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.
|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)
|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.|
|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.