Overview for Danube Explorer: Cycling from 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!
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.
- 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 Schärding/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: Schärding/Passau – Bend of the Danube
Today you will cycle from Schärding next to the river Inn to Passau, where you start cycling along the Danube. Once on the river cycling path, you will cross the upper Danube valley passing through Engelhartszell town with its impressive abbey of the monastery Engelszell. You will then cycle via Niederranna towards today’s destination, the “Schlögen bend“, where a ferry ride will take you to the other side of the river.
Distance for the day: approx. 45 – 55 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 –Wallsee/Ardagger
Today you will take a little detour away from the course of the Danube to St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) and Enns. In Enns you can go to the town square with its 60-meter town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria or you can visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum. Later you will continue your journey to your accommodation for the day.
Distance for the day: approx. 40 – 50 km
Day 5: Wallsee/Ardagger – Marbach/Maria Taferl
After breakfast you will get back on the Danube cycling path heading to the beautiful baroque town of Grein, where you can visit the oldest still performing city theatre in Austria, the maritime museum or the castle Greinburg. Once you get to the Maria Taferl, the destination for the day, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the beautiful blue Danube!
Distance for the day: approx. 40 km
Day 6: Marbach/Maria Taferl – Wachau
Once you get to Melk, you should stop briefly and look up, otherwise you may miss the beauty of the abbey Melk towering above the Danube. Leaving the city behind you, you will cycle into the Wachau region, where you will be enchanted by the atmosphere of the fruit orchards and vineyards typical of the region. Today we will organise a wine tasting event for you – a must for a visit to the Wachau valley.
Distance for the day: approx. 45 – 50 km
Day 7: Day of Rest with Optional Vineyard Tour
On the seventh day, you can relax with a walk through the wine villages of Spitz, Weißenkirchen or Dürnstein, enjoying the beauty and hospitality of the Wachau.
Day 8: Wachau – Tulln
Today you will cycle past the 1,000 year-old city of Krems to the Roman town of Tulln, where you can once again enjoy the tranquillity and culture of the rural area before you approach Vienna.
Distance for the day: approx. 45 km
Day 9: Tulln – Vienna
The final kilometres of your bike tour will be a relaxed trip to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. As soon as you arrive at your hotel you will have the rest of the day for exploring the numerous sites of one of Europe’s greatest cities.
Distance for the day: approx 40 km
Day 10: Departure or extension
Departure on your own or extension upon request.
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3-star hotels and inns during most of the trip and 4-star hotels at Linz and Vienna. 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.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
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.
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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.
You can book a return transfer by minibus every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning (with your bike).
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 to Moderate
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.
When to Go
This trip is available from April until September. 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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- Accommodation on B&B basis (breakfast buffet or a la carte breakfast)
- Welcome briefing in English
- Luggage transfers between hotels on all cycling days
- Detailed travel information including route maps, route descriptions, tourist attractions info and important telephone numbers
- 1x ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
- 1x wine tasting in the Wachau region
- Danube Card in upper Austria
- GPS tracks
- 24/7 phone assistance 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)
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
- Return transfer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning (including your bike)
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/Schärding before the cycling holiday
- 1 extra night in Vienna after the cycling holiday
- Extra nights during the tour can be arranged upon request