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.

  • 2018:

    Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31, 2018
    Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to Ocober 22, 2018
    Season 3: May 13 to September 17, 2018

    Category C:

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

    Season 1 double room

    £ 463 $ 738 490 NOK 4859 kr 4485 $ 583 £ 519 $ 828 550 NOK 5454 kr 5035 $ 655 £ 571 $ 911 605 NOK 6000 kr 5538 $ 720 £ 614 $ 979 650 NOK 6446 kr 5950 $ 774 £ 647 $ 1,032 685 NOK 6793 kr 6270 $ 815 £ 704 $ 1,122 745 NOK 7388 kr 6820 $ 887
    Season 1 single room £ 590 $ 941 625 NOK 6198 kr 5721 $ 744 £ 666 $ 1,062 705 NOK 6991 kr 6453 $ 839 £ 741 $ 1,182 785 NOK 7785 kr 7186 $ 934 £ 808 $ 1,288 855 NOK 8479 kr 7827 $ 1,017 £ 855 $ 1,363 905 NOK 8975 kr 8284 $ 1,077 £ 944 $ 1,506 1000 NOK 9917 kr 9154 $ 1,190
    Season 2 supplement £ 33 $ 53 35 NOK 347 kr 320 $ 42 £ 43 $ 68 45 NOK 446 kr 412 $ 54 £ 52 $ 83 55 NOK 545 kr 503 $ 65 £ 61 $ 98 65 NOK 645 kr 595 $ 77 £ 71 $ 113 75 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89 £ 80 $ 128 85 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101
    Season 3 supplement £ 66 $ 105 70 NOK 694 kr 641 $ 83 £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107 £ 104 $ 166 110 NOK 1091 kr 1007 $ 131 £ 123 $ 196 130 NOK 1289 kr 1190 $ 155 £ 142 $ 226 150 NOK 1488 kr 1373 $ 179 £ 161 $ 256 170 NOK 1686 kr 1556 $ 202
    Dinners included* £ 88 $ 140 93 NOK 922 kr 851 $ 111 £ 108 $ 172 114 NOK 1131 kr 1044 $ 136 £ 123 $ 196 130 NOK 1289 kr 1190 $ 155 £ 137 $ 218 145 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173 £ 146 $ 233 155 NOK 1537 kr 1419 $ 184 £ 165 $ 264 175 NOK 1735 kr 1602 $ 208

    Category B:

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

    Season 1 double room

    £ 510 $ 813 540 NOK 5355 kr 4943 $ 643 £ 576 $ 919 610 NOK 6049 kr 5584 $ 726 £ 628 $ 1,002 665 NOK 6595 kr 6087 $ 791 £ 694 $ 1,107 735 NOK 7289 kr 6728 $ 875 £ 756 $ 1,205 800 NOK 7933 kr 7323 $ 952 £ 817 $ 1,303 865 NOK 8578 kr 7918 $ 1,029
    Season 1 single room £ 661 $ 1,054 700 NOK 6942 kr 6408 $ 833 £ 760 $ 1,213 805 NOK 7983 kr 7369 $ 958 £ 836 $ 1,333 885 NOK 8776 kr 8101 $ 1,053 £ 930 $ 1,484 985 NOK 9768 kr 9017 $ 1,172 £ 1015 $ 1,619 1075 NOK 10660 kr 9840 $ 1,279 £ 1105 $ 1,762 1170 NOK 11603 kr 10710 $ 1,392
    Season 2 supplement £ 38 $ 60 40 NOK 397 kr 366 $ 48 £ 47 $ 75 50 NOK 496 kr 458 $ 60 £ 57 $ 90 60 NOK 595 kr 549 $ 71 £ 66 $ 105 70 NOK 694 kr 641 $ 83 £ 76 $ 121 80 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95 £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107
    Season 3 supplement £ 76 $ 121 80 NOK 793 kr 732 $ 95 £ 94 $ 151 100 NOK 992 kr 915 $ 119 £ 113 $ 181 120 NOK 1190 kr 1098 $ 143 £ 132 $ 211 140 NOK 1388 kr 1282 $ 167 £ 151 $ 241 160 NOK 1587 kr 1465 $ 190 £ 170 $ 271 180 NOK 1785 kr 1648 $ 214
    Dinners included* £ 94 $ 149 99 NOK 982 kr 906 $ 118 £ 111 $ 178 118 NOK 1170 kr 1080 $ 140 £ 128 $ 203 135 NOK 1339 kr 1236 $ 161 £ 142 $ 226 150 NOK 1488 kr 1373 $ 179 £ 156 $ 249 165 NOK 1636 kr 1510 $ 196 £ 175 $ 279 185 NOK 1835 kr 1693 $ 220

    *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

    £ 586 $ 934 620 NOK 6148 kr 5675 $ 738 £ 652 $ 1,039 690 NOK 6843 kr 6316 $ 821 £ 727 $ 1,160 770 NOK 7636 kr 7048 $ 916 £ 803 $ 1,280 850 NOK 8429 kr 7781 $ 1,012 £ 878 $ 1,401 930 NOK 9223 kr 8513 $ 1,107 £ 954 $ 1,521 1010 NOK 10016 kr 9245 $ 1,202
    Season 1 single room £ 770 $ 1,228 815 NOK 8082 kr 7460 $ 970 £ 864 $ 1,378 915 NOK 9074 kr 8376 $ 1,089 £ 968 $ 1,544 1025 NOK 10165 kr 9383 $ 1,220 £ 1077 $ 1,717 1140 NOK 11305 kr 10435 $ 1,357 £ 1181 $ 1,883 1250 NOK 12396 kr 11442 $ 1,488 £ 1294 $ 2,064 1370 NOK 13586 kr 12541 $ 1,630
    Season 2 supplement £ 43 $ 68 45 NOK 446 kr 412 $ 54 £ 52 $ 83 55 NOK 545 kr 503 $ 65 £ 61 $ 98 65 NOK 645 kr 595 $ 77 £ 71 $ 113 75 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89 £ 80 $ 128 85 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101 £ 90 $ 143 95 NOK 942 kr 870 $ 113
    Season 3 supplement £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107 £ 104 $ 166 110 NOK 1091 kr 1007 $ 131 £ 123 $ 196 130 NOK 1289 kr 1190 $ 155 £ 142 $ 226 150 NOK 1488 kr 1373 $ 179 £ 161 $ 256 170 NOK 1686 kr 1556 $ 202 £ 179 $ 286 190 NOK 1884 kr 1739 $ 226
    Dinners includedNot available

     

    extra options

    2018 Extras

     

     Category CCategory BCategory A
    Schärding/dbl or twin £ 44 $ 71 47 NOK 466 kr 430 $ 56 £ 44 $ 71 47 NOK 466 kr 430 $ 56 £ 55 $ 87 58 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69
    Schärding/single £ 58 $ 92 61 NOK 605 kr 558 $ 73 £ 58 $ 92 61 NOK 605 kr 558 $ 73 £ 72 $ 114 76 NOK 754 kr 696 $ 90
    Passau/dbl or twin £ 51 $ 81 54 NOK 536 kr 494 $ 64 £ 52 $ 83 55 NOK 545 kr 503 $ 65 £ 58 $ 92 61 NOK 605 kr 558 $ 73
    Passau/single £ 72 $ 114 76 NOK 754 kr 696 $ 90 £ 72 $ 114 76 NOK 754 kr 696 $ 90 £ 80 $ 128 85 NOK 843 kr 778 $ 101
    Vienna/dbl or twin £ 55 $ 87 58 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 £ 64 $ 102 68 NOK 674 kr 622 $ 81 £ 64 $ 102 68 NOK 674 kr 622 $ 81
    Vienna/single £ 81 $ 130 86 NOK 853 kr 787 $ 102 £ 95 $ 152 101 NOK 1002 kr 925 $ 120 £ 95 $ 152 101 NOK 1002 kr 925 $ 120

    Extension in Vienna package:

     Category CCategory B + A
    Twin/dble £ 118 $ 188 125 NOK 1240 kr 1144 $ 149 £ 139 $ 221 147 NOK 1458 kr 1346 $ 175
    Single room £ 167 $ 267 177 NOK 1755 kr 1620 $ 211 £ 199 $ 318 211 NOK 2092 kr 1931 $ 251

    Other options:

    Electric bike £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107
    Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    £ 46 $ 74 49 NOK 486 kr 449 $ 58
    Train ride Vienna - Schärding/Passau, 2nd class (no bike), approx. £ 48 $ 77 51 NOK 506 kr 467 $ 61
    Guided sightseeing tour by bike in Vienna £ 34 $ 54 36 NOK 357 kr 330 $ 43
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones £ 27 $ 44 29 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35

     

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Most convenient international airport to fly to is Munich International Airport. However you can also fly to Salzburg or Vienna depending on your personal travel plans.

    Local Travel

    Train to Passau. From Munich airport, train ride is ± 2½ hr (cost is approximately €30). From Vienna and Salzburg airports, ride is ± 3½-4 hr.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before you arrival. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the region are April, 60/40°, May, 69/48°, June, 74/54°, July, 78/57°, August 78/56°, September, 69/49°, and October, 58/41°.


Tour Dates

2018:
Daily arrival dates from April 1 to October 31, 2018

Season 1: April 1 to April 7 and October 23 to October 31, 2018
Season 2: April 8 to May 12 and September 18 to Ocober 22, 2018
Season 3: May 13 to September 17, 2018

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
  • 2018: Bicycle available for rental will be the NuVinci internal gearshift hub unisex free wheel with two pannier bags

What’s Not Included

  • All other meals except breakfast
  • Local tourist tax if applicable
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7–12 days
From465 Rates
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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! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have the longer distance.

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: Day off in 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: Day off 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.  All distances are approximate.

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