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Danube Explorer: Cycling from Passau to Vienna short break

Danube Cycle Path Highlights

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Austria, Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Cycling
6 days & 5 nights
April - October


Day 1: Passau
Day 2: Linz
Day 3: Strudengau
Day 4: Nibelungengau
Day 5: Vienna
Day 6: Departure

Overview for Danube Cycle Path Highlights

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 highlights 6-day itinerary!

The Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna is Europe’s most popular cycling route. This iconic path 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 rural 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.


  • Passau
  • Great Danube Loop
  • Linz – Capital of Upper Austria
  • Grein – City Theatre
  • Romantic Wachau
  • Abbey of Melk & the city of Krems
  • Waltz metropole Vienna

Itinerary for Danube Cycle Path Highlights

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Day 1: Arrival in Passau

Individual arrival. Once in Passau, enjoy the day of leisure by strolling through the narrow and winding streets of this quaint city or simply relaxing in a typical beer garden. Historical heritage is to be found and encountered around every corner. The “City of Three Rivers” i.e. river Danube, Inn and Ilz continues to be an inspiration to all. Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. bike hand over – for late arrivals on the next morning.

Day 2: Passau – Linz

Starting the tour nice and easy by ship, you travel through the magnificent Schlögener Loop. The Granite Mountains of the Mühlviertel have forced the Danube into a 180- degree bend. Along the wooded lush slopes of the narrow green valley, the river escorts you to the capital of Upper Austria and European Culture Capital of 2009: Linz.

Distance for the day: approx. 53 km + ship ride Passau – Schlögen

Day 3: Linz – Strudengau

A worthwhile excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria, is highly recommended although it is left up to you to decide. In the gorgeous Baroque village Grein, a few highlights including Austria’s oldest theatre, the Maritime Museum and the city’s impressive castle Greinburgcan be visited.

Distance for the day: approx. 60 km

Day 4: Strudengau – Nibelungengau

Once leaving Grein, you cycle through the stunning Nibelungengau over to Pöchlarn, where you find the monument of Nibelungen and the birthplace of artist Oskar Kokoschka. From a distance and high above the Danube, one of the most famous buildings in the region, the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, salutes you with grandeur.

Distance for the day: approx. 46 km

Day 5: Nibelungengau – Vienna

Today you will experience the captivating landscape of the Wachau valley. You pass through the extremely romantic winery villages Spitz, Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein. After that you visit Krems, the 1000-year-old wine-growing town complete with gothic architecture. From Krems you travel by train to the city of Waltz: Vienna.

Distance for the day: approx. 48 km + train ride Krems – Vienna

Day 6: Vienna

Departure on your own or extension in Vienna. Before leaving the city, make sure to visit the famous Naschmarkt (international foods/goods) and stop by the beautiful imperial castle Schönbrunn.

Hotels for Danube Cycle Path Highlights

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The 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 route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before.

Travel for Danube Cycle Path Highlights

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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 free public park on the company premises on the Cycle Path. At Passau the public park costs approx €35 per week, no reservation possible/necessary.

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Private Transfers

Private transfers are possible on request.

Travel Insurance

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 World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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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

Trip Info for Danube Cycle Path Highlights

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Difficulty Grade: Easy 

Level 1; the cycling path is completely paved from one end to the other, flat, almost always directly along the riverbank and is very suitable for beginners and children.

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).

Route Navigation

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, arrivals on Wednesday to Saturday only. Weather is best in July – August.

Included for Danube Cycle Path Highlights

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  • 5 nights in comfortable country inns, private en-suite rooms
  • Breakfasts or 4 x dinners (surcharge, in Vienna only breakfast)
  • Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per person/ max. 20 kg)
  • 1 bottle of high-level wine in the Wachau Valley per room
  • A tasting of regional products
  • 1 x ship Passau- Schlögen incl. bike
  • 1 x train Krems – Vienna incl. bike
  • 1 x train ride Vienna central station – Passau (transfer of own bike not included) in
    season 1+2
  • 1 x bus ride Vienna – Passau (incl. own bike ) in season 3, train ride back possible
    (advanced notification necessary)
  • Service-hotline (also accessible on weekends)
  • Handlebar bag with route book, maps and information material per room

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

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
  • 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

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