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 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 $ 738 £ 383 $ 665 444 $ 768 kr 4771 $ 502 $ 821 £ 426 $ 740 494 $ 854 kr 5308 $ 559 $ 937 £ 486 $ 845 564 $ 975 kr 6060 $ 638 $ 1037 £ 538 $ 934 624 $ 1079 kr 6705 $ 706 $ 1153 £ 598 $ 1,039 694 $ 1200 kr 7457 $ 785 $ 1286 £ 667 $ 1,159 774 $ 1338 kr 8317 $ 876
    Early season, single room $ 970 £ 503 $ 875 584 $ 1010 kr 6275 $ 661 $ 1087 £ 564 $ 979 654 $ 1131 kr 7027 $ 740 $ 1236 £ 641 $ 1,114 744 $ 1286 kr 7994 $ 842 $ 1369 £ 710 $ 1,234 824 $ 1425 kr 8854 $ 932 $ 1651 £ 857 $ 1,489 994 $ 1718 kr 10680 $ 1,125 $ 1784 £ 926 $ 1,608 1074 $ 1857 kr 11540 $ 1,215
    Season 1, double/twin room $ 920 £ 477 $ 830 554 $ 958 kr 5953 $ 627 $ 1003 £ 521 $ 905 604 $ 1044 kr 6490 $ 683 $ 1136 £ 589 $ 1,024 684 $ 1183 kr 7350 $ 774 $ 1236 £ 641 $ 1,114 744 $ 1286 kr 7994 $ 842 $ 1386 £ 719 $ 1,249 834 $ 1442 kr 8961 $ 944 $ 1535 £ 796 $ 1,384 924 $ 1597 kr 9928 $ 1,046
    Season 1, single room $ 1153 £ 598 $ 1,039 694 $ 1200 kr 7457 $ 785 $ 1269 £ 658 $ 1,144 764 $ 1321 kr 8209 $ 864 $ 1435 £ 745 $ 1,294 864 $ 1494 kr 9284 $ 978 $ 1568 £ 814 $ 1,414 944 $ 1632 kr 10143 $ 1,068 $ 1884 £ 977 $ 1,698 1134 $ 1961 kr 12185 $ 1,283 $ 2033 £ 1055 $ 1,833 1224 $ 2116 kr 13152 $ 1,385
    Season 2, double/twin room $ 1020 £ 529 $ 919 614 $ 1062 kr 6597 $ 695 $ 1103 £ 572 $ 994 664 $ 1148 kr 7135 $ 751 $ 1236 £ 641 $ 1,114 744 $ 1286 kr 7994 $ 842 $ 1336 £ 693 $ 1,204 804 $ 1390 kr 8639 $ 910 $ 1485 £ 770 $ 1,339 894 $ 1546 kr 9606 $ 1,012 $ 1635 £ 848 $ 1,474 984 $ 1701 kr 10573 $ 1,113
    Season 2, single room $ 1253 £ 650 $ 1,129 754 $ 1304 kr 8102 $ 853 $ 1369 £ 710 $ 1,234 824 $ 1425 kr 8854 $ 932 $ 1535 £ 796 $ 1,384 924 $ 1597 kr 9928 $ 1,046 $ 1668 £ 865 $ 1,504 1004 $ 1736 kr 10788 $ 1,136 $ 1984 £ 1029 $ 1,788 1194 $ 2064 kr 12829 $ 1,351 $ 2133 £ 1107 $ 1,923 1284 $ 2220 kr 13796 $ 1,453
    Season 3, double/twin room $ 904 £ 469 $ 815 544 $ 940 kr 5845 $ 616 $ 987 £ 512 $ 890 594 $ 1027 kr 6382 $ 672 $ 1120 £ 581 $ 1,009 674 $ 1165 kr 7242 $ 763 $ 1219 £ 633 $ 1,099 734 $ 1269 kr 7887 $ 831 $ 1386 £ 719 $ 1,249 834 $ 1442 kr 8961 $ 944 $ 1535 £ 796 $ 1,384 924 $ 1597 kr 9928 $ 1,046
    Season 3, single room $ 1136 £ 589 $ 1,024 684 $ 1183 kr 7350 $ 774 $ 1253 £ 650 $ 1,129 754 $ 1304 kr 8102 $ 853 $ 1419 £ 736 $ 1,279 854 $ 1476 kr 9176 $ 966 $ 1552 £ 805 $ 1,399 934 $ 1615 kr 10036 $ 1,057 $ 1884 £ 977 $ 1,698 1134 $ 1961 kr 12185 $ 1,283 $ 2033 £ 1055 $ 1,833 1224 $ 2116 kr 13152 $ 1,385
    Dinners included (excl. Vienna) $ 199 £ 103 $ 180 120 $ 207 kr 1289 $ 136 $ 239 £ 124 $ 216 144 $ 249 kr 1547 $ 163 $ 274 £ 142 $ 247 165 $ 285 kr 1773 $ 187 $ 307 £ 159 $ 277 185 $ 320 kr 1988 $ 209 $ 332 £ 172 $ 300 200 $ 346 kr 2149 $ 226 $ 365 £ 190 $ 329 220 $ 380 kr 2364 $ 249

    Category B (Comfort)

     7 day8 day9 day10 day11 day12 day
    Early season, double/twin room $ 837 £ 434 $ 755 504 $ 871 kr 5415 $ 570 $ 987 £ 512 $ 890 594 $ 1027 kr 6382 $ 672 $ 1103 £ 572 $ 994 664 $ 1148 kr 7135 $ 751 $ 1203 £ 624 $ 1,084 724 $ 1252 kr 7779 $ 819 $ 1319 £ 684 $ 1,189 794 $ 1373 kr 8531 $ 898 $ 1485 £ 770 $ 1,339 894 $ 1546 kr 9606 $ 1,012
    Early season, single room $ 1120 £ 581 $ 1,009 674 $ 1165 kr 7242 $ 763 $ 1319 £ 684 $ 1,189 794 $ 1373 kr 8531 $ 898 $ 1469 £ 762 $ 1,324 884 $ 1528 kr 9499 $ 1,000 $ 1602 £ 831 $ 1,444 964 $ 1667 kr 10358 $ 1,091 $ 1984 £ 1029 $ 1,788 1194 $ 2064 kr 12829 $ 1,351 $ 2133 £ 1107 $ 1,923 1284 $ 2220 kr 13796 $ 1,453
    Season 1, double/twin room $ 1020 £ 529 $ 919 614 $ 1062 kr 6597 $ 695 $ 1170 £ 607 $ 1,054 704 $ 1217 kr 7564 $ 797 $ 1302 £ 676 $ 1,174 784 $ 1355 kr 8424 $ 887 $ 1402 £ 727 $ 1,264 844 $ 1459 kr 9069 $ 955 $ 1552 £ 805 $ 1,399 934 $ 1615 kr 10036 $ 1,057 $ 1734 £ 900 $ 1,563 1044 $ 1805 kr 11218 $ 1,181
    Season 1, single room $ 1302 £ 676 $ 1,174 784 $ 1355 kr 8424 $ 887 $ 1502 £ 779 $ 1,354 904 $ 1563 kr 9713 $ 1,023 $ 1668 £ 865 $ 1,504 1004 $ 1736 kr 10788 $ 1,136 $ 1801 £ 934 $ 1,623 1084 $ 1874 kr 11647 $ 1,227 $ 2216 £ 1150 $ 1,998 1334 $ 2306 kr 14334 $ 1,509 $ 2382 £ 1236 $ 2,147 1434 $ 2479 kr 15408 $ 1,623
    Season 2, double/twin room $ 1120 £ 581 $ 1,009 674 $ 1165 kr 7242 $ 763 $ 1269 £ 658 $ 1,144 764 $ 1321 kr 8209 $ 864 $ 1402 £ 727 $ 1,264 844 $ 1459 kr 9069 $ 955 $ 1502 £ 779 $ 1,354 904 $ 1563 kr 9713 $ 1,023 $ 1651 £ 857 $ 1,489 994 $ 1718 kr 10680 $ 1,125 $ 1834 £ 951 $ 1,653 1104 $ 1909 kr 11862 $ 1,249
    Season 2, single room $ 1402 £ 727 $ 1,264 844 $ 1459 kr 9069 $ 955 $ 1602 £ 831 $ 1,444 964 $ 1667 kr 10358 $ 1,091 $ 1768 £ 917 $ 1,593 1064 $ 1840 kr 11433 $ 1,204 $ 1901 £ 986 $ 1,713 1144 $ 1978 kr 12292 $ 1,294 $ 2316 £ 1201 $ 2,088 1394 $ 2410 kr 14978 $ 1,577 $ 2482 £ 1288 $ 2,237 1494 $ 2583 kr 16053 $ 1,691
    Season 3, double/twin room $ 1003 £ 521 $ 905 604 $ 1044 kr 6490 $ 683 $ 1153 £ 598 $ 1,039 694 $ 1200 kr 7457 $ 785 $ 1286 £ 667 $ 1,159 774 $ 1338 kr 8317 $ 876 $ 1386 £ 719 $ 1,249 834 $ 1442 kr 8961 $ 944 $ 1552 £ 805 $ 1,399 934 $ 1615 kr 10036 $ 1,057 $ 1734 £ 900 $ 1,563 1044 $ 1805 kr 11218 $ 1,181
    Season 3, single room $ 1286 £ 667 $ 1,159 774 $ 1338 kr 8317 $ 876 $ 1485 £ 770 $ 1,339 894 $ 1546 kr 9606 $ 1,012 $ 1651 £ 857 $ 1,489 994 $ 1718 kr 10680 $ 1,125 $ 1784 £ 926 $ 1,608 1074 $ 1857 kr 11540 $ 1,215 $ 2216 £ 1150 $ 1,998 1334 $ 2306 kr 14334 $ 1,509 $ 2382 £ 1236 $ 2,147 1434 $ 2479 kr 15408 $ 1,623
    Dinners included (excl. Vienna) $ 216 £ 112 $ 195 130 $ 225 kr 1397 $ 147 $ 259 £ 134 $ 234 156 $ 270 kr 1676 $ 177 $ 297 £ 154 $ 268 179 $ 309 kr 1923 $ 203 $ 324 £ 168 $ 292 195 $ 337 kr 2095 $ 221 $ 365 £ 190 $ 329 220 $ 380 kr 2364 $ 249 $ 399 £ 207 $ 359 240 $ 415 kr 2579 $ 272

    Category A (Deluxe)

     7 day8 day9 day10 day11 day12 day
    Early season, double/twin room $ 1003 £ 521 $ 905 604 $ 1044 kr 6490 $ 683 $ 1153 £ 598 $ 1,039 694 $ 1200 kr 7457 $ 785 $ 1269 £ 658 $ 1,144 764 $ 1321 kr 8209 $ 864 $ 1402 £ 727 $ 1,264 844 $ 1459 kr 9069 $ 955 $ 1535 £ 796 $ 1,384 924 $ 1597 kr 9928 $ 1,046 $ 1701 £ 883 $ 1,533 1024 $ 1770 kr 11003 $ 1,159
    Early season, single room $ 1336 £ 693 $ 1,204 804 $ 1390 kr 8639 $ 910 $ 1552 £ 805 $ 1,399 934 $ 1615 kr 10036 $ 1,057 $ 1701 £ 883 $ 1,533 1024 $ 1770 kr 11003 $ 1,159 $ 1867 £ 969 $ 1,683 1124 $ 1943 kr 12077 $ 1,272 $ 2249 £ 1167 $ 2,028 1354 $ 2341 kr 14549 $ 1,532 $ 2416 £ 1253 $ 2,177 1454 $ 2514 kr 15623 $ 1,645
    Season 1, double/twin room $ 1186 £ 615 $ 1,069 714 $ 1234 kr 7672 $ 808 $ 1336 £ 693 $ 1,204 804 $ 1390 kr 8639 $ 910 $ 1469 £ 762 $ 1,324 884 $ 1528 kr 9499 $ 1,000 $ 1602 £ 831 $ 1,444 964 $ 1667 kr 10358 $ 1,091 $ 1768 £ 917 $ 1,593 1064 $ 1840 kr 11433 $ 1,204 $ 1950 £ 1012 $ 1,758 1174 $ 2030 kr 12615 $ 1,328
    Season 1, single room $ 1518 £ 788 $ 1,369 914 $ 1580 kr 9821 $ 1,034 $ 1734 £ 900 $ 1,563 1044 $ 1805 kr 11218 $ 1,181 $ 1901 £ 986 $ 1,713 1144 $ 1978 kr 12292 $ 1,294 $ 2067 £ 1072 $ 1,863 1244 $ 2151 kr 13367 $ 1,408 $ 2482 £ 1288 $ 2,237 1494 $ 2583 kr 16053 $ 1,691 $ 2665 £ 1382 $ 2,402 1604 $ 2773 kr 17235 $ 1,815
    Season 2, double/twin room $ 1286 £ 667 $ 1,159 774 $ 1338 kr 8317 $ 876 $ 1435 £ 745 $ 1,294 864 $ 1494 kr 9284 $ 978 $ 1568 £ 814 $ 1,414 944 $ 1632 kr 10143 $ 1,068 $ 1701 £ 883 $ 1,533 1024 $ 1770 kr 11003 $ 1,159 $ 1867 £ 969 $ 1,683 1124 $ 1943 kr 12077 $ 1,272 $ 2050 £ 1064 $ 1,848 1234 $ 2133 kr 13259 $ 1,396
    Season 2, single room $ 1618 £ 839 $ 1,459 974 $ 1684 kr 10466 $ 1,102 $ 1834 £ 951 $ 1,653 1104 $ 1909 kr 11862 $ 1,249 $ 2000 £ 1038 $ 1,803 1204 $ 2082 kr 12937 $ 1,362 $ 2166 £ 1124 $ 1,953 1304 $ 2254 kr 14011 $ 1,476 $ 2582 £ 1339 $ 2,327 1554 $ 2687 kr 16698 $ 1,758 $ 2764 £ 1434 $ 2,492 1664 $ 2877 kr 17880 $ 1,883
    Season 3, double/twin room $ 1170 £ 607 $ 1,054 704 $ 1217 kr 7564 $ 797 $ 1319 £ 684 $ 1,189 794 $ 1373 kr 8531 $ 898 $ 1452 £ 753 $ 1,309 874 $ 1511 kr 9391 $ 989 $ 1585 £ 822 $ 1,429 954 $ 1649 kr 10251 $ 1,079 $ 1768 £ 917 $ 1,593 1064 $ 1840 kr 11433 $ 1,204 $ 1950 £ 1012 $ 1,758 1174 $ 2030 kr 12615 $ 1,328
    Season 3, single room $ 1502 £ 779 $ 1,354 904 $ 1563 kr 9713 $ 1,023 $ 1718 £ 891 $ 1,548 1034 $ 1788 kr 11110 $ 1,170 $ 1884 £ 977 $ 1,698 1134 $ 1961 kr 12185 $ 1,283 $ 2050 £ 1064 $ 1,848 1234 $ 2133 kr 13259 $ 1,396 $ 2482 £ 1288 $ 2,237 1494 $ 2583 kr 16053 $ 1,691 $ 2665 £ 1382 $ 2,402 1604 $ 2773 kr 17235 $ 1,815
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    extra options

    Extra nights:

     Category CCategory BCategory A
    Schärding/dbl or twin $ 83 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 537 $ 57 $ 83 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 537 $ 57 $ 105 £ 54 $ 94 63 $ 109 kr 677 $ 71
    Schärding/single $ 110 £ 57 $ 99 66 $ 114 kr 709 $ 75 $ 110 £ 57 $ 99 66 $ 114 kr 709 $ 75 $ 138 £ 72 $ 124 83 $ 143 kr 892 $ 94
    Passau/dbl or twin $ 83 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 537 $ 57 $ 83 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 537 $ 57 $ 105 £ 54 $ 94 63 $ 109 kr 677 $ 71
    Passau/single $ 110 £ 57 $ 99 66 $ 114 kr 709 $ 75 $ 110 £ 57 $ 99 66 $ 114 kr 709 $ 75 $ 138 £ 72 $ 124 83 $ 143 kr 892 $ 94
    Vienna/dbl or twin $ 100 £ 52 $ 90 60 $ 104 kr 645 $ 68 $ 118 £ 61 $ 106 71 $ 123 kr 763 $ 80 $ 118 £ 61 $ 106 71 $ 123 kr 763 $ 80
    Vienna/single $ 148 £ 77 $ 133 89 $ 154 kr 956 $ 101 $ 173 £ 90 $ 156 104 $ 180 kr 1117 $ 118 $ 173 £ 90 $ 156 104 $ 180 kr 1117 $ 118

    Extension in Vienna package:

     Category CCategory B + A
    Twin/dble $ 213 £ 110 $ 192 128 $ 221 kr 1375 $ 145 $ 244 £ 127 $ 220 147 $ 254 kr 1580 $ 166
    Single room $ 302 £ 157 $ 273 182 $ 315 kr 1956 $ 206 $ 351 £ 182 $ 316 211 $ 365 kr 2267 $ 239

    Other options:

    Electric bike $ 166 £ 86 $ 150 100 $ 173 kr 1074 $ 113
    Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own)
    $ 81 £ 42 $ 73 49 $ 85 kr 527 $ 55
    Train ride Vienna - Schärding/Passau, 2nd class (no bike), approx. $ 85 £ 44 $ 76 51 $ 88 kr 548 $ 58
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 322 $ 34
    *Classic Vienna Bike Tour (guided) $ 61 £ 32 $ 55 37 $ 64 kr 398 $ 42

    *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.

    • 10 am May thru September, daily
    • 2 pm May thru September, Friday & Saturday
    • 2 pm April and October, Saturday

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

    Extra nights:

     Category C (Standard)Category B (Comfort)Category A (Deluxe)
    Schärding/double or twin $ 90 £ 47 $ 81 54 $ 93 kr 580 $ 61 $ 90 £ 47 $ 81 54 $ 93 kr 580 $ 61 $ 108 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 698 $ 74
    Schärding/single $ 116 £ 60 $ 105 70 $ 121 kr 752 $ 79 $ 116 £ 60 $ 105 70 $ 121 kr 752 $ 79 $ 141 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 147 kr 913 $ 96
    Passau/double or twin $ 90 £ 47 $ 81 54 $ 93 kr 580 $ 61 $ 90 £ 47 $ 81 54 $ 93 kr 580 $ 61 $ 108 £ 56 $ 97 65 $ 112 kr 698 $ 74
    Passau/single $ 116 £ 60 $ 105 70 $ 121 kr 752 $ 79 $ 116 £ 60 $ 105 70 $ 121 kr 752 $ 79 $ 141 £ 73 $ 127 85 $ 147 kr 913 $ 96
    Vienna/double or twin $ 103 £ 53 $ 93 62 $ 107 kr 666 $ 70 $ 121 £ 63 $ 109 73 $ 126 kr 784 $ 83 $ 121 £ 63 $ 109 73 $ 126 kr 784 $ 83
    Vienna/single $ 153 £ 79 $ 138 92 $ 159 kr 989 $ 104 $ 176 £ 91 $ 159 106 $ 183 kr 1139 $ 120 $ 176 £ 91 $ 159 106 $ 183 kr 1139 $ 120

    Extension in Vienna package

     Category C Category B + A
    Twin/double $ 219 £ 114 $ 198 132 $ 228 kr 1418 $ 149 $ 251 £ 130 $ 226 151 $ 261 kr 1622 $ 171
    Single room $ 309 £ 160 $ 279 186 $ 322 kr 1999 $ 210 $ 362 £ 188 $ 326 218 $ 377 kr 2342 $ 247

    Other options:

    Guaranteed early luggage transfer, arrival by 3 pm $ 32 £ 16 $ 28 19 $ 33 kr 204 $ 21
    Electric bike $ 174 £ 90 $ 157 105 $ 182 kr 1128 $ 119
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones $ 50 £ 26 $ 45 30 $ 52 kr 322 $ 34
    †Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    $ 91 £ 47 $ 82 55 $ 95 kr 591 $ 62
    ††Classic Vienna Bike Tour (guided) $ 61 £ 32 $ 55 37 $ 64 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 (2020)

What’s Not Included

  • All other meals except breakfast
  • Komoot navigation package (available with supplement, see pricing)
  • Local tourist tax if applicable
  • Bicycle Protection (2019)
  • 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 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 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. 

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

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.  

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

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 oldest city theater in Austria and the Maritime Museum.

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

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.

Accommodation in the region between Maria Taferl and Spitz.

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.

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).

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. 

Day 2: Upper Danube Valley
Day 3: Upper Danube Valley - Enns 
Day 4: Enns - Marbach/Maria Taferl
Day 5: Marbach/Maria Taferl - Krems/Traismauer
Day 6: Krems/Traismauer - 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. 

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)

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

  • Barry M. 5 days ago     Verified Reviewer

    Best part: Biking into Vienna

  • Tom H. 3 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. 5 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 7 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. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

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

  • Darryl S. 11 months 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 11 months 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. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

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

  • Maxine W. 1 year 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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