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

Ständehaus in Ehingen along the Danube River, Germany. Photo via Flickr:dierk schaefer

Danube Bike Path - Donaueschingen to Ulm

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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! Thua bike tour starts in Donaueschingen, where you will find the enclosed karst spring that is the source of the Danube. Continuing on, 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 this bike tour on the Danube, every day you'll pass at least one or two! The tour finishes in Ulm, where you'll find a wealth of history and impressive archetecture.

    Hightlights 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
  • Donaueschingen – Ulm 
    8 days/7 nights £ 567 $ 904 595 NOK 5950 kr 5492 $ 714
    Single Supplement £ 147 $ 234 154 NOK 1540 kr 1422 $ 185
    Seasonal Supplement (May 6-Sept 10) £ 67 $ 106 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84
    Donaueschingen – Ulm 
    5 days/4 nights £ 370 $ 591 389 NOK 3890 kr 3591 $ 467
    Single Supplement £ 73 $ 117 77 NOK 770 kr 711 $ 92
    Seasonal Supplement (May 6-Sept 10) £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 250 kr 231 $ 30
    Donaueschingen – Donauwörth 
    8 Days/7 nights £ 567 $ 904 595 NOK 5950 kr 5492 $ 714
    Single Supplement £ 156 $ 249 164 NOK 1640 kr 1514 $ 197
    Seasonal Supplement (May 6-Sept 10) £ 67 $ 106 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84

    extra options

    Electric Bike (8 days) £ 95 $ 152 100 NOK 1000 kr 923 $ 120 Electric Bike (5 days) £ 67 $ 106 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84

    Bus transfer £ 114 $ 182 120 NOK 1200 kr 1108 $ 144

    Additional nights
    Donaueschingen £ 44 $ 70 46 NOK 460 kr 425 $ 55 Single supplement £ 21 $ 33 22 NOK 220 kr 203 $ 26

    Ulm £ 60 $ 96 63 NOK 630 kr 582 $ 76 Single supplement £ 30 $ 47 31 NOK 310 kr 286 $ 37

    Donauwörth £ 58 $ 93 61 NOK 610 kr 563 $ 73 Single supplement £ 29 $ 46 30 NOK 300 kr 277 $ 36

    please note

    Rates are 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.


Tour Dates

Donaueschingen to Ulm, 8 days/7 nights
Departures possible every Saturday and Sunday from April 8 to October 1, 2017

Donaueschingen to Ulm, 5 days/4 nights
Departures possible every Wednesday from April 12 to October 4, 2017

Donaueschingen – Donauwörth, 8 days/7 nights
Departures possible every Monday and Tuesday from April 10 to September 25, 2017

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 7 nights in good to very good inns and guesthouses (3 and 4)
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Entrance fee Minster Tower in Ulm
  • GPS data on request
  • Hybrid Bike Rental
  • Donaueschingen – Ulm, shortened
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in good to very good inns and guesthouses (3 and 4)
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Entrance fee Minster Tower in Ulm
  • GPS data on request
  • Hybrid Bike Rental
  • Donaueschingen – Donauwörth
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in good to very good inns and guesthouses (3 and 4)
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Route Descriptions and Maps
  • Entrance fee Minster Tower in Ulm
  • GPS data on request
  • Hybrid Bike Rental (7-speed with back brake, or 21/24 speed with free wheel) and 1 pannier bag

What’s Not Included

  • Remaining meals
  • Bus transfer Ulm – Donaueschingen or Donauwörth – Donaueschingen
  • Visitors tax (payable on site)
  • Entrance fees other than mention
  • Bike protection
  • Local transportation
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length5–8 days
From389 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 (8 days) (Other itineraries located at the bottom!)
Day 1: Donaueschingen
Day 2: Donaueschingen - Tuttlingen/surroundings, approx. 22 miles (36 km)
Day 3: Tuttlingen/surroundings - Fridingen/Beuron, approx. 9 or 16 miles (15/25 km)
Day 4: Fridingen/Beuron - Sigmaringen/Scheer, approx. 19 or 30 miles (31/48 km)
Day 5: Sigmaringen/Scheer - Riedlingen, approx. 14 or 18 miles (23/30 km)
Day 6: Riedlingen - Ehingen, approx. 24 miles (39 km)
Day 7: Ehingen - (Blaubeuren) - Ulm, approx. 20 or 27 miles (33/43 km)
Day 8: Individual departure

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 - Tuttlingen/surroundings, approx. 22 miles (36 km)
You begin the day cycling along the young Danube. Near the town of Möhringen, you reach the Danube sinkhole. In this special place, you can occasionally see the river water disappear into the earth until it resurfaces 12 km further downstream in the "Aachtopf”, Germany's largest natural spring. You pass Möhringen and reach Tuttlingen, where you will spend the night. Well worth a visit here would be the Evangelic church or the ruins Honberg, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

Day 3: Tuttlingen/surroundings - Fridingen/Beuron, approx. 9 or 16 miles (15/25 km)
You will leave Tuttlingen in the morning and bike 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 4: Fridingen/Beuron - Sigmaringen/Scheer, approx. 19 or 30 miles (31/48 km)
The bike trails continues 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 5: Sigmaringen/Scheer - Riedlingen, approx. 14 or 18 miles (23/30 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 6: Riedlingen - 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 it's 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 traveller 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 7: 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 it's funnel shape. Numerous legends and folk tales refer to the Blautopf. For example, it is said every time someone tries to measure it's 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. It's steeple has views of the city and, in clear weather, the Alps (ascent of this tower is included).

Day 8: 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 46 miles (65/75 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 30 miles (31/48 km)
Day 4: Sigmaringen/Scheer - Obermarchtal/Umgebung, 23 or 27 miles (37/44 km)
Day 5: Obermarchtal/Umgebung - Ulm, 33 miles (54 km [to Blaubeuren + 10 km])
Day 6: Ulm - Lauingen/Dillingen, 32 or 36 miles (52/58 km)
Day 7: Lauingen/Dillingen - Donauwörth, 20 or 23 miles (32/38 km)
Day 8: Donauwörth

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