The country that lies along the Danube
That’s Austria! The highly-praised Danube enjoys a fabulous reputation, particularly in Austria. Dances, buildings and pastries have all been named after this great river. It’s clear – Austrians are extremely proud of the second longest river in Europe and consider it ‘their river’. The magnificent Wachau, the imposing Vienna, the delightful wine towns and friendly people have also contributed to the Danube being one of the most beautiful cycle routes in the Eurobike programme. And so that you don’t miss a second of the impressive beauty of the Danube, we naturally also offer our guests tours along the Danube by bike and boat. This is how you spend the day and night on the majestic river of the Alpine Republic.
Passau – Vienna – Passau
Travelling by bike and boat along the Danube Cycle Path with the MS Normandie: The Passau – Vienna – Passau route offers cycling comfort on well-kept paths. Many sights and interesting destinations such as Linz, Grein, Melk and Tulln will certainly inspire you just as much as the gentle, hilly landscape of the Wachau.
Passau – Budapest – Passau
Also from Passau, bike and boat enthusiasts sail east along the Danube in the direction of Budapest. In addition to the metropolises of Vienna and Budapest, there are also numerous smaller charming towns along the cycle path.
Why do grape vines grow particularly well in the Wachau?
When you think of the Wachau, blossoming apricot trees, magnificent vineyards and lush green pastures come to mind. But why is the Wachau particularly good for agriculture? But of course! It’s the favourable climate. In Eastern Austria and parts of the Wachau, the Pannonian climate prevails, which is relatively warm and dry. And what is good for the vines can only be good for us cyclists. Therefore, you can look forward to many hours of sunshine, warm temperatures and an occasional rain shower! Optimal weather for cycling!
A typical Austrian menu
Appetisers and soups
Fritattensuppe – beef broth with finely chopped savoury pancakes
Leberknödelsuppe – beef broth with liver dumplings
Sulz vom Tafelspitz – gellied beef, served cold
Wiener Schnitzel – no explanation needed!
Roast pork served with ‘Semmelknodel’ (bread dumplings), potatoes and cabbage cooked with the pork
Blunzengröstl - black pudding fried with potatoes and onions, served mostly with sauerkraut
Backhendl with potatoe salad - fried chicken baked in clarified butter with Viennese breadcrumbs
Krautfleckerl - a type of small pasta with white cabbage and often topped with bacon and caraway
Stuffed peppers - green peppers stuffed with mincemeat and rice in tomtato sauce, served with fresh potatoes
Paprikahendl - roast chicken pieces in paprika cream sauce, served with spätzle
Pastries and desserts
Marillenknödel with Butterbrösel – Apricot dumplings, covered in breadcrumbs and fried in butter
Topfenstrudel with vanilla sauce – strudel filled with cream cheese and raisins
Eispalatschinken - wafer-thin pancakes filled with ice cream and served with chocolate sauce, almonds and whipped cream
Did you know…
- …that the water of the Danube is drunk by around 10 million people?
- …that the Danube flows through ten European countries?
- …that besides Vienna and Budapest, Belgrade is the third city on the Danube?
- …that more than 300 different bird species live and nest on the Danube?
Perfectly organized bike and boat tours along the Danube
If you too are considering a trip by bike and boat on the beautiful Danube, then there’s good news: you can stop your search because you have found what you’re are looking for! With us you will find the most beautiful trips that the Danube has to offer by bike and boat. These trips include an optimal on-site service and you can expect perfectly maintained rental bikes, comfortable hotel ships and clear travel documents. The organization lies with us, so you have enough time to fully enjoy your trip!