Passau–Vienna for connoisseurs.
Discover the Danube cycle path from Passau to Vienna with all its sights and beauties on this classic cycle route and enjoy many inclusive services such as 3x coffee & cake in selected cafés, 2x wine tastings in the Wachau, 1x must/juice tasting in Mitterkirchen, a boat trip on the Danube in Freizell as well as a mountain railway trip in Linz. In order to really get to know the region, many entries have already been included in the travel price (probably historical theater in Grein, interactive exhibition Haus am Strom, Celtic village in Mitterkirchen, Burg Clam, Schlossmuseum or Landesgalerie as well as Botanischer Garten in Linz, visit to a monastery with wine tasting in Klosterneuburg, exhibition Water experience Mini-Danube in Engelhartszell, where the Danube is visualize in an innovative and unique way, garden show in Tulln, guide tour monastery St. Florian and the open-air museum Sumerauerhof, where you get an impression of all work on a farm in Upper Austria at the end of the 19th century (in-house meat bank, the large oven, the production of must, the Göpelhütte with the necessary machinery, horse stable and the original preserved living rooms.) And if you book an extra night in Vienna, a day trip by boat and bus to Bratislava is included as well.
1. day Passau Arrival
Look forward to the three-river town of Passau with the largest baroque church organ in the world in St. Stephen's Cathedral and a charming old town. You will spend the night in a 3-star hotel in Passau. If you are arriving by car, there is an unguarded parking lot available for free on a fenced plot near the bicycle rental station.
2. day Passau - Schlögen/ Wesenufer approx. 43 km
Today you cycle on the famous Danube Cycle Route the narrow valley of the Danube with its densely wooded slopes between the Bavarian Forest and Sauwald to the Schlögener Donauschlinge. Here you can expect a natural spectacle of a very special kind: the Danube flows almost backwards, because the hard granite forces the river to an extremely narrow loop. Enjoy a relaxing break in the state-approved resort Obernzell, the former summer residence of the Passau bishops. Look forward to a traditional place, stroll through the historic town with its many colorful facades and treat yourself to a cafe on the sunny Danube promenade. In Engelhartszell the next break already attracts with a visit to the Trappist monastery Engelszell (founded in 1293). Marvel at the collegiate church with its 76 m high tower, it is one of the most impressive and stylistically purest rococo churches in Austria. Particularly well known is the monastery for the production of Engelszeller monastery liqueurs, which are produced by the monks according to ancient recipes in 15 different varieties. Since 2012, the Trappist beers "Gregorius" and "Benno" are also offered, which are brewed in the Trappist beer brewery in Engelszell Abbey. Overnight in Schlögen.
3. day Schlögen/ Wesenufer - Linz approx. 59 km
Start the day with a worthwhile hike (about 30 minutes) to the "Schlögener Blick" and enjoy from here a magnificent view of the famous Schlögener Donauschlinge. On the Danube cycle path you cycle on the south bank first to the small market town Aschach. Take a break in this lovely place with its ancient town houses, whose facades and courtyards are Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Just on your bike you already reach Eferding, whose history goes back to Roman times. Look forward to the city square, one of the most beautiful places in Upper Austria. The town houses around the square have been preserved there almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. The Cistercian monastery Wilhering (founded in 1146) with its Rococo church, the picture gallery and the Abbey Museum offers culture along the way. In the afternoon, look forward to the provincial capital of Linz with its beautiful old town, the beautiful Mariendom and interesting museums. You will spend the night in a 4-star hotel in Linz. From here you still have the possibility to explore the city.
4. day Linz - Grein/ Bad Kreuzen approx. 63 km
Your first goal of the day is reached quickly today. The Augustinian Monastery of St. Florian near Linz is one of the most important baroque buildings in Austria. Remains of the walls under the basilica date back to the time of the martyr Florian in the 4th century AD, whose tomb served as a place of pilgrimage. Parts of the baroque complex are freely accessible, such as the magnificent collegiate basilica, the prelate passage with staircase, the courtyard and the prelate garden. During a worthwhile visit you will also get to know the unique art treasures of the monastery. Marvel at the Bruckner organ in the basilica, which is one of the largest church organs in Austria with its 7,386 pipes. But already the next worthwhile break lures in the historic town of Enns, which is one of Austria's oldest cities. Let yourself be enchanted by the remains of the old city fortifications, the 60-meter-high city tower from the Reformation period (16th century) and the many Renaissance and Baroque houses on the town square. Take your time for a short visit to the Roman Museum and Ennsegg Castle before getting back on the bikes. Cheerful, you will cycle through the Lower Austrian Mostviertel, where again and again pubs and most bars invite you to stop by, before your reach Grein / Bad Kreuzen for the overnight in your 3-star hotel.
5. day Grein/ Bad Kreuzen – Krems approx. 59 km + 22 km by boat
Today you cycle along the densely wooded slopes through the Strudengau, whose name derives from the shallows ("Struden") in the stream, which previously caused great difficulties for the boatmen. Look forward to the town of Melk, the Gate of the Wachau and the magnificent Benedictine abbey Melk Abbey, majestically perched on the right bank of the Danube on high rocky ridges. It is considered a symbol of the Wachau and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. After an impressive break, you cycle on the Danube Cycle Path to Spitz, from where you can cruise comfortably by Danube ship to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Krems. Stroll through this wonderful city, where you will encounter more than thousand years of history at every step, on streets and squares, in old monasteries and churches, town houses and fortified buildings. End the day with relish in one of the many city cafés, restaurants or wine taverns.
6. day Krems – Wien approx. 57 km + 20 minutes by train
Today's bike tour along the north & south shore brings you from the cultural landscape of the Wachau to Tulln on the Danube, which is also referred to an art and garden city. Right on the outskirts you will pass the grounds of GARTEN TULLN, Europe's unique ecological garden experience world with over 60 show gardens and many other attractions. After a rewarding break you cycle about 15 km to Greifenstein, where you hand over your rental bikes. Quite comfortably, you now continue your journey by S-Bahn to your 4-star hotel in the city center of Vienna (S-Bahn payable locally about € 4, - per person plus bike ticket for own bikes).
7. day Vienna Departure or Extention
We recommend that you book some extra nights for Vienna to get to know this unique cosmopolitan city. And if you already know all the sights of Vienna, a day trip by boat or bus to Bratislava is worthwhile. Depending on how long you stay in Vienna, at the end of your journey the return journey by bus or train to Passau is included in the travel price. You will be picked up directly at your hotel in Vienna and will be returned to the train station or car park in Passau. More information about the transfer back you find at worth knowing.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
10.04. – 04.10.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Wachau boat trip Spitz - Krems including bike
- Return transfer Vienna - Passau (look at worthknowing)
- Experience - Voucher booklet worth EUR 110, - (look at worthknowing)
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about Passau - Wien
Below you wil find specific information about the laid back bike tour from Passau to Vienna. 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. The hotels in Passau you reach with a short taxi drive. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
There is an unguarded parking lot available for free on a fenced plot near the bicycle rental station.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between 7-speed woman's and men's bicycles with gear shift and coaster brake of 21-speed gear shift and freewheel. Electric bikes without coaster brake! Luggage bag on both sides. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Rental condition for Electric bikes
In case of e-bike rental special conditions apply. For the electric bike a deposit of 180 euros in cash or the credit card number is required as security.
Transfer back to the starting point
Dayly from April to October (except Thursdays) a return transfer by bus to Passau is included. The transport of private bicycles is also possible on the bus. Extra charge per bike 24 euros, 67 euros with transport insurance. Every Thursday (whole season) a return to Passau by train is possible. Train ticket Vienna train station-Passau; 2nd class, free choice of train. Bicycle transportation is not recommended and must be organized on your own. Partial reservation required, bike ticket is payable locally (no transfer to the train station).
Condition of cycle paths
Scenic beauty and very well-developed cycle paths characterize the route from Passau to Vienna. You ride mainly on bike paths or low-traffic roads. The mostly flat route and the well-developed infrastructure make the Danube Cycle Path equally a pleasure route and one of the most family-friendly long distance routes. Often it runs in the immediate vicinity of the river, there also partly alternatively on the parallel Danube dam with stunning views of the river. On your way to Vienna, the Danube is bordered by wooded slopes, vineyards, orchards and romantic meadow landscapes.
Special service "Vienna guarantee"
If you - for whatever reason (weather, fitness) - stop cycling and want to spend the rest of the booked days in Vienna, please let them know by 03.00 pm on the day before. The journey to Vienna as well as the transfer of the luggage and possibly own bikes are to be accomplished in own direction. These (remaining) days you spend at no extra cost in the proposed 4-star hotel in Vienna - then hotel changes possible.
ATTENTION CONGRESS DATES VIENNA: on these dates we can guarantee NO rooms in Vienna or only to a surcharge.
In this tour, the Danube Adventure ticket worth € 110, - per person is included. Various entrances as in the monasteries St. Florian, Klosterneuburg, Museum in Linz, coffee & cake, Zillenfahrt, boat ride Vienna-Bratislava and much more.
Coasts which are not included in the travel price
Eine möglicherweise anfallende Kurtaxe ist nicht Bestandteil des Reisepreises und daher im Hotel vor Ort zu zahlen. Die Kurtaxe beläuft sich auf ca. 1,50 pro Person/pro Nacht. The train ticket from Greifenstein to Vienna (center) is ca. € 4,- + bike ticket.
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, health regulations
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, illness or accident.
Cathedral Treasury and Diocesan Museum Passau
The Cathedral Treasury and Diocesan Museum in the new Episcopal residence, built at the beginning of the 18th century by the architects Dominiko d'Angeli and Antonio Beduzzi, shows the treasures of the turbulent past, when Passau was still the largest diocese of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations.
At the foot of the castle Niederhaus, first down the river, the Ilz flows from left into the Danube and shortly thereafter from the right the Inn. The water of the Inn, which comes from the Alps, is green, that of the Danube is blue, and that of the Ilz coming from a bog is black, so that the Danube has three water colors a long way after the confluence.
The Danube Valley has a very aesthetic appearance that hits its peak with the Schlögener Schlinge.
Here the power and beauty of nature is being reflected. Waters have always been of great significance to mankind. Through shipping, the Danube played and plays an important role up to this day. A less well-known utilisation of the Danube valley is winegrowing. Between 1000 and 1300 AD, in the medival warm period, wine was being grown in the cross valleys and the lower layers of Upper Austria. There used to be a small-sized vineyard with walls and staircase connections on the same level as Inzell, but on the left slope of the Danube Valley. Today it is completely overgrown by shrubbery. But in Hilkering, near Aschach, wine is currently being cultivated. The „Schlögener Schlinge“ has been appointed a „Natural Wonder of Austria“ in 2008. This rarity, called epigenetic cross valley, was being generated when the Danube carved its way through the soft layers of the Tertiary and created its meander-formed river bed, which it had to retain on the hard granitic rock. Because of the elevation of the landmass later on, the Danube carved itself nearly 300m into the ground and thereby created the dell, which almost forms a full circle in the Schlögener Schlinge.
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
The Lentos Kunstmuseum with its international collection is one of the most important museums of modern art in Austria. Today, the collection comprises nearly 1500 works in the fields of painting, sculpture and object art, about 10,000 works on paper and 1200 examples of artistic photography.
The idyllic situation of Grein discloses to the visitor already with the journey. Here the mighty, historically significant Danube stream with the ancient, gentle Mühlviertler hill scenery combines. The pearl of the Strudengau with her nostalgic charm has to offer a lot - Greinburg Castle, Hist. Municipal theatre Grein (1791).
Wallfahrtsbasilika Maria Taferl
Maria Taferl, the second-largest Marian place of pilgrimage in Austria and the Marian Shrine in Lower Austria, has faced a great challenge in recent decades after extensive work on the façade, roof and towers.
Dürnstein, the "Pearl of the Wachau", is one of the most famous communities in Lower Austria. The attractive location, the blue tower of the collegiate church, the Kuenringer, and not least the story of Richard the Lionheart, who was imprisoned at Dürnstein Castle in 1192, make Dürnstein a place where art, nature and history form a special unity. The Wachau wine and with it the wine taverns and tourism play an important economic role today. The most famous Austrian winery, the Domäne Wachau has its wineries in front of the city walls of Dürnstein.
Klosterneuburg Abbey is located in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria, and is a monastery of the Augustinian Canons. The basilica has a Romanesque origin with Gothic additions. The interior is baroque, with frescoes by, among others, Johann Michael Rottmayr.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
The Kunsthistorisches Museum near the Hofburg was built for the extensive collections of the imperial family. With its collection of significant works and the world's largest Bruegel collection, it is now one of the world's most important art collections. Numerous major works of Western art, including Raphael's "Madonna in the Green," Vermeer's "painting," the images of Velazquez, masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Durer, Titian and Tintoretto houses the art gallery
If you want to try one of the best cakes in Vienna, you must go to the Cafe Landtmann. When Franz Landtmann opened Vienna's largest and most elegant café locale in 1873, he founded a Viennese coffeehouse institution. Since then, it has been one of Vienna's most beloved cafes, including Peter Altenberg, Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Max Reinhardt, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Burt Lancaster, Hans Moser, the Dutch Queen Juliane, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sir Paul Mc Cartney were guests.