Danube Source to Donauwörth Cycling Holiday

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  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Donaueschingen / Donauwörth
  • Distance

    205 miles/330 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamilyRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

  • Tour code

Price From £488


Discover the young Danube on this leisurely cycle holiday through Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Let the river unveil idyllic villages, fertile, rolling countryside and proud cities as it makes its way eastwards. Easy, riverside cycling with lots to see along the way and interesting overnight stops.

Follow the river from its source at Donaueschingen through the Black Forest and Swabia, passing through cultural towns and cities such as towns Ulm and Obermarchtal as you make your way to Donauwörth. Baroque abbeys and isolated castles are in store plus natural wonders like the sinking of the Danube at Immendingen and the ink blue Blautopf spring.



Most of this cycle tour follows flat paved cycle paths with some dirt tracks as well – all pretty smooth and easy to ride on. Any hills are generally of gentle gradient, and with plenty of time allotted to tackle each day’s riding anyone with a basic level of fitness will be able to enjoy this trip.

Itinerary & Map

Most of this cycle tour follows flat paved cycle paths with some dirt tracks as well – all pretty smooth and easy to ride on. Any hills are generally of gentle gradient, and with plenty of time allotted to tackle each day’s riding anyone with a basic level of fitness will be able to enjoy this trip.


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Day 1: Arrive Donaueschingen

Danube Fountainhead - Donaueschingen - Germany*

Danube Fountainhead – Donaueschingen

On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Donaueschingen. After check-in you’re free to relax or explore. The Danube is formed near the town by the joining of two lesser rivers while nearby Fürstenberg castle is also worth seeking out. Be sure to visit the Danube Spring in the town which marks the river’s birth point.

Day 2: Donaueschingen – Mühlheim/Fridingen, 28 to 35 miles/45 to 55 kms



Your first day of cycling takes you through the ‘Baar’, the rolling, rural landscape between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb. There will be more natural wonders in store at Immendingen, where the Danube disappears below the porous chalk rock for much of the year and flows underground towards the Rhine.

Day 3 Mühlheim/Fridingen – Sigmaringen/Scheer, 28 to 38 miles/45 to 60 kms



Have the camera ready as today’s ride is incredibly scenic. Between Fridingen and Sigmaringen the Danube meanders through a beautiful serene valley. Over the centuries the river has eroded the soft limestone and in places the cliffs are over 100 meters high. Many of the bluffs overlooking the valley are topped with castles – the most impressive of which is at Sigmaringen. You will spend the night in Sigmaringen or the nearby village of Scheer.

Day 4 Sigmaringen/Scheel – Obermarchtal/Ehingen, 32 to 44 miles/50 to 70 kms

Zwiefalten - Danube - Germany

Zwiefalten Abbey

Ride alongside the Danube to the village of Zwiefalten, well known for its beautiful abbey, and enjoy more fantastic riverside scenery on the way to Obermarchtal. You’ll spend the night in this traditional little south German town, dominated by its fine baroque abbey, a former monestary or nearby in the traditonal towm of Ehingen.

Day 5 Obermarchtal/Ehingen – Blaubeuren – Ulm, 28 to 40 miles/45 to 65 kms

Ulm - Danube - Germany


Today you leave the course of the modern Danube and venture north following the route the river once took in ancient times. Visit the monastery at Blaubeuron as well as the limestone spring which gives birth to the Blau River. Follow the young river past castles and ruins back to the modern Danube and the bustling city of Ulm. This attractive provincial city straddles both banks of the Danube, with its larger western portion in Baden-Wuerttemberg and its eastern side in Bavaria. It’s a pleasant place to spend the night with a lovely old town and the tallest church steeple in the world.

Day 6 Ulm – Lauingen/Dillingen, 31 to 35 miles/50 to 55 kms


En-route near Ulm

Today’s route takes you through dozens of picture-perfect villages as you make your way into Bavaria proper. You can stop to explore any of them of course and we particularly recommend Elchingen, a famous pilgrimage site. Günzburg is also interesting for its intricately decorated Church of our Lady. At the end of a great day in the saddle you’ll arrive in the villages of Lauingen and Dillingen where you will spend the night.

Day 7 Lauingen/Dillingen – Donauwörth/Wörnitzstein, 25 to 28 miles/40 to 45 kms



Your last day’s ride leads you past a series of secluded villages set on small hills above the river protecting them from the floodplains below. Take a break at any of them of them for a wander round and perhaps some refreshment. Eventually you arrive in Donauwörth, a city at the confluence of the Danube and Wörnitz rivers and with a long and interesting history. The old, ornate houses in the centre are testament to the city’s strategic importance in bygone times.

Day 8: Departure

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

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 13 April to 11 October

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2020 Prices
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Double/twin £488 £605 £644 £663 £605 £644 £663 £644 £605 £488  
Single £658 £776 £815 £834 £776 £815 £834 £815 £776 £658  
Triple £488 £605 £644 £663 £605 £644 £663 £644 £605 £488  

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Deposit per person £189

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (Unlimited, max weight 20kg per piece)
Maps & route information
Entrance to Sigmaringen Castle and tour
Entrance to Minster Tower Ulm
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)


Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information. (£73)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£179)
Child bike (£40)


Free for children up to 5 years
50% for children 6-13 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 14-17 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information


Example of bike used on this tour

Example of bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

Child seats, children’s bikes and child trailers are also available.

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


The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Donaueschingen: Hotel zum Hirschen
Mühlheim/Fridingen: Hotel-Gasthaus Krone / Hotel Gasthaus Sonne
Sigmaringen/Scheer: Hotel Garni Jägerhof / Hotel Restaurant Donaublick
Obermarchtal: Gasthof Berghofstüble
Ulm: Akzent Hotel Roter Löwe
Lauingen/Dillingen: Hotel Kannenkeller
Donauwörth/ Wörnitzstein: Hotel Donau / Landgasthof Schmidbaur

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. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly into Zurich, Basel, Stuttgart or perhaps Munich and then take a train to Donaueschingen. At the end of the trip take a train from Donauwörth to Munich.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 5.0
  • Date - 05/09/2018
  • Name - Sarah Hulme
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  • Product comment - Really helpful staff talked me through the pros and cons of the different trips we were consider
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Sarah, we like to help our customers make an informed decision about their choice of holiday.