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Danube-Cycle Path, classic

From Schärding/Passau to Vienna

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.
Start your trip in 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: from savoury dumpling specialities up to 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.

Classic
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Individual
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Itinerary

It is recommended to arrive early because Passau has much to offer. The well-known cathedral houses the world´s biggest church organ. In the evening: personal welcome briefing and handover of the bikes (if booked).

You will soon reach Austrian territory. First you cycle through the Sauwald region to Engelhartszell, where the only trappist monastery of Austria invites you to a liqueur tasting. Then the route guides you through the nature reserve Donauleiten, from where you reach the Schlögen Bend. This is where granite proved to be too much of an opponent and forced the Danube to change directions by 180 degrees. This natural spectacle will inspire you!

Today you cycle through the green Eferdinger Basin via the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering to the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. The historic old town has many pubs and eateries for you to discover. Other highlights of the European Capital of Culture 2009 include the magnificent views from Pöstlingberg Mountain and a walk through the Donaulände Park.

For a change the route guides you away from the course of the Danube via St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) to Enns. There you can view the town square with its 60 meter high town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or you visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum. Back on the Danube you cycle alongside and reach the beautiful little baroque town of Grein. Here you have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theater in Austria that is still being used. Additionally you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle.

This section of the Danube, the Strudengau, was once feared by sailors, now you can cycle along it. Where they used to fight against the Danube currents you can now take a leisurely cycle ride. In Maria Taferl, high above the Danube, you will find the magnificent pilgrimage church, which attracts many pilgrims every year. In Melk you should definitely make sure you look upwards, otherwise you miss the beauty of the Melk abbey.

 

As soon as you leave Melk you get into the picturesque Wachau region, where you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the region’s typical orchards and vineyards. You pass through the little wine towns of Spitz and Weißenkirchen, cycle past the Dürnstein castle ruin, and finish your journey in the 1000-year old town of Krems. A wine tasting is highly recommended (and included in the package)!

Today you start with a train ride from Krems to Tulln. In the Roman town you still can enjoy the silence and culture of the rural region over again. Sight to visit: Egon-Schiele-museum. From Tulln you cycle over Greinfenstein and Klosterneuburg into Vienna. As soon as you arrive you can enjoy all the amenities of the city for the rest of the day. Enjoy a cup of coffee and the typical Vienna cake „Sachertorte“ in one of the numerous coffee houses or treat yourself to a roundtrip with the horse-drawn cab „Fiaker“. Walk along Vienna’s famous shopping street (along Mariahilfer Straße), or visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral.

If you are interested in we would be pleased to book some extra nights for you.

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 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Passau
  Season 1
02.04.2022 - 15.04.2022
01.10.2022 - 08.10.2022

Arrival daily
Season 2
16.04.2022 - 29.04.2022
17.09.2022 - 30.09.2022

Arrival daily
Season 3
30.04.2022 - 16.09.2022

Arrival daily
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. A, AT-DORPW-08A
Base price
679.00
759.00
819.00
Surcharge half board 179.00 179.00 179.00
Danube Card Upper Austria 0.00 0.00 0.00
Surcharge single room 249.00 249.00 249.00
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. B, AT-DORPW-08B
Base price
615.00
675.00
739.00
Surcharge half board 169.00 169.00 169.00
Danube Card Upper Austria 0.00 0.00 0.00
Surcharge single room 229.00 229.00 229.00
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. C, AT-DORPW-08C
Base price
549.00
599.00
659.00
Surcharge half board 155.00 155.00 155.00
Danube Card Upper Austria 0.00 0.00 0.00
Surcharge single room 199.00 199.00 199.00
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. A, AT-DORPW-08A
Base price
Place of arrival: Schärding
  Season 1
02.04.2022 - 15.04.2022
01.10.2022 - 08.10.2022

Arrival daily
Season 2
16.04.2022 - 29.04.2022
17.09.2022 - 30.09.2022

Arrival daily
Season 3
30.04.2022 - 16.09.2022

Arrival daily
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Schärding, cat. A, AT-DORSW-08A
Base price
679.00
759.00
819.00
Surcharge half board 179.00 179.00 179.00
Surcharge single room 249.00 249.00 249.00
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Schärding, cat. B, AT-DORSW-08B
Base price
615.00
675.00
739.00
Surcharge half board 169.00 169.00 169.00
Surcharge single room 229.00 229.00 229.00
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Schärding, cat. C, AT-DORSW-08C
Base price
549.00
599.00
659.00
Surcharge half board 155.00 155.00 155.00
Surcharge single room 199.00 199.00 199.00

Category A: Carefully selected hotels **** all along the way, often best hotel on place

Category B: Accommodation at guest houses and hotels ***/****

Category C: Overnight in guesthouses, inns and hotels ***-level

Season 1
Apr 2, 2022 - Apr 15, 2022
Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 8, 2022
Arrival daily
Season 2
Apr 16, 2022 - Apr 29, 2022
Sep 17, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022
Arrival daily
Season 3
Apr 30, 2022 - Sep 16, 2022
Arrival daily
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. A, AT-DORPW-08A
Base price
Surcharge half board
Danube Card Upper Austria
Surcharge single room
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. B, AT-DORPW-08B
Base price
Surcharge half board
Danube Card Upper Austria
Surcharge single room
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. C, AT-DORPW-08C
Base price
Surcharge half board
Danube Card Upper Austria
Surcharge single room
Danube Cycle Path, 8 days, arrival Passau, cat. A, AT-DORPW-08A
679.00
179.00
0.00
249.00
615.00
169.00
0.00
229.00
549.00
155.00
0.00
199.00
759.00
179.00
0.00
249.00
675.00
169.00
0.00
229.00
599.00
155.00
0.00
199.00
819.00
179.00
0.00
249.00
739.00
169.00
0.00
229.00
659.00
155.00
0.00
199.00

Category A: Carefully selected hotels **** all along the way, often best hotel on place

Category B: Accommodation at guest houses and hotels ***/****

Category C: Overnight in guesthouses, inns and hotels ***-level

Additional nights
Place of arrival: Schärding
  Season 1
Apr 2, 2022 - Apr 15, 2022
Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 8, 2022

Arrival daily
Season 2
Apr 16, 2022 - Apr 29, 2022
Sep 17, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022

Arrival daily
Season 3
Apr 30, 2022 - Sep 16, 2022

Arrival daily
Schärding
Double room p. P. cat. A 74.00 74.00 74.00
Single room 114.00 114.00 114.00
Vienna
Double room p. P. cat. A 72.00 72.00 72.00
Single room 119.00 119.00 119.00
Schärding
Double room p. P. cat. B 65.00 65.00 65.00
Single room 99.00 99.00 99.00
Vienna
Double room p. P. cat. B 69.00 69.00 69.00
Single room 115.00 115.00 115.00
Schärding
Double room p. P. cat. C 52.00 52.00 52.00
Single room 84.00 84.00 84.00
Vienna
Double room p. P. cat. C 62.00 62.00 62.00
Single room 104.00 104.00 104.00
Filter
21-gears unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear gents incl. rental bike insurance
Electric bike incl. rental bike insurance
rental bike PLUS incl. rental bike insurance
7-gears unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gears unisex incl. rental bike insurance
21-gear gents incl. rental bike insurance
89.00
89.00
199.00
139.00
89.00
79.00
79.00
Prices per person in EUR

Our rental bikes

Services and infos

Services
  • Overnight stays in the chosen category
  • Breakfast buffet
  • If half-board is booked: 6x 3-course dinner (in Vienna B&B only)
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels (no limit in pieces)
  • Service-hotline for the duration of the tour
  • Excellently planned routes
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room
  • Personal tour information on spot
  • 1 x wine tasting in the Wachau valley
  • Train ticket from Krems to Tulln incl. bike
  • Ferry ticket at Schlögen incl. bike
  • Danube Card for Upper Austria
  • Rental bike insurance
  • GPS Tracks available
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Arrival by car or train to Schärding/Passau. Next airports: Linz, Munich or Vienna.
  • Parking in Passau: there are public parking spaces with obligatory parking fees. No reservation possible, payable on spot; price: about 5 € / day;
  • Parking in Schärding: Free guarded parking at our local service station in the outskirt of the city center.
  • Transfer by van from Vienna to Schärding/Passau possible daily with start 2 PM in Vienna. Price: € 59,- per person, extra € 19,- for the transfer of your own bike, to be paid on spot.

Please note:

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

Do you still have questions about the tour? We are happy to help and look forward to your inquiry.