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Cycling stop on a bridge with a view of the Danube and Passau

Danube Cycle Path - comfortable

A leisurely bike ride to Vienna

12 Days / 11 Nights
Easy
Cycling stop on a bridge with a view of the Danube and Passau

The romantic Danube valley, historic towns and finally the lively Austrian capital Vienna. In addition, there are first-class culinary delights, wildly beautiful nature and the Danube Cycle Path as a prime example of a cycle route. The Danube Cycle Route leads directly along the river for long stretches, with a few days of cycling far away from the Danube through pretty towns and past architectural gems. Let's go - by bike from Passau to Vienna!

You can choose to start the tour in Passau or Schärding. In the Bavarian city on the three rivers, you should explore the charming old town and take a look at the cathedral organ - it is the largest church organ in the world. After only two stages you will reach Linz, where you can enjoy the great view of the city from the Pöstlingberg. Here art meets industry and traditional architecture meets modernity.

Maria Taferl, Melk, Engelhartszell, St. Florian - you pass numerous places of worship along the way whose interesting history is captivating. After the urban jewels of Enns and Grein, the Wachau awaits, where wine-growing areas alternate with charming villages. These are waiting to be explored on the rest day. After Krems and Tulln, you reach Vienna on day 9, the final highlight of this great tour.

  • The colourful market square in Schärding: The baroque town in the Innviertel shimmers in all colours, the houses owe their paint according to colour of the original trades. Take advantage of the time for a stroll through the castle park and to the orangery before ending the evening in one of the rustic inns.
  • The Schlögener Schlinge natural spectacle is best observed from above. If you still feel like taking a walk after the tour, you should make your way to the "Schlögener Blick" viewpoint. Once at the top, the view is breathtaking!
  • Juicy apricots in the Wachau World Heritage Site: Whether dumplings, liqueur or jam - the apricot is omnipresent here and is perfect as a souvenir for those at home in various varieties. The diverse soils and the special climate make this piece of earth a first-class growing region, incidentally also for wines! 
  • The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel: Not only children will enjoy a trip to the Vienna Prater, the city's amusement area. Ferris wheel, rides and the famous Swiss House promise fun and action. 

Our slow-paced tours are easy cycle tours that are suitable for absolutely everyone. The 35 to 55 km long stages can also be completed by less experienced cyclists and even kids, and the almost exclusively flat route is a big plus. On day 11, we have organised a special experience for you: "Legendary around Kreuzenstein Castle" leads along 13 stations through a wine-growing area that tells the legends of the region.

Itinerary at a glance

The Danube Valley offers a unique natural backdrop, whether in the view of the Schlögener riverbend or in the lovely Wachau. Vienna is a true feast for the eyes, whether at the "Steffl", Schönbrunn palace or the magnificent Ringstrasse (Ring Street).

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: Stiegenwirt / Hotel Spitzberg
Cat. B: Biedermeier Hof / Hotel Atrium

 

 

Today you will cycle from Schärding along the river Inn to Passau, where the Inn joins the Danube. On the Danube cycle path you will cross the upper Danube valley and pass the town Engelhartszell with its impressive abbey church from Engelszell monastery. Then, you will cycle via Niederranna and approach today’s destination, the “Schlögen bend“. Here, the second largest river in Europe is forced by the granite of the Bohemian Massif into a unique 180° turn. You will have time to watch this natural phenomenon during a ferry ride to the other side of the river, where you will find your hotel.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Hotel Donauschlinge
Cat. B: Wesenufer

 

Today you cycle through the green area of the Eferdinger Becken (basin) via Aschach, Ottensheim, and Wilhering to the Upper Austrian capital Linz. Following the motto, “In Linz beginnt’s” (“It starts in Linz”), you can begin your city tour in one of the many restaurants in the historic old town. Further highlights of the European culture capital of 2009 are the magnificent views from the Pöstlingberg or a stroll along the Danube.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arcotel Nike
Cat. B: Courtyard

 

For a change, you will not be cycling along the edge of the river Danube today. Instead you will be going to St. Florian (Augustinian Canons) and Enns. In Enns, you will visit the town square with its 60 meter high city tower, the landmark of Austria’s oldest city. After that you will continue your journey to today’s destination.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Aumühle
Cat. B: Schiffsmeisterhaus

 

Today, you will again cycle along the Danube on your way to the beautiful baroque town, Grein. Here, you will have the opportunity to get an impression of the oldest still performing city theatre in Austria. Additionally, you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle. From today’s destination Maria Taferl, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the beautiful blue Danube!

Hotel (example):

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

 

In Melk, you should stop briefly to look up to ensure that you do not miss out on seeing 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-do whilst visiting the Wachau region!

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arte Hotel
Cat. B: Gasthof Klinglhuber

 

On the seventh day, you can relax with a walk through the wine villages of Spitz, Weißenkirchen and/or Dürnstein. Get to know the beauty and hospitality of the Wachau, which has made this region so famous.You should enjoy every moment.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arte Hotel Krems

Cat. B: Gasthof Klinglhuber

 

Today, you will cycle past the 1,000-year-old city of Krems 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's metropolis, Vienna.

Hotel (example):

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

 

Nice and relaxed you will arrive at the Danube's metropolis, Vienna. You can check-in to your room at a cosy wine tavern in the outskirts of Vienna. “Those who have never experienced or who recently haven’t had the time to enjoy real, genuine Viennese tavern atmosphere will feel at home with us. For all guests with a heart for Vienna and a love for nature, we have preserved our beautiful, natural wine tavern gardens.” – This is how the Viennese wine taverns, which you will get to know more closely in the next days, introduce themselves. Their original Viennese dishes accompanied by fine wines from their own vineyards will perfectly round off your day's cycling!

Hotel (example):

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

 

A day in Vienna offers many opportunities to explore this city of Waltz. A well-developed network of bike paths will lead you to the city's attractions. Before  returning to your host in the north of Vienna, you should cycle via the Danube Island, the oasis for relaxation of the city of millions, where the “Copa Cagrana” and numerous other beach bars with relaxing music invite you to a cocktail at their “sandy beach”.

Hotel (example):

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

 

Today you explore a wine region located to the north of Vienna. At 13 stations, the most beautiful legends of the region are told (e.g. The Pied Piper of Korneuburg). A stop at a wine tavern completes the cycling day and provides an opportunity to experience the real Viennese charm.

Hotel (example):

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

 

Day
12
Departure or extension

Itinerary at a glance

The Danube Valley offers a unique natural backdrop, whether in the view of the Schlögener riverbend or in the lovely Wachau. Vienna is a true feast for the eyes, whether at the "Steffl", Schönbrunn palace or the magnificent Ringstrasse (Ring Street).

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 / Passauer Wolf
Cat. B: Stiegenwirt / Hotel Innsento

 

 

Today you will cycle from Schärding along the river Inn to Passau, where the Inn joins the Danube. On the Danube cycle path you will cross the upper Danube valley and pass the town Engelhartszell with its impressive abbey church from Engelszell monastery. Then, you will cycle via Niederranna and approach today’s destination, the “Schlögen bend“. Here, the second largest river in Europe is forced by the granite of the Bohemian Massif into a unique 180° turn. You will have time to watch this natural phenomenon during a ferry ride to the other side of the river, where you will find your hotel.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Hotel Donauschlinge
Cat. B: Wesenufer

 

Today you cycle through the green area of the Eferdinger Becken (basin) via Aschach, Ottensheim, and Wilhering to the Upper Austrian capital Linz. Following the motto, “In Linz beginnt’s” (“It starts in Linz”), you can begin your city tour in one of the many restaurants in the historic old town. Further highlights of the European culture capital of 2009 are the magnificent views from the Pöstlingberg or a stroll along the Danube.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Arcotel Nike
Cat. B: Courtyard

 

For a change, you will not be cycling along the edge of the river Danube today. Instead you will be going to St. Florian (Augustinian Canons) and Enns. In Enns, you will visit the town square with its 60 meter high city tower, the landmark of Austria’s oldest city. After that you will continue your journey to today’s destination.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Aumühle
Cat. B: Schiffsmeisterhaus

 

Today, you will again cycle along the Danube on your way to the beautiful baroque town, Grein. Here, you will have the opportunity to get an impression of the oldest still performing city theatre in Austria. Additionally, you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle. From today’s destination Maria Taferl, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the beautiful blue Danube!

Hotel (example):

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

 

In Melk, you should stop briefly to look up to ensure that you do not miss out on seeing 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-do whilst visiting the Wachau region!

Hotel (example):

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

 

On the seventh day, you can relax with a walk through the wine villages of Spitz, Weißenkirchen and/or Dürnstein. Get to know the beauty and hospitality of the Wachau, which has made this region so famous.You should enjoy every moment.

Hotel (example):

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

 

Today, you will cycle past the 1,000-year-old city of Krems 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's metropolis, Vienna.

Hotel (example):

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

 

Nice and relaxed you will arrive at the Danube's metropolis, Vienna. You can check-in to your room at a cosy wine tavern in the outskirts of Vienna. “Those who have never experienced or who recently haven’t had the time to enjoy real, genuine Viennese tavern atmosphere will feel at home with us. For all guests with a heart for Vienna and a love for nature, we have preserved our beautiful, natural wine tavern gardens.” – This is how the Viennese wine taverns, which you will get to know more closely in the next days, introduce themselves. Their original Viennese dishes accompanied by fine wines from their own vineyards will perfectly round off your day's cycling!

Hotel (example):

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

 

A day in Vienna offers many opportunities to explore this city of Waltz. A well-developed network of bike paths will lead you to the city's attractions. Before  returning to your host in the north of Vienna, you should cycle via the Danube Island, the oasis for relaxation of the city of millions, where the “Copa Cagrana” and numerous other beach bars with relaxing music invite you to a cocktail at their “sandy beach”.

Hotel (example):

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

 

Today you explore a wine region located to the north of Vienna. At 13 stations, the most beautiful legends of the region are told (e.g. The Pied Piper of Korneuburg). A stop at a wine tavern completes the cycling day and provides an opportunity to experience the real Viennese charm.

Hotel (example):

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

 

Day
12
Departure or extension

Route information

Easy

Flat or slightly downhill along the Danube. Well-built bike path that is off-road for almost all of the way. Minor roads make up only very short sections of this route – the Danube bike path is a perfect cycle path.

Prices & Dates

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

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

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)
  • 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
  • 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer with van from Vienna, daily in the afternoon. Costs EUR 75 per person, EUR 29 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. € 35 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.

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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