Fridingen is part of the Alb-Donau district, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Mirko Thiessen

Statues in Ehingen, Germany. Photo via Flickr:dierk schaefer
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Danube Bike Path - Donaueschingen to Ulm Bike Tour

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Cycle along the Danube River, the most romantic river in the world!

  • You have heard stories of the magnificent Danube river, now cycle from where it all begins! These bike tours start in Donaueschingen, where you will find the enclosed karst spring that is the source of the Danube. Continuing you will pass the Aachtopf, Germany's largest natural spring, as you make your way through the Swabian Alps on pristine bike paths.

    During the second half of the week, you will cycle the Swabian Baroque Route, known for breathtaking nature and magical villages.

    There is no shortage of castles to be seen on the Danube, every day you'll pass at least one or two! Depending on the tour booked, you will finish in Ulm, where you'll find a wealth of history and impressive architecture, or in historic Donauwörth. on the junction of the Danube and Wörnitz Rivers.

    Highlights include:

    • Entrance fee Minster Tower in Ulm
    • Natural spectacle of the Danube sinkhole
    • Blautopf (Blue Pot)
    • Upper Danube Nature Park with the spectacular Danube Gorge
    • Wildenstein Castle

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  • Donaueschingen – Ulm

    7 days/6 nights $ 817 £ 425 $ 739 494 $ 853 kr 5266 $ 561

    Single room $ 1065 £ 554 $ 963 644 $ 1111 kr 6865 $ 731

    Season supplement: (arrivals from May 1 to July 14): $ 215 £ 112 $ 194 130 $ 224 kr 1386 $ 148

    Season supplement: (arrivals from July 15 to Aug 31): $ 281 £ 146 $ 254 170 $ 293 kr 1812 $ 193

    Season supplement: (arrivals from Sept 1 to Sept 25): $ 198 £ 103 $ 180 120 $ 207 kr 1279 $ 136

    Donaueschingen – Donauwörth

    8 Days/7 nights $ 949 £ 494 $ 859 574 $ 991 kr 6119 $ 652

    Single room  $ 1230 £ 640 $ 1,113 744 $ 1284 kr 7931 $ 845

    Season supplement: (arrivals from May 1 to July 14): $ 248 £ 129 $ 224 150 $ 259 kr 1599 $ 170

    Season supplement: (arrivals from July 15 to Aug 31): $ 298 £ 155 $ 269 180 $ 311 kr 1919 $ 204

    Season supplement: (arrivals from Sept 1 to Sept 25): $ 215 £ 112 $ 194 130 $ 224 kr 1386 $ 148

    Donaueschingen – Ulm

    5 days/4 nights $ 734 £ 382 $ 664 444 $ 766 kr 4733 $ 504

    Single room $ 932 £ 485 $ 844 564 $ 973 kr 6013 $ 640

    Season supplement: (arrivals from May 1 to July 14): $ 182 £ 95 $ 165 110 $ 190 kr 1173 $ 125

    Season supplement: (arrivals from July 15 to Aug 31): $ 215 £ 112 $ 194 130 $ 224 kr 1386 $ 148

    Season supplement: (arrivals from Sept 1 to Sept 25): $ 149 £ 77 $ 135 90 $ 155 kr 959 $ 102

    extra options

    Electric Bike
    (Donaueschingen to Ulm ONLY)
    7 days:   $ 174 £ 90 $ 157 105 $ 181 kr 1119 $ 119 5 days:  $ 124 £ 65 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 800 $ 85  

    Transfer for 5-Days & 7-Days tours:
    Return by bus, Ulm back to Donaueschingen (incl. bike): $ 157 £ 82 $ 142 95 $ 164 kr 1013 $ 108 (Saturdays at 9 AM. Duration 3hrs, min number of participants: 4)

    Transfer for 8-Days tour:
    Return by bus, Donauwörth back to Donaueschingen (incl. bike): $ 149 £ 77 $ 135 90 $ 155 kr 959 $ 102 (Saturdays & Sundays at 9 AM. Duration 3hrs)


    Additional nights
    Donaueschingen
    Twin/double: $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 693 $ 74 Single:   $ 149 £ 77 $ 135 90 $ 155 kr 959 $ 102 Ulm
    Twin/double: $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 693 $ 74 Single: $ 149 £ 77 $ 135 90 $ 155 kr 959 $ 102 Donauwörth
    Twin/double $ 107 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 693 $ 74 Single:  $ 149 £ 77 $ 135 90 $ 155 kr 959 $ 102

    *Ask us about the Komoot - navigation package: $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 320 $ 34

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Zurich and out of Munich

    Local Travel

    Take the train from Zurich Airport to Donaueschingen. Total trip time is between 2 and 3 hours, with transfers possible.

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature in °F for Ulm is: 46/36 for April, 65/45 May, 70/51 June, 73/54 July, 72/52 August, 65/48 September, & 55/40 for October. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com

    Remarks

    Komoot navigation is available for your mobile phone. This is a perfect supplement to your travel documents. Maps are available at any time even without internet connection. Tour highlights are included.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2020

Donaueschingen to Ulm, 7 days/6 nights
Departures possible daily from April 20 to October 5, 2020

Donaueschingen to Ulm, 5 days/4 nights
Departures possible daily  from April 20 to October 5, 2020

Donaueschingen – Donauwörth, 8 days/7 nights
Departures possible daily from April 20 to Ocotober 5, 2020

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodation in comfort category with breakfast in middle-class hotels or good to very good inns and guesthouses, mostly centrally located (category 3-star, partly also in 4-star)

What’s Included

  • Donaueschingen – Ulm
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in good to very good inns and guesthouses (3 and 4-star)
  • Daily Breakfasts (mostly buffet)
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Entrance fee Minster Tower in Ulm
  • GPS data on request
  • Hybrid Bike Rental with one pannier per bike and one handlebar bag per room
  • Donaueschingen – Ulm, shortened
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in good to very good inns and guesthouses (3 and 4-star)
  • Daily Breakfasts (mostly buffet)
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Entrance fee Minster Tower in Ulm
  • GPS data on request
  • Hybrid Bike Rental with one pannier per bike and one handlebar bag per room
  • Donaueschingen – Donauwörth
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in good to very good inns and guesthouses ( mostly 3 and some 4-star)
  • Daily Breakfasts (mostly buffet)
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Entrance fee Minster Tower in Ulm
  • GPS data on request
  • Hybrid Bike Rental with one pannier per bike and one handlebar bag per room
  • All versions include service hotline & Bicycle protection

What’s Not Included

  • Remaining meals
  • Bus transfer Ulm – Donaueschingen or Donauwörth – Donaueschingen
  • Visitors tax (payable on-site)
  • Entrance fees other than mention
  • Local transportation
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length5–8 days
From444 Rates
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Skill Level

Passing numerous castles, castles, monasteries and churches, you drive through mostly flat terrain on quiet side roads and cycle paths (largely asphalted). Only in the narrow Danube valley between Tuttlingen and Sigmaringen are you presented with gradients and gravel roads.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Donaueschingen to Ulm (7 days) (Other itineraries located at the bottom!)
Day 1: Donaueschingen
Day 2: Donaueschingen - Fridingen/Beuron, approx. 29/36 miles (48/59 km)
Day 3: Fridingen/Beuron - Sigmaringen/Scheer, approx. 19 or 33 miles (31/54 km)
Day 4: Sigmaringen/Scheer - Riedlingen surroundings, approx. 14 or 21 miles (23/35 km)
Day 5: Riedlingen/surroundings - Ehingen, approx. 24 miles (39 km)
Day 6: Ehingen - (Blaubeuren) - Ulm, approx. 20 or 27 miles (33/43 km)
Day 7: Individual departure

All distances are approximate

Day 1: Donaueschingen
Naturally, the Danube tour begins at the Danube spring in Donaueschingen. This spring is located in the pretty palace park of the castle “Fürstlich Fürstenbergisches Schloss”. This castle's magnificent rooms and halls are well worth a tour. After checking into your first hotel, you are welcome to explore at your leisure!

Day 2: Donaueschingen - Fridingen/Beuron, approx. 29/36 miles (48/59 km)
You begin the day cycling along the young Danube to Fridingen. Here you will find the house of artist Scharf Eck, which was built on the former city walls. You will also see the famous viewpoint of Knopfmacherfelsen. The Danube winds through the rocks of the Swabian Alps and steep, white cliffs rise up the valley. Castles, forts, and ruins are situated on the beautiful riverbanks and in the hills just beyond.

Day 3: Fridingen/Beuron - Sigmaringen/Scheer, approx. 19 or 33 miles (31/54 km) )
The bike trails continue beside the Danube, passing romantic mills and picturesque corners of the valley. Soon, Wildenstein Castle will come into view and just a little bit further you will pass Werenwag, the famous medieval musicians’ castle. Via Hausen im Tal, you continue to Sigmaringen. Here you can see one of Europe’s largest private weapons collection. Stroll through the historical town center or visit the local museum. You will spend the night in Sigmaringen or nearby Scheer.

Day 4: Sigmaringen/Scheer - Riedlingen surroundings, approx. 14 or 21 miles (23/35 km)
Today’s route starts in the lovely forests and meadows of the open countryside of the Danube valley. Scheer was an ancient settlement of the Celts and Romans. Via Mengen, one of the five Habsburg towns on the upper Danube, you make your way to Hundersingen. Don’t miss the Heuneburg Museum with the fascinating exhibit about Celtic settling from 600 – 400 b. C. The climb up to the museum is rewarded by a splendid view over the valley. You spend the night in Altheim or Riedlingen.

Day 5: Riedlingen surroundings - Ehingen, approx. 24 miles (39 km)
In the Middle Ages, Riedlingen belonged to the Habsburg Dynasty. Today, you will bike along a part of the famous Upper Swabian Baroque Route. With its storybook landscape and wealth of culture, it is no wonder this route has been a popular destination for 50 years! It winds through Upper Swabia and leads the interested traveler to many historical treasures. The old Zwiefalten Abbey is known as one of the region’s most beautiful churches, one look inside and you'll understand why. Continuing on, you'll encounter a short climb to Munderkingen before reaching Ehingen, where you will spend the night. With 5 local breweries, there should be no shortage of delicious beer to enjoy with your dinner.

Day 6: Ehingen - (Blaubeuren) - Ulm, approx. 20 or 27 miles (33/43 km)
There are two options for your journey to Ulm. You can either continue beside the Danube on the familiar bike trail or take the highly recommended route along the rivers Ach and Blau via Blaubeuren. Via Schelkingen, you continue to Blaubeuren which is home to the impressive “Blautopf” (Blue Pot). This beautiful spring is a peculiar blue color and has an incredible depth due to its funnel shape. Numerous legends and folk tales refer to the Blautopf. For example, it is said every time someone tries to measure its depth with a leaden sounding line, a water nix will steal it. Another popular legend states that the spring's color is a result of someone pouring a vat of ink into it daily. Your final destination is Ulm on the border of Bavaria. In the center of this town is the huge, Gothic Ulm Minster, a centuries-old church. Its steeple has views of the city and, in clear weather, the Alps (ascent of this tower is included).

Day 7: Individual departure

Donaueschingen to Ulm (shortened) 
Day 1: Donaueschingen
Day 2: Donaueschingen - Fridingen/Beuron, 30 or 36 miles (48/58 km)
Day 3: Fridingen/Beuron - Riedlingen, 40 or 47 miles (65/77 km)
Day 4: Riedlingen - Ulm, 45 miles (72 km [to Blaubeuren + 10 km])
Day 5: Individual departure

Donaueschingen to Donauwörth
Day 1: Donaueschingen
Day 2: Donaueschingen - Fridingen/Beuron, 30 or 36 miles (48/58 km)
Day 3: Fridingen/Beuron - Sigmaringen/Scheer, 19 or 37 miles (31/54 km)
Day 4: Sigmaringen/Scheer - Obermarchtal/Umgebung, 23 or 31 miles (37/50 km)
Day 5: Obermarchtal/surroundings - Ulm, 34 miles (55 km [to Blaubeuren + 10 km])
Day 6: Ulm - Lauingen/Dillingen, 32 or 36 miles (52/58 km)
Day 7: Lauingen/Dillingen - Donauwörth, 24 or 27 miles (39/45 km)
Day 8: Donauwörth

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Tour Reviews

  • Laura D. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We loved cycling along the Donnau river cycle path. The cycle path was excellent - flat, scenic and not on roads.

  • Susanne R. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The diversity in hotels was a nice feature. Luggage transport was always timely. The distances allowed for extra kms to visit historical points of interest.

  • Christine E. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable part? Going off the route to explore little towns

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