Taking a cycling holiday along the Danube cycle path between Passau to Vienna is an ideal family holiday or ideal for couples wishing more time to explore this wonderful region. This cycle tour along the Danube River is a 9-night cycle tour. You can extend this Danube cycle tour by 1 further night by staying an extra night in Linz. The Danube bike path is almost flat, you shall encounter some small inclines if you explore away from the river. Cycling along the Danube is one if not the most popular cycleways in Europe
The scenery is changeable along the route and can easily be described as breath-taking, you shall certainly come across many memorable vistas while on the route. Along the River Danube Cycle Path, you will see typical Austrian towns and villages with many historical sites to allow for a cultural, scenic and enjoyable biking tour in Austria. For us this one of the best cycle routes in Europe as it is suitable for all abilities of cyclists.
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It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Make your own travel plans to reach Passau. One option could be to fly into Vienna and then go from Vienna to Passau by train. There are many options so please take a look at the Travel section. Once you arrive into Passau; the city of the 3 rivers you can then collect your rental bikes. Once in your hotel visit the old town of Passau where you shall find many historical delights. Enjoy your surroundings as tomorrow is the first cycling day of your Danube bike tour.
Today you will cycle passing Obernzell and Engelhartszell where you can visit the ancient abbey. You shall cycle through deep gorges which have been cut out of the Bavarian woodland, passing many castles and pretty villages towards Kramesau which is on the German/Austria border. Much of this region is the Donouleiten nature reserve which runs mostly on the left bank. Its south-facing direction has created an environment which is loved by wildlife and fauna. Soon you shall arrive in Schlogen right on the famous river bend. In the evening take a walk to the viewpoint and see one of the most iconic views of the River Danube as the sun goes down.
Starting today at the famous part of the Danube the Schogener Schlinge here the Danube does the unusual, with a massive granite rock in its path it loops around it. You then cycle through an area of outstanding natural beauty to Aschach. You then cycle via the Pesenback valley through Ottensheim and onto Linz. If you wish to shorten the journey you can take a train from Ottensheim to Linz (10km).
Linz has many museums, a castle and a great medieval main square. A recommendation is to take the cable car ride to Postlingberg a baroque pilgrimage church, a fairyland and grotto which is great for young and old alike. Extra nights in Linz are possible
Now east of Linz, the Danube bike trail returns to the green and fertile Austrian countryside. You can take a detour to see the St Florian Monastery, this is an undulating detour though. Afterwards, continue along the route via Enns the oldest town in Austria. Enns boasts not only Roman but also Baroque and Renaissance heritage within the town’s architecture. If you stay in Mauthausen then you continue a short distance further. If you wish you can visit the old German concentration camp from the second world war.
If today’s ride is a little long you can take a train to shorten it (payable locally). You shall cycle through woodland and orchards towards Grein. The approach to this wonderful town takes you through the “eye of the needle” a narrow stretch of the valley once feared by sailors. Shortly you shall arrive at your destination of Perensbeug or Yabbs.
It’s a lovely day’s ride today as you enter the Wachau region, the garden of Austria with its orchard and wine regions. You will continue biking the Danube while cycling past the famous Habsburg Castle, Persenbeug and onto Marbach. Continue on your bike tour passing Strudengau to the historic town of Melk where there is a famous Abbey to explore.
Today you cycle through the vineyards of the Wachau wine region of Austria. The white wines of this region are exported worldwide, best known being Rheinsiesling, Green Veltliner and Neuburger. Soon you shall arrive in Krems with its 12th-century castle. Krems is a very romantic looking town and worthwhile to spend time exploring during the afternoon or evening, why not visit the Grafenegg Palace which many think is the most significant Romanesque palace in Austria.
Leaving Krems you cycle via Mautern through a very green valley which is famous for its vegetable growing for Austria and onto the Roman town Tulln for your overnight stay.
Your last days cycling along the Danube has arrived. Today your tour takes you through Klosterneuburg and Greifenstein on your way the city. The return of the bikes and equipment shall be on the Danube, after which you can then make your own way to your hotel or even explore the city first. This is to save you from cycling in Vienna, as it can be extremely busy.
Note: occasionally we stay in neighbouring towns which means actual days distances could vary slightly.
For more cycling holidays along the Danube, why not take a look at our 7 or 8 night River Danube Cycling Holiday which is also available to book. Once you have completed the Passau to Vienna section, you could then try the Vienna to Budapest bike route.
Fly to Vienna where you can catch a train to Passau (around 3 hours).
Or fly to Vienna and stay overnight, then the next morning take our coach transfer to Passau (around 3 hours) – prices available on booking
You can also fly to Munich where you can take a train to Passau.
You could also fly to Salzburg or Linz and then by train to Passau.
By car to Passau where parking is available, parking needs to be booked at the time of booking.