View of Melk from Melk Abbey on the Danube River in Lower Austria. Photo via Flickr:John Menard

Inside Melk Abbey, an old Baroque Benedictine monastery in Austria. Photo via Flickr:Daniel Stockman
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Munich to Vienna

Austria, Germany Bike Tours

From the Bavarian capital to Schönbrunn Castle

This self guided bike tour in Germany and Austria, joins two of Europe's great cities, through two of its great countries. Glancing at a map and tracing the route from Munich to Vienna, by car, it is almost a straight line along major highways.

By bike, it is a different scenario. You have a route that includes a ferry, lovely river paths, and incredible terrain that snakes along the Inn River and the mighty Danube.

Munich, the capital of the Bavarian state of Germany is the introduction to your 10 day tour, and Vienna, where music is the lifeblood and legacy, the conclusion. In between, lies the landscape of history!

Highlights include:

  • The flair of Munich and the state of Bavaria
  • Inn River Cycle Path
  • Danube Cycle Path
  • Picturesque villages, gentle landscapes and Bavarian and Austrian cuisine
  • Cultural metropolis Linz with its modernity
  • Benedictine Abbey of Melk
  • Wine and apricot from the Wachau
  • Passau, city of water, at the confluence of three rivers; the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz.

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Where You’ll Stay

Carefully selected 3 and 4 hotels and inns with private facilities

What’s Included

  • Accommodation in carefully selected 3 and 4 hotels and inns with private facilities
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Luggage transport (Unlimited number of pieces of luggage)
  • Train ride on day 2: from Grafing to Wasserburg incl. bike
  • Boat ride on day 6: from Passau to Schlögen incl. bike
  • Train ride on day 9: from Krems to Vienna incl. bike
  • Detailed travel documents (route descriptions, maps, references to sights)
  • Rental bike (21-speed, male, female or unisex, equipped with two panniers, odometer, fixed integral lock, and repair kit. (On request, handlebar bag and map holder can be provided)
  • Service-hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Helmet rental
  • Tourist tax payable locally
  • Lunches and dinners (Dinners can be included in Munich and Vienna for a supplement)
  • Bike protection
  • Trip insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length10 days
From860 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily arrivals from May 6 to September 6, 2017

Skill Level

This self guided tour is on well marked, paved cycle paths and on quiet back roads. The route is almost entirely flat with only two days that consist of rolling hills.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Munich to Vienna Map

Day 1: Munich 
Day 2: Munich – Wasserburg, 36 mi. (58 km) + train ride
Day 3: Wasserburg - Mühldorf, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 4: Mühldorf – Braunau/Prienbach, 34 mi. (55 km) 
Day 5: Braunau/Prienbach - Schärding, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 6: Schärding – Passau – Upper Danube Valley – Linz, 42 mi. (67 km) + boat tour
Day 7: Linz – Ardagger/Grein, 36-41 mi. (57/65 km)
Day 8: Ardagger/Grein – Melk/Emmersdorf, 34-39 mi. (54/62 km)
Day 9: Melk/Emmersdorf – Krems – Vienna, 22 mi. (36 km) + train ride
Day 10: Vienna Individual departure or extension of trip

All distances are approximate!

Day 1: Munich
After settling into your first hotel, perhaps you will have time to do some sightseeing! Do some research before your arrival so as not to be overwhelmed and to take full advantage of Germany's second largest city. Common highlights of the city: the English garden with its Chinese tower, the Frauenkirche Church, the Nymphenburg Palace and the Marienplatz Square, among others.  After your day of exploring, you can stop at one of the many Bavarian taverns and enjoy the hospitality and the Bavarian flair while sampling a German beer from a  Maßkrug (mug).

Day 2: Munich – Wasserburg, 36 mi. (58 km) + train ride
Leaving Munich behind, you cycle near the glacial Isar River which originates in the foothills of the Alps, carves into tributaries in the city and flows north into the historic trade route of the Danube River. The river is a popular source of recreational activities. Its white pebble beaches will tempt you to take more than one break! The route continues through the Deisenhofener Forest and small towns where love for tradition and homeland prevails. Your daily itinerary ends with a train ride to Wasserburg, situated along a  sharp bend of the Inn River . Wassserburg maintains much of its medieval atmosphere, including the original defense wall.

Day 3: Wasserburg - Mühldorf, 30 mi. (48 km)
Castles and palaces are your backdrop today as you pedal to Mühldorf am Inn. Typical of the townscape of Mühldorf is its main square surrounded by beautiful buildings of the Inn-Salzach, dating back to the 15th and 16th century. 

Day 4: Mühldorf – Braunau/Prienbach, 34 mi. (55 km)
First, on the agenda, this day is Markt, a peaceful village, and continuing on, to the confluence of the Inn and Salzach Rivers to Braunau am Inn, on the border,  with its beautifully restored old town. The main square Stadtplatz is adorned by merchant's houses with pastel colored facades. The medieval main tower is one of the most visible features of the town. More impressive, though, is the parish church, Stephanskirche, a 15-century church with a Gothic core.

Day 5: Braunau/Prienbach - Schärding, 31 mi. (50 km)
A narrow path leads into the European reserve  of the Lower Inn (“Unterer Inn”), a protected area with a colorful flora and fauna. Via the 1000-year old town of Obernberg and Reichersberg,  the cloister garden of the Augustinian Monastery is a wonderful place for a break! invites you for a stay, the cycle path leads you into the Baroque city of Schärding, though its architecture is an eclectic mix of many styles and periods. The Baroque “Silberzeile” row of houses is an astonishing ensemble of Baroque buildings. The late-medieval colors of the old gates, the narrow and mysterious side streets – all this makes Schärding such a very special place indeed.

Day 6: Schärding – Passau – Upper Danube Valley – Linz, 42 mi. (67 km) + boat tour
Today you follow the Inn Cycle Path to Passau, a lovely old town. Highlights here are the Veste Oberhaus, a fortress that was founded in 1219, the cathedral with the largest church organ in the world, and the city hall. Afterward you go by boat from Passau to Schlögen (included in the package price). There you can see the Danube Loop of Schlögen (“Schlögener Donauschlinge”) where the granite rock face forces the river to curve and bend in a unique fashion, testifying to the force and beauty of nature. In Aschach the valley widens, and you cycle through the fertile basin of Eferding. The baroque Monastery of Wilhering is a wonderful place to rest before you reach the cultural city of Linz.

Day 7: Linz – Ardagger/Grein, 36-41 mi. (57/65 km)
Past Linz, the route entails rural localities and regions. In Mauthausen the Concentration Camp Memorial speaks of a very dark chapter in history. The Greinburg Castle, the Municipal Theatre, and the Maritime Museum are the highlights of the mariner town of Grein.  There is much to see before day's end!

Day 8: Ardagger/Grein – Melk/Emmersdorf, 34-39 mi. (54/62 km)
Through the romantic Strudengau, you cycle to the ancient Roman town of Ybbs, where the gentle landscape of the Nibelungengau begins. From a distance, the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl towers over the Danube valley. In Melk, it is recommended that you visit the Benedictine Abbey.

Day 9: Melk/Emmersdorf – Krems – Vienna, 22 mi. (36 km) + train ride
Today you experience the most beautiful part of your journey, the picturesque Wachau. Past emerald vines, through lush orchards,  you discover Dürnstein with its castle ruin. Worth seeing is the historic center of Krems with its arcaded courtyards and baroque town houses. Finally, you enjoy a comfortable train ride (included in the package price) from Krems to the Danube metropolis Vienna. A good way to see the city is a ride in a Fiaker, a typical horse-drawn coach. Spend the evening in a Heurigen, a special type of restaurant.

Day 10: Vienna Individual departure or extension of trip.
Today, your final day, there is a lot to see and to explore in the city of Music. Perhaps you would like to extend your stay?

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  • Evan C. 2 months ago

    A big thank you to all your staff and to Austria for making my journey a wonderful experience.

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