View from Dom in Regensburg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Thomas Kraus
Crossing sheep in Passau, Lower Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Brian Burger

Entrance gate into Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Matthew Black
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Danube Bike Path - Regensburg to Passau

Germany Bike Tours

Cycle along the Danube in South East Germany

  • The enchanting bike tour begins in the medieval city of Regensburg, a city with a history of over 2000 years. Unlike many other German towns, this one had little damage from the Allied air raid in World War II, and therefore has a nearly intact medieval city center.

    Along the banks of the Danube you will bike to Straubing which is known for its festivals such as Gäubodenvolksfest, the second largest folk festival in Bavaria, Germany next to Oktoberfest. Straubing is also famous for the Jazz Festival, which has attracted guests such as Seal and Aretha Franklin.

    Continuing along the Danube you will visit towns such has Mettin and Deggendorf. After an overnight in Deggendorf you pedal on to Passau. Passau is known as the City of Three Rivers because it is here that the Danube, Inn and Ilz River converge. This lively port town is a marvel to see in its romantic river setting complete with the great Veste Oberhaus (a fortress built 13th–16th century that overlooks the town).

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  • Season 1: £ 377 $ 784 440 $ 669 NOK 4180 kr 3858 $ 502 Single room: £ 471 $ 980 550 $ 836 NOK 5225 kr 4823 $ 627 Season 2: £ 403 $ 837 470 $ 714 NOK 4465 kr 4122 $ 536 Single room: £ 497 $ 1,033 580 $ 882 NOK 5510 kr 5086 $ 661 Season 3: £ 420 $ 873 490 $ 745 NOK 4655 kr 4297 $ 559 Single room: £ 514 $ 1,069 600 $ 912 NOK 5700 kr 5262 $ 684

    Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31
    Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to October 22
    Season 3: May 13 to September 17

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 60 $ 125 70 $ 106 NOK 665 kr 614 $ 80 Dinners included: £ 86 $ 178 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Extra nights

    Regensburg, 4 star:
    Double/twin: £ 56 $ 116 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74 Single: £ 78 $ 162 91 $ 138 NOK 865 kr 798 $ 104 Passau, 3 star:
    Double/twin: £ 43 $ 89 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 Single: £ 57 $ 118 66 $ 100 NOK 627 kr 579 $ 75 Passau, 4 star:
    Double/twin: £ 54 $ 112 63 $ 96 NOK 599 kr 552 $ 72 Single: £ 71 $ 148 83 $ 126 NOK 789 kr 728 $ 95

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Munich.

    Local Travel

    Take the train to Regensburg (90 mins) and then a short walk or taxi ride to your first hotel.


    Check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature in °F for Regensburg is: 54/36° for April, 64/45° May, 69/51° June, 73/54° July, 73/53° August, 66/47° September, & 55/40° for October.


    An extra night before and after the tour!

Where You’ll Stay

In very nice, comfortable 3 to 4-star hotels and B&Bs.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 4 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Service hotline
  • Nuvinci stepless gearshift unisex free wheel touring bike with two pannier bags

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Regensburg and Passau.

TypeSelf Guided
Length5 days
From440 Rates
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Tour Dates


Daily from April 1 to October 31, 2019

Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31
Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to October 22
Season 3: May 13 to September 17

Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided hotel tour. The route is almost completely flat with few rolling hills. Most of the biking takes place on asphalted and traffic-free paths. There are 3 days of cycling with an average of 32 miles (51 km) each day.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Danube Bike Path - Regensburg to Passau Map

Day 1: Arrival in Regensburg
Day 2: Regensburg - Straubing, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 3: Straubing - Deggendorf, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Deggendorf - Passau, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 5: Departure from Passau

All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Regensburg
Regensburg is a lovely, romantic town. Take your time strolling through the nearly intact medieval city center. Among the sites to see is the Dom (cathedral),  an intriguing example of Gothic architecture. Another highlight is the Stone Bridge crossing the Danube, which dates back to the 12th century!

DAY 2: Regensburg - Straubing, 33 mi. (53 km)
You bike over the 'Nibelungenbrücke' and on to the signed bike path "Tour the Baroque" to Donaustauf where you can see the ruins of a medieval castle towering above the city. The famous Walhalla Temple nearby is also worth seeing. You continue the tour on the banks of the Danube and reach the day's destination, Straubing, which is famous for it's festivals and baroque houses.

DAY 3: Straubing - Deggendorf, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today your bicycle tour in Germany takes your through the flat Danube Valley via Oberaltaich to Metten. In Metten you can visit the Benedictine monastery and see it's historic church. You continue the tour to Deggendorf with its significant old town hall and town squares.

DAY 4: Deggendorf - Passau, 38 mi. (60 km)
Bike again on the "Tour de Baroque" bike path via Niederaltaich Abbey, which is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries of Bavaria, on to the small village Winzer. After Osterhofen, we reach Aldersbach. The Cistercian church there is one of the most beautiful churches in Bavaria. We follow the left Danube bank to the worthwhile site of the hydroelectric power plant, Kachlet. After crossing the Danube we come to the last destination of the tour, the historic baroque city of Passau, "The 3 River City". Enjoy this lively port town. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the St. Stephan's Cathedral, which was home to the long held record of the biggest organ (17,774 pipes) but now holds 2nd place (to an expanded organ in Los Angeles). Organ concerts are held daily between May and September.

DAY 5: Departure from Passau
Individual departure from Passau after breakfast, or you can choose to extend your stay in Passau!

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  • Peter B. 2 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great landscape and neat towns along the way.
    Suggestions: I thought I would be meeting with someone at the hotel on the first day per the trip description to discuss the route, which never happened. Also, several points of the route were under construction, a couple major. I should have been made aware of that since the navigation app did not redirect me. Two hotels did not have air conditioning. It was hot! That should be pointed out to permit upgrade to elect air conditioning.

  • Emily P. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Beautiful scenery, bike path was quite clearly marked as well without having to constantly refer to the map booklet, especially once we got onto the Danube trail. The booklet also had details on where we could find rest stops with food which was very handy. It was a great cycle experience for me and my companion, even though he's an inexperienced cyclist (it's only his 5th time or so on a bike!) we both enjoyed it very much--helps that the route is largely flat, the bike was very comfortable and we came prepared with extra seat padding just in case! The route also felt very safe, with minimal sections with road traffic. Accommodations were clean, comfortable and near the bike path, however the Deggendorf stop didn't have air-conditioning which I imagine may be a little uncomfortable later in the summer. One especially memorable moment was stopping by Walhalla, perched on a hill overlooking the Danube--incredibly peaceful with the most amazing views.

  • Lynn L. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Not only was the bike route scenic, it felt very safe, even for the short periods we were off the bike path. The Regensburg to Passau route was perfect for our group of four adults and four teenagers. None of us are experienced cyclists so three days of biking on a flat path was a perfect introduction to bicycle touring. We loved touring each of the cities on our trip.

  • Svetlana S. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We have great quality time with family with balanced load of fitness and sightseeing. Excellent tour organization with very comfortable hotels (except Passau). Hotels central location gave us opportunity to enjoy historical city center and local cuisine with great comfort. We liked our bikes and found it very comfortable for our ride pace. It was nice sightseeing tour with great places to visit on the way. Additionally, we were lucky to have great weather. So everything was perfect and we plan out next trip. :)

  • Arnie K. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Very well organized, very good map & route descriptions, wonderful scenery and sights, excellent hotels with wonderful breakfasts, no hassle luggage transfer.

  • Arnie K. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Operations and logistics were very well organized. Hotels and staff were excellent. Luggage transfer was great. Route descriptions gave very useful information on what to see and do along the way.

  • Fiona M. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    One hotel was excellent, one was poor and two were OK. For the money paid I would have expected air conditioning as standard. The advertised price of rooms was about half what we paid. I would also have liked to pay in sterling as I found the holiday through a UK search so would have thought this was possible. So - nice holiday, somewhat over-priced, let down by some inferior (noisy and very hot) accommodation.

  • Erin O'Conner 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Wonderful trip. Great descriptive guide book. Look forward to another trip soon.

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