Danube bike path, sporty

Sporty from Passau to Vienna

As you like it.

Explore the paths along the blue Danube River just like the Romans, the legendary Nibelungs, and even Europe’s powerful kings and emperors did before you. You will get to know the beauty and historical significance of this ancient military and trading route. Never far away from the cool, clear water of the Danube, you will enjoy one of Europe’s most beautiful and popular cycle routes.

You can either start your trip in the baroque town of Schärding  or Passau, the town of three rivers. You will cycle through various districts of Upper and Lower Austria and finally to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. You will love the breathtaking natural beauty of the Danube valley and the Schlögen bend  or perhaps you will fall in love with the landscapes along the Danube river such as the Machland, the Strudengau,  or the famous Wachau. In the rural areas, to accompany these wonderful impressions, you can enjoy many traditional Austrian delicacies. Your physical wellbeing will be well catered for, from savoury dumpling specialities and moreish must all the way to the wines of the Buschenschenken taverns in the Wachau region.  This cycle tour is a true classic and is ideally suited as a first cycling holiday with the whole family.

Recommendation

  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • self guided

Itinerary

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 three rivers town , which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area.

Today, you will start your tour 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 of the monastery Engelszell. Then, you will cycle via Niederranna and approach today’s highlight, 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.

Today, you will ride your bike 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.

For a change, you will not cycle along the Danube today, but 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 or you can visit the archaeological collection at the city museum Lauriacum. Later, you will again cycle along the Danube and get 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 the Greinburg castle. Afterwards, you will leave Upper Austria and cycle in  the Weinviertel region to Marbach.

In Melk, you should stop briefly and look up – otherwise you may miss the beauty of 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. Then, you will cycle via the wine towns of Spitz and Weißenkirchen and past the ruins of the castle Dürnstein and the 1,000-year-old town of Krems until you finish your stage. Today, we will organise wine tasting for you – which is a must during a visit to the Wachau region.

The last few kilometres of your bike journey will take you to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. After your arrival, you can check into your room and use the rest of your day to immerse yourself in the city of Vienna. Enjoy a cup of “Verlängerter” coffee and a piece of the famous cake Sachertorte in one of the typical Viennese coffee houses. Stroll through Vienna’s shopping street Mariahilferstraße, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or get to know the main attractions of the city during a ride with one of the famous “Fiaker” (horse-drawn carriages).

Tour character

Flat or slightly downhill along the Danube; well-built cycling path almost all the way without motor vehicles. Minor roads make up only very short sections of this route – the Danube cycle path is a perfect example of a cycle route.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Season 2
Apr 27, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Season 3
May 25, 2019 - Sep 6, 2019
Danube Cycle Path, 7 days, cat. A, arrival Passau, AT-DORPW-07A
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
Danube Cycle Path, 7 days, cat. B, arrival Passau, AT-DORPW-07B
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
Danube Cycle Path, 7 days, cat. C, arrival Passau, AT-DORPW-07C
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge half board
569,00
189,00
140,00
485,00
155,00
125,00
425,00
135,00
125,00
615,00
189,00
140,00
529,00
155,00
125,00
456,00
135,00
125,00
679,00
189,00
140,00
569,00
155,00
125,00
515,00
135,00
125,00

Category A: 4****-hotels or the best local hotels

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

Category C: 3***-hotels, guest houses and inns

Season 1
Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Season 2
Apr 27, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Sep 7, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
Season 3
May 25, 2019 - Sep 6, 2019
Passau A Komfort
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Vienna A Komfort
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Passau B Standard
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Vienna B Standard
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Passau C (einfach)
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Vienna C (einfach)
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65,00
90,00
65,00
100,00
55,00
84,00
65,00
100,00
55,00
84,00
65,00
100,00
65,00
90,00
65,00
100,00
55,00
84,00
65,00
100,00
55,00
84,00
65,00
100,00
65,00
90,00
65,00
100,00
55,00
84,00
65,00
100,00
55,00
84,00
65,00
100,00
Price
21-gear unisex
21-gear gents
7-gear unisex with back pedal brake
7-gear gents with back pedal brake
Electric bike
Child bike
75,00
75,00
75,00
75,00
170,00
75,00
Price
credit card fee
transfer Vienna-Passau/Schärding (incl. bikes)
15,00
55,00

Our rental bikes

Services and infos

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
  • If half board is booked: 5 x 3-course dinner (in Vienna B&B)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • 1x ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
  • 1x wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Danube Card in upper Austria
  • GPS-data is available
  • Rental bike insurance
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Schärding and Passau train station
  • Munich and 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
  • Return transfer with van from Vienna, daily in the afternoon. Costs € 55 per person, bike included. Reservation necessary.
  • Good train connections between Vienna and Schärding/Passau

Please note!

Where visitor´s tax is due, it is not included in the tour price.