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

    £ 403 $ 691 505 NOK 4840 kr 4467 $ 581 £ 443 $ 760 555 NOK 5319 kr 4910 $ 638 £ 495 $ 849 620 NOK 5942 kr 5485 $ 713 £ 531 $ 910 665 NOK 6373 kr 5883 $ 765 £ 547 $ 938 685 NOK 6565 kr 6060 $ 788 £ 611 $ 1,047 765 NOK 7331 kr 6767 $ 880
    Season 1 single room £ 511 $ 876 640 NOK 6133 kr 5662 $ 736 £ 567 $ 972 710 NOK 6804 kr 6281 $ 817 £ 639 $ 1,095 800 NOK 7667 kr 7077 $ 920 £ 695 $ 1,191 870 NOK 8338 kr 7696 $ 1,001 £ 727 $ 1,246 910 NOK 8721 kr 8050 $ 1,047 £ 823 $ 1,410 1030 NOK 9871 kr 9112 $ 1,185
    Season 2 supplement £ 28 $ 48 35 NOK 335 kr 310 $ 40 £ 36 $ 62 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52 £ 44 $ 75 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86 £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98
    Season 3 supplement £ 56 $ 96 70 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81 £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127 £ 104 $ 178 130 NOK 1246 kr 1150 $ 150 £ 120 $ 205 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173 £ 136 $ 233 170 NOK 1629 kr 1504 $ 196
    Dinners included* £ 78 $ 134 98 NOK 939 kr 867 $ 113 £ 94 $ 162 118 NOK 1131 kr 1044 $ 136 £ 106 $ 182 133 NOK 1275 kr 1177 $ 153 £ 116 $ 199 145 NOK 1390 kr 1283 $ 167 £ 128 $ 219 160 NOK 1533 kr 1415 $ 184 £ 148 $ 253 185 NOK 1773 kr 1637 $ 213

    Category B:

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

    Season 1 double room

    £ 443 $ 760 555 NOK 5319 kr 4910 $ 638 £ 499 $ 856 625 NOK 5990 kr 5529 $ 719 £ 543 $ 931 680 NOK 6517 kr 6015 $ 782 £ 599 $ 1,027 750 NOK 7188 kr 6635 $ 863 £ 655 $ 1,123 820 NOK 7858 kr 7254 $ 943 £ 691 $ 1,184 865 NOK 8290 kr 7652 $ 995
    Season 1 single room £ 571 $ 979 715 NOK 6852 kr 6325 $ 822 £ 655 $ 1,123 820 NOK 7858 kr 7254 $ 943 £ 719 $ 1,232 900 NOK 8625 kr 7962 $ 1,035 £ 799 $ 1,369 1000 NOK 9583 kr 8846 $ 1,150 £ 878 $ 1,506 1100 NOK 10542 kr 9731 $ 1,265 £ 934 $ 1,602 1170 NOK 11213 kr 10350 $ 1,346
    Season 2 supplement £ 32 $ 55 40 NOK 383 kr 354 $ 46 £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58 £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 £ 56 $ 96 70 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81 £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92 £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104
    Season 3 supplement £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92 £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115 £ 96 $ 164 120 NOK 1150 kr 1062 $ 138 £ 112 $ 192 140 NOK 1342 kr 1238 $ 161 £ 128 $ 219 160 NOK 1533 kr 1415 $ 184 £ 144 $ 246 180 NOK 1725 kr 1592 $ 207
    Dinners included* £ 84 $ 144 105 NOK 1006 kr 929 $ 121 £ 98 $ 168 123 NOK 1179 kr 1088 $ 141 £ 110 $ 189 138 NOK 1323 kr 1221 $ 159 £ 122 $ 209 153 NOK 1466 kr 1353 $ 176 £ 148 $ 253 185 NOK 1773 kr 1637 $ 213 £ 156 $ 267 195 NOK 1869 kr 1725 $ 224

    *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

    £ 507 $ 869 635 NOK 6085 kr 5617 $ 730 £ 567 $ 972 710 NOK 6804 kr 6281 $ 817 £ 627 $ 1,075 785 NOK 7523 kr 6944 $ 903 £ 691 $ 1,184 865 NOK 8290 kr 7652 $ 995 £ 755 $ 1,294 945 NOK 9056 kr 8360 $ 1,087 £ 823 $ 1,410 1030 NOK 9871 kr 9112 $ 1,185
    Season 1 single room £ 663 $ 1,136 830 NOK 7954 kr 7342 $ 955 £ 751 $ 1,287 940 NOK 9008 kr 8315 $ 1,081 £ 831 $ 1,424 1040 NOK 9967 kr 9200 $ 1,196 £ 922 $ 1,581 1155 NOK 11069 kr 10217 $ 1,328 £ 1014 $ 1,739 1270 NOK 12171 kr 11235 $ 1,461 £ 1114 $ 1,910 1395 NOK 13369 kr 12340 $ 1,604
    Season 2 supplement £ 36 $ 62 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52 £ 44 $ 75 55 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 £ 52 $ 89 65 NOK 623 kr 575 $ 75 £ 60 $ 103 75 NOK 719 kr 663 $ 86 £ 68 $ 116 85 NOK 815 kr 752 $ 98 £ 76 $ 130 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109
    Season 3 supplement £ 72 $ 123 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104 £ 88 $ 151 110 NOK 1054 kr 973 $ 127 £ 104 $ 178 130 NOK 1246 kr 1150 $ 150 £ 120 $ 205 150 NOK 1438 kr 1327 $ 173 £ 136 $ 233 170 NOK 1629 kr 1504 $ 196 £ 152 $ 260 190 NOK 1821 kr 1681 $ 219
    Dinners includedNot available

     

    extra options

    Extra nights:

     Category CCategory BCategory A
    Schärding/dbl or twin £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58 £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58 £ 50 $ 86 63 NOK 604 kr 557 $ 72
    Schärding/single £ 53 $ 90 66 NOK 633 kr 584 $ 76 £ 53 $ 90 66 NOK 633 kr 584 $ 76 £ 66 $ 114 83 NOK 795 kr 734 $ 95
    Passau/dbl or twin £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58 £ 40 $ 68 50 NOK 479 kr 442 $ 58 £ 50 $ 86 63 NOK 604 kr 557 $ 72
    Passau/single £ 53 $ 90 66 NOK 633 kr 584 $ 76 £ 53 $ 90 66 NOK 633 kr 584 $ 76 £ 66 $ 114 83 NOK 795 kr 734 $ 95
    Vienna/dbl or twin £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 £ 57 $ 97 71 NOK 680 kr 628 $ 82 £ 57 $ 97 71 NOK 680 kr 628 $ 82
    Vienna/single £ 71 $ 122 89 NOK 853 kr 787 $ 102 £ 83 $ 142 104 NOK 997 kr 920 $ 120 £ 83 $ 142 104 NOK 997 kr 920 $ 120

    Extension in Vienna package:

     Category CCategory B + A
    Twin/dble £ 102 $ 175 128 NOK 1227 kr 1132 $ 147 £ 117 $ 201 147 NOK 1409 kr 1300 $ 169
    Single room £ 145 $ 249 182 NOK 1744 kr 1610 $ 209 £ 169 $ 289 211 NOK 2022 kr 1867 $ 243

    Other options:

    Electric bike £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115
    Bus transfer from Vienna back to Schärding/Passau (incl
    bike if you have brought your own
    £ 39 $ 67 49 NOK 470 kr 433 $ 56
    Train ride Vienna - Schärding/Passau, 2nd class (no bike), approx. £ 41 $ 70 51 NOK 489 kr 451 $ 59
    Guided sightseeing tour by bike in Vienna £ 30 $ 51 37 NOK 355 kr 327 $ 43
    Komoot navigation package for mobile phones £ 24 $ 41 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 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

  • Jerline S. 1 month ago

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

  • Diane W. 4 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. 5 months ago

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

  • Maxine W. 5 months ago

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

  • Sean B. 11 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Staying at the Hotel Schloss Durnstein

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