Overview for Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna
Flowing between steep mountain slopes, green meadows and medieval castles, the Danube river has carved one of the most scenic routes in central Europe, and we invite you to explore it in the most exciting way – by bike on our classic 8-day itinerary!
The Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna is Europe’s most popular cycling route. This iconic trail goes on a dedicated cycling path along the river, so you will be able to marvel the natural beauty around you without worrying about any car traffic. On your way, you will also have plenty of time to stop and indulge yourself in the culinary delights of the region: from the traditional dishes of the rustic cuisine to the sparkling wine and sweet and light cider of the Wachau region, everyone will find something they like.
The cycling paths are mostly flat and accessible to cyclists of all levels, which is one of the reasons why this tour is a true classic and ideally suited as a first cycling holiday for the whole family.
- Relaxed cycling on a dedicated path from Passau to Vienna
- Explore the culture-filled cities of Passau and Vienna and the small, charming towns along the way
- Optional wine tastings and juicy apricots as you cycle through the vineyards and orchards of the beautiful Wachau Valley
- Schärding’s colourful market square
- The natural spectacle, Schlögener Schlinge
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Day 1: Arrival in Passau
Depending on the time and place of your arrival you can spend the rest of the day strolling through the pretty little baroque town of Schärding or going for a walk through the “New Centre” of Passau which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area.
Day 2: Passau – Bend of the Danube
Start the first cycling route through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. In Engelhartszell, you can visit the one and only “Trappist“ monastery in Austria, and you can even sample some delicious liqueurs straight from the convent. Continue the journey to the impressive “Schlögener Loop”, where the river makes a complete 180-degrees turn.
Distance for the day: approx. 41 km
Day 3: Bend of the Danube – Linz
After breakfast you will ride your bike through the green area of the Eferdinger Becken (basin) via Aschach, Ottensheim, and Wilhering to the Upper Austrian capital Linz where you can go for a city tour exploring the many restaurants and cafes in the historic old town and enjoy the magnificent views from the Pöstlingberg or a stroll along the Danube.
Distance for the day: approx. 55 km
Day 4: Linz – Strudengau
An excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria is highly recommended and worthwhile in any case. This leg guides you through beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland while passing the Celtic village Mitterkirchen, rolling by the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and on to the romantic castle of Clam.
Distance for the day: approx. 60 km
Day 5: Strudengau – Nibelungengau
Today’s tour is enjoyed by cycling through the fascinating landscape of tall and densely wooded rock formations on both sides of the Danube. High above the Danube is the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl. From there, you are greeted from afar by the marvellous Benedictine Monastery of Melk.
Distance for the day: approx. 50 km
Day 6: Nibelungengau – Krems/surroundings
Another highlight of this tour is the chance to cycle through the magnificent Wachau. A landscape where you will find terraced vineyards, apricot groves interspersed with castles, palaces and monasteries. There is also the possibility to take a break off your bike and relax on a short boat excursion. On your way to Krems, you cycle through the winery villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein. Through these charming villages, you will see quaint alluring taverns, which are just waiting to present Austrian hospitality at its best. Something you have to experience first-hand.
Distance for the day: approx. 50 km
Day 7: Krems/surroundings – Vienna, approx. 40 km + Train ride Krems – Tulln
By train, you will depart from this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage region. After arriving in Tulln, you will ride your bike for the last time on this tour directly through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and pass-through “The Gates of Vienna”. Along the way, don’t forget to stop in and visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg and then continue to “The City of Music”: Vienna.
Day 8: Vienna
Some say that one must personally experience this great city. A few of the must-sees include the famous Naschmarkt (international food/goods market), the City Opera, the Ringstrasse, (a beautiful boulevard with imposing buildings which bear witness to ancient times) and of course the gorgeous imperial castle Schönbrunn. Extension at Vienna or train/bus ride back to Passau.
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Our Classic Danube Cycle Path tour includes accommodation in standard en-suite double/twin rooms in typical Austrian Inns (guesthouses), which are normally of a 3-star standard. We can upgrade them to 3 or 4-star hotels if you prefer. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us, and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
Breakfast is included every day. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks could either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before.
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Our recommended arrival/departure airports for this holiday are the ones at Munich and Vienna.
By Train or Car
In case you travel by train, the best connections are from Schärding and Passau train stations. There is a free public parking space near the company premises. At Passau, the public parking costs approx €35 per week, no reservation possible/necessary.
Private transfers are possible on request.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have a valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
Austria: Country Info
- Language: German. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where you stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
- Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
- Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages you visit.
- Up-to-date travel advice on Austria is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack
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Difficulty Grade: Easy
The route is flat or slightly downhill going along the Danube on a well-built cycling path, almost all the way without sharing lanes with motor vehicles. Minor motor roads make up only very short sections of this route – the Danube cycle path is one of the best cycling routes in Europe (read more about difficulty grades).
Upon arrival, you will receive detailed travel information with route maps or overview maps, route descriptions, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers (1 set per room).
When to Go
This trip is available from April until October. Weather is best in July – August. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.
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- 7 nights in comfortable inns, private en-suite rooms
- Breakfast each day
- Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per person/ max. 20 kg)
- 1 x train Krems/surroundings – Tulln incl. bike
- Handlebar bag with route book, maps and information materials (1 per room)
- 24/7 phone support by our local office / representative
Options and Extras
- Single-room supplement (this applies to members of a group who require single-room accommodation)
- Solo traveller supplement (includes single room accommodation)
- Half-board (evening meals on all days – mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
- Hotel upgrades
- Bike rental (7/21 gear
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
- Flights and connecting land transfers (Note that you have to arrange your arrival to Passau; the return from Vienna to Passau by train or bus on Day 8 is included – please see above)
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme
- Local tourist taxes
- 1 extra night in Passau before the cycling holiday
- 1 extra night in Vienna after the cycling holiday
- Extra nights during the tour can be arranged upon request