Danube Bike Path: Regensburg to Passau
Germany Bike Tours
Cycle along the Danube in South East Germany
The enchanting journey begins in the medieval city of Regensburg, a city with a 2000 year history. 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. It is well worth your time to enjoy this romantic town where some sights to see take you back all the way to the 12th century.
Along the banks of the Danube you will bike to Straubing which is known for it's 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 three rivers come together here for a spectacular view: the Danube, Inn and Ilz River. 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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Where You’ll Stay
In very nice, comfortable 3 to 4-star hotels and B&Bs.
- Hotel accommodations for 4 nights
- Luggage transfer
- Route descriptions & maps
- Service hotline
- 21-speed bicycle equipped with two pannier bags
What’s Not Included
Daily from April 1 to October 31, 2016
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 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
Arrival in this romantic town. Take your time strolling through the nearly intact medieval city center. Among the sites to see is the Dom (cathedral) which is an intriguing example of Gothic architecture. Another site not to miss 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 it's 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!