Cycling at the Danube in Austria for Epicure
Relaxed tour on Danube Cycle Path: From Passau to Vienna
- Traditional Austrian dishes and wine
- Linzer Torte and Schnitzel in Vienna
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- Many benefits included!
km / day avg.
Alongside the river Danube in Austria you will be cycling on one of Europe’s oldest and most popular cycle paths from Passau to Austria's capital Vienna – but at a very leisurely pace. Scenic highlights, small wine villages und culturally relevant places are strung together. Thanks to the short daily stages, you will have lots of time for breaks and sightseeing and will therefore be able to thoroughly enjoy your trip. You won’t be missing out on the culinary front either: traditional dishes and wines will make sure you have fond memories of the Austrian cuisine. Check out the largest Schnitzel in Vienna!
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
Passau / Vienna
10 days / 9 nights
approx. 310 – 325 km
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between 40 and 55 km, Ø 45 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Passau
Once you’ve arrived, why not saunter through the tranquil alleys of this seemingly Mediterranean city where Danube, Inn and Ilz meet. It has loads to offer for everyone interested in culture and history. We recommend you visit the Dome of St. Stephen which thoroughly dominates the cityscape, or the pilgrimage church of Mariahilf. Or, you could instead opt for a leisurely cup of coffee in the historic centre.
Day 2: Passau – Region of Schlögen, approx. 50 km
You will be starting today’s stage on the Danube’s northern bank and cycle through the upper Danube valley to the small market town of Obernzell. Soon afterwards, you will be crossing the Austrian border and reach Engelhartszell, with its famous Trappist monastery. At the Schlögener Schlinge, the Danube winds itself around a granite hill, where the romantic Haichenbach ruin towers are located, in a tight loop.
Day 3: Schlögen – Linz, approx. 55 km
Through the bird paradise of the Eferdinger Becken and various small market villages, today’s stage will take you to Linz. The state capital of Upper Austria was European Capital for Culture in 2009 and is home to the Lentos, one of Austria’s most important museums for contemporary art. The Linz City Express will take you to all the city’s important sights. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the city from the Pöstlingberg.
Day 4: Linz – Wallsee / Ardagger, approx. 40 – 50 km
Today, you will be cycling through the Machland region, home to Enns, Austria’s oldest settlement. A quick detour to the baroque monastery of St. Florian is also worthwhile. On your route you will encounter a relic from the darkest chapter of history, the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Today’s final destination is Ardagger / Wallsee at the entrance to the Strudengau. This tight and woody Danube valley once struck fear into skippers trying to navigate it, due to its many whirlpools.
Day 5: Ardagger – Marbach / Maria Taferl, approx. 40 km
Shortly after departing you will reach the small baroque town of Grein. Why not visit the historic municipal theatre, a Rococo building from 1791, and Castle Greinburg, while you stroll through it. All along the blue Danube you will cycle to Lower Austria. Right on the southern perimeter of the forest quarter you will find Marbach. With its parish church Maria Taferl, it is one of the most relevant pilgrimage sites in Austria.
Day 6: Marbach – Wachau, approx. 45 – 50 km
The impressive baroque building of the Benedictine Monastery Stift Melk towers high above the Danube’s bank and is part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The same is true for the cultural landscape of the Wachau, which spreads out from here to Krems. You will be cycling past orchards and vineyards, ever onwards alongside Europe’s second-longest river. Later in the day, there’s also a wine tasting on the agenda.
Day 7: Rest in the Wachau
After five long days, you’ve definitely deserved having a day of rest in the Wachau region. You can experience the region’s beauty and its residents’ hospitality on a nice walk. Small wine villages, such as Spitz or Weißenkirchen are huddled up against the Danube’s shores. The blue-white tower of the Dürnstein abbey church is seen as the Wachau’s main landmark. Thoroughly enjoy this day – it’s not far now to Vienna.
Day 8: Wachau – Tulln, approx. 45 km
Until you reach Krems, you will once again be cycling through the fruit- and wine region of Wachau. Afterwards, you will be rewarded with a completely different landscape: In front of you, you will see the vast Tullnerfeld, with the Roman town of Tulln in its centre. Several market gardens and flowerbeds shape the townscape of this historically relevant settlement, to the extent that it is nicknamed flower town.
Day 9: Tulln – Vienna, approx. 40 km
After you’ve hopefully not missed out on the town’s several gardens, the last few miles of your trip will take you to Vienna. The Danube metropolis knows to impress with its historical mansions and modern cultural scene. Treat yourself to a slice of Sacher cake in one of Vienna’s characteristic cafes, stroll through its historic centre or go on a Fiacre ride past all the impressive sights.
Day 10: Individual departure or extended stay
After breakfast your cycling holiday on the Danube in Austria concludes. We would be happy to extend your stay in Vienna.