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

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.

  • 2019

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

    Category C:

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

    Season 1 double room

    £ 407 $ 666 505 NOK 4882 kr 4506 $ 586 £ 447 $ 732 555 NOK 5365 kr 4952 $ 644 £ 499 $ 817 620 NOK 5993 kr 5532 $ 719 £ 536 $ 877 665 NOK 6428 kr 5934 $ 771 £ 552 $ 903 685 NOK 6622 kr 6112 $ 795 £ 616 $ 1,008 765 NOK 7395 kr 6826 $ 887
    Season 1 single room £ 516 $ 844 640 NOK 6187 kr 5711 $ 742 £ 572 $ 936 710 NOK 6863 kr 6335 $ 824 £ 644 $ 1,055 800 NOK 7733 kr 7138 $ 928 £ 701 $ 1,147 870 NOK 8410 kr 7763 $ 1,009 £ 733 $ 1,200 910 NOK 8797 kr 8120 $ 1,056 £ 830 $ 1,358 1030 NOK 9957 kr 9191 $ 1,195
    Season 2 supplement £ 28 $ 46 35 NOK 338 kr 312 $ 41 £ 36 $ 59 45 NOK 435 kr 402 $ 52 £ 44 $ 73 55 NOK 532 kr 491 $ 64 £ 52 $ 86 65 NOK 628 kr 580 $ 75 £ 60 $ 99 75 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87 £ 68 $ 112 85 NOK 822 kr 758 $ 99
    Season 3 supplement £ 56 $ 92 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 £ 73 $ 119 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104 £ 89 $ 145 110 NOK 1063 kr 982 $ 128 £ 105 $ 171 130 NOK 1257 kr 1160 $ 151 £ 121 $ 198 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 £ 137 $ 224 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197
    Dinners included* £ 79 $ 129 98 NOK 947 kr 874 $ 114 £ 95 $ 156 118 NOK 1141 kr 1053 $ 137 £ 107 $ 175 133 NOK 1286 kr 1187 $ 154 £ 117 $ 191 145 NOK 1402 kr 1294 $ 168 £ 129 $ 211 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 149 $ 244 185 NOK 1788 kr 1651 $ 215

    Category B:

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

    Season 1 double room

    £ 447 $ 732 555 NOK 5365 kr 4952 $ 644 £ 503 $ 824 625 NOK 6042 kr 5577 $ 725 £ 548 $ 896 680 NOK 6573 kr 6068 $ 789 £ 604 $ 989 750 NOK 7250 kr 6692 $ 870 £ 661 $ 1,081 820 NOK 7927 kr 7317 $ 951 £ 697 $ 1,140 865 NOK 8362 kr 7718 $ 1,003
    Season 1 single room £ 576 $ 943 715 NOK 6912 kr 6380 $ 829 £ 661 $ 1,081 820 NOK 7927 kr 7317 $ 951 £ 725 $ 1,186 900 NOK 8700 kr 8031 $ 1,044 £ 806 $ 1,318 1000 NOK 9667 kr 8923 $ 1,160 £ 886 $ 1,450 1100 NOK 10633 kr 9815 $ 1,276 £ 943 $ 1,542 1170 NOK 11310 kr 10440 $ 1,357
    Season 2 supplement £ 32 $ 53 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46 £ 40 $ 66 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 £ 48 $ 79 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 56 $ 92 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 £ 64 $ 105 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93 £ 73 $ 119 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104
    Season 3 supplement £ 64 $ 105 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93 £ 81 $ 132 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116 £ 97 $ 158 120 NOK 1160 kr 1071 $ 139 £ 113 $ 185 140 NOK 1353 kr 1249 $ 162 £ 129 $ 211 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 145 $ 237 180 NOK 1740 kr 1606 $ 209
    Dinners included* £ 85 $ 138 105 NOK 1015 kr 937 $ 122 £ 99 $ 162 123 NOK 1189 kr 1098 $ 143 £ 111 $ 182 138 NOK 1334 kr 1231 $ 160 £ 123 $ 202 153 NOK 1479 kr 1365 $ 177 £ 149 $ 244 185 NOK 1788 kr 1651 $ 215 £ 157 $ 257 195 NOK 1885 kr 1740 $ 226

    *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

    £ 512 $ 837 635 NOK 6138 kr 5666 $ 737 £ 572 $ 936 710 NOK 6863 kr 6335 $ 824 £ 632 $ 1,035 785 NOK 7588 kr 7005 $ 911 £ 697 $ 1,140 865 NOK 8362 kr 7718 $ 1,003 £ 761 $ 1,246 945 NOK 9135 kr 8432 $ 1,096 £ 830 $ 1,358 1030 NOK 9957 kr 9191 $ 1,195
    Season 1 single room £ 669 $ 1,094 830 NOK 8023 kr 7406 $ 963 £ 757 $ 1,239 940 NOK 9087 kr 8388 $ 1,090 £ 838 $ 1,371 1040 NOK 10053 kr 9280 $ 1,206 £ 930 $ 1,523 1155 NOK 11165 kr 10306 $ 1,340 £ 1023 $ 1,674 1270 NOK 12277 kr 11332 $ 1,473 £ 1124 $ 1,839 1395 NOK 13485 kr 12448 $ 1,618
    Season 2 supplement £ 36 $ 59 45 NOK 435 kr 402 $ 52 £ 44 $ 73 55 NOK 532 kr 491 $ 64 £ 52 $ 86 65 NOK 628 kr 580 $ 75 £ 60 $ 99 75 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87 £ 68 $ 112 85 NOK 822 kr 758 $ 99 £ 77 $ 125 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110
    Season 3 supplement £ 73 $ 119 90 NOK 870 kr 803 $ 104 £ 89 $ 145 110 NOK 1063 kr 982 $ 128 £ 105 $ 171 130 NOK 1257 kr 1160 $ 151 £ 121 $ 198 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 £ 137 $ 224 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197 £ 153 $ 250 190 NOK 1837 kr 1695 $ 220
    Dinners includedNot available

     

    extra options

    Extra nights:

     Category CCategory BCategory A
    Schärding/dbl or twin £ 40 $ 66 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 £ 40 $ 66 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 £ 51 $ 83 63 NOK 609 kr 562 $ 73
    Schärding/single £ 53 $ 87 66 NOK 638 kr 589 $ 77 £ 53 $ 87 66 NOK 638 kr 589 $ 77 £ 67 $ 109 83 NOK 802 kr 741 $ 96
    Passau/dbl or twin £ 40 $ 66 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 £ 40 $ 66 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 £ 51 $ 83 63 NOK 609 kr 562 $ 73
    Passau/single £ 53 $ 87 66 NOK 638 kr 589 $ 77 £ 53 $ 87 66 NOK 638 kr 589 $ 77 £ 67 $ 109 83 NOK 802 kr 741 $ 96
    Vienna/dbl or twin £ 48 $ 79 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 £ 57 $ 94 71 NOK 686 kr 634 $ 82 £ 57 $ 94 71 NOK 686 kr 634 $ 82
    Vienna/single £ 72 $ 117 89 NOK 860 kr 794 $ 103 £ 84 $ 137 104 NOK 1005 kr 928 $ 121 £ 84 $ 137 104 NOK 1005 kr 928 $ 121

    Extension in Vienna package:

     Category CCategory B + A
    Twin/dble £ 103 $ 169 128 NOK 1237 kr 1142 $ 148 £ 118 $ 194 147 NOK 1421 kr 1312 $ 171
    Single room £ 147 $ 240 182 NOK 1759 kr 1624 $ 211 £ 170 $ 278 211 NOK 2040 kr 1883 $ 245

    Other options:

    Electric bike £ 81 $ 132 100 NOK 967 kr 892 $ 116
    Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    £ 39 $ 65 49 NOK 474 kr 437 $ 57
    Train ride Vienna - Schärding/Passau, 2nd class (no bike), approx. £ 41 $ 67 51 NOK 493 kr 455 $ 59
    Guided sightseeing tour by bike in Vienna £ 30 $ 49 37 NOK 358 kr 330 $ 43
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones £ 24 $ 40 30 NOK 290 kr 268 $ 35

     

    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

    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

2019 Dates

Daily arrivals possible from April 1 to October 31, 2019

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

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
  • Bicycle rental: NuVinci internal gearshift hub unisex free wheel with two pannier bags

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

We recommend booking the Vienna Extension package!
Two nights in Vienna in 3 or 4 star hotel (according to the category you booked)
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
From505 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 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, 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, 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: 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


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: 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)

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: 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)

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/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)

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

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Customer Feedback

  • Jennifer B. 1 week ago

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

  • Darryl S. 2 weeks ago

    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. 3 months ago

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

  • Florence B. 3 months ago

    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 2 weeks ago

      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. 6 months ago

    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. 7 months ago

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

  • Maxine W. 7 months ago

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

  • Sean B. 1 year ago

    Most Memorable Part: Staying at the Hotel Schloss Durnstein

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