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Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna

Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna

Overview

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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Itinerary

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 | 41 km

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.

  • Accommodation: Gasthof Draxler or similar
  • Distance for the day: approx. 41 km

Day 3: Bend of the Danube – Linz | 55 km

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.

Day 4: Linz – Strudengau | 60 km

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.

Day 5: Strudengau – Nibelungengau | 50 km

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.

Day 6: Nibelungengau – Krems/surroundings | 50 km

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.

Day 7: Krems/surroundings – Vienna | 40 km

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 | Departure

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. Extra night in Vienna bookable upon request.

What to Expect

Accommodation

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 selected 4* hotels or the best 3* hotels in town. 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. Rooms may be single, twin or double. A double bed may consist of twins pushed or joined together. Requests for twin rooms will be accepted, however, they cannot be guaranteed.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a property of equal standard. We will provide full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

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.

Difficulty & terrain

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.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice on Germany and Austria.

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By plane

Our recommended airports for this holiday are Munich (MUC) and Vienna (VIE).

By train or bus
  • In case you travel by train, the best connections are from Schärding and Passau train stations.
  • At Passau, the public parking costs €35-€65 per week, no reservation possible/necessary.
  • The train journey from Vienna to Passau would be approx. 3 hours.
  • For more details, visit Deutsche Bahn or use the Omio planner above.

Inclusions

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
  • Half-board (6 evening meals, mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher – not included in Vienna). Rates calculated for default accommodations. For upgraded hotels, a supplement will be applicable.
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Bike rental (7/21 gear)
  • E-bike rental

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Miranda K

Communication prior to the trip was excellent, as were the trip notes and maps. The trip was great from start to finish. All accommodation was of a good standard considering their location - most of the times close enough to the cycling path (apart from Vienna where I assume there is harder to get last minute availability during high season in a good hotel close to the path). You were great and provided us with a truly unique experience. Thanks very much!