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 $ 1282 £ 635 $ 1,109 694 $ 1309 kr 7823 $ 791 $ 1578 £ 781 $ 1,364 854 $ 1611 kr 9627 $ 973 $ 1652 £ 818 $ 1,428 894 $ 1686 kr 10078 $ 1,018 $ 1615 £ 799 $ 1,396 874 $ 1648 kr 9852 $ 996
    Single $ 1781 £ 882 $ 1,540 964 $ 1818 kr 10867 $ 1,098 $ 2077 £ 1028 $ 1,796 1124 $ 2120 kr 12671 $ 1,280 $ 2151 £ 1065 $ 1,860 1164 $ 2195 kr 13121 $ 1,326 $ 1938 £ 959 $ 1,676 1049 $ 1978 kr 11825 $ 1,195

    11-Day Tour

    Early SeasonSeason 1Season 2Season 3
    Twin/Double Room $ 1467 £ 726 $ 1,268 794 $ 1498 kr 8951 $ 905 $ 1855 £ 918 $ 1,604 1004 $ 1894 kr 11318 $ 1,144 $ 1929 £ 955 $ 1,668 1044 $ 1969 kr 11769 $ 1,189 $ 1892 £ 937 $ 1,636 1024 $ 1931 kr 11543 $ 1,167
    Single $ 2012 £ 996 $ 1,740 1089 $ 2054 kr 12276 $ 1,241 $ 2400 £ 1188 $ 2,075 1299 $ 2450 kr 14643 $ 1,480 $ 2474 £ 1225 $ 2,139 1339 $ 2525 kr 15094 $ 1,525 $ 2437 £ 1206 $ 2,107 1319 $ 2488 kr 14869 $ 1,503

    extra options

    Extra Options

    9-Day Tour11-Day Tour
    Dinners (excluding Vienna) $ 333 £ 165 $ 288 180 $ 339 kr 2029 $ 205 $ 360 £ 178 $ 312 195 $ 368 kr 2198 $ 222
    Electric Bike Rental $ 194 £ 96 $ 168 105 $ 198 kr 1184 $ 120 $ 249 £ 123 $ 216 135 $ 255 kr 1522 $ 154
    Komoot Navivation $ 55 £ 27 $ 48 30 $ 57 kr 338 $ 34 $ 55 £ 27 $ 48 30 $ 57 kr 338 $ 34

    Extra Nights

    Twin/Double RoomSingle
    Regensburg $ 124 £ 61 $ 107 67 $ 126 kr 755 $ 76 $ 172 £ 85 $ 149 93 $ 175 kr 1048 $ 106
    Vienna $ 135 £ 67 $ 117 73 $ 138 kr 823 $ 83 $ 196 £ 97 $ 169 106 $ 200 kr 1195 $ 121

    Vienna Extension Package

    Twin/Double RoomSingle
    Standard 3* Hotel $ 244 £ 121 $ 211 132 $ 249 kr 1488 $ 150 $ 344 £ 170 $ 297 186 $ 351 kr 2097 $ 212
    Comfort 4* Hotel $ 279 £ 138 $ 241 151 $ 285 kr 1702 $ 172 $ 403 £ 199 $ 348 218 $ 411 kr 2457 $ 248

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • 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

See pricing.

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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