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Cycle break of two cyclists between vines, in the foreground a pink blossoming rose bush, in the background the church of Schwallenbach

Danube Cycle Path - comfortable

A leisurely bike ride to Vienna

10 Days / 9 Nights
Easy
Cycle break of two cyclists between vines, in the foreground a pink blossoming rose bush, in the background the church of Schwallenbach

Relaxed cycling on the classic tour: discover the Danube Cycle Path with all your senses on our 10-day leisure tour. On the section between Passau (or Schärding) and Vienna, numerous highlights await you on Europe's second longest river. Whether it's the charms of the three-river city of Passau, the exceptional climate in the Wachau or the atmosphere in Vienna, which is one of the most liveable cities in the world - this trip may be relaxed, but it's guaranteed not to be boring!

As starting points you can choose between the city jewels of Passau and Schärding on this tour - spoilt for choice! The baroque town in the Austrian Innviertel impresses with tradition and innovation, while Passau, the "Bavarian Venice", entices with its Mediterranean atmosphere. After a stop in Linz, the Austrian Capital of Culture 2009, Enns, the oldest town in Austria, awaits your visit.

Let your gaze wander into the distance from the Maria Taferl Basilica before a very special region warmly welcomes you: the Wachau! Here you have plenty of time to explore the small towns, taste a glass of wine or two and treat yourself to a hearty ‘Heurigenjause’ (cold plates traditionally served by wine producers). While Tulln is the last stopover with lots of nature and greenery, things get lively in Vienna. Enjoy a piece of Sachertorte (or any other sweet treat) in Austria's capital while you already dream of your next cycle tour!

  • The colourful market square in Schärding: Red, green, blue - it's colourful on Silberzeile! But where does it come from? From the Middle Ages, where every trade and merchant was assigned a building colour. Nowadays it's not only a great place to stroll, the numerous cafés and restaurants are also worth a visit.
  • The natural spectacle Schlögener Schlinge: What the earth is capable of is impressively demonstrated by this piece of nature. Because the Danube could not "flow on" due to the large granite deposits, the river turns a 180-degree loop at this point. Tip: Take some time to hike to the viewpoint.
  • Juicy apricots in the Wachau World Heritage Site: As far as the eye can see (well almost!), the little orange fruit that is the centre of so much in the Wachau is thriving. Would you have known? When the last frost in spring threatens to destroy the harvest, the fruit growers sometimes come out with smokers.
  • The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel: Hardly any other landmark is as symbolic for a city as the traditional red Ferris Wheel is for Vienna. But of course there is much more to discover!

This tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels - including families. The route is almost exclusively flat along the river, with small detours into the surrounding countryside. The Danube Cycle Path is not only excellently signposted, but also of the highest quality.

Itinerary at a glance

To start your journey to Vienna, choose between Schärding's colorful Silver Line and Passau, the Bavarian Venice. A natural spectacle awaits at the Schlögener riverbend, where the Danube makes a 180-degree turn.

Stroll through the pretty little baroque town of Schärding and marvel at the famous Silberzeile lane, or take a walk through the “New Centre” of Passau - the town of three rivers, which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area.

Hotel (example) Schärding / Passau:

Cat. A: Stadthotel Schärding / Hotel Passauer Wolf
Cat. B: Stiegenwirt / Hotel Innsento

“Upper Danube Valley”

Along the river Inn you will come to Passau, the town of three rivers. We recommend that you take a guided tour of the town, and visit the cathedral where you can enjoy the sounds of the largest church organ in the world (except Sundays and public holidays). Then you will continue along the Danube, first passing Obernzell and finally arriving in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria). You will then cycle through the nature reserve Donauleiten, from where you will reach the Schlögen Bend to the north. This is where granite proved to be too much of an opponent and forced the Danube to change directions by 180 degrees. While a ferry takes you to the other side of the river to your hotel, you have plenty of time to look at this natural phenomenon.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Hotel Donauschlinge
Cat. B: Wesenufer

“Danube Bend”

Today you will cycle through the green Eferdinger basin via the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering and all the way to the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Linz's historical old town has many pubs and eateries for you to discover. Other highlights of the European Capital of Culture 2009 include the magnificent views from Pöstlingberg mountain and a stroll through the Donaulände park.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arcotel Nike
Cat. B: Courtyard by Marriott Linz

“Through the Marchland”

On the fourth day, you will take a little detour away from the course of the Danube to St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) and to Enns. In Enns you can go to the town square with its 60 metre town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or you visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum. Afterwards, you will return to the river, first reaching the beautiful little baroque town of Grein. Here you have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theatre in Austria that is still being used. Or you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Aumühle
Cat. B: Schiffsmeisterhaus

“Strudengau and Nibelungengau”

This section of the Danube, the Strudengau, was once feared by sailors, now you can cycle along it. Where they used to fight against the Danube currents, you can now take a leisurely cycle ride. In Maria Taferl, high above the Danube, you will find the magnificent pilgrimage church, which attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Wachauerhof Marbach
Cat. B: Zur schönen Wienerin

In Melk, you should stop briefly and look up – otherwise you may miss the beautiful Melk abbey, which towers above the Danube. As soon as you have left the city behind you, you will cycle into the landscape of the Wachau region where you will be enchanted by the atmosphere of the typical fruit orchards and vineyards. Today, we will organise a wine tasting event for you, which is a must during a visit to the Wachau region.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arte Hotel
Cat. B: Rathauskeller Melk

On the seventh day, you can relax whilst walking through the wine villages of Spitz, Weißenkirchen and/or Dürnstein. Get to know the beauty and hospitality of the Wachau, which are two of the characteristics that have made this region so famous. You can truly enjoy every moment of every day here.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arte Hotel
Cat. B: Rathauskeller Melk

On the seventh day, you can relax whilst walking through the wine villages of Spitz, Weißenkirchen and/or Dürnstein. Get to know the beauty and hospitality of the Wachau, which are two of the characteristics that have made this region so famous. You can truly enjoy every moment of every day here.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Best Western Hotel Tulln
Cat. B: Nibelungenhof

Today, you will cycle past the 1,000-year-old city of Krems on your way to the Roman town of Tulln. Here, you can once again enjoy the tranquility and culture (e.g. with a visit to the Egon Schiele museum) of the rural area before you will get to the Danube metropolis of Vienna.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arcotel Kaiserwasser
Cat. B: Roomz Prater

Day
10
Departure or extension

Route information

Easy

Flat or slightly downhill route along the river Danube. Well-built cycle path that is almost always off-road. Minor roads make up only a very short part of the route – the Danube cycle path couldn't be any more perfect! 

Prices & Dates

Category A: 4**** and 3*** hotels

Category B: 3*** hotels and inns, at Linz and Vienna 4****

Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Men's bike 21-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Body size approx. 165 cm - 205 cm

56-51 "sloping" cm |
60 cm |
64 cm
Unisex bike 21/24-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 190 cm

43 cm |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex bike 7-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Body size approx. 155 cm - 190 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex Electro bike 8-speed
Hub gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 195 cm

46 cm "xs" |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Rental Bike PLUS 20/27-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike with diamond frame

Body size approx. 155 cm - 205 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
  • 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer with van from Vienna, daily in the afternoon. Costs EUR 79 per person, EUR 39 extra for your own bike, reservation necessary, to be paid in advance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Schärding or Passau train station
  • Munich or Vienna airport
  • Schärding: Free public car park on the Eurobike premises directly on the cycle path.
  • Passau: Public car park approx. € 45 per week, no reservation possible/necessary
  • Good train connections between Vienna and Schärding/Passau

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Detailed information

  • When booking, please inform us about where you wish to arrive
  • Weather warranty/Spring and autumn special: Tour bookings with arrival within season 1 can be rebooked free of charge up to 5 working days prior to arrival in case of bad weather

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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