We recommend to arrive early in the three-river town of Passau, so you can visit the Old Town and the cathedral with the largest church organ in the world. Overnight in Passau in the 4-star Hotel Residenz, which was built on the foundations of a 400 year old house right on the banks of the Danube. Recently it has been renovated in a loving and historic style. It offers comfort and neat elegance in a timeless atmosphere. If you want to avoid the expensive parking fees in Passau, but still want to spend the night delightful, arrive at Schärding and stay at the 4-star Hotel Forstinger. For generations the family is know for its typical Austrian hospitality and warmth.
Look forward to your bike tail, as you cycle along the beautiful Danube, first directly to Engelhartszell. Here, you'll see the only Trappist monastery in Austria. Through the nature reserve Donauleiten you cycle comfortably to the famous Schlögen Danube River Bend. Here, granite stone was too hard an obstacle for the river to pass through and the water had to make a 180° bend. And this is where you sleep. At the beautiful balcony rooms at the 4-star Hotel Donauschlinge. Feel the positive effect, the force of the water and soak up the beauty of nature to the fullest.
With pleasure you cycle through the narrow Danube valley. Take a break at the old Baroque market of Aschach and visit the pretty town of Ottensheim before you reach Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009) with its wonderful Old Town. Here, the attraction is the Old Town with many restaurants. In a prime location in the center of Linz, right next to St. Mary's you are staying at 4-star Hotel Am Domplatz. A perfect location to explore the diverse artistic and cultural program.
Through meadows and forests you cycle to St. Florian, visit the famous monastery and follow the beautiful bike path to Enns, the oldest city of Austria. See the main-square with the symbol of Enns – a 60 m high city tower from the 16th century. From Enns you cycle further directly along the Danube till you reach the beautiful Baroque town Grein. Today you stay in Ardagger in the 4-star Landhaus Stift Ardagger, a former collegiate tavern from the 13th century. Look forward to the evening, as the country house combines both architectural and culinary the best of both worlds.
Today a beautiful section of the Danube awaits you. Enjoy your trip through the wild Strudengau, once a crucial and much dreaded part by Danube skippers. Take your time to visit Nibelungengau and Maria Taferl, a popular and beautifully located pilgrim’s church, attracting thousands of pilgrims every year. Also you should explore the historic Nibelungengau and take some time for the pilgrimage Maria Taferl. Look forward to your 4-star Hotel Zur Post in Melk, where you stay with a direct view of the diocese in the center of Melk. Since 1893 and now in its fourth generation of family ownership, the hotel offers comfortable rooms and a restaurant serving seasonal Austrian dishes made from local produce and an own wine shop.
Look forward to the "pinnacle stage" of the tour through the Wachau. Enjoy the charming ambiance of the Wachau region (UNESCO World Heritage site) and its so typical orchards and look forward to a wine tasting. In the middle of this beautiful cultural landscape stands the 4-star Hotel & Spa Steigenrberger in Krems. In the evening let yourself be pampered by exquisite cuisine and fine local wines.
Today you cycle on the Danube cycle path past Castle Greifenstein and Klosterneuburg and finally you reach the city of Vienna with its own special flair. Take your time to explore Vienna and treat yourself to a piece of cake in one of the so-typical coffee houses. In the heart of Vienna, in the historic center, in the near to the Hofburg, you will stay stylish at the 4-star Hotel Steigenberger Herrenhof. Here it is difficult to make decisions. Prefer to relax in the exquisite spa and wellness area of the hotel or go in the city to experience new adventures. The Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral, the State Opera, the Burgtheater, the City Hall, the Kohlmarkt and the Viennese luxury brands district are only a short walk away from the hotel.
Today, your bike tour ends after breakfast in the hotel.
Prices / Dates
Services / Info
- Overnight stay with breakfast
- room with D/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- Cycling map with marked route
- Digital route guidance via smartphone app
- Tips for trip preparation
- Tourist information
- 7-day hotline service
- Personal tour information
- 1 x ferry Au – Schlögen incl. bike
- 1 x wine tasting in the Wachau
Below you will find specific information about the bike tour Passau - Wien in Charme Hotels. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Passau is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Passau. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
The Hotel Residenz in Passau offers parking facilities in cooperation with the Donauschiffsreisecenter Eckerl, no reservation possible, organization and payable on site. There are parking facilities in Passau in public garages ca. 45.00 EUR per week. Alternative you find parking facilities in Schärding at the Eurobike-ground. Detailed information on parking you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Hotel Residenz Passau: The family-run Hotel Residenz, located directly on the banks of the Danube. The products for breakfast are from local partners and suppliers and have a seasonal and regional offer with homemade jam and hazelnut cream. A sanarium, an adventure shower, a whirlpool and a floating lounger await you for relaxation.
Hotel Donauschlinge Schlögen: The family-run 4 star hotel is located directly on the Danube loop and offers a wonderful view over the Danube. All kinds of delicacies are served in the six different restaurants. In the wellness & beauty area are a sauna area and indoor pool as well as numerous application possibilities.
Hotel Am Domplatz Linz: The Hotel Am Domplatz is located right next to the cathedral in Linz. Enjoy the view of the Mariendom during breakfast, which is also possible outdoors. The rooms are bright and friendly with box spring beds. Enjoy dinner in paul's küche.bar.greisslerei, right next to the hotel.
Landgasthof Winter Grein: This hotel combines the best of two worlds, both architecturally and culinary: the former monastery tavern from the 13th century was converted into a traditional country house and restored with great attention to detail. Down-to-earth cuisine of the highest standard is offered.
Please take care: The Landgasthof Winter is currently still closed, alternatively the Wellness Hotel Aumühle can be booked at a discount of EUR 19.00 per person (as of 01/2023).
Hotel Zur Post Melk: The hotel is centrally located on the main square. The 28 rooms are individually and comfortably furnished and are characterized by living tradition with the most modern comfort. The restaurant impresses with Austrian classics with a modern touch made from regional and seasonal products.
Hotel Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Krems: Nestled in the surrounding vineyards, the hotel awaits you with a view of the Danube. The modern and brightly furnished rooms have a flat screen TV, minibar, safe and desk. The restaurant offers mainly high-quality ingredients with regional and seasonal food.
Hotel Steigenberger Herrenhof Wien: The hotel is located directly in the old town of Vienna. The elegantly furnished rooms have first-class equipment. Fine Austrian ingredients and the best of Mediterranean countries await you in the restaurant. Relax in the elegant spa with a treatment or with a workout in the gym.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle mostly on bike paths or quiet roads. The mostly flat route and the well-developed infrastructure makes the Danube Cycle Route one of the most family-friendly long-distance routes. It often runs in the immediate vicinity of rivers sometimes also on an Danube embankment from where you have a great view of the river. On your way to Vienna, the Danube is lined by wooded slopes, vineyards, orchards and romantic pasture landscape.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between either 7-speed unisex bikes with hub gears and coaster brake or 21-speed ladies' or men's bikes with derailleur gears and freewheel as well as electric bikes (unisex).
Transfer back to the starting point
Daily in the afternoon there is the possibility to transfer back to Passau (start between 2 - 3 pm, ca. 4hrs) with a small bus. A reservation in advance is necessary. The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has enough space for you, your luggage and your own bicycle (when required). The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.
Additional nights during the cycling trip
The booking of additional nights is possible in every regular accommodation place. Please contact us for more information.
Costs which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, ill