Danube – Regensburg to Vienna Cycling Holiday
Start / FinishRegensburg / Vienna
Distance304 miles/489 kms
A 10 night cycling adventure, following the mighty Danube River from Regensburg in Bavaria, past the Danube Loop and Wachau Valley all the way to Vienna in Austria. Easy riverside cycling complemented by quiet valleys, fertile plains, terraced vineyards and historic riverside towns.
This route extends the classic Passau to Vienna cycling itinerary to include the young Danube as it makes its way through Lower Bavaria to the Austrian border. Starting from the medieval town of Regensburg you’ll ride on level, riverside cycle paths and quiet lanes eastwards. The scenery is ever changing, from steep wooded valleys to open fertile plains.
Each day brings new highlights and there is much to see but the stand-out sights include; Passau, located at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers, the natural beauty of the Danube Loop, the old world appeal of the Wachau Valley wine villages and of course the historic and exciting city of Vienna. Each evening you’ll stop in wonderful towns and villages along the route that owe their existence and fortune to the mighty river.
This is a leisurely cycling holiday, mostly on level, riverside cycle paths and well within the capabilities of any reasonably fit adult.
Itinerary & Map
Day 1: Arrive Regensburg
On arrival in Regensburg make your way to your hotel, after which you are free to relax or explore this Bavarian city at the confluence of the River Regen and the Danube. Its large medieval core is a World Heritage Site.
Day 2: Regensburg – Straubing, 35 miles/55 kms
Leaving Regensburg you’ll start your tour by crossing the Nibelungen Bridge to join the ‘Tour de Baroque’ cycle route. This will take you along the river to Donaustauf, famous as the site of the Walhalla – a hilltop reproduction of the Parthenon. Continue along the Danube towards Straubing, with its charming main square and impressive collection of Roman artefacts in the Gauboden Museum.
Day 3: Straubing – Hengersberg, 33 miles/52 kms
Today your ride will take you along flat pathways in the Danube Valley to reach Bogen, set at the foot of the vertiginous Bogenberg Mountain. From here you’ll continue to Metten, with its impressive old abbey, onwards to Deggendorf, where you’ll be on the doorstep of the Bavarian Forest and finally to Hengersberg for your overnight stop. Worth a visit is the Basilika Niederalteich.
Day 4: Hengersberg – Passau, 35 miles/ 56 kms
Today’s ride takes you through the pretty little village of Winzer beofre arrving at the baroque town of Vilshpfen with its cathedral and historical centre. Continue cycling, following the Danube before you finally arrive in Passau, the ‘city of three rivers’. Here the Danube meets the Ilz and Inn and you’ll enjoy exploring this beautiful old town, set on a promontory between the rivers.
Day 5: Passau – Danube Loop, 26 miles/41 kms
Today’s ride follows a wonderful riverside cycle path through the Upper Danube Valley to Schloegen, which sits on the famous Danube Loop. Here the mighty river makes an abrupt 180 degree turn creating a beautiful bend which has been admired and written about for centuries. On the way you will ride through 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. The river valley is quite narrow here with tree lined, sloping hillsides and green meadows descending to the river. You will spend the night in a small village close to the Danube Loop.
Day 6: Danube Loop – Linz, 32 miles/ 51 kms
Today’s ride follows the smooth cycle path beside the Danube, as it winds its way through the picturesque tree-lined valley. After a few kilometers the valley begins to widen out considerably and soon you are cycling through an open plain with meadows on either side. After a bend in the river the cultural city of Linz, a large bustling place and the capital of Upper Austria comes into view. You will spend the night in or close to Linz
Day 7: Linz – Grein, 36 – 40 miles/ 57 – 65 kms
The day starts with a short ride to Mauthausen,where a concentration camp memorial and visitor centre remind us of a dark chapter in history.Cycle onwards through peaceful meadows before deciding whether to venture away from the river to visit Mitterkirchen an old Celtic village, and romantic Klam Castle where a short climb is rewarded with a lovely view of the Danube valley. Today’s ride finishes in or close to Grein, a lovely, baroque riverside village brimming with nostalgic charm.
Day 8: Grein – Wachau Valley, 34 – 39 miles/ 54 – 62 kms
After Grein the valley narrows again for a while and you ride along densely wooded paths and lanes on both sides of the Danube. Before long it widens out again and you can if you wish you cycle up to the lovely Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl from where you can enjoy marvelous views over the valley and glimpse the Benedictine Monastery of Melk in the distance. In Melk you can marvel at the baroque splendour of the abbey, set on a rocky outcrop above the town before making your way to your accommodation which will be nearby. You are now at the gateway of the Wachau Valley, one of the mighty river’s most beautiful sections.
Day 9: Wachau Valley – Traismauer/Tulln, 34 – 47 miles/ 54 – 76 kms
Make sure your camera is charged and ready today as you will be cycling through the magnificent Wachau Valley which many consider to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the whole river. Romantic castles and palaces perch on strategic bluffs overlooking terraced vineyards and orchards that cascade down to charming villages such as Spitz, Weißkirchen and Dürnstein. Beautiful old taverns and Inns invite you to stop and enjoy hearty, Wachau hospitality along the river. The locals are justly proud of their wine so be sure to visit one of the many wine cellars to sample some fine local product. You will spend the night in the Traismauer/Tulln area.
Day 10: Traismauer/Tulln – Vienna, 22 – 40 miles/ 36 – 64 kms
On your last day of cycling a leisurely ride leads you alongside the river and through the Viennese Woods (the ‘Wiener Wald’) to Vienna herself. Use the rest of the day to explore the beautiful city. The Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the 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.
To give you longer to explore Vienna, you may opt to take the train (with your bikes) from Tulln to Vienna. The 30 minute journey will cost around €10 euros per person.
Day 11: Departure
After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2019 Arrival Dates|
|Arrivals every Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 23 May & 15 September|
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|Deposit per person||£125|
10 x Breakfast
Maps & route information
Ferry ride Enns - Mauthausen
Boat trip Melk - Spitz (approx 1hr)
Parking space in Passau
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (payable locally)
E-bike: €180 credit card deposit on arrival, payable locally
Extra night Passau double/twin, superior (£40)
Extra night Passau single, superior (£60)
Extra night Linz double/twin, July/August, superior (£43)
Extra night Linz single, July/August, superior (£76)
Extra night Linz double/twin, other dates, superior (£47)
Extra night Linz single, other dates, superior (£81)
Extra night Vienna double/twin July/August, superior (£48)
Extra night Vienna single, July/August, superior (£82)
Extra night Vienna double/twin other dates, superior (£63)
Extra night Vienna single, other dates, superior (£96)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£81)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£175)
50% for one child 6 - 11 yrs sharing with two adults
25% for one child 12 - 15 yrs sharing with two adults
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.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.
Regensberg: Hotel Ibis Styles
Straubing: Hotel Asam
Hengersberg: Hotel am Ohewehr
Passau: Hotel Dormero
Schloegen: Hotel Donauschlinge
Linz: Hotel Park Inn
Perg: Hotel-Gasthof Manner
Marbach/Maria Taferl: Hotel Rose
Krems: Hotel Klinglhuber
Vienna: NH Danube City
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. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.
- Date - 04/06/2018
- Name - Patrick Cordingley
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Delightful service and really helpful
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - Well planned and good attention to detail
- Flexitreks response - Service rating : You're welcome Patrick!
Product : Thanks Patrick, we really appreciated your additional feedback too!
- Date - 12/07/2017
- Name - Ernest Munro
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Very good and well organised.Simple process to book and pay.
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - Super holiday with excellent hotels and superb flat cycle paths on both sides of the river.Signs were largely excellent and route pretty straightforward.Weather hot in July but fine whilst moving to get the breeze.Fortunately wind always behind us which is normal heading ESE.A few ferry crossings which are quick and easy.Occasionally not sure whether to cycle on north or south side.
- Flexitreks response - So glad you enjoyed this route Ernest. Flat cycle paths with a tail-wind sounds like our kind of cycling too!
- Date - 06/10/2016
- Name - Chip Treen
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Mostly very good, but a few issues. Luggage was late one day, tho quickly fixed when they were notified. One motel lacked wifi - not a big deal. Most arrangements went as expected. All motels were at least very good and some excellent. Breakfasts were all good. Bikes were adequate for Danube, tho side trips with climbs were challenging. Route books were very good - almost too much information.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - See previous comments on this trip.
- Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review Chip and sorry about the luggage issue in Passau. Glad we were able to sort it as soon as you contacted us.