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. 

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!

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.

 

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Itinerary

"Baroque Town or Three Rivers Town"

Stroll through the pretty little baroque town of Schärding and marvel at the famous Silberzeile lane. Alternatively take a walk through the “New Centre” of Passau, the town of three rivers, which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area.

 

 

Along the river Inn you will come to Passau, the town of three rivers. We recommend that you take a guided tour of the town, and visit the cathedral where you can enjoy the sounds of the largest church organ in the world (except Sundays and public holidays). Then you will continue along the Danube, first passing Obernzell and finally arriving in Engelhartszell (the only Trappist monastery in Austria). You will then cycle through the nature reserve Donauleiten, from where you will reach the Schlögen Bend to the north. This is where granite proved to be too much of an opponent and forced the Danube to change directions by 180 degrees. While a ferry takes you to the other side of the river to your hotel, you have plenty of time to look at this natural phenomenon.

Hotel (example):

Cat. A: Donauschlinge
Cat. B: Revita Hotel Kocher
Cat. C: Freizeitanlage Schlögen

approx. 40 to 55 km

Today you will cycle through the green Eferdinger basin via the market towns of Aschach, Ottensheim and Wilhering and all the way to the Upper Austrian capital of Linz. Linz's historical 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 stroll through the Donaulände park.

 

approx. 55 km

On the fourth day, you will take a little detour away from the course of the Danube to St. Florian (Augustinian monastery) and to Enns. In Enns you can go to the town square with its 60 metre town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or you visit the archaeological collection in the municipal museum Lauriacum. Afterwards, you will return to the river, first reaching the beautiful little baroque town of Grein. Here you have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theatre in Austria that is still being used. Or you can visit the maritime museum or Greinburg castle.

 

approx. 55 km

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 thousands of pilgrims every year.

 

approx. 50 to 60 km

You should make a little stop in Melk and look up or you will miss the beautiful Stift Melk monastery that overlooks the Danube. As soon as you leave the town you will arrive into the picturesque Wachau region, where you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the region’s typical orchards and vineyards. You will 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 or in Tulln. A stay in the Wachau region means that you simply have to take part in a wine tasting, which we have organised for you.

 

approx. 40 to 60 km

The final kilometres of your bike tour will be a relaxed trip to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. According to the variant, part of the stage is covered by train. As soon as you arrive you can check-in to your room and then enjoy all the amenities of the city for the rest of the day. Treat yourself to a Viennese-style Americano coffee and a piece of the famous Sachertorte cake in one of Vienna’s typical coffee houses. Take a stroll along Vienna’s Parade shopping street, along Mariahilfer Strasse, visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral or see the main sights and take a trip in one of the famous Fiaker cabs.

 

approx. 45 to 65 km
Map Danube Cycle Path

Tour character

Flat or slightly downhill along the Danube. The cycle path is very well-built and there are no motor vehicles for almost all of the tour. Minor roads make up only very short sections of this tour – the Danube cycle path is a perfect cycle route.

Services and information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Perfectly developed route
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room (German, English, Frensh) with route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers
  • 1 ferry ride (Au-Schlögen) incl. bike
  • 1 wine tasting in the Wachau region
  • Danube Card in upper Austria
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Note:

  • tourist tax, if due, is not included

Optional:

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer with van from Vienna, daily in the afternoon. Costs CHF 75.- per person, bike included, reservation necessary, payable at the time
Information

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. CHF 45.- per week, no reservation possible/necessary
  • Good train connections between Vienna and Schärding/Passau

 

Detailed information:

  • When booking, please inform us about where you wish to arrive
  • Weather warranty / Spring and autumn special: Tour bookings with arrival within season 1 can be rebooked free of charge up to 5 working days prior to arrival in case of bad weather

 

 

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