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Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path

Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path

Along Danube River

Austria, Germany

8-days / 7 nights - 6 biking days
Self-guided individual tour
Length 290 km / 180 miles
Grade of difficulty:
Easy - the cycling path is completely paved from one end to the other, flat, almost always directly along the riverbank, very suitable for beginners and children. -

Alongside of the "blue" Danube lies the renowned and most famous cycling path in Europe. Passau to Vienna is an absolute cycling classic. Discover the enchanting river landscape,
picturesque villages, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites from the time of the Romans and Nibelungengau. As you cycle comfortably along the banks of the mighty river, enjoy the wooded forests and the magical meadows of the Schlögener Loop, Strudengau, Nibelungengau and Wachau, as each region offers its own impressive and unique attractions. Art and cultural features convey myths and stories of the past while quaint accommodations and taverns invite you to relax in the culinary world of Austria. The welcoming Austrian hospitality and the scrumptious Austrian cuisine add to this absolutely remarkable experience.


  • Passau
  • Great Danube Loop
  • Linz – Capital of Upper Austria
  • Grein - City Theatre
  • Wachau
  • Abbey of Melk
  • Krems
  • Waltz metropole Vienna

Bike and Hotel

Bike and HotelYou cycle during the day and stay at hotel over night.


EasyThe easy route has mostly flat and usually shorter distance.

Self Guided

Self GuidedYou cycle alone without a cycling guide with provided itinerary, maps, GPS - exact documents depends on the exact tour.

A - Premium

A - Premium4* hotels with breakfast, the best B&B

B - Standard

B - Standard3* hotels with breakfast, B&B

C - Basic

C - Basic2* hotels, camps


StandardYou can rent a standard bike.


E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available


NoYou can use your own bike


BreakfastBuffet breakfast are included in price of accommodation


Half-boardHalf-board available




Day 1. - Passau

Individual arrival. Use the remaining time for a city tour or get to know the “City of Three Rivers” on a boat cruise (not included) or simply go for a walk through the picturesque old part of town. Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. bike hand over – for late arrivals on the next morning.

Day 2. - Passau – Schlögener Loop, approx. 41 km

Start the first cycling route through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. In Engelhartszell, you can visit the one and only “Trappist“ monastery in Austria and you can even sample some delicious liqueurs straight from the convent. Continue the journey to the impressive
“Schlögener Loop”, where the river makes a complete 180-degrees turn.

Day 3 - Schlögener Loop – Linz, approx. 55 km

Between the banks of the Danube there are small passenger ferries waiting for you to take them. Next, you cycle through the slowly widening fertile basin of Eferdinger and on into Linz, the capital of Upper Austria and European Culture Capital of 2009. Enjoy the magical summer evening doing some shopping around the lovely main square of the city.

Day 4 - Linz –Strudengau, approx. 60 km

An excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria is highly recommended and worthwhile in any case. This leg guides you through beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland while passing the Celtic village Mitterkirchen, rolling by the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and on to the romantic castle of Clam.

Day 5 - Strudengau – Nibelungengau, approx. 50 km

Today’s tour is enjoyed by cycling through the fascinating landscape of tall and densely wooded rock formations on both sides of the Danube. High above the Danube is the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl. From there, you are greeted from afar by the marvellous Benedictine Monastery of Melk.

Day 6 - Nibelungengau – Krems/surroundings, approx. 50 km

Another highlight of this tour is the chance to cycle through the magnificent Wachau. A landscape where you will find terraced vineyards, apricot groves interspersed with castles, palaces and monasteries. There is also the possibility to take a break off your bike and relax
on a short boat excursion. On your way to Krems you cycle through the winery villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein. Through these charming villages you will see quaint alluring taverns, which are just waiting to present Austrian hospitality at its best. Something you have to experience first hand.

Day 7 - Krems/surroundings – Vienna, approx. 40 km + Train ride Krems - Tulln

By train you will depart from this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage region. After arriving in Tulln, you will ride your bike for the last time on this tour directly through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and pass through “The Gates of Vienna”. Along the way don’t forget to stop in and visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg and then continue on to “The City of Music”: Vienna.

Day 8 - Vienna

Some say that one must personally experience this great city. A few of the must-sees include the famous Naschmarkt (international food/goods market), the City Opera, the Ringstrasse, (a beautiful boulevard with imposing buildings which bear witness to ancient times) and of course the gorgeous imperial castle Schönbrunn. Extension at Vienna or train ride back to Passau (Season 1+2) or comfortable by bus (season 3).


Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path


  • 7 nights in chosen category, rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast or 6 x dinner (surcharge, only breakfast in Vienna)
  • Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per Person/ max. 20 kg)
  • Welcome drink at arrival hotel in Passau
  • 1 bottle of high-level wine in the Wachau Valley per room
  • A tasting of regional products
  • 1 x train Krems/surroundings – Tulln incl. bike
  • 1 x train ride Vienna central station – Passau (transfer of own bike not included) in season 1+2
  • 1 x bus ride Vienna - Passau (incl. own bike ) in season 3, train ride back possible
(advanced notification necessary)
  • Free WLAN in all hotels (only Cat.A)
  • Handlebar bag with route book, maps and information material per room
  • 24/7 Service-hotline


October 5 – October 19 2019
Season 2
April 13 – May 17 + September 14 – October 4 2019
Season 3
May 18 – September 13 2019

Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path

  • Local tax payable on spot (approx. € 1 - 2,5 per person/night)


  • Helmet purchase – payable in advance € 25
  • Reduction for „no return ticket to Passau € 34
  • Supplement train ride Vienna airport – Vienna central station € 7
  • Transfer Munich Airport/city – hotel Passau One way € 69, both directions € 119

Early-bird discount
For bookings until 60 days prior arrival 5 % reduction off tour-price (excluding: bike rental, extra nights and extra services)!


Bicycles for rent inclusive panniers:

The offered bikes are tourbikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

You can choose between the following bikes:

7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake
21-speed-bike with hand brakes
E-bikes unisex
children seat, children trailer
New 2019: children E-bikes from 9 years up

All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except Electro bike).

In Austria it is mandatory for children under the age of 12 to wear a bike helmet when on a bike. Please protect your little ones and bring their own helmet. Reflective vests are not obligatory, but surely useful.

Helmet purchase – payable in advance € 22

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Category A
Selected 4* hotels, the best 3* hotel in town

Category B
Selected 3 & 4* hotels and inns

Category C
Selected 3* hotels and inns


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