Cycling along the Danube

Cultural and Culinary Highlights in Austria

Culinary delights & idyllic landscapes along the Danube

Austrian culinary delights, idyllic landscapes and lots of exercise: that is a summary of your journey along the river Danube between Passau and Vienna. The cycle tours along this lovely blue Danube river are not only suitable for novice cyclists and families but also for those more experienced cyclists and especially for those who are looking for fine food and drink. Nature and culture, town and countryside – the diversity is impressive. The popular tours along the Danube run alongside impressive nature and past historical places. They sure do fulfil your holiday wishes. 

Town, country, river - along the Danube everything unites

The Danube does not get called Europe’s loveliest river for nothing. The diverse landscapes close to Austria’s border range from nature protection areas to unique cultural landscapes and impressive historical buildings. You get to cycle along top-quality bike paths, usually away from traffic, that show the Danube from its best side. By bike you get more time to explore the area and enjoy the nature!

Cyclist enjoys the sun in vineyard

Explore the Danube's veriaty up-close

It doesn’t matter whether you are exploring Austria’s historical and cultural capital city of Vienna or Linz or maybe even relaxing in the vineyards. A cycle tour along the river Danube promises utmost relaxation all-round. Austria fans among us look forward to finding new favourite places away from the crowds of tourists. For instance, it is the untouched nature that makes us admire the place – our secret tips make the bike tour a unique experience. Going along at cycle-pace, you can fully enjoy the nature and art. You also have plenty of time to reflect on the week’s cycle tour and to simply forget about the hectic day-to-day life. Now that really does sound like a good holiday!

Just the right place for gourmets - a bike tour along the Danube

Every region along the Danube offers its own speciality, which is calling out to be tested:

  • The hearty “Innviertel Knödel” (dumplings) are especially popular in Austria
  • Regional and seasonal vegetables from Upper Austria can be enjoyed around the Eferdinger Basin and the Machland
  • The Mostviertel in Lower Austria tempts you with its hearty snacks
  • Excellent wine and fresh fruit can be purchased straight from the producers themselves in Wachau

And don’t forget about the magnificent Austrian puddings to be enjoyed after your meal. Following the slogan “Can I have some more, please?” you are sure to find your favourite local pudding.

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Here are some danube cycle tours in Austria

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Tour character
Easy
Germany / Austria

Danube Cycle Path

8 Days | Self-guided tour
If you fancy a cycle tour through beautiful Austria, you’re in luck. The Danube cycle path is perfect for particularly special leisurely trip! The tour is considered the most popular cycle route in Europe, with its versatility and beautiful landscape.  But that’s not all: The Romans, the Nibelungs, emperors and kings have all trodden this path. What can you expect? Baroque towns, idyllic river landscapes and cultural highlights for sightseeing in between. Hop onto the bike saddle and off you go on an exploration through Austria! Details from the cycle tour Passau - Vienna The starting point of this cycle tour is the baroque town of Schärding or the three-river town of Passau. The decision from where you want to start is entirely up to you. Nature-lovers will be delighted. The Danube Cycle Path has some of the most beautiful landscapes in Austria. The city of Linz, the Marchland and the Wachau are just a few examples of the charming areas in which you make a well-deserved stopover. The special feature: permanent signposts and the beautiful blue Danube as a landmark. If you lose your way, there is nothing to worry about. Because the river is your faithful companion and brings you safe and well to the metropolis of Vienna. Foodies take note! Culinary enjoyment is very important in the districts of Upper and Lower Austria. Regional delicacies, exquisite wines and specially produced cider make up the culinary delights. Highlights of the tour at a glace Wine tasting: The Wachau stands out for its wine production. Between all the orchards and vineyards, a tasting can’t be missed! Melk Abbey: This Wachau landmark is certainly worth a visit. Because the Benedictine monastery is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be impressed! Enjoying coffee in Vienna: When you arrive in the capital, you have really earned yourself a “Verlängerten” (Austrian coffee). Enjoy it as you take in the charm of the city! Useful information about the Danube Cycle Path  Over eight stages you cycle from Passau to Vienna. Numerous breaks provide recovery in between. The easy route is consistently flat, making it ideal for a first family cycling trip. Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours along the Danube Cycle Path.
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Tour character
Easy
Germany / Austria

Danube Cycle Path - comfortable

12 Days | Self-guided tour
The Danube's blue water flows quietly and gently towards the Black Sea. Enclosed between steep wooden slopes and green meadows, the river shapes its way. Indulge yourself in this idyllic atmosphere on this leisurely bike trip from Passau (or alternatively from Schärding) to the Danube's metropolis, Vienna. On the short day trips, you will have even more time to enjoy the beauty of the nature, which you will find in the Danube valley. You can cycle on the beautiful bike paths along the river bank and marvel at the breathtaking Schlögen bend or the romantic landscape on both sides of the Danube. You can experience all that as thoroughly as you like; either from the bicycle saddle or whilst enjoying a lovely break. During your breaks you will also get the chance to indulge in the culinary delights of the region. Whether traditional dishes from the rural cuisine or sparkling wine and sweet and light cider from the Wachau region, everyone will find something that they like. Right from the start this tour is quite simply enjoyable and relaxing! Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours along the Danube Cycle Path.
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Tour character
Easy
Austria

Schaerding - Vienna

8 Days | Self-guided tour
On this tour you can expect a leisurely bike ride on which you will discover famous landmarks along the route as well as some more hidden secrets. You will start your tour in the baroque town of Schärding where you will get to know the traditional inn “Zur Bums’n” on the first evening. Enjoy a “Halbe Bier“ (half a litre of beer) and try to find out what the name of this quaint inn means and how this name has a different background than many people might think… You will cycle along the Danube cycle path through different landscapes until you reach the Danube metropolis of Vienna, where you should definitely visit the “Wurstelprater“, the famous amusement park. Along the way, you will be fascinated by unique nature, such as the Schlögen bend and the Wachau region. During your trip, you will also get the chance to indulge in the region’s culinary delights. Whether traditional dishes from the rural cuisine or sparkling wine and sweet and light cider from the Wachau region, everyone will find something that they like. Ride your bike “From the Tavern Bums’n to Vienna’s Prater” and feel the pure joy of life on our great anniversary tour… Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours along the Danube Cycle Path. How about an additional night in Schärding? Take a virtual tour through that beautiful city by clicking on the button below.  
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Tour character
Easy
Germany / Austria

Sportive along river Danube

5 Days | Self-guided tour
Explore the paths along the blue Danube River just like the Romans, the legendary Nibelungs, and even Europe’s powerful kings and emperors did before you. You will get to know the beauty and historical significance of this ancient military and trading route. Never far away from the cool, clear water of the Danube, you will enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful and popular cycle routes. You can either start your trip in the baroque town of Schärding or Passau, the town of three rivers. You will cycle through various districts of Upper and Lower Austria and then finally to the Danube's metropolis, Vienna. You will love the breathtaking natural beauty of the Danube valley and the Schlögen bend. Perhaps you will fall in love with the landscapes along the Danube river such as the Machland, Strudengau,  or the famous Wachau. In the rural areas, to accompany these wonderful impressions, you can enjoy many traditional Austrian delicacies. Your physical wellbeing will be well catered for, from savoury dumpling specialities and Austrian cider all the way to the wines of the Buschenschenken taverns in the Wachau region.  This cycle tour is a true classic! Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours along the Danube Cycle Path.

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