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.

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.

View to Cathedral St. Stephan surrounded by trees
Convent Melk
Tour character
Easy
(92)
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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Cyclists having a break at the bank of the river Danube
Tour character
Easy
(20)
Germany / Austria

Danube Cycle Path with Charm

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Ever dreamed of cycling comfortably through the most beautiful landscapes in Austria? The Eurobike team has put together a bike tour along the Danube cycle path from Passau to Vienna. Best of all: you cycle with ‘charm’.  This means you stay in hotels specially selected for their exceptional locations and facilities. It is the atmosphere of the hotels and the warm hosts that provide a memorable stay. Details about the Danube cycle path with charm The well-known Danube cycle path winds past Baroque cities, orchards and modern cultural hotspots. And an idyllic water landscape is always by your side. A particularly beautiful section awaits you in the Wachau wine region. The majestic Melk Abbey typifies the uniqueness of this section of the route. Travelling through the wine towns of Spitz, Weißenkirchen and past the castle ruins of Dürnstein you will experience the Wachau in all its splendour. Highlights of the cycle tour with charm: Staying in specially selected hotels: Eight stylish hotels await your check-in on the bike tour along the Danube cycle path. In Schärding, the Forstinger family wait to welcome you to their four-star family run hotel. Every host prides themselves on providing typical Austrian hospitality. This is true whether you are staying in the Hotel Residenz in Passau, the Donauschlinge Hotel or in the accommodation at the Linz Domplatz. Each of the charming hosts will make your stay as comfortable as possible. At the Steingenberger Hotel, an in-house spa awaits you! Useful information about the Danube cycle path with charm: The eight-day cycle tour along Europe’s most popular cycle route, the Danube cycle path, takes you along a gentle, tranquil natural backdrop. The cycle path covers flat terrain, on well-developed bike paths with many opportunities to take a break. Perfect for the casual or recreational cyclist! Every day you cover between 40 to 65 kilometres in the saddle. By then you’ll have earned a spritzer and a little pick-me-up at every stop! Tip: If you cycle through the Wachau in apricot season (summer months) you simply must try the Wachau apricot dumplings! They’re called Wachauer Marillenknödel in German! Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours along the Danube Cycle Path.
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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.

Cyclists having a break at the bank of the river Danube
Tour character
Easy
(15)
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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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.

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.

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!

MS Normandie
Danube cycle path
Town of Passau, Bike & Boat
Castle Schoenbuehel
MS Normandie deck
MS Normandie deck
Danube cycle path
Bike & Boat
Danube Cycle Path at Spitz
Schoenbrunn Palace
Tour character
Easy
(6)
Austria

Passau - Vienna - Passau, MS Normandie

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Travelling by bike & boat is particularly popular amongst cyclists. On this holiday, enjoy the wonderful nature along the River Danube by bike whilst being accompanied by your "floating hotel" - the MS Normandie. On this bike & boat holiday, you travel from Passau, the 3 river city, via Upper and Lower Austria all the way to Vienna and back. Enjoy the impressive Danube landscape whilst treating yourself to the many regional specialities as well as the quality Wachau wine. Try the hearty dumplings or the light and sweet 'Most' (apple wine). After a leisurely cycle tour along the Danube, you will arrive in Vienna, a cosmopolitan city. In 2016 Vienna was selected for the sixth time in a row as the best city to live in worldwide.  Cosmopolitan City and a Centre of Music: In three-four time through Vienna There are numerous attractions for you to explore on a city tour by bike. Dive into the long forgotten Habsburg Empire and visit some of the 177 palaces. Historical stately buildings like the gothic style St. Stephen's cathedral, the Imperial Palace, the art nouveau of the Secession building, the famous baroque Schönbrunn palace, town hall and the natural history and art museum are all sites where you can sense the former empire's flair.  In the global capital of music, you can expect a diverse cultural offer ranging from Waltz, light opera and opera to musicals or symphony concerts. You are sure to find somewhere to relax in one of the cosy coffee houses or at the "Wiener Prater", perhaps on its famous and huge giant wheel. Viennese food offers true culinary delights. You sure can round off your bike tour with lots of specialities.  Having packed everything up including all your memories, you get back on board the lovely middle-class boat MS Normandie. You head back into the nature where you can enjoy the enchanting landscape such as the Donau Schlinge and the Wachau. Have a cup of Viennesse coffee in the ship's cosy panorama salon or enjoy some tasty food in the restaurant on the main deck.  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

Passau - Budapest - Passau, MS Arlene II

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Where world heritage meets Waltz and Hungarian history. On this bike and boat journey from Passau to Budapest and back you will experience vibrant cities, vineyards and world famous sights. Find yourself surrounded by new cultural charms and experiences every day! You will start your eight-day journey aboard the newly converted MS Arkona, sailing on the beautiful blue Danube. The journey meanders from Passau to Linz, though the world-famous ‘Schlögener Schlinge’ (the impressive moment the river loops back on itself) in the Wachau and waltzes on to Vienna. It continues on to the ‘Danube Bend’ at Visegrád then to Budapest. Cultural experiences are everywhere! Details of the bike and boat tour along the Danube to Budapest Empress Elizabeth of Austria is omnipresent during this combined trip on the Danube, whether in beautiful Vienna or in historic Budapest - where she was once crowned Empress. The MS Arkona takes you to the most famous cities along the Danube. Sample ‘an Achterl’ of wine (1/8 of a litre) among the vines in the Wachau or a Sachertorte with a punch in Vienna – culinary temptations span as far as the eye can see! Further on, the route plan takes in: Budapest, Devin and Bratislava. Cities brimming with history and quaint urban centres just begging to be explored. Highlights at a glance MS Arlene II: The ship was completely renovated in the winter of 2017/18. A modern and elegant atmosphere provides the perfect retreat after a day’s cycling. On the upper deck is a lounge with a cosy restaurant. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy the evening breeze or sip a cocktail or two. National monument in Devin: The Devin Castle in Bratislava is an imposing fortress perched on the rock face where the March and the Danube meet. The magnificent view is certainly worth a visit! Useful information about the cycle tour along the Danube On the eight-day bike and boat tour, you will not only experience culture, but also the spectacular landscapes of the Danube valley. The route runs alongside the well-developed Danube cycle path over flat terrain. For each section of the route, you can cycle comfortably for 25 to 55 kilometres. This combined trip is perfect for beginners or occasional cyclists. Don’t have your own set of wheels? No problem, you can rent one from Eurobike. The experienced team will give you a bike according to your height, weight and personal preferences and you’re ready to go! Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours along the Danube Cycle Path.
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Tour character
Easy
(1)
Austria

Passau - Vienna - Passau, MS Arlene II

8 Days | Self-guided tour
Culture meets cuisine, that’s the motto of this bike and boat trip. Historic sights, romantic landscapes and enjoyable highlights can be experienced during your holiday along the Danube – by bike and boat! Dreamlike villages and charming towns line the route: the three-river city of Passau, the diverse city of Vienna, the cultural city of Linz – and not forgetting the dreamy Wachau make the journey something special. Deep relaxation and full of happiness you cycle comfortably along the blue Danube from stage to stage. If a stage is too long, it will easily be covered by boat. As you can see, there is certainly enough time to recover! The details of the tour from Passau to Vienna and back You begin your varied journey in the three-river city of Passau. The first day starts comfortably, because you travel by ship to Obernzell. So much is clear: you can look forward to this river cruise! Relaxation, enjoyment and cuisine are the focus of the holiday. What can you expect? In addition to charming cultural hotspots, you will be spoiled with culinary delights on board the MS Arlene II. A rich breakfast buffet, lunch snacks, cakes and coffee as well as a three-course meal in the evening. But that’s not all, your ship offers the perfect opportunity to relax away from cycling and to enjoy the sunshine on deck. Tour highlights at a glance: Melk Abbey: During your tour you pass the beautiful Benedictine Monastery, Melk Abbey. Collegiate church, library, marble hall and the park of the magnificent Baroque building still impress today. Incidentally, Melk Abbey is a symbol of the Wachau and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The diverse city of Vienna: discover the many facets of the city on an extended city walk. Cultural sights, traditional delicacies and an incredible flair are waiting in the metropolis of Vienna. Tip: Enjoy the charm of the city in one of the famous Viennese cafes. Wachau: On the way back to Passau you will be enchanted again: from the dreamy villages, the vineyards, the castles and ruins of the Wachau. Enjoyment is a top priority in this region. Fancy a wine tasting? Taste the delicious wines in one of the cosy wine taverns. Useful information about the bike and boat tour On the journey you will cover a total of around 200 kilometres by bike. The daily stages amount to about 34 to 40 kilometres. Due to the flat paths, the routes are ideal for recreational cyclists. So, hop on the saddle and off you go! Get all information and many more tour tips for our cycle tours along the Danube Cycle Path.
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