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Cyclist during a stopover on a bridge with a view of Passau

Danube Cycle Path, Salzburg – Vienna

Mozart, Castles and Viennese Walz

8 Days / 7 Nights
Cyclist during a stopover on a bridge with a view of Passau

At the beginning and end of this journey are the two great Austrian cities of culture, for which the journey alone is worthwhile. Salzburg offers Mozart and the world-famous festival as well as the beautiful old town. St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Museum Quarter, Schönbrunn Palace - Vienna is in a class of its own and worth every moment! Three rivers - Salzach, Inn and Danube - form the route of this tour, where unique natural experiences await.

After an extensive exploration of Salzburg, the first stage of the route leads to Burghausen. A special highlight here is the visit to the "Silent Night Chapel" in Oberndorf. In 1818, the famous Christmas carol was sung here for the first time; in the meantime, it has been translated into around 330 languages and dialects.

With Burghausen and Schärding, there are two stage destinations that could not be more charming. The old towns are beautiful. Via the provincial capital Linz, where art and industry form a symbiosis, the route leads to Enns, the oldest town in Austria, and the charming baroque town of Grein with its maritime museum and castle. The final stage goes through the Wachau, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Quite rightly, because it is a dream! From Krems, the train takes you to Vienna, where the big city awaits with all its advantages and full of life. 

  • Mozartplatz in Salzburg: As a central point in the city centre, Mozartplatz is the perfect starting point for a discovery tour of the old town. The city's most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, guards the square with a wary eye. Where should you go first from here? To the cathedral or rather up to Hohensalzburg Fortress.
  • The Schlögener Schlinge natural spectacle: The Danube flows seemingly straight through the beautiful Danube valley from Passau. Suddenly the mighty river turns 180 degrees in Schlögen. Granite is the trigger, because the Danube couldn’t push through and just had to find another way.
  • Juicy apricots in the Wachau World Heritage Site: After 21 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wachau is world-famous - and for several things. For the excellent wine, the sweet apricots, the delicious cuisine or the delightful villages with numerous Heurigen, e.g. Spitz or Dürnstein. Let yourself go, take a deep breath in and relax.
  • The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is not only a visual highlight, but also a special piece of the city's history. After 50 years on the throne, the Giant Ferris Wheel was built in 1897 in honour of Emperor Franz Josef I. Enjoy the outstanding views over the rooftops of Vienna on a ride.

This tour is made for dedicated leisure cyclists. The route is almost exclusively flat and the individual stages are between 55 and 70 km long. Decelerate your soul while you accelerate on the bike saddle.

Itinerary at a glance

Concentrated culture and historic old towns line the stages from Mozartplatz in Salzburg to the Prater in Vienna. Take a look inside the famous "Silent Night" chapel in Oberndorf and stroll through the baroque town of Grein.

Arrive at the city of Mozart filled with cultural treasures. Take a relaxing stroll through the old part of town and visit the house where Mozart was born, the cathedral, Mirabell Palace, the castle and the fortress Hohensalzburg.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: ARCOTEL Castellani
Cat. B: Ganslhof

After seeing the ‘Silent Night’ chapel in Oberndorf, you will cycle through extensive forests to Tittmoning. From here the Nature Adventure Trail called ‘Unterer Inn’ runs until Burghausen. The stunning old part of town and the largest castle site in the world are the biggest attractions in this very memorable town.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Glöcklhofer
Cat. B: Bayerischer Hof

After the Gothic town of Braunau and numerable bird colonies the path leads to Obernberg.  Take a close look and visit the Monastery in Reichersberg. Just like a string of pearls the small towns along the river Inn appear and without question, one of them is the Baroque town of Schärding with its famous colourful row of houses on the main square called the ‘Silberzeile’.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Stadthotel
Cat. B: Stiegenwirt

Along the Inn into the town of Passau where 3 rivers meet. We highly recommend a tour around town including a visit to the dome (biggest church organ in the world). Along the Danube via Obernzell and Engelhartszell (the only Austrian Trappist monastery) and then through the nature reserve Donauleiten until you get to the ‚Schlögener Schlinge’. Ferry transfer to hotel (to be organized by your own).

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Donauschlinge
Cat. B: Draxler

The well-known ‘Donauschlinge’ is one of many highlights of on this particular cycle tour. Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering are three small towns along the Danube that pave your way into Linz. In the old historic part of town there are countless cafes and inns that invite to you to take a well-deserved break. At the end of the day you cycle to Enns, which is Austria's oldest town (town square with tower, museum Lauriacum).

Hotel (example):

Category A + B: Zum goldenen Schiff

Follow the Danube into the pretty little Baroque town of Grein (theater, maritime museum, Grein castle). Via the once feared Strudengau into Austria’s wine region to Marbach or Maria Taferl, home of a pilgrimage church located impressively high above the Danube.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Rose
Cat. B: Wachauerhof

After the stunning monastery of Melk, small romantic towns in the wonderful vine region ‚Wachau’ like Weißenkirchen, Dürnstein and Krems will enchant you. Take the train to Austria’s capital, Vienna, with its countless sights and interesting places to see.

Hotel (example):

Cat A: Arcotel Kaiserwasser
Cat B: Simms‘ Hotel


Departure or extension

Route information


Quiet asphalted bicycle paths and small rural roads along the riverbeds of the Salzach, Inn and Danube. There are only a few short sections on non-asphalted cycle paths. The best example of a perfect cycle path runs downstream along the river Danube and it is called the’Donauradweg’.

Prices & Dates

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

Category B: 3***-hotels, inns and B&Bs, 4****-hotel in Vienna

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
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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
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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 |
50 cm |
51 cm |
55 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • 1 Train journey Krems - Vienna, incl. your bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Salzburg central train station
  • Salzburg or Munich airport
  • Hotel car park about EUR 10-20/day, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible/necessary! Public park garage about EUR 95/week
  • Good train connection from Vienna to Salzburg

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Ferry ride Schlögener Schlinge, approx. EUR 5
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!


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