Beautiful Gothic city of Schärding in Upper Austria. Photo via Flickr:Matheus Swanson

Bike rest overlooking the Danube River Path in Austria.

Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna

Germany, Austria Bike Tours

Bike Europe’s most famous cycle path

  • The Danube Cycle Path is among the most beautiful cycling routes in Europe. On this self-guided tour, you pick the length you would like and level of accommodations. You also pick where you will begin your adventure, either in the baroque city, Scharding or in the three-rivers-city of Passau, and will cycle throughout Austria until you reach the Danube metropolis, Vienna. During your cycling week you will encounter the breathtaking Danube loop, the Danube valley and the wonderful landscapes of the well-known Wachau Region.

    Highlights:

    • Cycling the most famous cycle path in Europe
    • Picturesque villages, lovely landscapes, and Austrian cuisine
    • Danube loop of Schlögen, cultural metropolis of Linz, and the Greinburg Castle
    • Benedictine Abbey of Melk
    • World famous wine from the Wachau and Kunstmeile Krems
    • Centrally located overnight villages along the Danube

    A comprehensive list of all of our bike tours in Austria and bike tours in Germany can be found here.

  • Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31, 2017
    Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to October 22, 2017
    Season 3: May 13 to September 17, 2017

    Category C:

     7 Day Tour8 Day Tour9 Day Tour10 Day Tour11 Day Tour12 Day Tour

    Season 1 double room

    £ 428 $ 674 465 NOK 4495 kr 4149 $ 539 £ 483 $ 761 525 NOK 5075 kr 4685 $ 609 £ 529 $ 834 575 NOK 5558 kr 5131 $ 667 £ 575 $ 906 625 NOK 6042 kr 5577 $ 725 £ 617 $ 972 670 NOK 6477 kr 5978 $ 777 £ 663 $ 1,044 720 NOK 6960 kr 6425 $ 835
    Season 1 single room £ 548 $ 863 595 NOK 5752 kr 5309 $ 690 £ 621 $ 977 674 NOK 6515 kr 6014 $ 782 £ 689 $ 1,085 748 NOK 7231 kr 6674 $ 868 £ 758 $ 1,193 823 NOK 7956 kr 7344 $ 955 £ 819 $ 1,291 890 NOK 8603 kr 7942 $ 1,032 £ 888 $ 1,399 965 NOK 9328 kr 8611 $ 1,119
    Season 2 supplement £ 32 $ 51 35 NOK 338 kr 312 $ 41 £ 41 $ 65 45 NOK 435 kr 402 $ 52 £ 51 $ 80 55 NOK 532 kr 491 $ 64 £ 60 $ 94 65 NOK 628 kr 580 $ 75 £ 69 $ 109 75 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87 £ 78 $ 123 85 NOK 822 kr 758 $ 99
    Season 3 supplement £ 64 $ 102 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 £ 83 $ 131 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104 £ 101 $ 160 110 NOK 1063 kr 982 $ 128 £ 120 $ 189 130 NOK 1257 kr 1160 $ 151 £ 138 $ 218 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 £ 157 $ 247 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197
    Dinners included* £ 83 $ 131 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104 £ 101 $ 160 110 NOK 1063 kr 982 $ 128 £ 115 $ 181 125 NOK 1208 kr 1115 $ 145 £ 129 $ 203 140 NOK 1353 kr 1249 $ 162 £ 143 $ 225 155 NOK 1498 kr 1383 $ 180 £ 157 $ 247 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197

    Category B:

     7 Day Tour8 Day Tour9 Day Tour10 Day Tour11 Day Tour12 Day Tour

    Season 1 double room

    £ 474 $ 747 515 NOK 4978 kr 4595 $ 597 £ 533 $ 840 579 NOK 5597 kr 5166 $ 672 £ 589 $ 928 640 NOK 6187 kr 5711 $ 742 £ 649 $ 1,022 705 NOK 6815 kr 6291 $ 818 £ 709 $ 1,117 770 NOK 7443 kr 6871 $ 893 £ 769 $ 1,211 835 NOK 8072 kr 7451 $ 969
    Season 1 single room £ 617 $ 972 670 NOK 6477 kr 5978 $ 777 £ 703 $ 1,108 764 NOK 7385 kr 6817 $ 886 £ 783 $ 1,233 850 NOK 8217 kr 7585 $ 986 £ 870 $ 1,370 945 NOK 9135 kr 8432 $ 1,096 £ 953 $ 1,501 1035 NOK 10005 kr 9235 $ 1,201 £ 1040 $ 1,639 1130 NOK 10923 kr 10083 $ 1,311
    Season 2 supplement £ 37 $ 58 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46 £ 46 $ 73 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 £ 55 $ 87 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 64 $ 102 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 £ 74 $ 116 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93 £ 83 $ 131 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104
    Season 3 supplement £ 74 $ 116 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93 £ 92 $ 145 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116 £ 110 $ 174 120 NOK 1160 kr 1071 $ 139 £ 129 $ 203 140 NOK 1353 kr 1249 $ 162 £ 147 $ 232 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 166 $ 261 180 NOK 1740 kr 1606 $ 209
    Dinners included* £ 87 $ 138 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110 £ 106 $ 167 115 NOK 1112 kr 1026 $ 133 £ 120 $ 189 130 NOK 1257 kr 1160 $ 151 £ 133 $ 210 145 NOK 1402 kr 1294 $ 168 £ 147 $ 232 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 166 $ 261 180 NOK 1740 kr 1606 $ 209

    *Dinners included option excludes dinner in Vienna

    Category A:

     7 Day Tour8 Day Tour9 Day Tour10 Day Tour11 Day Tour12 Day Tour

    Season 1 double room

    £ 557 $ 877 605 NOK 5848 kr 5398 $ 702 £ 621 $ 979 675 NOK 6525 kr 6023 $ 783 £ 695 $ 1,095 755 NOK 7298 kr 6737 $ 876 £ 769 $ 1,211 835 NOK 8072 kr 7451 $ 969 £ 842 $ 1,327 915 NOK 8845 kr 8165 $ 1,061 £ 916 $ 1,443 995 NOK 9618 kr 8878 $ 1,154
    Season 1 single room £ 737 $ 1,160 800 NOK 7733 kr 7138 $ 928 £ 829 $ 1,305 900 NOK 8700 kr 8031 $ 1,044 £ 930 $ 1,465 1010 NOK 9763 kr 9012 $ 1,172 £ 1036 $ 1,631 1125 NOK 10875 kr 10038 $ 1,305 £ 1137 $ 1,791 1235 NOK 11938 kr 11020 $ 1,433 £ 1247 $ 1,965 1355 NOK 13098 kr 12091 $ 1,572
    Season 2 supplement £ 41 $ 65 45 NOK 435 kr 402 $ 52 £ 51 $ 80 55 NOK 532 kr 491 $ 64 £ 60 $ 94 65 NOK 628 kr 580 $ 75 £ 69 $ 109 75 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87 £ 78 $ 123 85 NOK 822 kr 758 $ 99 £ 87 $ 138 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110
    Season 3 supplement £ 83 $ 131 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104 £ 101 $ 160 110 NOK 1063 kr 982 $ 128 £ 120 $ 189 130 NOK 1257 kr 1160 $ 151 £ 138 $ 218 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 £ 157 $ 247 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197 £ 175 $ 276 190 NOK 1837 kr 1695 $ 220
    Dinners includedNot possible

    extra options

    Extra nights:
     

     Category CCategory BCategory A
    Schärding/dbl or twin £ 42 $ 67 46 NOK 445 kr 410 $ 53 £ 42 $ 67 46 NOK 445 kr 410 $ 53 £ 52 $ 81 56 NOK 541 kr 500 $ 65
    Schärding/single £ 55 $ 87 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 55 $ 87 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 68 $ 107 74 NOK 715 kr 660 $ 86
    Passau/dbl or twin £ 49 $ 77 53 NOK 512 kr 473 $ 61 £ 49 $ 77 53 NOK 512 kr 473 $ 61 £ 55 $ 87 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70
    Passau/single £ 69 $ 109 75 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87 £ 69 $ 109 75 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87 £ 77 $ 122 84 NOK 812 kr 750 $ 97
    Vienna/dbl or twin £ 52 $ 83 57 NOK 551 kr 509 $ 66 £ 62 $ 97 67 NOK 648 kr 598 $ 78 £ 62 $ 97 67 NOK 648 kr 598 $ 78
    Vienna/single £ 77 $ 122 84 NOK 812 kr 750 $ 97 £ 91 $ 144 99 NOK 957 kr 883 $ 115 £ 91 $ 144 99 NOK 957 kr 883 $ 115

    Extension in Vienna package:

     Category CCategory B + A
    Twin/dble £ 110 $ 174 120 NOK 1160 kr 1071 $ 139 £ 131 $ 206 142 NOK 1373 kr 1267 $ 165
    Single room £ 158 $ 249 172 NOK 1663 kr 1535 $ 200 £ 190 $ 299 206 NOK 1991 kr 1838 $ 239

    Other options:

    Electric bike £ 92 $ 145 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116
    Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    £ 43 $ 68 47 NOK 454 kr 419 $ 55
    Train ride Vienna - Schärding/Passau, 2nd class (no bike), approx. £ 45 $ 71 49 NOK 474 kr 437 $ 57
    Guided sightseeing tour by bike in Vienna £ 27 $ 42 29 NOK 280 kr 259 $ 34
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones £ 27 $ 42 29 NOK 280 kr 259 $ 34

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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Where You’ll Stay

You choose your level of accommodations!Category A features the best hotels along the Danube located in the center of the most beautiful villages and towns. Category B features accommodations of 3 and 4 star category, mostly smaller, more personal establishments. Category C accommodations are mostly of the 3 star level, generally family run hotels.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation according to the booked category
  • Breakfast (mostly buffet)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Extensive travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights, etc.)
  • Personal tour information upon arrival in Schärding
  • Danube Card (20 % discount on regular admissions to more than 70 cooperating partners)
  • 7-day service hotline
  • 21-speed hybrid touring bike plus two pannier bags

What’s Not Included

  • All other meals except breakfast
  • Local tourist tax if applicable
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7–12 days
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Tour Dates

Arrival dates from April 1 to October 31, 2017

Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31, 2017
Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to October 22, 2017
Season 3: May 13 to September 17, 2017

Skill Level

The Danube Cycle Path is rated as easy. The path is flat, almost always directly along the riverbank and very well marked throughout, making it very suitable for families, beginners or regular cyclists looking to combine easy riding with wonderful scenery.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

8 days/7 nights (Basic)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley, 19 - 36 mi. (30 - 58 km)
Day 3: Ottensheim/Linz, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
Day 4: Ardagger/Grein, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
Day 5: Wachau, 31 - 42 mi. (50 - 68 km)
Day 6: Traismauer/Tulln region, 34 - 48 mi. (54 - 76 km)
Day 7: Vienna, 23 - 40 mi. (36 - 64 km)
Day 8: Individual departure

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking!

Day 2: Upper Danube Valley, 19 - 36 mi. (30 - 58 km)
From Schärding you cycle along the Inn cycle to Passau, where you can visit the cathedral with the largest church organ in the world. Further east you reach the next highlight, the abbey of Engelszell, Austria's only Trappist monastery. If you would like to shorten your cycling distance today, you can cover part of the distance by ship (mid-April till early October). Just ask us for details.

Day 3: Ottensheim/LInz, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km) 
Today’s first highlight is the Danube Loop of Schlögen or Schlögener Donauschlinge where the granite forces the river into an extremely tight loop. In Aschach, the valley widens and you cycle through the fertile basin of Eferding. The baroque Monastery of Wilhering is the perfect place to rest before you reach the cultural city of Linz.

Overnight in Linz or if you book Category C accommodations, overnight could be in Ottensheim.

Day 4: Ardagger/Grein, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
As you leave Linz, you cycle through a rural landscape.  In Mauthausen, the concentration camp memorial testifies to a dark chapter in history. In the mariner town of Grein, the Greinburg Castle, perched on its hilltop, is a highlight, as well as  oldest city theater in Austria and the Maritime Museum.

Overnight accommodation in Ardagger/Grein region. Category C accommodations can also be in  Wallsee.

Day 5: Wachau, 31 - 42 mi. (50 - 68 km)
Through romantic Strudengau,  you cycle to the ancient Roman town of Ybbs, where the undulating landscape of the Nibelungengau begins. From a distance, you can see the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl which towers over the Danube valley. In Melk, the Benedictine Abbey is a highlight and of course the entire Wachau Region, as well.

Accommodation in the region between Maria Taferl and Spitz.

Day 6: Traismauer/Tulln region, 34 - 48 mi. (54 - 76 km)
Today you experience the most beautiful part of your journey, the picturesque Wachau. Pedaling through emerald vineyards and lush orchards, you discover Dürnstein. You  can shorten this cycling stage by ship through the Wachau (approx. mid-April till mid-October). Worth seeing is the historic center of Krems with its arcaded courtyards and baroque town houses. The day's destination is Traismauer/Tulln. There is also the possibility to overnight in Krems.

Day 7: Vienna, 23 - 40 mi. (36 - 64 km)
Near Vienna, the valley narrows again and leads through Klosterneuburg and into the region of Vienna, famous for its café culture and its many sights. May we suggest the optional Vienna Package as well as an optional guided city tour by bike?

Day 8: Departure

7 days/6 nights (Sport version)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Schlögen 
Day 3: Enns 
Day 4: Marbach/Maria Taferl
Day 5: Krems/Traismauer
Day 6: Vienna
Day 7: individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 37 mi. to  50 mi. (60  - 80 km)

9 days/8 nights (Relax version)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley 
Day 3: Linz/surroundings 
Day 4: Ardagger/Grein/surroundings 
Day 5: Marbach/Maria Taferl/Melk surroundings
Day 6: Wachau region
Day 7: Traismauer/Tulln/surroundings 
Day 8: Vienna 
Day 9: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 25 mi. to 41 mi. (40  - 65 km)

10 days/9 nights (Enjoy version)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Aschach/Linz/surroundings
Day 4: Enns
Day 5: Ardagger/Grein
Day 6:Marbach/Maria Taferl/Melk/surroundings
Day 7: Weißenkirchen/Krems/surroundings
Day 8: Tulln/surroundings
Day 9: Vienna Day
10: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 25 to 31 mi. (35 - 50 km)

11 days/10 nights (Enjoy version with extra day in the Wachau region)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Aschach/Linz/surroundings
Day 4: Enns
Day 5: Ardagger/Grein
Day 6: Marbach/Maria Taferl/Melk/surroundings
Day 7: Weißenkirchen/Krems/surroundings
Day 8: Weißenkirchen/Krems/surroundings
Day 9: Tulln/surroundings
Day 10: Vienna
Day 11: Individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 25 to 31 mi. (35 - 50 km)

12 days/11 nights (Stroll version)

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Aschach/surroundings or Linz
Day 4: Linz or Enns
Day 5: Enns or Ardagger/Grein
Day 6: Grein/Marbach/Maria Taferl/surroundings
Day 7: Marbach/Maria Taferl/surroundings or Melk/surroundings
Day 8: Dürnstein/Krems/surroundings
Day 9: Rest day in  Dürnstein/Krems/surroundings
Day 10: Tulln/surroundings
Day 11: Vienna
Day 12: individual departure or extension of trip

*Daily distances from 19 to 26 mi. (30 to 42 km)

Extension in Vienna Package (see pricing):
Two nights in Vienna
Admission St. Stephen's Catheral  incl. audio-guide tour, catacombs tour, ascent of the south tower “Steffls”, lift to the bell “Pummerin” (north tower) and visit of the cathedral treasure.

Daily distances and exact destinations depend on Category of hotels and length of tour booked. 

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