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 Bike Tour

Germany Bike Tours

Cycle along the Danube in South East Germany

  • The enchanting Danube 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. The tour ends in Passau, the City of Three Rivers. 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 from the 13th–16th century) that overlooks the town.

    This tour is designed for those who do not have much time but want to experience the pleasure of Danube cycling.

    Highlights:

    • River path cycling
    • Straubing, gateway to the Bavarian Forest region
    • Mettin and the Benedictine monastery
    • Deggendorf, scenic beauty and historical monuments
    • Passau, lively port town

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  • 2020

    Early season: $ 651 £ 335 $ 589 394 $ 678 kr 4203 $ 447 Single room: $ 865 £ 446 $ 784 524 $ 902 kr 5589 $ 594 Season 1: $ 750 £ 386 $ 679 454 $ 782 kr 4843 $ 515 Single room: $ 964 £ 497 $ 874 584 $ 1006 kr 6229 $ 662 Season 2: $ 816 £ 420 $ 739 494 $ 851 kr 5269 $ 560 Single room: $ 1030 £ 531 $ 933 624 $ 1074 kr 6656 $ 708 Season 3: $ 783 £ 403 $ 709 474 $ 816 kr 5056 $ 537 Single room: $ 997 £ 514 $ 903 604 $ 1040 kr 6443 $ 685

    Early season: April 1 to April 9
    Season 1: April 10 to May 14
    Season 2: May 15 to September 10
    Season 3: September 11 to October 20

    extra options

    2020

    Electric bike rental: $ 124 £ 64 $ 112 75 $ 129 kr 800 $ 85 Dinners included: $ 165 £ 85 $ 150 100 $ 172 kr 1067 $ 113

    Regensburg
    Double/twin: $ 111 £ 57 $ 100 67 $ 115 kr 715 $ 76 Single: $ 154 £ 79 $ 139 93 $ 160 kr 992 $ 105 Passau
    Double/twin: $ 89 £ 46 $ 81 54 $ 93 kr 576 $ 61 Single: $ 116 £ 60 $ 105 70 $ 121 kr 747 $ 79

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start and end is Munich International Airport (MUc)

    Local Travel

    From the airport, you can take a train to Regensburg. The train ride takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs about €20. Please visit www.dbbahn.com for specific time tables and pricing.

    Climate

    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.

    Recommended

    An extra night before and after the tour!

    Remarks

    Komoot Navigation System: Available for mobile devices so that you can download your route before you travel and have this available offline during your bike tour. When purchased, you will download the application, register with your email address and password. You will be provided a code to apply to unlock your specific route.

    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.


Where You’ll Stay

In very nice, comfortable 3 to 4-star hotels and bed and breakfast type establishments

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 4 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfer, no limits, 9 am to 6 pm
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • GPS data on request
  • Service hotline
  • Nuvinci stepless gearshift unisex free wheel touring bike with two pannier bags
  • Bike protection (2020)

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to Regensburg and departure from Passau
  • Remaining meals
  • Komoot navigation package (available with a supplement, see pricing)
  • Helmets (not available for borrowing or renting)
  • Tourist tax (payable locally)
  • Bicycle Protection (2019)
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Regensburg and Passau.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length5 days
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrival from April 1 to October 31, 2020

Early season: April 1 to April 9
Season 1: April 10 to May 14
Season 2: May 15 to September 10
Season 3: September 11 to October 20
 

Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided hotel to hotel tour. The route is almost completely flat with just a 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 its festivals and baroque houses.

Day 3: Straubing - Deggendorf, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today your bicycle tour in Germany takes you 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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Tour Reviews

  • Tom H. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    It's a great trip along the upper Danube there are some gravely bits and some places where the path was not always 100% obvious. This is a relatively easy bike ride to do the paved sections are great and the countryside and river views are beautiful.we were happy with most of the hotels and pensiones that we stayed in the food was really fun and good. some of the hotels were allowed if you had a room on the roadside so earplugs would be useful some of the directions getting into the cities were obscure so be ready to have your phone handy or some other mapping app.

  • Peter B. 4 months 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. 2 years 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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