The Bavarian Danube Cycle Path

From Donauwörth to Passau - 8 days / 7 nights from 499 €

The Danube in Bavaria - panorama

This relaxing tour takes you right across the Free State of Bavaria. Along the Danube you will encounter very different historic cities and beautiful unspoiled countryside. Ingolstadt with its old fortifications is on your route. This is where the Bavarian Beer Purity Law was passed in 1516. You will pass the Danube Gap in Weltenburg before you reach Regensburg at the northernmost point of the Danube on its almost 2,800 km journey to the Black Sea. Passau is the Town of Three Rivers, where Inn, Ilz and Danube flow into each other. On the way you will have enough time to enjoy this truly amazing panorama along the Bavarian Danube Cycle Path.

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The Bavarian Danube Cycle Path

Brief Information

  • Booking Code
    DO-DP7
  • Start / Destination
    Donauwörth / Passau
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 310 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 40 and 65 km, Ø 50 km
    Altitude profile ●○○○○
  • Route condition
    Mostly level ground and almost always along cycle paths. There are some longer sections on firm off-road tracks, with some sections going through forest. The towns are frequently located on flood-safe raised sites.
  • Parking information
    Parking deck im Ried, Opening hours: 24 / 7, Cost: approx. 5 € / day.
    No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Return travel information
    Optional  travel by chartered minibus (only on Saturdays from May until September), duration approx. 2.5 hours. Please include this option in your original booking.
    Alternatively you make your own way back by train. Hourly connections, 1 – 2 changes, duration approx. 4 hours.
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen
old city gate, Donauwörth

Day 1: Individual arrival in Donauwörth

You start your tour in the picturesque town of Donauwörth, which is where the former most important trade route between Nuremberg and Augsburg crossed the Danube. The impressive town houses are still a reminder to us today of the significance and wealth of this town. The Käthe-Kruse doll museum is a treat not only for children.

city, Ingolstadt

Day 2: Donauwörth ‒ Ingolstadt, approx. 65 km

Today you will be moving on swiftly. You soon reach the foothills of the Franconian Alb mountains, which liven up the route as you cycle along this gently undulating section of the tour. It’s worth taking a look at Neuburg’s old town, for example the court church or the town theatre. Ingolstadt has a wonderful medieval flair and is known all over the world as the town where Audi manufactures its cars. Visit the Mobile Museum or wander through the historic city centre.

old town, Kelheim

Day 3: Ingolstadt ‒ Kelheim, approx. 55 km + boat trip

Today you follow the Danube Cycle Path to Neustadt and then on to Bad Gögging passing many hop fields on the way. As you continue you will see a very special natural spectacle: the Danube Gap between Weltenburg and Kelheim. The Danube carves its way here through the rocks of the Franconian Jura mountains. Departing from the famous Benedictine Monastery, a boat takes you to Kelheim.

cyclist, Regensburg

Day 4: Kelheim ‒ Regensburg, approx. 40 km

Before you start you should go up to the Hall of Liberation, which gives you wonderful panoramic views of the area. The route then takes you on to Regensburg, the northernmost point of the Danube. This town is considered Germany’s best preserved city and has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Bring your day to a pleasant end with a walk through the winding alleyways of the town’s Spitalviertel ‒ or hospital quarter.

marketplace, Straubing

Day 5: Regensburg ‒ Straubing, approx. 50 km

We recommend that you take your first break at the Walhalla close to Donaustauf. The route then takes you on along the Danube to Castle Wörth. From here you can look over the Gäuboden, or Bavaria's granary and one of the largest loess regions in South Germany. Today’s section ends in the old city of Straubing which looks back on Celtic and Roman roots. The town’s striking tower is this small town’s land mark.

stopover, Danube

Day 6: Straubing – Deggendorf, approx. 40 km

Today you first cycle through Bogen, which became known when a statue of the pregnant Madonna was found here in 1104. The Church of the Assumption on Bogenberg is the oldest pilgrimage church of the Madonna in Bavaria. The tour takes you on through Pfelling and Mariaposching to the Benedictine Abbey in Metten. Deggendorf is your destination today. Gothic and baroque styles characterise the unusual pear-shaped site of the old town.

cyclist, Passau

Day 7: Deggendorf – Passau, approx. 60 km

This section takes you to the small historic town of Vilshofen. It is famous largely due to the Ash Wednesday speeches given here by the Chairman of the CSU Party, Strauß. You will soon reach your destination of the three-rivers town and former diocese, Passau. You can discover the Danube, Inn and Ilz by boat and let your day come to a pleasant end with a walk through the historic city centre or a visit to the fortress Veste Oberhaus.

plumbs, Danube

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

Your cycle tour along the Bavarian Danube ends after breakfast. We are happy to extend your stay in Passau if you like.