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.

  • 2018:

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

    Category C:

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

    Season 1 double room

    £ 402 $ 714 490 NOK 4818 kr 4448 $ 578 £ 451 $ 801 550 NOK 5408 kr 4992 $ 649 £ 496 $ 881 605 NOK 5949 kr 5492 $ 714 £ 533 $ 947 650 NOK 6392 kr 5900 $ 767 £ 561 $ 998 685 NOK 6736 kr 6218 $ 808 £ 610 $ 1,085 745 NOK 7326 kr 6762 $ 879
    Season 1 single room £ 512 $ 910 625 NOK 6146 kr 5673 $ 738 £ 578 $ 1,027 705 NOK 6933 kr 6399 $ 832 £ 643 $ 1,144 785 NOK 7719 kr 7125 $ 926 £ 701 $ 1,246 855 NOK 8408 kr 7761 $ 1,009 £ 742 $ 1,318 905 NOK 8899 kr 8215 $ 1,068 £ 819 $ 1,457 1000 NOK 9833 kr 9077 $ 1,180
    Season 2 supplement £ 29 $ 51 35 NOK 344 kr 318 $ 41 £ 37 $ 66 45 NOK 443 kr 408 $ 53 £ 45 $ 80 55 NOK 541 kr 499 $ 65 £ 53 $ 95 65 NOK 639 kr 590 $ 77 £ 61 $ 109 75 NOK 738 kr 681 $ 89 £ 70 $ 124 85 NOK 836 kr 772 $ 100
    Season 3 supplement £ 57 $ 102 70 NOK 688 kr 635 $ 83 £ 74 $ 131 90 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 £ 90 $ 160 110 NOK 1082 kr 998 $ 130 £ 107 $ 189 130 NOK 1278 kr 1180 $ 153 £ 123 $ 219 150 NOK 1475 kr 1362 $ 177 £ 139 $ 248 170 NOK 1672 kr 1543 $ 201
    Dinners included* £ 76 $ 135 93 NOK 915 kr 844 $ 110 £ 93 $ 166 114 NOK 1121 kr 1035 $ 135 £ 107 $ 189 130 NOK 1278 kr 1180 $ 153 £ 119 $ 211 145 NOK 1426 kr 1316 $ 171 £ 127 $ 226 155 NOK 1524 kr 1407 $ 183 £ 143 $ 255 175 NOK 1721 kr 1588 $ 207

    Category B:

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

    Season 1 double room

    £ 443 $ 787 540 NOK 5310 kr 4902 $ 637 £ 500 $ 889 610 NOK 5998 kr 5537 $ 720 £ 545 $ 969 665 NOK 6539 kr 6036 $ 785 £ 602 $ 1,071 735 NOK 7228 kr 6672 $ 867 £ 656 $ 1,165 800 NOK 7867 kr 7262 $ 944 £ 709 $ 1,260 865 NOK 8506 kr 7852 $ 1,021
    Season 1 single room £ 574 $ 1,020 700 NOK 6883 kr 6354 $ 826 £ 660 $ 1,173 805 NOK 7916 kr 7307 $ 950 £ 725 $ 1,289 885 NOK 8703 kr 8033 $ 1,044 £ 807 $ 1,435 985 NOK 9686 kr 8941 $ 1,162 £ 881 $ 1,566 1075 NOK 10571 kr 9758 $ 1,269 £ 959 $ 1,704 1170 NOK 11505 kr 10620 $ 1,381
    Season 2 supplement £ 33 $ 58 40 NOK 393 kr 363 $ 47 £ 41 $ 73 50 NOK 492 kr 454 $ 59 £ 49 $ 87 60 NOK 590 kr 545 $ 71 £ 57 $ 102 70 NOK 688 kr 635 $ 83 £ 66 $ 117 80 NOK 787 kr 726 $ 94 £ 74 $ 131 90 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106
    Season 3 supplement £ 66 $ 117 80 NOK 787 kr 726 $ 94 £ 82 $ 146 100 NOK 983 kr 908 $ 118 £ 98 $ 175 120 NOK 1180 kr 1089 $ 142 £ 115 $ 204 140 NOK 1377 kr 1271 $ 165 £ 131 $ 233 160 NOK 1573 kr 1452 $ 189 £ 148 $ 262 180 NOK 1770 kr 1634 $ 212
    Dinners included* £ 81 $ 144 99 NOK 974 kr 899 $ 117 £ 97 $ 172 118 NOK 1160 kr 1071 $ 139 £ 111 $ 197 135 NOK 1328 kr 1225 $ 159 £ 123 $ 219 150 NOK 1475 kr 1362 $ 177 £ 135 $ 240 165 NOK 1623 kr 1498 $ 195 £ 152 $ 270 185 NOK 1819 kr 1679 $ 218

    *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

    £ 508 $ 903 620 NOK 6097 kr 5628 $ 732 £ 565 $ 1,005 690 NOK 6785 kr 6263 $ 814 £ 631 $ 1,122 770 NOK 7572 kr 6989 $ 909 £ 697 $ 1,238 850 NOK 8358 kr 7715 $ 1,003 £ 762 $ 1,355 930 NOK 9145 kr 8442 $ 1,097 £ 828 $ 1,471 1010 NOK 9932 kr 9168 $ 1,192
    Season 1 single room £ 668 $ 1,187 815 NOK 8014 kr 7398 $ 962 £ 750 $ 1,333 915 NOK 8998 kr 8305 $ 1,080 £ 840 $ 1,493 1025 NOK 10079 kr 9304 $ 1,210 £ 934 $ 1,661 1140 NOK 11210 kr 10348 $ 1,345 £ 1024 $ 1,821 1250 NOK 12292 kr 11346 $ 1,475 £ 1123 $ 1,996 1370 NOK 13472 kr 12435 $ 1,617
    Season 2 supplement £ 37 $ 66 45 NOK 443 kr 408 $ 53 £ 45 $ 80 55 NOK 541 kr 499 $ 65 £ 53 $ 95 65 NOK 639 kr 590 $ 77 £ 61 $ 109 75 NOK 738 kr 681 $ 89 £ 70 $ 124 85 NOK 836 kr 772 $ 100 £ 78 $ 138 95 NOK 934 kr 862 $ 112
    Season 3 supplement £ 74 $ 131 90 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 £ 90 $ 160 110 NOK 1082 kr 998 $ 130 £ 107 $ 189 130 NOK 1278 kr 1180 $ 153 £ 123 $ 219 150 NOK 1475 kr 1362 $ 177 £ 139 $ 248 170 NOK 1672 kr 1543 $ 201 £ 156 $ 277 190 NOK 1868 kr 1725 $ 224
    Dinners includedNot available

     

    extra options

    Extra nights:

     Category CCategory BCategory A
    Schärding/dbl or twin £ 39 $ 68 47 NOK 462 kr 427 $ 55 £ 39 $ 68 47 NOK 462 kr 427 $ 55 £ 48 $ 84 58 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68
    Schärding/single £ 50 $ 89 61 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72 £ 50 $ 89 61 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72 £ 62 $ 111 76 NOK 747 kr 690 $ 90
    Passau/dbl or twin £ 44 $ 79 54 NOK 531 kr 490 $ 64 £ 45 $ 80 55 NOK 541 kr 499 $ 65 £ 50 $ 89 61 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72
    Passau/single £ 62 $ 111 76 NOK 747 kr 690 $ 90 £ 62 $ 111 76 NOK 747 kr 690 $ 90 £ 70 $ 124 85 NOK 836 kr 772 $ 100
    Vienna/dbl or twin £ 48 $ 84 58 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68 £ 56 $ 99 68 NOK 669 kr 617 $ 80 £ 56 $ 99 68 NOK 669 kr 617 $ 80
    Vienna/single £ 70 $ 125 86 NOK 846 kr 781 $ 101 £ 83 $ 147 101 NOK 993 kr 917 $ 119 £ 83 $ 147 101 NOK 993 kr 917 $ 119

    Extension in Vienna package:

     Category CCategory B + A
    Twin/dble £ 102 $ 182 125 NOK 1229 kr 1135 $ 148 £ 120 $ 214 147 NOK 1446 kr 1334 $ 173
    Single room £ 145 $ 258 177 NOK 1741 kr 1607 $ 209 £ 173 $ 307 211 NOK 2075 kr 1915 $ 249

    Other options:

    Electric bike £ 74 $ 131 90 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106
    Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    £ 40 $ 71 49 NOK 482 kr 445 $ 58
    Train ride Vienna - Schärding/Passau, 2nd class (no bike), approx. £ 42 $ 74 51 NOK 502 kr 463 $ 60
    Guided sightseeing tour by bike in Vienna £ 30 $ 52 36 NOK 354 kr 327 $ 42
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones £ 24 $ 42 29 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

     

    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

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

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

Where You’ll Stay

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

What’s Included

  • Accommodation according to the booked category
  • Breakfast (mostly buffet)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Extensive travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights, etc.)
  • Personal tour information upon arrival in Schärding
  • Danube Card (20 % discount on regular admissions to more than 70 cooperating partners)
  • 7-day service hotline
  • 21-speed hybrid touring bike plus two pannier bags
  • 2018: Bicycle available for rental will be the NuVinci internal gearshift hub unisex free wheel with two pannier bags

What’s Not Included

  • All other meals except breakfast
  • Local tourist tax if applicable
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7–12 days
From490 Rates
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Skill Level

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

Day-To-Day Itinerary

8 days/7 nights (Basic)

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

Day 1: Schärding/Passau
Individual arrival to the pretty baroque town Schärding am Inn or to the three-river-city Passau. Please specify your desired arrival place with your booking! If you book your tour beginning in Schärding, you will have the longer distance on your first cycling day. As well, you will need to go the bike shop to retrieve all your travel information. You may go to the shop anytime before 4 pm.

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

7 days/6 nights (Sport version)

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

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

9 days/8 nights (Relax version)

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

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

10 days/9 nights (Enjoy version)

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

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

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

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

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

12 days/11 nights (Stroll version)

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

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

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

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

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Customer Feedback

  • Diane W. 2 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. 3 months ago

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

  • Maxine W. 3 months ago

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

  • Sean B. 9 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Staying at the Hotel Schloss Durnstein

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