay in *** and ****hotels
7 x breakfasts
Luggage transport to the next hotel (1 piece per person)
1 x Danube cycle path booklet with maps (per room)
Route notes and GPS tracks
Welcome video with info for your trip
1 x Guided visit of the monastery Stift St. Florian
1 x Ferry boat Enns to Mauthausen incl. bicycle
1 x Train ticket Tulln – Vienna incl. bicycle
Service hotline daily from 8.00 – 18.00 (also on weekends)
Flights & travel insurance
Local taxes
Lunches or dinners
Trains or ferries not mentioned above
Anything else not mentioned in the Included section
Bike rental
Half-board supplement (6 x dinners €250 pp.)
Single room supplement
Return train ticket from Vienna to Passau
DIFFICULTY / SURFACE The difficulty level of this trip is rated as easy overall. The bike tours do not present any technical difficulties and there are few inclines. However, some physical fitness and stamina are required, as well as basic cycling equipment such as closed sneakers, backpack, sun and rain protection, functional clothing, jacket and sweater, etc.

The routes are easily accessible with trekking bikes. They mostly follow paved bike paths, with a few sections also on gravel roads and forest paths. If you want to shorten some of the daily routes, you can do so by public transport such as trains or boats.


Day 1: Arrival in Passau

You will receive your documents and rental bikes (if booked) at the first hotel in the Bavarian city of Passau. The “City of three rivers” is renowned as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and has much to offer. The charming laneways and archways of the Baroque old town have remained largely unchanged throughout the centuries.

Overnight stay in Passau.


Day 2: Passau to Schlögen

Distance: approx. 40 km

Your first cycling day takes you from Passau via Obernzell to Schlögen. Along the way, we recommend visiting the monastery Stift Engelszell, with its beautiful Rococo church and picturesque garden. Highlight of the day is the ‘Schlögener Schlinge’ (Schloegen River Bend), where the Danube forms a picturesque 180 ° curve. When approaching Schlögen, you have a beautiful view of the ruins of medieval Haichenbach Fortress, high on a ridge on the other side of the Danube.

Overnight stay in Schlögen.


Day 3: Schlögen to Linz

Distance: approx. 56 km

Following the Danube cycle path, today’s route takes you first along the river’s forested slopes to the town of Aschach. We recommend taking some time to explore Aschach, with its medieval town houses featuring gothic, baroque and renaissance era facades and courtyards. Getting back on your bike, you continue along the Danube to the cathedral city of Linz. This modern provincial city has a renowned arts scene and offers a variety of interesting sights, including the castle museum and botanical gardens.

Overnight stay in Linz.


Day 4: Linz to Perg

Distance: approx. 47 km

Leaving Linz, you start out towards Sankt Florian, where you can visit the Augustinian monastery St. Florian – one of Austria’s most beautiful monasteries (guided tour included). From here, you cycle on to the charming town of Enns. This is the oldest city in Austria, at the meeting point of the Enns and Danube rivers. You can climb the Statturum – a sixty-meter-tall bell-tower which offers panoramic views over the valley and views of the Alps in the distance. You then cross the Danube by ferry to Mauthausen and finish the stage with a short ride to Perg.

Overnight stay in Perg.


Day 5: Perg to Maria Taferl / Marbach

Distance: approx. 55 km

The first part of today’s route takes you past the castles Dornach and Greinburg. Schloss Greinburg is the oldest occupied castle in Austria and dominates the picturesque riverside town of Grein. You then continue along the north bank of the Danube, past the “black wall” (a curious granite formation) to the town of Marbach. A short climb takes you up to the beautiful Baroque basilica of Maria Taferl, from which you can enjoy a breath-taking view over the Danube Valley.

Overnight stay in Maria Taferl / Marbach.


Day 6: Maria Taferl to Krems

Distance: approx. 54 km

Your first destination today is the town of Melk, on the south bank of the Danube. Here, we recommend a visit to the 18th century Benedictine abbey Stift Melk. Crossing back over to the north bank, you follow the Danube cycle path through the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape of lush green hills covered by vineyards, orchards and castles. You will pass through the picturesque riverside towns of Spitz, Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein, before arriving at your destination: the culturally rich city of Krems an der Donau. Time to relax and sample some of the top-quality Grüner Veltliner and riesling wines from the local vineyards

Overnight stay in Krems.


Day 7: Krems to Vienna

Distance: approx. 59 km

For the most part, your final cycling day descends softly and you can enjoy the views and landscape in a relaxed manner. You are once more surrounded by vineyards, which produce many fine wines, including the famous Grüner Veltliner. Finally, you arrive in the town of Tulln an der Donau. This is a very pleasant town, with an abundance of parks and gardens. The town stands on the site of the former Roman cavalry fort Comagenis and is known today for its variety of enjoyable art and culture and its bubbling fountain.

From Tulln take the train to Vienna where you give back your bikes.

Overnight stay in Vienna.


Day 8: Departure

Your cycling holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning. You may wish to book an extra night in Vienna to fully appreciate the imperial grandeur of its dazzling palaces, museums and concert halls.

If you are travelling by car, we can arrange your train ticket back to Passau to pick up your car.

Getting to Passau

  Passau is located in Germany, close to the Austrian border. It doesn’t have an airport but it easily accessible by rail from nearby cities such as Munich, Linz, Salzburg, and Vienna.
By Train
  • Passau has direct train connections to Linz (1h30), Salzburg (2h45), Munich (2h30) and Vienna (3h), which are the most convenient airports. Please visit the DB Bahn website to check the times.
  • If you are arriving at Vienna Airport we can arrange your rail or bus transfer to Passau. If you would like to arrange this then please let us know at the time of booking.

Departure from Vienna

  Vienna Airport has extensive connections to most major international cities. The airport is only a 20-minute bus journey from the centre and has regular airport shuttle buses leaving every 20 minutes from central Vienna.
If you have parked your car in Passau and need to return there to pick it up, then we can arrange a train ticket for you. Vienna train station has several services throughout the day to Passau. Journey time is around 2hrs 45mins to 3hrs. For full information on fares and times please click here.
Cycling the Danube from Passau to Vienna (c) Oesterreich Werbung /Peter Burgstaller
Danube cycle path
Passau; the 'city of three rivers'
The ‘Schlögener Schlinge’ (Schloegen River Bend) (c) Donau Oberoesterreich Tourismus Gmbh / Ralf Hochhauser
Cycling along the Danube (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Beni Mooslechner
Linz Altstadt (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Volker Preusser
The monastery of Sankt Florian
Enns - the oldest town in Austria
The Danube cycle path, Grein (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller
View of Grein from Greinburg Castle (c) Ingomar Lochshmidt
View of Melk Abbey from the Danube cycle path GT1976
Melk abbey
Schloss Schönbühel
Cycling in the Wachau, Weissenkirchen (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Martin Steinthaler
Cycling through the Wachau wine country (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Bernhard Bergmann
Donau Radweg, Krems (c) Oesterreich Werbung / Martin Steinthaler
Danube riverboat, Tulln an der Donau (c) Dguendel
Vienna; Karlskirche
Vienna; Hofburg

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