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

Bike rest overlooking the Danube River Path in Austria.
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Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna Bike Tour

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 the 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.

  • 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

    Category C (Standard)

     7 day8 day9 day10 day11 day12 day
    Early season, double/twin room $ 730 £ 386 $ 656 444 $ 759 kr 4781 $ 502 $ 813 £ 429 $ 730 494 $ 845 kr 5319 $ 559 $ 928 £ 490 $ 834 564 $ 965 kr 6073 $ 638 $ 1027 £ 542 $ 922 624 $ 1067 kr 6719 $ 706 $ 1142 £ 603 $ 1,026 694 $ 1187 kr 7472 $ 785 $ 1273 £ 672 $ 1,144 774 $ 1324 kr 8334 $ 876
    Early season, single room $ 961 £ 507 $ 863 584 $ 999 kr 6288 $ 661 $ 1076 £ 568 $ 967 654 $ 1118 kr 7042 $ 740 $ 1224 £ 646 $ 1,100 744 $ 1272 kr 8011 $ 842 $ 1356 £ 716 $ 1,218 824 $ 1409 kr 8872 $ 932 $ 1635 £ 863 $ 1,469 994 $ 1700 kr 10702 $ 1,125 $ 1767 £ 933 $ 1,588 1074 $ 1837 kr 11564 $ 1,215
    Season 1, double/twin room $ 911 £ 481 $ 819 554 $ 947 kr 5965 $ 627 $ 994 £ 525 $ 893 604 $ 1033 kr 6503 $ 683 $ 1125 £ 594 $ 1,011 684 $ 1170 kr 7365 $ 774 $ 1224 £ 646 $ 1,100 744 $ 1272 kr 8011 $ 842 $ 1372 £ 724 $ 1,233 834 $ 1426 kr 8980 $ 944 $ 1520 £ 803 $ 1,366 924 $ 1580 kr 9949 $ 1,045
    Season 1, single room $ 1142 £ 603 $ 1,026 694 $ 1187 kr 7472 $ 785 $ 1257 £ 664 $ 1,129 764 $ 1307 kr 8226 $ 864 $ 1421 £ 750 $ 1,277 864 $ 1478 kr 9303 $ 977 $ 1553 £ 820 $ 1,395 944 $ 1614 kr 10164 $ 1,068 $ 1865 £ 985 $ 1,676 1134 $ 1939 kr 12210 $ 1,283 $ 2014 £ 1063 $ 1,809 1224 $ 2093 kr 13179 $ 1,385
    Season 2, double/twin room $ 1010 £ 533 $ 908 614 $ 1050 kr 6611 $ 695 $ 1092 £ 577 $ 982 664 $ 1136 kr 7149 $ 751 $ 1224 £ 646 $ 1,100 744 $ 1272 kr 8011 $ 842 $ 1323 £ 698 $ 1,189 804 $ 1375 kr 8657 $ 910 $ 1471 £ 777 $ 1,322 894 $ 1529 kr 9626 $ 1,011 $ 1619 £ 855 $ 1,455 984 $ 1683 kr 10595 $ 1,113
    Season 2, single room $ 1240 £ 655 $ 1,115 754 $ 1289 kr 8118 $ 853 $ 1356 £ 716 $ 1,218 824 $ 1409 kr 8872 $ 932 $ 1520 £ 803 $ 1,366 924 $ 1580 kr 9949 $ 1,045 $ 1652 £ 872 $ 1,484 1004 $ 1717 kr 10810 $ 1,136 $ 1964 £ 1037 $ 1,765 1194 $ 2042 kr 12856 $ 1,351 $ 2112 £ 1115 $ 1,898 1284 $ 2196 kr 13825 $ 1,453
    Season 3, double/twin room $ 895 £ 473 $ 804 544 $ 930 kr 5857 $ 615 $ 977 £ 516 $ 878 594 $ 1016 kr 6396 $ 672 $ 1109 £ 585 $ 996 674 $ 1153 kr 7257 $ 762 $ 1207 £ 638 $ 1,085 734 $ 1255 kr 7903 $ 830 $ 1372 £ 724 $ 1,233 834 $ 1426 kr 8980 $ 944 $ 1520 £ 803 $ 1,366 924 $ 1580 kr 9949 $ 1,045
    Season 3, single room $ 1125 £ 594 $ 1,011 684 $ 1170 kr 7365 $ 774 $ 1240 £ 655 $ 1,115 754 $ 1289 kr 8118 $ 853 $ 1405 £ 742 $ 1,262 854 $ 1460 kr 9195 $ 966 $ 1536 £ 811 $ 1,381 934 $ 1597 kr 10056 $ 1,057 $ 1865 £ 985 $ 1,676 1134 $ 1939 kr 12210 $ 1,283 $ 2014 £ 1063 $ 1,809 1224 $ 2093 kr 13179 $ 1,385
    Dinners included (excl. Vienna) $ 197 £ 104 $ 177 120 $ 205 kr 1292 $ 136 $ 237 £ 125 $ 213 144 $ 246 kr 1550 $ 163 $ 271 £ 143 $ 244 165 $ 282 kr 1777 $ 187 $ 304 £ 161 $ 273 185 $ 316 kr 1992 $ 209 $ 329 £ 174 $ 296 200 $ 342 kr 2153 $ 226 $ 362 £ 191 $ 325 220 $ 376 kr 2369 $ 249

    Category B (Comfort)

     7 day8 day9 day10 day11 day12 day
    Early season, double/twin room $ 829 £ 438 $ 745 504 $ 862 kr 5427 $ 570 $ 977 £ 516 $ 878 594 $ 1016 kr 6396 $ 672 $ 1092 £ 577 $ 982 664 $ 1136 kr 7149 $ 751 $ 1191 £ 629 $ 1,070 724 $ 1238 kr 7795 $ 819 $ 1306 £ 690 $ 1,174 794 $ 1358 kr 8549 $ 898 $ 1471 £ 777 $ 1,322 894 $ 1529 kr 9626 $ 1,011
    Early season, single room $ 1109 £ 585 $ 996 674 $ 1153 kr 7257 $ 762 $ 1306 £ 690 $ 1,174 794 $ 1358 kr 8549 $ 898 $ 1454 £ 768 $ 1,307 884 $ 1512 kr 9518 $ 1,000 $ 1586 £ 837 $ 1,425 964 $ 1649 kr 10379 $ 1,091 $ 1964 £ 1037 $ 1,765 1194 $ 2042 kr 12856 $ 1,351 $ 2112 £ 1115 $ 1,898 1284 $ 2196 kr 13825 $ 1,453
    Season 1, double/twin room $ 1010 £ 533 $ 908 614 $ 1050 kr 6611 $ 695 $ 1158 £ 612 $ 1,041 704 $ 1204 kr 7580 $ 796 $ 1290 £ 681 $ 1,159 784 $ 1341 kr 8441 $ 887 $ 1388 £ 733 $ 1,248 844 $ 1443 kr 9087 $ 955 $ 1536 £ 811 $ 1,381 934 $ 1597 kr 10056 $ 1,057 $ 1717 £ 907 $ 1,543 1044 $ 1785 kr 11241 $ 1,181
    Season 1, single room $ 1290 £ 681 $ 1,159 784 $ 1341 kr 8441 $ 887 $ 1487 £ 785 $ 1,336 904 $ 1546 kr 9733 $ 1,023 $ 1652 £ 872 $ 1,484 1004 $ 1717 kr 10810 $ 1,136 $ 1783 £ 942 $ 1,602 1084 $ 1854 kr 11672 $ 1,226 $ 2194 £ 1159 $ 1,972 1334 $ 2281 kr 14363 $ 1,509 $ 2359 £ 1246 $ 2,120 1434 $ 2452 kr 15440 $ 1,622
    Season 2, double/twin room $ 1109 £ 585 $ 996 674 $ 1153 kr 7257 $ 762 $ 1257 £ 664 $ 1,129 764 $ 1307 kr 8226 $ 864 $ 1388 £ 733 $ 1,248 844 $ 1443 kr 9087 $ 955 $ 1487 £ 785 $ 1,336 904 $ 1546 kr 9733 $ 1,023 $ 1635 £ 863 $ 1,469 994 $ 1700 kr 10702 $ 1,125 $ 1816 £ 959 $ 1,632 1104 $ 1888 kr 11887 $ 1,249
    Season 2, single room $ 1388 £ 733 $ 1,248 844 $ 1443 kr 9087 $ 955 $ 1586 £ 837 $ 1,425 964 $ 1649 kr 10379 $ 1,091 $ 1750 £ 924 $ 1,573 1064 $ 1820 kr 11456 $ 1,204 $ 1882 £ 994 $ 1,691 1144 $ 1956 kr 12318 $ 1,294 $ 2293 £ 1211 $ 2,061 1394 $ 2384 kr 15009 $ 1,577 $ 2458 £ 1298 $ 2,209 1494 $ 2555 kr 16086 $ 1,690
    Season 3, double/twin room $ 994 £ 525 $ 893 604 $ 1033 kr 6503 $ 683 $ 1142 £ 603 $ 1,026 694 $ 1187 kr 7472 $ 785 $ 1273 £ 672 $ 1,144 774 $ 1324 kr 8334 $ 876 $ 1372 £ 724 $ 1,233 834 $ 1426 kr 8980 $ 944 $ 1536 £ 811 $ 1,381 934 $ 1597 kr 10056 $ 1,057 $ 1717 £ 907 $ 1,543 1044 $ 1785 kr 11241 $ 1,181
    Season 3, single room $ 1273 £ 672 $ 1,144 774 $ 1324 kr 8334 $ 876 $ 1471 £ 777 $ 1,322 894 $ 1529 kr 9626 $ 1,011 $ 1635 £ 863 $ 1,469 994 $ 1700 kr 10702 $ 1,125 $ 1767 £ 933 $ 1,588 1074 $ 1837 kr 11564 $ 1,215 $ 2194 £ 1159 $ 1,972 1334 $ 2281 kr 14363 $ 1,509 $ 2359 £ 1246 $ 2,120 1434 $ 2452 kr 15440 $ 1,622
    Dinners included (excl. Vienna) $ 214 £ 113 $ 192 130 $ 222 kr 1400 $ 147 $ 257 £ 136 $ 231 156 $ 267 kr 1680 $ 176 $ 294 £ 155 $ 265 179 $ 306 kr 1927 $ 203 $ 321 £ 169 $ 288 195 $ 333 kr 2100 $ 221 $ 362 £ 191 $ 325 220 $ 376 kr 2369 $ 249 $ 395 £ 208 $ 355 240 $ 410 kr 2584 $ 272

    Category A (Deluxe)

     7 day8 day9 day10 day11 day12 day
    Early season, double/twin room $ 994 £ 525 $ 893 604 $ 1033 kr 6503 $ 683 $ 1142 £ 603 $ 1,026 694 $ 1187 kr 7472 $ 785 $ 1257 £ 664 $ 1,129 764 $ 1307 kr 8226 $ 864 $ 1388 £ 733 $ 1,248 844 $ 1443 kr 9087 $ 955 $ 1520 £ 803 $ 1,366 924 $ 1580 kr 9949 $ 1,045 $ 1685 £ 889 $ 1,514 1024 $ 1751 kr 11025 $ 1,158
    Early season, single room $ 1323 £ 698 $ 1,189 804 $ 1375 kr 8657 $ 910 $ 1536 £ 811 $ 1,381 934 $ 1597 kr 10056 $ 1,057 $ 1685 £ 889 $ 1,514 1024 $ 1751 kr 11025 $ 1,158 $ 1849 £ 976 $ 1,662 1124 $ 1922 kr 12102 $ 1,272 $ 2227 £ 1176 $ 2,002 1354 $ 2316 kr 14579 $ 1,532 $ 2392 £ 1263 $ 2,149 1454 $ 2487 kr 15655 $ 1,645
    Season 1, double/twin room $ 1175 £ 620 $ 1,055 714 $ 1221 kr 7688 $ 808 $ 1323 £ 698 $ 1,189 804 $ 1375 kr 8657 $ 910 $ 1454 £ 768 $ 1,307 884 $ 1512 kr 9518 $ 1,000 $ 1586 £ 837 $ 1,425 964 $ 1649 kr 10379 $ 1,091 $ 1750 £ 924 $ 1,573 1064 $ 1820 kr 11456 $ 1,204 $ 1931 £ 1020 $ 1,735 1174 $ 2008 kr 12641 $ 1,328
    Season 1, single room $ 1504 £ 794 $ 1,351 914 $ 1563 kr 9841 $ 1,034 $ 1717 £ 907 $ 1,543 1044 $ 1785 kr 11241 $ 1,181 $ 1882 £ 994 $ 1,691 1144 $ 1956 kr 12318 $ 1,294 $ 2046 £ 1081 $ 1,839 1244 $ 2127 kr 13394 $ 1,407 $ 2458 £ 1298 $ 2,209 1494 $ 2555 kr 16086 $ 1,690 $ 2639 £ 1393 $ 2,371 1604 $ 2743 kr 17270 $ 1,815
    Season 2, double/twin room $ 1273 £ 672 $ 1,144 774 $ 1324 kr 8334 $ 876 $ 1421 £ 750 $ 1,277 864 $ 1478 kr 9303 $ 977 $ 1553 £ 820 $ 1,395 944 $ 1614 kr 10164 $ 1,068 $ 1685 £ 889 $ 1,514 1024 $ 1751 kr 11025 $ 1,158 $ 1849 £ 976 $ 1,662 1124 $ 1922 kr 12102 $ 1,272 $ 2030 £ 1072 $ 1,824 1234 $ 2110 kr 13287 $ 1,396
    Season 2, single room $ 1602 £ 846 $ 1,440 974 $ 1666 kr 10487 $ 1,102 $ 1816 £ 959 $ 1,632 1104 $ 1888 kr 11887 $ 1,249 $ 1981 £ 1046 $ 1,780 1204 $ 2059 kr 12964 $ 1,362 $ 2145 £ 1133 $ 1,928 1304 $ 2230 kr 14040 $ 1,475 $ 2556 £ 1350 $ 2,297 1554 $ 2658 kr 16732 $ 1,758 $ 2737 £ 1445 $ 2,460 1664 $ 2846 kr 17916 $ 1,882
    Season 3, double/twin room $ 1158 £ 612 $ 1,041 704 $ 1204 kr 7580 $ 796 $ 1306 £ 690 $ 1,174 794 $ 1358 kr 8549 $ 898 $ 1438 £ 759 $ 1,292 874 $ 1495 kr 9410 $ 989 $ 1569 £ 829 $ 1,410 954 $ 1631 kr 10272 $ 1,079 $ 1750 £ 924 $ 1,573 1064 $ 1820 kr 11456 $ 1,204 $ 1931 £ 1020 $ 1,735 1174 $ 2008 kr 12641 $ 1,328
    Season 3, single room $ 1487 £ 785 $ 1,336 904 $ 1546 kr 9733 $ 1,023 $ 1701 £ 898 $ 1,529 1034 $ 1768 kr 11133 $ 1,170 $ 1865 £ 985 $ 1,676 1134 $ 1939 kr 12210 $ 1,283 $ 2030 £ 1072 $ 1,824 1234 $ 2110 kr 13287 $ 1,396 $ 2458 £ 1298 $ 2,209 1494 $ 2555 kr 16086 $ 1,690 $ 2639 £ 1393 $ 2,371 1604 $ 2743 kr 17270 $ 1,815
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    extra options

    Extra nights:

     Category C (Standard)Category B (Comfort)Category A (Deluxe)
    Schärding/double or twin $ 89 £ 47 $ 80 54 $ 92 kr 581 $ 61 $ 89 £ 47 $ 80 54 $ 92 kr 581 $ 61 $ 107 £ 56 $ 96 65 $ 111 kr 700 $ 74
    Schärding/single $ 115 £ 61 $ 103 70 $ 120 kr 754 $ 79 $ 115 £ 61 $ 103 70 $ 120 kr 754 $ 79 $ 140 £ 74 $ 126 85 $ 145 kr 915 $ 96
    Passau/double or twin $ 89 £ 47 $ 80 54 $ 92 kr 581 $ 61 $ 89 £ 47 $ 80 54 $ 92 kr 581 $ 61 $ 107 £ 56 $ 96 65 $ 111 kr 700 $ 74
    Passau/single $ 115 £ 61 $ 103 70 $ 120 kr 754 $ 79 $ 115 £ 61 $ 103 70 $ 120 kr 754 $ 79 $ 140 £ 74 $ 126 85 $ 145 kr 915 $ 96
    Vienna/double or twin $ 102 £ 54 $ 92 62 $ 106 kr 668 $ 70 $ 120 £ 63 $ 108 73 $ 125 kr 786 $ 83 $ 120 £ 63 $ 108 73 $ 125 kr 786 $ 83
    Vienna/single $ 151 £ 80 $ 136 92 $ 157 kr 991 $ 104 $ 174 £ 92 $ 157 106 $ 181 kr 1141 $ 120 $ 174 £ 92 $ 157 106 $ 181 kr 1141 $ 120

    Extension in Vienna package

     Category C Category B + A
    Twin/double $ 217 £ 115 $ 195 132 $ 226 kr 1421 $ 149 $ 248 £ 131 $ 223 151 $ 258 kr 1626 $ 171
    Single room $ 306 £ 162 $ 275 186 $ 318 kr 2003 $ 210 $ 359 £ 189 $ 322 218 $ 373 kr 2347 $ 247

    Other options:

    Guaranteed early luggage transfer, arrival by 3 pm $ 31 £ 17 $ 28 19 $ 32 kr 205 $ 21
    Electric bike $ 173 £ 91 $ 155 105 $ 180 kr 1131 $ 119
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones $ 49 £ 26 $ 44 30 $ 51 kr 323 $ 34
    †Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    $ 90 £ 48 $ 81 55 $ 94 kr 592 $ 62
    ††Classic Vienna Bike Tour (guided) $ 61 £ 32 $ 55 37 $ 63 kr 398 $ 42

    †Bus departs daily at approx. 2:30 pm. Travel time, 4 hours. Cost includes the transfer of personal bike.

    ††This bike tour covers the power and glory of the Hapsburg rule mirrored in the boulevards and architecture. What it took the Habsburgs more than 600 years to build, you will cover in 3 hours over 15 km! Includes bike rental and cycling guide.

    Highlights of Vienna by Bike tour:

    • State Opera
    • St. Stephan's Cathedral
    • Hofburg
    • Prater/Ferris Wheel
    • Townhall
    • and more!

    Dates:

    • May - September, daily: 10 am.
    • May- September, Fridays, and Saturdays: 2 pm
    • April and October: Saturdays at 2 pm 

    (Please request at time of booking and indicate day/time preference)

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest international airport to your tour start in Passau, is Munich (MUC). However closest international airport to the end of your tour, in Vienna, is Vienna International Airport (VIE). If you want to fly into and out of the same airport you can plan for your arrival and departure from Vienna International Airport. Otherwise, arrive to Munich, and depart from Vienna.

    Local Travel

    From Munich airport, to arrive to Passau, you must take a bus to Freising train station (approximately €2). It’s also possible to take a taxi from the Airport to Freising Station (approximately €25). From Freising, continue by train to Passau. The train ride is approx. 2 to 2½ hours (depending on connections) and costs €30 to €45 depending on type of train. At the end of your tour, the Vienna airport is easily accessible from the main train station by CAT, city airport train, travel time is 16 minutes. In fact, you can actually check-in for your flight at Vienna Mitte train station! If you are arriving in Vienna and need to travel to Passau for your tour start, again train travel from the airport to the city center is very convenient and from Wien HBF (main train station) trains to Passau are approximately two hours and 16 minutes travel time.

    Climate

    The region has a moderate maritime climate, generally experiencing pleasantly mild winters and relatively cool summers. Please check local conditions prior to your departure and remember that your tour will will stretch along the Danube from Passau to Vienna. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit in Passau are: April, 56°/38°, May, 65°/46°, June, 71°/52°, July, 74°/55°, August, 72°/54°, September, 66°/49°, and October, 55°/41.

    Recommended

    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 e mail 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.


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. The trail is signposted, wonderfully designed, and very well maintained. Most of the trail is asphalted and the country roads that are included are roads with light traffic. Of course, when entering and exiting towns and cities, you will share the road.

Where You’ll Stay

You will mostly be accommodated in centrally located establishments. You choose your level of accommodations!
Category A (Deluxe): Best hotels along the Danube, centrally located. Most of the establishments are 4 star, in the area of Grein and Traismauer, you may be accommodated in 3 star
Category B (Comfort): Hotels are of the 3 and 4 star category, mostly smaller, more personal establishments.
Category C (Standard): Accommodations are mostly of the 3 star level, generally family-run hotels.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations based on category of hotel booked and length of tour
  • Breakfast (mostly buffet)
  • Luggage transfer, no limit, daily between 9 am and 6 pm.
  • Extensive travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights, etc.)
  • Personal tour presentation but only for those beginning in Schärding
  • Danube Card (20 % discount on regular admissions to more than 70 cooperating partners)
  • 7-day service hotline
  • Bicycle rental: NuVinci internal gearshift hub unisex freewheel with two pannier bags plus one handlebar bag per room
  • GPS data on request
  • Bike protection

What’s Not Included

  • All other meals except breakfast
  • Komoot navigation package (available with supplement, see pricing)
  • Local tourist tax if applicable
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

We recommend booking the Vienna Extension package!

  • Two nights in Vienna in booked category
  • Breakfast buffet
  • 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
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7–12 days
From444 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrivals possible from April 1 to October 31, 2020

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

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Danube Bike Path - Passau to Vienna Map

Daily distances and exact overnight destinations depend on the category of hotels and the length of the tour booked.  All distances are approximate.

 

 

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley, 19 - 36 mi. (30 - 58 km)
Day 3: Upper Danube Valley - Linz, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
Day 4: Linz Ardagger/Grein, 31 - 41 mi. (50 - 65 km)
Day 5: Ardagger/GreinWachau, 31 - 42 mi. (50 - 68 km)
Day 6: WachauTraismauer/Tulln region, 34 - 48 mi. (54 - 76 km)
Day 7: Traismauer/ TullnVienna, 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 a welcome meeting at the office of our local partner. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle a longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you don’t mention your arrival place, we will automatically book Schärding for you.

Overnight:
Schärding or Passau

Day 2: Schärding/Passau - 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. If you begin to Passau, you simply begin to cycle from there.  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, from Passau, you can cover part of the distance by ship (mid-April till early October). You will receive more information about this in the travel information that will be waiting for you upon your arrival.

You can read more about this here. 

Overnight:
Engelhartszell, Wesenufer, or Schlögen

Day 3: Upper Danube Valley - 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:
Linz or if you book Category C (standard) accommodations, overnight could be in Ottensheim, depending on hotel availability.

Day 4: Ottensheim/Linz  - 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 the oldest city theater in Austria and the Maritime Museum.

Overnight:
Grein or Ardagger. If you book Category A (deluxed) accommodations, you will only be accommodated in Ardagger.

Day 5: Ardagger/Grein - 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.

Overnight:
Emmersdorf, Maria Taferl, Melk

Day 6: Wachau - 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 townhouses. The day's destination is Traismauer/Tulln. There is also the possibility to overnight in Krems. If this is the case, you will then cycle 76 km to Vienna but this can be shortened by train.

Overnight: 
Spitz, Marbach, Maria Taferl,

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. You can discover the city in a fiacre ride and end with a leisurely evening at a Heurigen (wine tavern).

Overnight: 
Vienna

Day 8: Departure
You can book additional nights in Vienna and enjoy the Vienna package or a guided city tour by bike for you. An extension to Bratislava is also possible.

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 a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle a longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 
Overnight: Schärding or Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Overnight: Wesenufer, Schlögen, Aschach, or Brandstatt
Day 3: Upper Danube Valley - Enns
Overnight:  Enns
Day 4: Enns - Marbach/Maria Taferl
Overnight: Maria Taferl or Marbach
Day 5: Marbach/Maria Taferl - Krems/Traismauer
Overnight: Traismauer, Krems
Day 6: Krems/Traismauer - Vienna
Overnight: Vienna
Day 7: Individual departure or extension of trip

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

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 a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 
Overnight: Schärding or Passau
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Overnight: Engelhartszell, Wesenufer, or Schlögen
Day 3: Linz/surroundings 
Overnight: Linz
Day 4: Ardagger/Grein/surroundings 
Overnight: Grein or Ardagger
Day 5: Marbach/Maria Taferl/Melk surroundings
Overnight: Emmersdorf, Maria Taferl, or Melk, 
Day 6: Wachau region
Overnight: Krems or Weißenkirchen
Day 7: Traismauer/Tulln/surroundings
Overnight: Tulln or Traismauer 
Day 8: Vienna 
Overnight: Vienna
Day 9: Individual departure or extension of trip

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

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 a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

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)

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 a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 

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

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

 

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 a welcome meeting at the office of our partner, Austria Radreisen. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm. Here you will pick up your rental bike and receive your tour information. You will also cycle the longer distance on the first day. If you begin in Passau, your information and rental bikes will be delivered to the first hotel. 
Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Upper Danube Valley -  Aschach/Linz/area
Day 4: Aschach/Linz - Enns
Day 5: Enns - Ardagger/Grein
Day 6: Ardagger/Grein - Marbach/Maria Tafer area
Day 7: Marbach/Maria Tafer area - Melk area
Day 8: Melk area -  Dürnstein/Krems/surroundings
Day 9: Rest day in Dürnstein/Krems/surroundings
Day 10: Dürnstein/Krems/surroundings - Tulln/surroundings
Day 11: Tulln/surroundings - Vienna
Day 12: Individual departure or extension of trip

Daily distances from 19 - 26 (30 - 42 km)

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Tour Reviews

  • Wyn D. 4 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    Well organised, with bikes made available as required, bags portaged without incident, accommodation arranged as planned.
    Overall good organisation albeit the bikes with their infinitely variable in hub gears seemed less efficient than conventional bikes.

  • Barry M. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

    Best part: Biking into Vienna

  • Tom H. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great trip this segment of the Danube cycle path is nearly 100% paved and very smooth. It is relatively easy to follow the cycle path route markings. The GPS maps I was sent did not work for this segment. They worked fine from regensburg to passau so probably not user error. The cycle path is really popular with cyclists but never too crowded even though not everyone has good bike handling skill so you need to pay attention. Maps provided to hotels are not very good however people I talked to with other trip companies had the same issues and in several different languages people we met were helpful and anxious to provide
    information. Hotels were all very pleasant and comfortable even though it was very hot and they did not have air conditioning.

  • John M. 6 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Comments are for the self-guided Danube cycle path Passau to Vienna with support by Austria Radreisen.
    Most memorable was riding through the small towns. Tips and suggestions: It was a little confusing how to leave the bike at the end of the trip, whether to lock it or not, would it be safe until returned to Austria Radreisen. We locked ours in the hotel inside parking spaces and left the key inside the panniers which we left in the hotel office. The hotel choice was good except in Linz it was very difficult to get there by bike; it was a big hotel and we would have preferred a guest house. The food was very good eating in hotel dining rooms everywhere except Traismauer where dinner was not available at the hotel. The "Danube Bike Trail" booklet provided by Cycline is a little confusing to read. We used a off-line map application (Locus) to find our way. I would have preferred a lighter bike and a single sided kickstand would have been better than the heavy double Read more… sided one. The booklet provided by Austria Radreisen contained a post-trip survey that had to be mailed in to them by post; there should have been a way to submit it by email and hence we did not complete that survey.

  • Stan Carr 8 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We took the self-guided "Sport" tour from Passau to Vienna, starting on 2 April.

    A. Here are our suggestions for anyone looking at the tour options for Passau to Vienna.
    1. Don’t ever sign up for the “Sport” version of the tour because it requires 50+ miles every day, and leaves no time for exploring or resting.
    2. If you are doing the self-guided trail, do yourself a favor and get the e-bikes. The bikes given to us were really inadequate for the distances.
    3. Consider doing the bike & boat option rather than biking the whole way. The reasons? If on a boat, you won’t have to pack and unpack every day; You won’t have to search for the hotel in the evening, and you can look forward to relaxing on a boat every night. Another big plus is that from the shoreline, you often cannot get a good perspective on the scenery. When the cliffs rise overhead and you are below, you can’t see them at all. And you may be able to Read more… avoid some of the on-road biking that we encountered.

    B. Here are the things we liked about the Tripsite planning and execution:
    1. They booked all of the hotels and moved our bags every day. The hotel choices were excellent and the hotel owners all served good meals and provided nice rooms.
    2. There were no surprise expenses.
    3. Tripsite pretty much delivered what they promised.

    C. Here are the things we did not like about the Tripsite planning and execution:
    1. The materials and the bikes were delivered on the first morning of the trip. The trail book has lots of detail and routes on both sides of the river. Receiving the book as you are departing for a 350 mile journey is ridiculous. The company who publishes the maps (esterbauer.com) probably could provide a PDF far in advance.
    2. The trail map was outdated. We encountered sections, starting on day 1, where the trail signs said the trail ended. Several times we were traveling on busy highways with no bike lane, no shoulder, and with semi-trucks screaming past us. On one section, we had to peddle for several km on soft sand past the trail closed signs, because the alternative was riding on an autobahn-type highway.
    3. We purchased the Komoot iPhone app with the trail, thinking it would help us. Sometimes it did help. Other times, it tried to route us onto busy roads. It does not work well for this kind of trip, because the hotels are not on the route. We used Komoot to help get us from the trail to the hotels and Google Maps worked at least as well. I think Komoot is a good product, but not implemented well for this application.
    4. During our entire trip, we encountered very strong headwinds that made progress painful. We expected that 21-speed bikes would be ok, but the gearless bikes performed very much like 7-speed bikes and is the source of complaints from others too. We concur. We should have ordered E-bikes.
    5. On the second day, we called and asked to replace our bikes with e-bikes. Rad-Reisen called back and essentially said it would not be convenient for them to make the change. Trying to ride 50 miles into a strong headwind with the equivalent of a 7-speed bike is not good. I was sometimes limited to 11-14 km/hr (7-9 mph) because of the wind.
    6. We signed up for a bike-tour of Vienna and stayed an extra day in Vienna. That day there were 25,000 runners in the Vienna Marathon, so we asked to cancel the tour. We found that the tour had already been cancelled for us, but we did not know it.

    D. Summary.
    We have been traveling to Europe for many years and we are experienced with the logistics. Tripsite and Rad-Reisen are both good companies who are working to provide great experiences for travelers. We made some bad choices when we planned the trip and those were compounded by weather and equipment. It would have been better if Tripsite challenged our choice of a “Sport” trip, and if they provided the biking materials in advance. I support the Tripsite service as a valuable one for travelers. Our lesson: when planning a bike trip, take extra days and make sure to leave time for exploring.

  • Jennifer B. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    I loved riding through Grein and the Wachau Valley, just beautiful!

  • Darryl S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We enjoyed the relaxed pace, mingling with local village people and enjoying what Austria and Germany had to offer. The guides for the bike route were excellent, we had local people enjoying the bike paths with us and gave us a chance to practice our german. The accommodation and meals were of a high standard, after a day in the saddle the "Hugo" cocktails where very refreshing to end the day.
    Thank you Tripsite for a great holiday.
    Darryl and Brigitte

  • Jerline S. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Fantastic trip!!! Everything went smoothly. Want to return and spend extra days in some of the places!

  • Florence B. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    This is a great ride, if you use the right company. We used Tripsite, who contracted Austria Radreisen, not the company to use. We were told that Austria Redreisen would meet us at the hotel in Passau the day before the trip was to start...they did not show( a competitor company, Donau, spent 2 hours with their clients, in our hotel). We tried to contact Austria Radreisen at their 'emergency' number...no one answer/no answering machine. The day the tour was to start, they delivered two bikes which were extremely heavy, and with 7 speed changers....we had specifically ordered 21 speed hybrids. The bikes were delivered by the person who picked up the suitcases, and we were told by him that he had no knowledge of how the bikes worked...we were on our own to figure them out. In spite of being in good physical condition, we found the bikes very difficult to use, as they would not coast. After 2 days with the heavy bikes, we had to take a day off as we were exhausted. Read more… Thanks to the help of a receptionist at the Courtyard Marriot in Linz, the company delivered replacement 21 speed hybrids(which we should have received in the first place) at our next hotel (we had to take the train to get there), which we used with no problems the rest of the way. The hotels provided by the company were excellent, and the travel maps adequate. We certainly will not go with this company again when we plan our next bike tour.

    • Carla 1 year ago     Staff

      Hello Florence -
      Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry about the confusion about the arrival meeting. As it states in our day-to-day information, an arrival meeting is based on your starting city. As you specifically requested start in Passau, there is no meeting included. We can, on request, try to organize this (for future reference). I cannot explain why you thought you had been given 7-speed bicycles. Our newer Bosch step-less gear bicycles had been delivered to you, which are not 7-speed bicycles. I'm sorry you were not satisfied with our bicycles. It's good to keep in mind that bicycles used on these tours are very good quality, but may be a bit heavier than what you are used to at home.
      Thank you again for your feedback. I hope we can assist you with your next cycling adventure and we'll do our best to avoid any surprises!
      Kind Regards,
      Carla at Tripsite

  • Diane W. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The beautiful scenery along the river was the most memorable part of the trip. We also loved all the little cafes right by the path for lunch and breaks.

  • Maxine W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We four had a blast biking thru vineyards. Nice flat well marked path.

  • Maxine W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We four had a blast biking thru vineyards. Nice flat well marked path.

  • Sean B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: Staying at the Hotel Schloss Durnstein

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