Bike and Boat on the Danube: From Passau to Budapest
Four countries and three capitals: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
- Round trip from Passau
- Three capitals: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
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- Bike & Boat MS Normandie
km / day avg.
You will travel through four countries and three capital cities on your bike and the MS Normandie. The splendour of court life radiates from all corners in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava. Not only the aristocracy left its mark on the banks of the Danube – the churches and monasteries are some of the most beautiful buildings constructed in the Baroque era. Memories of the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau and Melk Abbey will stay with you for a long time. This popular bike and boar tour is perfect for those who like to take their time and savour the surroundings. The stages take you along the pleasantly flat Danube Cycle Path, through impressive landscapes such as the Donauschlinge meander, the Wachau region and the natural landscape of the Strudengau. When your legs are tired, or you would prefer to relax, you can simply stay on board the ship.
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
8 days / 7 nights
approx. 215 / 250 km
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between 25 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
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- Parking information
Fenced, not-covered parking space incl. transfer to / from the boat: 66 €
Parking garage incl. transfer to / from the boat: 77 €
You will get the application form with your travel documents.
No reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
In Austria helmets are mandatory for children up to 12 years. In Slovakia for children up to 15 years and for all cyclists outside of towns.
- Minimum number of participants
The minimum number of 50 participants must be reached 21 days prior to the arrival date.
Changes to boat trips due to weather, water levels or technical conditions are possible; the right to change is reserved.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Your cruiser MS Normandie
Spend relaxing hours on the MS Normandie. On board this beautiful mid-range boat, which was fully modernized in 2010, you will find a welcoming family atmosphere. Meet your fellow passengers on the large sun deck or chat in the popular panorama saloon.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Passau, Passau – Engelhartszell (boat)
Your ship will be awaiting you in the harbour with cocktails served by the crew from 5 pm. After the passengers have moved into their cabins, dinner is served on board. Your ship will embark on the short sail to Engelhartszell. Booked rental bikes will be available on board.
Day 2: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt, approx. 45 km, Brandstatt – Bratislava (boat)
In Engelhartszell you will visit the Trappist monastery, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches. The route will then take you through the romantic river landscape of the Donauschlinge meander, where it almost seems like the river is flowing backwards. You will soon reach Brandstatt by cycling through small villages. During the night, your cruiser will take you to Devin / Bratislava.
Day 3: Roundtrip from Bratislava, approx. 55 km, Bratislava – Budapest (boat)
From the coronation city Bratislava, which is only 55 km from the next capital city Vienna, you will cycle through Hainburg to the impressive Hof Palace. Its sumptuous terraced garden is one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque gardens. Via Devin you will cycle back to Slovakia’s capital. From Castle Bratislava, which has four towers, you will have a superb view.
Day 4: Rest day in Budapest or Cycle to Szentendre, approx. 40 km, Budapest – Visegrad (boat)
Welcome in the city of the operetta – Budapest! This lively metropolis, which has been a UNSECO world cultural heritage site since 1987, is one of the highlights of your journey. Explore Hungary’s capital or go on a bike tour to the enchanting small artist town Szentendre. Sit in one of the charming street cafes and soak up the atmosphere.
Day 5: Visegard – Esztergom, approx. 25 – 60 km, Esztergom – Vienna (boat)
The Danube Bend, also known as Hungarian Wachau, is surrounded by an impressive landscape. Today’s bike tour begins in the small town Visegrad. You can choose between two routes: The shorter, direct option, or the longer route, which will take you to the Baroque town Vác. Either way you will reach Esztergom at the end of the stage, where Hungary’s largest church is located.
Day 6: Rest day in Vienna, Vienna – Wachau (boat)
In Vienna you can do a tour of the town by bike or bus (duration: 3 hours, not included). Prater Park, Ringstrasse – the circular road surrounding Vienna's centre and castle theatre, the state opera and town hall all await your visit. The boat remains in the port during the day leaving you time to discover Vienna. How about a trip through the castle with a break in the famous pastry shop and chocolatier, Demel?
Day 7: Wachau – Melk – Pöchlarn, approx. 40 – 50 km, Pöchlarn – Passau (boat)
Today the unique landscape of the Wachau awaits you. The old Wine Road takes you past countless historical buildings and castles, as well as charming Heurige – typically Austrian wine taverns. At the end of today’s stage you will be able to spot Melk Abbey from afar. It is one of the largest and most important Baroque buildings. In the evening we invite you to a gala dinner on board the ship.
Day 8: Individual departure
This morning you will be able to enjoy the morning peacefulness of the Danube Valley and cast a last look at the Schlögen Bend, before reaching Passau at about 11.30 am, where your boat and bike tour at the Danube ends. If you would like to stay in the city where the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz meet, we would be happy to extend your stay at the Danube.