Danube - Passau to Vienna Cycling Break

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.

Danube Loop at Schlögen

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.

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.

Danube - Passau to Vienna Cycling Break

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.

Danube Loop at Schlögen

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.

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

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
40 to 47 miles/64 to 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/Bad Kreuzen/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/Bad Kreuzen/Grein – Krems
53 miles/85 kms

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

Your final day’s ride leads you through Austria’s main vegetable producing area to the town of Tulln. From here you cycle through a section of the Wienerwald (Viennese Forest) before entering the suburbs of the imperial city. After passing the impressive Kolsterneuburg Monastery you pedal triumphantly into Vienna alongside the Danube.

If you want to shorten the bike ride there are a few options for you. On your way you can choose to drop the bikes off at Tulln (43 km) and take the train (approximately €10 payable locally) from there into Vienna.

Another option is to cycle to Nussdorf (72 km), drop off your bikes and then take the tram from there into Vienna.

Of course, you can choose to cycle the whole way from Krems to your hotel in Vienna (82 km). It’s all on a flat bike path.

*Important note: E-bikes can only be returned at the drop-off point in Nussdorf on the outskirts of Vienna. It is not possible to return e-bikes in Tulln or at your hotel in Vienna.

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 without 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 : End of trip

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

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21-24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier and lock.

Electric 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.

Accommodation

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Passau: MK Hotel

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.

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