Bike rest on Waaggäßchen in Regensburg, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Stefan Jurca

Cobblestone streets in Straubing, Lower Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:pfatter

Danube Bike Path- Regensburg to Vienna Bike Tour

Germany, Austria Bike Tours

On the Danube bike path to the European music center…

  • Biking on the Danube Bike path! Need we say more. We could simply finish there. Those of you who have researched any European cycling have this on your bucket list. And this tour is epic!

    Through the fertile plain of the Gäuboden, with the foothills of the Bavarian Forest to your left, you cycle towards the southeast in a landscape that is perfect for cycling. In Deggendorf, the gateway to the Bavarian Forest, you continue cycling to the three-river city of Passau, with its impressive Saint Stephan's Cathedral. It is here, you access the most famous and popular bike route in Europe, the Danube Bike Path on which you cycle through all the highlights.

    Your trip ends among the foothills of the Viennese Forest, beyond the point where the Danube passes Vienna.

    Highlights include but not limited to:

    • Memorial Walhalla in Donaustauf
    • Concentration camp
    • Memorial in Mauthausen
    • Roman town Ybbs
    • Church of pilgrimage in Maria Taferl
    • The Wachau (apricots and wine)
    • Danube metropolis Vienna

    Interested in more? Check out our full list of Danube Bike Tours.

  • 2020 Pricing

    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

    9-Day Tour

    Early SeasonSeason 1Season 2Season 3
    Twin/Double Room $ 1162 £ 594 $ 1,020 694 $ 1211 kr 7475 $ 768 $ 1429 £ 731 $ 1,256 854 $ 1490 kr 9198 $ 945 $ 1496 £ 765 $ 1,315 894 $ 1560 kr 9629 $ 989 $ 1463 £ 748 $ 1,285 874 $ 1525 kr 9414 $ 967
    Single $ 1614 £ 825 $ 1,417 964 $ 1682 kr 10383 $ 1,067 $ 1881 £ 962 $ 1,653 1124 $ 1961 kr 12106 $ 1,244 $ 1948 £ 997 $ 1,712 1164 $ 2031 kr 12537 $ 1,288 $ 1756 £ 898 $ 1,542 1049 $ 1830 kr 11299 $ 1,161

    11-Day Tour

    Early SeasonSeason 1Season 2Season 3
    Twin/Double Room $ 1329 £ 680 $ 1,167 794 $ 1385 kr 8552 $ 879 $ 1681 £ 860 $ 1,476 1004 $ 1752 kr 10814 $ 1,111 $ 1748 £ 894 $ 1,535 1044 $ 1821 kr 11245 $ 1,155 $ 1714 £ 877 $ 1,506 1024 $ 1787 kr 11029 $ 1,133
    Single $ 1823 £ 932 $ 1,601 1089 $ 1900 kr 11729 $ 1,205 $ 2174 £ 1112 $ 1,910 1299 $ 2266 kr 13991 $ 1,437 $ 2241 £ 1146 $ 1,969 1339 $ 2336 kr 14422 $ 1,482 $ 2208 £ 1129 $ 1,939 1319 $ 2301 kr 14207 $ 1,460

    extra options

    Extra Options

    9-Day Tour11-Day Tour
    Dinners (excluding Vienna) $ 301 £ 154 $ 265 180 $ 314 kr 1939 $ 199 $ 326 £ 167 $ 287 195 $ 340 kr 2100 $ 216
    Electric Bike Rental $ 176 £ 90 $ 154 105 $ 183 kr 1131 $ 116 $ 226 £ 116 $ 199 135 $ 236 kr 1454 $ 149
    Komoot Navivation $ 50 £ 26 $ 44 30 $ 52 kr 323 $ 33 $ 50 £ 26 $ 44 30 $ 52 kr 323 $ 33

    Extra Nights

    Twin/Double RoomSingle
    Regensburg $ 112 £ 57 $ 99 67 $ 117 kr 722 $ 74 $ 156 £ 80 $ 137 93 $ 162 kr 1002 $ 103
    Vienna $ 122 £ 63 $ 107 73 $ 127 kr 786 $ 81 $ 177 £ 91 $ 156 106 $ 185 kr 1142 $ 117

    Vienna Extension Package

    Twin/Double RoomSingle
    Standard 3* Hotel $ 221 £ 113 $ 194 132 $ 230 kr 1422 $ 146 $ 311 £ 159 $ 273 186 $ 325 kr 2003 $ 206
    Comfort 4* Hotel $ 253 £ 129 $ 222 151 $ 263 kr 1626 $ 167 $ 365 £ 187 $ 321 218 $ 380 kr 2348 $ 241

    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

    Fly into Munich and out of Vienna

    Local Travel

    Take the train from Munich to Regensburg HBF. Total trip time is between 1.5 and 2 hours.

    Climate

    Please check weather conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperatures in °F for Vienna are: April, 61°/46°, May, 70°/54°; June, 75°/59°; July, 80°/63°; August, 80°/63°; September, 70°/56°; and October, 60°/48°

    Recommended

    Komoot cycling navigation:
    Available for your tour (supplement applies) is the Komoot navigation app. Whether on mobile phone, tablet, or computer, this app is perfect for a companion to route descriptions and maps. Once the worldwide package is purchased, you will be sent a link to your specific tour and you can then download onto your smart device and use offline while you cycle.

    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

Daily departures from April 1 to October 20, 2020

Seasons
Early: 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

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels, all rooms have private facilities. Breakfast included.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation in 3 and 4 star inns and hotels
  • Breakfast ( buffet)
  • Bike rental, Nuvinci stepless gearshift, 2 panniers, and 1 handlebar bag
  • Luggage transfer (unlimited pieces of luggage)
  • Extensive travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights, etc.)
  • GPS data on request
  • 7-day emergency hotline

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Daily from April 1 to October 31, 2020

Cat. A: 3-star accommodations
Cat. B: 4-star accommodations

Included:

  • 2 overnights
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Admission to St. Stephan’s Cathedral incl. cathedral tour with audio-guide
  • Catacombs
  • Ascent of the south tower Steffls
  • Lift to the bell Pummerin (north tower)
  • Visit of the Cathedral treasure

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TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length9–11 days
From865 Rates
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Skill Level

The cycle paths of the Danube are consistently flat. You cycle primarily on asphalted roads with hardly any traffic.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Regensburg
Day 2: Regensburg - Straubing, 33 miles (approx. 53 km)
Day 3: Straubing - Deggendorf, 25 miles (approx. 40 km)
Day 4: Deggendorf - Passau, 37 miles (approx. 60 km)
Day 5: Passau - Upper Danube Valley, 25 miles (approx. 41 km)
Day 6: Upper Danube Valley - Linz/surroundings, 32 miles (approx. 51 km)
Day 7: Linz/surroundings - Ardagger/Grein, 37 or 42 miles (approx. 59 - 67 km)
Day 8: Ardagger/Grein - Melk/Emmersdorf, 33 or 38 miles (approx. 54 - 62 km)
Day 9: Melk/Emmersdorf  - Traismauer/Tulln, 33 or 47 miles (approx. 54 - 76 km)
Day 10: Traismauer/Tulln - Vienna, 22 or 39 miles (approx. 36 - 64 km)
Day 11: Vienna Individual departure or extension of trip

All distances are approximate. Do note that the routes are checked yearly but due to roadwork, or other situations beyond control, sometimes the route may have changed. In this case, please follow local detours/directions.

Day 1: Regensburg
Individual arrival to Regensburg. This medieval town is the perfect place to begin your bike tour along the Danube. It contains many buildings of exceptional quality that testify to its history as a trading center and to its influence on the region from the 9th century.  Be sure to visit the market, city hall, and cathedral! 

Day 2: Regensburg - Straubing, 33 miles (approx. 53 km)
After passing the Bridge of the Nibelungs and the “Walhalla-Allee”, you will reach the marked bike route “Tour de Baroque”, which takes you to Donaustauf. The ruins of a medieval castle, presumably erected between 914 and 930, tower above the small town. Visible from afar, the famous Walhalla, “Temple of German Honour”, rises above the Danube Valley. You continue on the Danube levy, past the Geilsing step and through the area around the Old Danube to Straubing.

Day 3: Straubing - Deggendorf, 25 miles (approx. 40 km)
Today you continue to bike through Danube Valley and soon you'll arrive to Bogen beneath the steep Bogen Mountain. This quiet little town is one of the gates to the Bavarian Forest, where nature abounds. You will continue to Metten, where in good weather the twin towers of the church are visible. Be sure to visit the library in the Benedictine Convent and the church with its fabulous Asam paintings. You will spend the night in Deggendorf. This city is not only known for its scenic beauty; Deggendorf is home to many impressive monuments which are sure to surprise you!

Day 4: Deggendorf - Passau, 37 miles (approx. 60 km)
Today's route once again follows the “Tour de Baroque”. Via Niederaltaich, one of Bavaria’s oldest Benedictine convents, you will reach the small town of Winzer. The view over the Danube Valley from the old castle ruin is amazing. After passing through Osterhofen, there is a short hilly section before reaching the water power plant Kachelt. After crossing the Danube, you will arrive to a city sure to be a highlight of the trip: Passau.

Day 5: Passau - Upper Danube Valley, 25 miles (approx. 41 km)
Located at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn, and Ilz, Passau is known around the world as "The Three Rivers City". In the heart of the city, on the Old Town’s highest point, sits St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which the world’s largest cathedral organ is still played. With its unique charm and friendly atmosphere, Passau is one of the most beautiful and spectacular German cities on the Danube. Today you cycle to the Upper Danube Valley. From Passau, you can also organize a boat trip to today's destination.

Day 6: Upper Danube Valley - Linz/surroundings, 32 miles (approx. 51 km)
The first scenic highlight is the Schlögener Donauschlinge or the Danube Loop. This is where the river makes a hairpin turn and curves back on itself before returning once again to flow eastward. At Aschach the valley stretches before you. You'll cycle through Eferdinger Becken, before reaching Linz. Named a UNESCO City of Media Arts, Linz has plenty to offer. There are lots of Baroque buildings to explore including the former town hall, Altes Rathaus and the old cathedral or Alter Dom. The riverside Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz has a major modern art collection. Across the river, the striking Ars Electronica Center focuses on society, technology and life in the future.

Day 7: Linz/surroundings - Ardagger/Grein, 37 or 42 miles (approx. 59 - 67 km), 35 or 40 miles (approx. 57 - 65 km)
From Linz, you will pass through even more scenic villages. In Mauthausen, you'll get a taste of WWII history with the KZ-memorial. Finally in Grein, be sure to visit the Greinburg castle, the town theater, and the maritime museum.

Day 8: Ardagger/Grein - Melk/Emmersdorf, 33 or 38 miles (approx. 54 - 62 km)
Leaving Grein, you'll cycle from the romantic Strudengau to the town of Ybbs. During the Roman Empire, a group of Egyptians lived here and built a temple dedicated to a popular goddess. Also starting here is the gentle landscape of the Nibelungengau. From far away, you will see the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl, which is located above the Danube Valley. Don’t miss the famous Benedictine Abbey, a lovely building in a unique location.

Day 9: Melk/Emmersdorf - Traismauer/Tulln, 33 or 47 miles (approx. 54 - 76 km)
Today you get to enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of the entire tour. Natural beauty has created a picturesque cultural landscape. You will bike past lush vineyards on rolling, terraced hills and through extensive apricot orchards. The small wine towns beside the Danube are particularly charming. You will visit Spitz, Weißenkirchen, and Dürnstein. Don’t forget to try the local Riesling and Grüner Veltliner Wines. The countryside changes and you reach the wide meadows of the Tullnerfeld. To the south, you will see the mighty Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig. You will spend the night in Traismauer or Tulln, which are both known for their beautiful flowers.

Day 10: Traismauer/Tulln - Vienna, 22 or 39 miles (approx. 36 – 64 km)
You will spend your last cycling morning biking through the foothills of the Viennese Forest before reaching the gorgeous city of Vienna. You can take a train for the last few kilometers (trains leave every half hour from Tulln to Vienna; not included in the package price). This city's artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and other artists.

Day 11: Vienna Individual departure or extension of trip

Day 1: Regensburg
Day 2: Regensburg - Straubing, 33 miles (approx. 53 km)
Day 3: Straubing - Deggendorf, 25 miles (approx. 40 km)
Day 4: Deggendorf - Passau, 37 miles (approx. 60 km)
Day 5: Passau - Upper Danube Valley, 25 miles (approx. 41 km)
Day 6: Upper Danube Valley - Enns, 48 miles (77 km)
Day 7: Enns - Marbach/Maria Taferl, 50 mi. (80 km)
Day 8: Marbach/Maria Taferl - Vienna, 32 mi. + train ride (51 km + train ride)
Day 9:  Vienna Individual departure or extension of trip

 

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