The Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna

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8 days





The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!

2/5 Medium-Easy

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.



The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.


Day 1: Schärding/Passau
We recommended to arrive early because both Passau and Schärding have much to offer. 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 town of three rivers, which has been completely redesigned as a pedestrian, car-free area. In the evening: personal welcome briefing and handover of the bikes (if booked).

Day 2: Schärding│Passau – Danube bend│surrounding (40 or 55 km/25 or 34 mi)
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 on Sundays and public holidays). Then you will continue along the Danube, first passing Obernzell and finally arriving in Engelhartszell, with the only Trappist monastery in Austria. You will then cycle through the nature reserve Donauleiten, from where you will reach the Danube 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 time to look at this natural phenomenon.

Day 3: Danube bend│surrounding – Linz, (50 km/31 mi)
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.

Day 4: Linz – Grein (60 km/37 mi)
For a change, the route guides you away from the course of the Danube via the Augustinian Monastery of St. Florian. You will reach Enns, where you can visit the town square with its 60 meter high town tower, the landmark of the oldest town in Austria, or the archaeological collection in the Municipal Museum Lauriacum. Back on the Danube cycle path, you will continue up to the beautiful little baroque town of Grein. Here you have the opportunity to visit the oldest municipal theater in Austria, still in use. Additionally you can visit the Maritime Museum or the Greinburg castle.

Day 5: Grein – Melk – Wachau (50 km/31 mi)
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’ll miss the beauty of the Melk Abbey that overlooks the Danube. As soon as you leave the town you will get into the picturesque Wachau region, where you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the region’s typical orchards and vineyards.

Day 6: Wachau – Traismauer/Tulln (75 km/46 mi)
You will pass through the little wine towns of Spitz and Weißenkirchen, cycle past the Dürnstein Castle ruin, and the 1000-year old town of Krems, and finish your tour in Traismauer. A stay in the Wachau region means that you simply have to take part in a wine tasting, which we would be pleased to organize for you.

Day 7: Traismauer/Tulln – Vienna (40 km/25 mi)
The final miles of your tour will be a relaxed bike ride to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. As soon as you arrive you can occupy your room and then enjoy all the amenities of the city for the rest of the day. Treat yourself to a Viennese-style 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.

8° giorno: Vienna
Dopo colazione, termine dei servizi.
Possibilità di prenotare il transfer in bus per Passau (partenza ore 14.00 circa).


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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • GPS or navigation APP
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Welcome briefing
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • One ferry ticket (bike incl.)
  • If arrival in Schärding: free and guarded parking place
  • Bike insurance

❌ What is not included?

  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"

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  • 50%
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The Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna

  • To experience a big classic of European cycle tourism, travelling along the most popular stretch of the Danube cycle path from Passau, in Germany, to Vienna
  • To discover the little baroque town of Schärding, an extraordinary place in Upper Austria, or stroll through Passau’s Old Town full of beautiful buildings, workshops, art galleries and the imposing Baroque Cathedral hosting the biggest church organ in the world
  • To visit the only Trappist Monastery in Austria, Engelhartszell, founded in 1293 and still popular for its Trappist brewery
  • To cycle immersed in the natural landscapes of Upper Austria and enjoy the stunning view of Schlögener Schlinge, the famous Danube Bend, an authentic natural wonder
  • To enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Linz, Upper Austria’s capital and Unesco City of Media Arts, where you will find a perfect combination of historical buildings, modern innovations and vast green spaces
  • To cycle on a stretch of the Romantic Route, reaching the little lovely city of Grein, hosting Austria’s oldest theatre
  • To ride your bike from one Danube jewel to another: among them, the Melk Abbey, outstanding monumental complex dating back to the 11th century and still beautifully towering over the river
  • To experience a memorable wine tasting immersed in the vineyards of the Wachau Valley, one of the most spectacular world’s winemaking regions
  • To celebrate the end of this extraordinary cycle trip with a Viennese-style coffee and a slice of apple strudel in a typical coffee house: try Café Sperl, if you want to feel like a 19th century artist in search of inspiration
  • To live a unique experience discovering Austria by bike, cycling among great outdoors and stunning cities

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