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Danube Bike Trail: laid-back tour, Passau – Vienna

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Pure pleasure between Passau and Vienna.

Laid-back tour Passau-Vienna.

Enjoy this laid-back tour from Passau to Vienna, because in almost no other section of the Danube bike trail you will experience such a variety of landscapes and cultures. Be amazed by the high density of historical evidence. Nature silence valleys, fertile plains and steep terraced vineyards alternate with each other, picturesque villages with dignified farmhouses asserted themselves against beautiful churches and abbeys. The Schlögen Danube River Bend, “Stift Melk” and the Wachau are all wonderful figureheads of some 330 km long cycling trip, where you will enjoy daily 30-46 km in the saddle. Look forward to Vienna and the numerous monumental buildings. The most notable buildings are not the palais, but rather the great buildings, such as the State Opera, The town hall, the Burgtheater, etc., built in the second half of the 19th century. Particularly interesting are also the historical and the historical Museum. They not only harbor great art and natural treasures, but are also architectural masterpieces.

1. day Passau Arrival

We recommend to plan your journey to Passau so that you still have some time to spend in the beautiful city. With the largest Baroque church organ in the world at St. Stephen's Cathedral and a charming Old Town the city of Passau is really worthwhile to explore. A parking lot (unguarded), we have already reserved for you near the rental bike station.

2. day Passau - Untermühl/area 43 km, boat approx. 50 minutes

You leave the beautiful town of Passau by boat. Enjoy on the sundeck the the densely wooded slopes of the narrow Danube valley between the Bavarian Forest and Sauwald. After 50 minutes you reach Kasten and from here you will bike. Few kilometers later after you left Kasten you reach the pretty market town of Engelhartszell. Here you should visit the Trappist monastery. The Collegiate Church with its 76 m high tower is one of the purest Rococo style churches in Austria! Now it's not far and you'll reach the the Schlögen Danube River Bend. The Danube cycle path leads you through the romantic scenery of the Danube loop, one of the most beautiful and pristine sections of the Danube, with small villages and cozy wine bars. By bike ferry you'll make it to Au and there cycle the last few meters to your hotel in Untermühl or Brandstatt.

3. day Untermühl - Linz 36 km

Enjoy today the flat Danube river trail. Take a worthwhile visit to the Baroque town of Aschach, you'll wonder about stately houses from the Middle Ages, through facades and courtyards from Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance period and the magnificent parish church from the heyday of the 16th century. Then you cycle a few kilometers through the countryside to the Nibelungen city of Eferding featuring magnificent buildings like the late Gothic parish church and the castle Starhemberg. In the afternoon enjoy the city center of Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009) captivate by the cathedral and the wonderful Old Town. In the evening you'll be fascinated by the light filled streets with many restaurants and wonderful locations for a pause.

4. day Linz - Enns 30 km

Today you follow the Danube bike path past the Pleschinger Lakes till you reach the run-of-river power plant Abwinden which generates electricity since 1979. Here, you cross the Danube and cycle to the nearby town of St. Florian. Next to the magnificent Baroque monastery (tour included) a great farm museum with original furniture from four centuries, “Mostmuseum”, horse stable and bakery awaits for you. Look forward to the last trip by bike and especially to Enns, the oldest town in Austria with an impressive 60-meter tower. From up here you have a fantastic view. More than 95 stone steps to reach the first belfry with six bells and about another 62 wooden steps, past the movement, you climb up into the old watchman's room.

5. day Enns - Ardagger/Grein 37 km

Today your beautiful cycle route crosses the river Enns and a few kilometers later the Oberwasser channel. Over the channel leads an interesting timber bridge, the longest in Europe, imposing by 88 meters and four piers. Look forward to Wallsee and the Baroque Marian column and visit the Roman Museum. In Ardagger you should visit the abbey church with the famous Margaret-window featuring the oldest figural stained glass and also we recommend to visit the Most-Gallery and the Mostbirnhaus. Located in the “Most-street”, the museum “Mostbirnenhaus” presents everything around the cider pear and the Mostviertel. In a playful way, the growth of the cider pear, the stunning scenery and especially the production of pear wine is represented. This is rounded off by delicious tasting opportunities and a sales shop. Over night in Ardagger or Grein (+ 8 km).

6. day Grein - Melk 46 km

Today a beautiful cycling day awaits you! You cycle through the stunning landscapes of the Strudengau, that narrow point of the Danube which was once feared for its swirls and vortices of almost all great sailors. It is replaced by the gentle Nibelungengau which accompanies you to Melk. Look forward to this town which is also known as the "gateway to the Wachau" and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the main attraction that is at the same time the landmark of the Wachau is high above the Danube: The Baroque Benedictine Abbey.

7. day Melk - Krems/Traismauer 49 km

Look forward to the "pinnacle stage" of the tour through the Wachau! Due to the mildness and serenity of the Wachau, almost no other landscape on the Danube can compete with. You spend all day in the saddle in the enchanting atmosphere of the Wachau region (UNESCO World Heritage site) featuring the so typical of orchards and vineyards. A centuries-old wine culture made the steep southern slope with their vineyards to stairways to the sky and therefore gave this section its distinctive shape. In Willendorf marvel at the "Venus of Willendorf" a clay figure from the time of 25,000 years before Christ and take a well-deserved break in the wine village of Spitz in the heart of the Wachau. With its 2000 inhabitants, the city draws around the so-called 'Tausendeimerberg' who is called like this because its wines have in a good vintage up to 1000 wine buckets. Here in Spitz the wines even grows in the middle of the town. Take a break and enjoy one of the colorful Renaissance and Baroque houses and the beautiful square in front of the late Gothic church from the 15th century before you continue cycling to Krems.

8. day Krems/Traismauer - Vienna 44 km

You finally left behind Krems and the Wachau, the lovely landscape picture changes completely. Today you'll breeze through the wide flat plains of the Tullnerfeld up to the flower city of Tulln. On the way you should take a break in the historic town of Traismauer. During a city tour you'll marvel at stone products from the 2000 year old history. Römertor, Humgerturm and remains of city walls and excavations in the lower church testify the role of the small Roman fort Augustianis in defending the Danube limes. Your destination Vienna can be reached today easily by local train from Tulln. Enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Vienna with its own special flair. Take time to admire the St. Stephen's Cathedral and treat yourself to a piece of cake in one of the so-typical coffee houses.

9. day Vienna Departure

With pleasure we will book you additional nights in Vienna. At the end of your journey, we have organized a return bus to Passau and included, so you can come back quickly and easily back to the starting point of your cycling holiday.

prices & services

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Danube Bike Trail: laid-back tour, Passau – Vienna
tour no.:
00318
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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.

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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
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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.

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prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

10.04. – 15.05.2020

15.06. – 03.07.2020

07.09. – 04.10.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 598,00 €
Single room 773,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 669,00 €
Single room 859,00 €
 

Season 2

16.05. – 14.06.2020

04.07. – 06.09.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 635,00 €
Single room 810,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 689,00 €
Single room 879,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
72,00 €
 
electric bike
160,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Passau Cat. B
Double room 42,00 €
Single room 59,00 €
 
Wien Cat. B
Double room 50,00 €
Single room 81,00 €
 
Passau Cat. A
Double room 55,00 €
Single room 73,00 €
 
Wien Cat. A
Double room 55,00 €
Single room 85,00 €
 

bookable additional services

Transfer back to Passau
0,00 €
Transfer back of the own bike
24,00 €
Half board Cat. B
150,00 €
Half board Cat. A
170,00 €
Travel services
  • Not guarded parking space in Passau near the rental bike station
  • Shipping Passau-Kasten including bicycle
  • Admission Abbey of St. Florian
  • Transfer back from Vienna to Passau (look at worthknowing)
All-carefree service:
  • 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

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worth knowing

Worth knowing

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. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.

Train schedule information

Parking facilities at the hotel

Unguarded parking in Passau near the bike rental. Underground parking in Passau for a surcharge, about 5 € / per day payable locally. Prereservation not necessary.

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 Hbf.-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.

Coasts which are not included in the travel price

A possibly resulting visitor's tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid in the hotel on site. The tourist tax amounts to approx. 1.50 per person / per night. The ferry crossing from Au to Schlögen incl. Bike, about 2 Euro per person. The train ticket from Tulln to Vienna, about 6 Euro per person plus 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.

Travel insurance

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.

tour highlights

Passau

Passau lies in the south-east of Germany and borders directly on Austria. Because of the confluence of three rivers Danube, Inn an Ilz Passau carries the epithet "3-river-town". Their settlement tracks reachback in the Neolithic Age. During 400 years Passau belonged to the Roman world empire. In 739 A.D. Passau became a bishop's seat. More than 600 years was the 3-river-town an independent episcopal principality, until it was integrated 1803 Bavarians. Italian baroque masters created the baroque townscape with high pile works, picuresque places, romantic promenades and winding lanes in the 17th century.

Passau

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Passau

St. Stephen's Cathedral is a baroque church built in 1688. Since 730, there have been many churches built on the site of the current cathedral. The current church, a baroque building around 100 metres long, was built from 1668 to 1693 after a fire in 1662 destroyed its predecessor, of which only the late gothic eastern side remains. The cathedral's overall plan was made by Carlo Lurago, its interior decoration by Giovanni Battista Carlone, and its frescos by Carpoforo Tencalla.

Dom St. Stephen´s Cathedral, Passau

Schlögener Schlinge

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.

Schlögener Schlinge

Museum Lauriacum Enns

One of the oldest buildings of the town is the house Main square 19th. FriedrichIII gave the house in 1489 to the Ennsern for provided war services, from city hall there till 1854. Later the equipement than district velvet occurred, in 1868 - 1967 as a municipal court. Today the museum of the city of Enns is accommodated in this house. The Gothic structural fabric is still evident in the core. To 1547 occurred rebuildings and removals, at the same time arrangement of the arcade court, in 18th century baroque decorations.

The facade is 3-storey and 5-fold. With a curved gable the attic, like at many houses in the main square, is blinded.

Enns Museum Lauriacum

Enns

Enns calls itself, not indisputaby, as the oldest town of Austria, the town rightdocument from 112 can be visited in the Ennser museum. Landmark of the town is the 60-m-high town tower.

Enns

Basilica Maria Taferl

The town of Maria Taferl is on the north bank of the Danube. The pilgrimage church of the same name is a holy shrine in Lower Austria dedicated to the Dolorous Mother of God.

This church to the Virgin Mary sits picturesquely enthroned on a hilltop 233 m above the Danube. From this perch, visitors enjoy a sweeping, 300 km view extending over the Danube Valley to the hills of the Mostviertel and beyond to the Alps. 

The cornerstone of the church was laid on April 25, 1660. The site had been a shrine with devotional images of the Virgin Mary on a panel, hence the name ("Maria Taferl", i.e. Mary Panel). 

Basilica Maria Taferl

Historical Theater Grein

There are many old monasteries, castles and ruins, but the town theater of Grein is absolutely unique and a sight of European significance. It was built into the former granary of the town hall by the citizens of Grein in 1791. It is regarded as the oldest town theater of Austria that is still in its original condition and it can be visited every day of the week. There are still regular performances in the theatre.

Historical Theater Grein

Grein

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).

Grein

St. Stephen's Cathedral Vienna

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. In addition to valuable altars and side chapels, the impressive cathedral treasure can also be seen, including relics decorated with gold and precious stones, monstrances, liturgical texts and books as well as vestments. Numerous important people were also given their final resting place in St. Stephen's Cathedral.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Albertina Vienna

Located in Vienna, the Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace. It blends an imperial flair with unrivalled masterpieces of art. The historical setting of this internationally acclaimed modern museum makes a visit to the Albertina an unforgettable experience. The city’s largest residential Habsburg palace boasts 21 beautifully furnished staterooms, making it one of the most exquisite classical palaces in the whole of Europe.

Since it reopened in 2003, the Albertina has presented an impressive number of exhibitions, showing foremost works of art dating from the 15th century to the present day. With its special “Albrecht Dürer”, “Picasso” and “Van Gogh” exhibitions, the Albertina has drawn a record number of visitors during the past few years. The Albertina is one of Austria’s most popular museums, making it a major attraction for city visitors and cultural travelers from all over the world.

Albertina Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

The former summer residence of the Habsburgs impresses with imperial ceremonial rooms and magnificent gardens. Maria Theresa, Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth and others once resided here.

Schönbrunn Palace is one of Europe's most beautiful Baroque complexes and has been in the possession of the Habsburgs since 1569. The wife of Emperor Ferdinand II, Eleonore von Gonzaga, had a pleasure palace built on the site in 1642 and called the property "Schönbrunn" for the first time. The palace and garden complex created from 1696 onwards following the siege of Vienna was complete redesigned under Maria Theresa after 1743. Today, due to its historical significance, its unique layout and magnificent furnishings, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Schönbrunn Palace

Cafe Landtmann

Take a seat on original Thonet chairs from the imperial age, or in one of the snug heritage-protected booths. You gaze will no doubt fall on the historical inlay work on the walls and the mirrors from the Golden 1920s. These fine jewels stand testament to the great history of the Landtmann.

Franz Landtmann created a coffeehouse institution when he opened Vienna’s largest “café locality” in the year 1873. His patrons have included Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Paul McCartney and Hillary Clinton.

Cafe Landtmann

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