Sportliche Radreise von Donaueschingen nach Wien

Sporty cycle tour from Donaueschingen to Vienna

From the source of the Danube to Austria‘s capital

Donaueschingen Passau – Vienna

  • Radweg-Reisen Tour
  • Sigmaringen Castle, Minster tower Ulm, Danube Sink, Wachau
  • Daily routes ●●●●●, altitude profile ●●○○○


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Energetic cyclists can follow the Danube across Germany and Austria on this tour. From its source near Donaueschingen to the Austrian capital. The alternation of tranquil areas, impressive natural monuments and important cities adds to the special charm of this trip. Discover the beauty of the Danube valley as well as the cultural and historical wealth along the old towpaths on one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe. Despite the longer stages, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the regional delicacies. This sporty cycle tour from Donaueschingen to Vienna along the Danube is suitable for all cyclists who enjoy tackling longer stages every day.



Sporty cycle tour from Donaueschingen to Vienna
  • Booking code
  • Accommodation level
    national 3* level, in Vienna 4* level
  • Duration
    15 days / 14 nights
  • Days of arrival
  • Travel documents Languages
    German, English, French
  • Print version PDF
    Examples of hotels incl.
  • Parking information
    Parking lot at the Stadtmühle (20 parking spaces), parking lot at the Realschule (38 parking spaces), parking lot at the Fürstenberg-Gymnasium (55 parking spaces), costs: all free of charge, no reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
  • Return to Donaueschingen
    On your own by train, connections several times a day, 2 changes, duration approx. 8 hours, no reservation possible through Radweg-Reisen.
Brief info on the sporty cycle tour from Donaueschingen to Vienna

Day 1: Individual arrival in Donaueschingen

It is said that "Brigach and Breg bring the Danube to us". However, the Romans considered the spring in the park of the Fürstenberg castle to be the source of the Danube. The castle in the Belle Epoque style is an impressive testimony to the former importance of the von Fürstenberg family. It houses an interesting natural history collection and important modern works of painting. Booked rental bikes are available at the hotel on your arrival.

Historic Donaubach spring, Donaueschingen

Historic source of the Danube brook

Day 2: Donaueschingen - Fridingen, approx. 55 km

This stage takes you through the Baar region. In Immendingen, you can observe a unique natural spectacle with the sinking of the Danube. Here, the river disappears into the limestone for a large part of the year. Instead of flowing into the Black Sea, part of the Danube then flows via the Aachtopf into Lake Constance and the Rhine. After Tuttlingen, the valley narrows and you reach Beuron with its famous Benedictine monastery.


Fridingen, Danube valley

Fridingen on the Danube

Day 3: Fridingen - Obermarchtal, approx. 90 km

Today you will accompany the Danube through the impressive valley that it has created over the course of time. Over 100 m high limestone cliffs, on which a castle or ruin can be seen every now and then, line your route. Cycle via Sigmaringen with the majestic Hohenzollern Castle to Obermarchtal on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.


Church towers, Obermarchtal

View of Obermarchtal Monastery

Day 4: Obermarchtal - Ulm, approx. 65 km

You cycle along the Danube to Ehingen, then follow the valley of the ancient Danube. In Blaubeuren, near the monastery, you will find the mysterious Blautopf, a powerful karst spring. The tower of Ulm Minster can be seen from afar. The climb up the 768 steps is long, but is rewarded with a fantastic view in good weather. The fishermen's quarter still exudes medieval flair today.


Ulm, Danube, Minster

Ulm Minster

Day 5: Ulm - Donauwörth, approx. 90 km

This stage leads along the Danube Cycle Path to Donauwörth. The towns are mostly a little off the beaten track on flood-protected elevations. So if you like, you can "let it run" or take a break in one of the well-preserved little towns. The most important trade route between Nuremberg and Augsburg once crossed the Danube in Donauwörth. The magnificent town houses are a reminder of the town's historical importance.

Donauwörth, Wörnitz, Church of the Holy Cross, St. Nepomuk statue

St. Nepomuk statue in Donauwörth

Day 6: Donauwörth - Ingolstadt, approx. 60 km

Today you cycle briskly. You will soon reach the foothills of the Franconian Alb, which enliven the cycling with gentle hills. It's worth taking a look at the old town of Neuburg, especially the Hofkirche church and the municipal theater. Ingolstadt has an amazing medieval flair and is known worldwide as the home of the Audi car brand. Visit the Mobile Museum or stroll through the old town within the old fortifications.




Day 7: Ingolstadt - Regensburg, approx. 85 km + boat trip

The tour mostly takes you directly through the Danube floodplains along the river. At Bad Gögging, excavated forts are a reminder of the Roman settlement. A very special natural spectacle awaits you further on. At the Danube Gorge, the river forces its way through the rocks of the Franconian Jura Mountains. A boat takes you from the famous Benedictine monastery of Weltenburg to Kelheim. You then cycle to Regensburg.


Regensburg, Stone Bridge, Cathedral

Roman Bridge Regensburg

Day 8: Regensburg - Deggendorf, approx. 90 km

You should not shy away from the challenging climb to the Walhalla, which Ludwig I opened in 1842. Your journey continues along the Danube, which now meanders generously through the wide plain. Via Straubing you cycle through the Gäuboden landscape to Deggendorf, the gateway to the Bavarian Forest. Stroll through the charming old town in the evening. It's well worth it!

St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Deggendorf

St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Deggendorf

Day 9: Deggendorf - Passau, approx. 55 km

After the last few stages, you will cover today's kilometers by the way. Via Vilshofen you quickly reach the three-river city of Passau. Explore the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers by boat and round off the evening with a stroll through the old town. The Veste Oberhaus, which towers above the city, is also worth a visit!

Three-river city of Passau

Three-river city of Passau

Day 10: Stay in Passau

You have really earned a day of relaxation in Passau. The baroque old town, created by Italian masters in the 17th century, enchants with its Mediterranean flair. Explore the three rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz by boat and visit St. Stephen's Cathedral on the highest point of the old town. The Oberhaus fortress and the Mariahilf pilgrimage church are also well worth a visit.


Passau the city of three rivers

Landscape of Passau

Day 11: Passau - Aschach / Brandstatt, approx. 80 km

On the north bank of the Danube, you reach the small market town of Obernzell. A little later, you cross the Austrian border and reach Engelhartszell with its famous Trappist monastery. At the Schlögener Schlinge, the Danube makes a 180-degree bend due to a huge granite rock. Those with a thirst for action can make a detour to the Haichenbach ruins shortly after Niederranna. Then cycle to the pretty little town of Aschach.


Schlögen Loop

Viewpoint, Danube loop

Day 12: Aschach - Grein / Ardagger, approx. 80 km

Through the bird paradise of the Eferding Basin and various small market towns, the route leads to Linz. The capital of Upper Austria was the European Capital of Culture in 2009 and is home to the Lentos, one of the most important museums of contemporary art in Austria. The route continues through the Machland region past the Mauthausen concentration camp to the day's destination of Ardagger at the entrance to the Strudengau region.


Greinburg, Danube, Upper Austria

View of Greinburg on the Danube

Day 13: Ardagger - Krems, approx. 85 km

The Strudengau, a narrow and wooded valley of the Danube, was once feared by Danube boatmen because of its numerous whirlpools. Then it's off to the Wachau cultural landscape, which is famous for its wine and fruit growing. You can stop off at many winegrowers' wine taverns. The journey continues past the Benedictine monastery of Melk Abbey to Krems.


View of Krems, Danube, hinterland

View of Krems on the Danube

Day 14: Krems - Vienna, approx. 80 km

You leave the Wachau wine region again and cycle to the Roman town of Tulln. A completely different landscape awaits you: instead of the heights of the Wachau, the expansive Tulln field opens up before you. The route continues via Greifenstein and Klosterneuburg to the Danube metropolis of Vienna. Whether Schönbrunn Palace or St. Stephen's Cathedral – Vienna has something for everyone.


Karlskirche, Vienna

St. Charles Church in Vienna

Day 15: Individual departure

After breakfast, your sporty cycle tour from Donaueschingen to Vienna ends. We are happy to extend your stay in Vienna.

Vienna, Hofburg Palace

Monument in Vienna

Dates / Prices / Services

Season times and prices 2024

Arrival daily from 31.03.2024 to 30.09.2024

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
31.03. - 19.04.

from1449 €
Season B
20.04. - 30.04.
15.09. - 30.09.
from1689 €
Season C
01.05. - 06.05.
12.05. - 14.05.
20.05. - 25.05.
02.06. - 29.06.
18.08. - 14.09.
from1889 €
Season D
07.05. - 11.05.
15.05. - 19.05.
26.05. - 01.06.
30.06. - 17.08.
from1969 €

All prices per person in a double room

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  • 14 nights with breakfast, national 3* level,
    in Vienna national 4* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Vienna, no limit on the number of pieces, max. 20 kg / piece
  • Boat trip Weltenburg – Kelheim incl. bike
  • Ferry ride Au – Schlögen incl. bike
  • Wine tasting in the Wachau Valley
  • Travel documents with maps (1 x per room)
  • Service hotline (7 days, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
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Not included is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the challenging stages, we do not recommend this trip for children.

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Additional services

Additional bookable services

Additional fee single room

549 €

All prices are per person

Additional nights

Deggendorf / Ulm / Donauwörth / Ingolstadt / Regensburg

65 €


95 €

Obermarchtal / Donaueschingen / Fridingen

55 €


85 €


69 €


99 €


69 €


119 €

All prices are per person

Rental bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
99 €
259 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel (men’s bikes from 1.75 m)
  • Electric bike / Pedelec with freewheel (minimum age 16 years)

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bike lock, pump, repair kit

Here you find further information and pictures of our rental bikes.

Radweg-Reisen 27-gear unisex
27-gear unisex bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg-Reisen 27-gear men`s bike
27-gear men`s bike, derailleur gears with freewheel
Radweg Reisen E-Bike
Unisex E-Bike, 8-speed hub gears and freewheel

27-gear rental bike

99 €

E-bike / pedelec

259 €

All prices are per person

Brief info

Sporty cycle tour from Donaueschingen to Vienna
  • Start / Destination
    Donaueschingen / Vienna
  • Length
    approx. 915 km
    Daily routes ●●●●●
    between 55 and 90 km, Ø 75 km
    Altitude profile ●●○○○
  • Tour operated by
    Radweg-Reisen with a local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    The trip is not suitable for people with limited mobility.


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