Danube – Passau to Vienna Cycling Break

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate to Challenging
  • Duration/s

    5 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Passau / Vienna
  • Distance

    202 miles/325 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £304


Our Passau to Vienna Cycling Break covers the most popular stretch  of the Danube in just 4 cycling days on level, riverside cycle paths. Along the way you’ll see the Danube Loop at Schlögen, the city of Linz, the baroque  town of Grein, the sublime wine villages of the Wachau Valley, the medieval town of Krems and of course the Imperial City of Vienna.

Created for capable cyclists, this 5 day itinerary follows the same route as our seven day Passau to Vienna Cycling Holiday but covers 80kms per day, as opposed to 48 on the longer version.

You’ll follow a lovely, level, riverside cycle path past some incredible natural wonders as well as some charming medieval towns and villages as you make your way downstream.

Starting from Passau – the City of Three Rivers – you’ll take in the wide, sweeping Danube Loop at Schlögen, the serene peace and quiet of the Strudengau and  the magnificent abbey at Melk.

Duernstein - Wachau - Danube

Dürnstein – Wachau Valley

The charming wine villages of the magical Wachau Valley will tempt you to stop and enjoy the hospitality of their many quaint wine taverns before pedaling on to the lovely old town of Krems.

Finally, you arrive in the Imperial City of Vienna, a fascinating, diverse city with a unique history and culture.

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Arrive Passau


Check in to your hotel and then take a stroll through the “City of Three Rivers”, so named because this is the point at which the the Inn and Ilz rivers flow into the Danube. The narrow cobbled streets and pretty squares of the old town are a delight to explore and we also recommend a climb to Veste Oberhaus, a medieval fortress and museum that offers a fantastic, panoramic view of the town and rivers.

Day 2: Passau – Brandstatt/Eferding, 47 miles/75 kms



Your first day’s ride follows the Upper Danube Valley to Enghartszell, a small riverside village. Nearby there is a monastery inhabited by silent but enterprising Trappist monks who make and sell some rather good liquors. Then  it’s on to Schlögen where you can admire the famous Danube Loop, a scenic 180 degree turn in the river. You then follow the river through a narrow gorge for a while before emerging into a wide valley punctuated by castles and pretty villages. You will stop for the night in the neighbouring villages of Brandstatt or Eferding.

Day 3: Brandstatt/Eferding – Ardagger/Grein, 53 miles/85 kms



After a few miles of pleasant riverside cycling you reach the large and bustling city of Linz. From there it’s a short ride to Enns, the oldest town in Austria, where you can see imposing, Gothic town houses with magnificent baroque facades. You then cross the Danube by ferry to the pretty town of Mauthausen. Nearby you will find the former Mauthausen Concentration Camp and Memorial – a thought-provoking place that is worth a visit. From here you enjoy fast progress on the idyllic riverside cycle path through pristine countryside. You will stop for the night in the Ardagger/Grein region.

Day 4: Ardagger/Grein – Krems, 53 miles/85 kms

Wessenkirchen village in the Wachau Valley on the Danube River


You continue cycling downstream through the picturesque Studengau region to the town of Melk – from a distance you will already spot the imposing abbey on the bluff above the town. You then enter the famous Wachau Valley which many consider to be the most beautiful stretch of the whole river. Vineyards cascade down the hillsides and ancient castle ruins perch on the hilltops. You’ll pass through a succession of charming wine villages such as Spitz, Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein – their winding streets and welcoming taverns tempting you to stop for a break. You’ll stop for the night in the pleasant town of Krems at the end of the Wachau Valley.

Day 5: Krems – Vienna, 50 miles/80 kms

Hofburg Palace - Vienna

Hofburg Imperial Palace

Your final day’s ride leads you through Austria’s manin vegetable producing area to the town of Tulln. From here you cycle through a section of the Wienerwald (Viennese Forest) before entering teh suburbs of the imperial city. After passing the impressive Kolsterneuburg Monastery you pedal triumphantly into Vienna alongside the Danube. There are plenty of sights to enjoy in this famous metropolis. The Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the Hofburg Imperial Palace are popular highlights. You may also want to take in the ‘Riesenrad’, the giant ferris wheel, made famous in the 1949 British film, ‘The Third Man’, and no trip to Vienna would be complete with out enjoying a coffee and cake in one of its famous, convivial and elegant coffee houses. You’ll spend the night in a city centre hotel.

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals : Daily from 13 April to 13 October

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2019 Prices
Per person
13 Apr
28 Apr
29 Apr
26 May
27 May
23 Jun
24 Jun
07 Jul
08 Jul
06 Sep
07 Sep
30 Sep
01 Oct
13 Oct
Superior category
Double/twin £314 £365 £434 £365 £434 £365 £314      
Single £419 £470 £539 £470 £539 £470 £419      
Triple £304 £353 £419 £353 £419 £353 £304      

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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

5 nights accommodation. See practical information.
5 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing (Saturdays and Sundays July-August)
Parking space in Passau
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (payable locally)
E-bike: €180 credit card deposit on arrival, payable locally


Half board (£91)
Extra night Passau, double/twin, superior (£40)
Extra night Pasau, single, superior (£60)
Extra night Vienna, double/twin - July and August, superior (£48)
Extra night Vienna, single - July and August, superior (£82)
Extra night Vienna, double/twin - other dates, superior (£63)
Extra night Vienna, single - other dates, superior (£96)
Transfer Munich airport to Passau, train ticket (£41)
Transfer Vienna airport to Passau, train ticket (£30)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£61)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£134)


Free one child 0 - 5 yrs sharing with two adults
50% for one child 6 - 11 yrs sharing with two adults
25% for one child 12 - 15 yrs sharing with two adults

Practical Information


Women's hybrid bike.

Example of the women’s hybrid bike used on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed male and female hybrid models with 21-speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.

The bikes come equipped with rear pannier and lock.

E-bikes are also available. Important: A security credit card deposit of €180 will be requested on arrival as a ‘guarantee’ only. This will be returned when you return the bike in good condition.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.


Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Passau: Hotel Dormero
Brandstatt/Eferding: Gasthof Dieplinger
Ardagger/Bad Kreuzen/Grein: Schatzkammer
Krems: Gasthof Klinglhuber
Vienna: Park Inn

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Munich or Vienna (Salzburg or Linz are also possibilities). Then take the train from Munich/Vienna airport to Passau with one change.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research train timetables here.