Danube Cycle Path

All information and tour tips for the most popular cycle path in Europe

‘On the beautiful blue Danube’- Johann Strauss appreciated this river so much he dedicated a waltz to it. The Danube is the second largest and second longest river in Europe and has historically combined different cultures as the most important and oldest trade route in Europe.

The classic among the river cycle paths

Today, the Danube Cycle Path is a classic and used by thousands of cyclists every year. The cycle path along the Danube was one of the first river cycle paths and is still one of the most popular. Without significant slopes you can cycle through the beautiful landscapes along the river, which makes the bike path along the Danube very attractive for less trained and families. You can decide for yourself which section is the most beautiful. Every day on the Danube offers something special.

Danube Cycle Path in Germany

The most beautiful stages

Donaueschingen – Donauwörth

The cycle tour from Donaueschingen to Donauwörth takes you from the source of the Danube in Donaueschingen and through the fascinating landscape of the Baar. The path trails through the Black Forest and finally through the Swabian Alb. There are many cultural highlights from Oberschwaben to Donauwörth, as well as the wild and romantic Danube River. On the Bavarian Danube from Regensburg, known for its old town, you can taste culinary delights. Then you meet the magnificent Danube breakthrough at Kelheim or the northernmost point of the Danube. Finally the city of Passau is reached, where the Inn and Ilz flow into the Danube and offer a unique natural spectacle.

Donauwörth - Passau

Also on the stage from Donauwörth to Passau about 300 bicycle kilometers are covered. Starting from Donauwörth to Ingolstadt and on to Kelheim, where the magnificent Danube Gorge and the northernmost point of the Danube are on your way. Then it goes on to Regensburg, known for its beautiful old town, which is a World Heritage Site. From Regensburg along the Bavarian Danube, a region that also boasts culinary highlights. Until finally the bishop residence Passau is reached, where Inn and Ilz flow into the Danube and offer a unique natural spectacle.

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Medium
Germany

Donaueschingen - Donauwörth

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Germany

Donauwörth - Passau

8 Days | Self-guided tour

Danube Cycle Path in Austria

The most beautiful stages
Cyclists on cycle path along the river Danube

Passau – Vienna

In Austria you cycle along the Danube from Passau to Vienna. This part is also known as the ‘classic’ on the Danube. The beautiful landscapes of Austria accompany you on your tour. Visit Baroque cities, fruit trees in the Wachau or modern cultural hotspots like Linz. The Danube bend at Schlögen is a breathtaking spectacle of nature, because here the granite forces the river to make a 180-degree change in direction. The Wachau with the Strudengau and Nibelungengau leave you wanting for nothing where food is concerned. Whether with apricot dumplings or wines you will be spoiled here in the numerous taverns and inns. The destination of this stage is Vienna. The Austrian capital has much to offer. You should not miss the Schönbrunn Palace, the Danube Island or the 1st district with the ring road.

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Easy
Germany / Austria

Danube Cycle Path

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Germany / Austria

Danube Cycle Path with Charm

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Germany / Austria

Danube Cycle Path - comfortable

12 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Germany / Austria

Sportive along river Danube

5 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Germany / Austria

Danube Cycle Path - comfortable

10 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Germany / Austria

Sportive along river Danube

6 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Germany / Austria

Sportive along river Danube

7 Days | Self-guided tour

Schärding - Vienna

As an alternative to the classic Passau - Vienna section, you can also start in the famous Upper Austrian Baroque city and cycle through the Machland and the Wachau to the German capital on a cycle tour from Schärding to Vienna.

Salzburg – Vienna

The cycle tour from Salzburg to Vienna connects the two cities where Mozart lived and worked. From Salzburg you follow the Salzach River, then continue on the Inn cycle path and finally from Passau on the Danube Cycle Path. Cultural highlights such as the Silent Night Chapel on Oberndorf, the oldest castle in Central Europe in Burghausen are on the way. The last part of the Danube is shortened from Krems by train.

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Easy
Austria

Schaerding - Vienna

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Austria

Salzburg - Vienna

8 Days | Self-guided tour

Danube Cycle Path in Slovakia and Hungary

Eurobike-bike in front of field

Vienna - Budapest

From Vienna to Budapest you travel along the Danube in Slovakia and Hungary. Here you follow the marking ‘Euro 6’ or the red ‘C’. You’ll take in no less than three capital cities on this tour – Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. During the early stages of the tour you will cycle through the riparian forests of the Danube floodplains and the Lobau. Many corn and sunflower fields will guide your way. A true natural spectacle is the ‘Szigetköz’ between Mosonmagyarovar and Komárom. Numerous castles and palaces accompany you on this cycling trip to the Hungarian capital.

Read also the travel story from the cycle tour from Vienna to Budapest in our Cycling Blog.

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Slovakia / Hungary / Austria

Vienna - Budapest

8 Days | Self-guided tour

Danube Cycle Path for families

Two cyclists in front of the viennese giant ferris wheel

Perfect bike experience with children along the Danube

The Danube Cycle Path also offers the perfect cycling experience for families. Due to the flat nature of the paths and the accommodation designed for cyclists and families, you can enjoy a variety of cycling tours with children. On shorter stages you can explore the Danube, of course, also take a boat trip. Exciting recreational activities along the way also ensure a successful cycling holiday on the Danube with the whole family.

Tour character
Easy
Austria

Danube-Cycle Path Schärding- Linz for families

7 Days | Self-guided tour
Tour character
Easy
Austria

Danube-Cycle Path Linz - Vienna for families

8 Days | Self-guided tour

On the Danube Cycle Path with bike & boat

The special kind of cycling holiday on the Danube

Where, if not on the Danube? Cycling and sailing trips with overnight accommodation in floating hotels offer a very special cycling holiday. You spend the night in a cabin and enjoy the evenings on board relaxing the sun deck. You do not have to pack your suitcase every day, as the ship will accompany you along the way.

Afterwards you will find all our bike & boat tours on the Danube. Take your time and decide on a route with the ship of your choice!

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Easy
Austria

Passau - Vienna - Passau, MS Normandie

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Tour character
Easy
Austria

Passau - Budapest - Passau, MS Arlene II

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Slovakia / Austria / Hungary

Passau - Budapest - Passau, MS Normandie

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Austria

Passau - Vienna - Passau, MS Arlene II

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Slovakia / Hungary / Austria

Passau - Budapest - Passau, MS Primadonna

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Croatia / Slovakia / Hungary / Austria

Danube Experience Iron Gates, MS Carissima

15 Days | Self-guided tour
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Easy
Slovakia / Hungary / Austria

Passau - Budapest - Passau, MS Carissima

8 Days | Self-guided tour

Guided bike tours along the Danube

In the group on Danube Cycle Path

If you like to travel in a group, then you should opt for one of our guided bike tours on the Danube Cycle Path. A tour guide is on site as an organizer and takes care of your concerns. Another companion is always nearby by bus and reliably takes care of the luggage transfer to the next overnight stay. For fans of our bike and boat trips we offer a guided group tour with overnight stay in a charming hotel boat.

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