Moldau Bike Trail: Prague – Passau
Golden views at the Moldau
From Prague to Passau in 8 days.
A trip full of highlights! Highlights from history are witnessed by great cities such as the 'golden city ' Prague, Budweis - world-famous for its tasty beer - or Krumau as the jewel of the Vltava - a unique ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Highlights such as the beautiful Orlik and Zvikov castles or the fairytale castle Hluboká want to be explored by ambitious cyclists. The cycle path leads along the blue Vltava with breathtaking views, frequently changing uphill and downhill. In the Czech Republic you will mostly cycle on quiet country roads as well as on forest and farm roads. An architectural masterpiece - the alluvial canal - leads you through the beautiful Bohemian Forest in Austria's Mühlviertel. The Danube, Schlögener river bend and a boat trip to Passau are the crowning glory of your trip.
1. day Arrival Prague
Arrival in the ‘golden city’ Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world with Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Hradschin and the city center, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. There is a limited number of parking spaces available at the hotel (can be reserved in advance). If you have booked a rental bike, the bike will be handed over at the hotel in the afternoon. The hotel in Prague is located in the south of the city in a quiet residential area with good bus and underground connections to the city center.
2. day Prag - Sedlcany/area approx. 65 km
Off to the first bike stage! You follow the course of the blue Vltava, pass the large Vltava reservoir, which was only dammed up in 1959, admire small houses with wooden-clad gables, look forward to blooming flowers and cozy restaurants with refreshing Bohemian beer.
3. day Sedlcany/area - Pisek approx. 70 km
Today is all about the castles. In constant ups and downs, you follow your bike path through deep green forests and along the Vltava reservoir to the magnificent Orlik Castle. Marvel at the wonderful buildings on a guided tour, before Zvikov Castle beckons just a few kilometers further along the way. At the confluence of the Vltava and Otava rivers, Zvikov was one of the most important castles in Bohemia in the Middle Ages. It has kept it's pride and beauty to this day! You continue through the rustic Vltava landscape towards the destination of the day, Pisek, on the river banks of the Otava, a tributary of the Vltava.
4. day Pisek - Budweis approx. 70 km
Your trip is getting more and more beautiful- after a few biking kilometres you can see the castle Hluboká at an altitude of 83 m above the river bend of the Vltava. The most visited castle of the Czech Republic with the epithet Neuschwanstein of Bohemia is waiting for you! But also your destination of today, Budweis, which is well-known among beer-lovers, attracts not only because of the breweries, but also because of a royal old town, a fascinating market place (133 m x 133 m) and pretty summerhouses dating from Gothic and Renaisssance.
5. day Budweis - Krumau approx. 30 km
There is still enough time in the morning to explore Budweis, but the next highlight is already waiting for you. You cycle to the medieval town of Krumau (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992), the pearl of the Bohemian Forest. Krumau is romantically situated in a narrow loop of the Vltava and attracts visitors with an ensemble of 300 historic houses, castles, winding streets, street cafes and cozy beer gardens.
6. day Krumau - Aigen approx. 70 km
It's going to be sporty today! The Bohemian Forest provides crisp climbs, but makes up for it with its beauty. Your bike path on the Schwarzenberg Canal (built 1789-1823 to transport firewood) is today one of the most popular cycling routes between the Lipno Lake area (the largest fishing area in the Czech Republic) and the Upper Austrian Mühlviertel due to the low gradient and its unspoilt landscape.
7. day Aigen - Passau approx. 55 - 75 km
Magnificent panoramic views as far as the Alps and gentle hills bring you to the Danube river today. On the famous Danube cycle path you continue on along the Schlögener river bend to Engelhartszell and on to Passau. You can also cover the last 25 kilometers from Engelhartszell by boat (approx. € 18.00 per person, including bike).
8. day Passau departure
Today, your nice bike tour ends in Passau. You have the possibility to extend your tour from Passau to Vienna on the Danube bike trail, or to book a transfer to Prague.
prices & services
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.
- Daily arrival possible for groups of 4 or more (less than 4 people on request, for a surcharge)
- 6x overnight stays in 4**** hotels, 1x overnight stay in 3*** hotels
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the tour Prague - Passau
Below please find more information about the bike trip Prague - Passau. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by train
Prague is easily accessible from all major cities in Europe by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station (Hlavni nadrazi) to the hotel (about 16.00 euro) or go by public transportation. The hotel is located in a quiet villa district in the south of the city. With bus and subway you have good connections to the historic old town (about 30 min.). Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Train schedule information Deutsche Bahn
Train schedule informatuon OÖB
Parking in Prague
The partner hotels in Prague offer parking facilities to park your vehicle for the entire duration of your bike trip. Limited parking is available and advance reservation is required. The costs are around €28.00 per day and car and are payable on site. You will receive detailed information about the parking facilities at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents two weeks before the start of the trip.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. there is the possibility to transfer back to Prague with a minibus (with bicycle transport trailer) (duration approx. 4 hours). The driver comes to your hotel and has space for you, your luggage and, if necessary, your private bike. He drives you back to your starting hotel and thus ensures a perfect return journey service without the hassle of changing trains or lugging suitcases. Taking your own bikes with you is only possible as part of the passenger transfer. Subject to availability.
Condition of cycle paths
The topography of this cycle trip is to be described as challenging. The beautiful and varied landscape is, however, the best compensation for the ascents. Even steeper or longer slopes are to be mastered, in which pushing the bike is however allowed / making sense. The route is, with few exceptions, mostly on quiet country roads as well as forest and economic routes.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between 7-speed unisex touring bikes with hub gears and coaster brake or 21-speed unisex or men's touring bikes with derailleur gears and freewheel. The standard equipment also includes a luggage bag, a handlebar bag with a map compartment, a bicycle lock, an air pump, a replacement hose and a small repair kit. Electric bikes (without back pedaling) can be booked on request as they are only available in limited numbers. Simply let us know what bike you want when you make your booking.
Half board (optionally bookable)
Half-board can be booked as an option and includes 5x 3-course evening meals, sometimes with a voucher in neighboring restaurants within walking distance. Only breakfast is served in Prague and Sedlčany. Some with vouchers in neighboring restaurants within walking distance
Cycling in Czech Republic and Austria
In Czech Republic applies a helmet duty for children up to an age of 18 years.
In Austria applies a helmet duty for children up to an age of 12 years.
Helmet obligation worldwide
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the travel price and therefore has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 days hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: No problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
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.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
An up-to-date overview of applicable measures and travel and safety advice regarding Covid-19 for all countries in the EU and Switzerland can be found here:
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Corona virus and holiday planning
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.
Prague (Praha in Czech) was the ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, and has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the Middle Ages. Its epic history has produced a vibrant city of stunning buildings and lovely old squares, with the result that today Prague is one of the world's most beautiful cities. As visitors to Prague have increased, tourism has become of vital economic importance to the city.
Prague, Charle's Bridge
It is one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe: the Karlsbrücke over the Vltava. It is limited by two towers and is only open to pedestrians and is very lively around the clock. The Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) connects the Malá Strana and Staré Mesto districts with 16 arches. Numerous figures of Saints line the edges of the bridge. The most famous is that of Saint Jan Nepomuk, who was thrown into the Vltava at this point. The bridge is something like a open-air museum, although many figures are no longer can be seen as original.
Prague, Jewish Town
Few European cities can boast a better preserved Jewish Ghetto than Prague. Six synagogues, a Jewish Town Hall, magical cemetery and the unique genius loci make Josefov in Prague a place which you should certainly not leave out when you are wandering around the “Golden City”. Get to know the unsettled history of the Prague Jews, their architecture, traditions, customs and stories, which rank among some of the most tragic of the 20th century.
Prague Castle was most likely founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from the remains of Romanesque-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications of the 14th century. The famous Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik was responsible for extensive renovations in the time of the First Republic (1918-1938). Since the Velvet Revolution, Prague Castle has undergone significant and ongoing repairs and reconstructions.
Prague, Astronomical Clock
Every hour, hundreds of tourists from all over the world with cameras at the ready gather in front of the Old Town Hall to enjoy a fascinating mechanical performance which in the Middle Ages was considered one of the wonders of the world. The Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city, still amazes people with its procession of Apostles, moving statues and visualization of time like no other instrument in the world.
Built in the thirteenth-century on a 60-meter high cliff, Orlík Castle dominates the Vltava River valley. Today, however, the castle doesn't soar nearly as high over the river - since the Vltava was damned during the last century, Orlík has sat on the largest artificial lake in the Czech Republic. Orlík Castle has long belonged to the Schwarzenbergs, an influential family during the reign of the Habsburgs. Today, the castle museum houses the personal collection of this noble family. The arms room has an exceptionally beautiful interior.
The seat of the first Czech kings on the strategic trade route at the confluence of Vltava and Otava rivers had reached its greatest fame in the 14th century under the reign of the beloved Czech sovereign Charles IV. He commissioned thorough reconstruction, he loved to stay there and until the construction of Karlštejn the Czech crown jewels were kept there. Its ancient history was rounded off in the 20th century by construction of a dam which swallowed up the high rock below the castle and the fortified settlement around the castle.
Chateau of Hluboká
This romantic château near České Budějovice is probably one of the most visited monuments in South Bohemia. The original royal castle dating from the 13th century has undergone many renovations of which the last took place in 1845 - 1871 and thus gave the château its appearance as the sumptuous neo-gothic seat of the House of Schwarzenberg. It is possible to visit the château´s chambers and richly decorated halls along several sightseeing trails or to visit the armoury or the adjacent Aleš South Bohemian Gallery with its important artistic collections. A walk through the expansive château park established in the English style should also not be missed.
Elegant townhouses gathered around one of the largest squares in Europe, an idyllic salt store and a brewery cooking up the original Budvar beer – this is České Budějovice, the capital of South Bohemia. This city has preserved its historical character over the centuries but is also a modern regional centre. So come and savour the city’s pleasant atmosphere with a tankard of our world famous beer.
For centuries, the small town on the Vltava River has been known as the Pearl of Bohemian Forest, thanks to its unique location in a Vltava loop. In 1992, UNESCO declared the entire inner city a world cultural heritage: the ensemble of 300 historic houses with the castle and castle complex impresses every visitor. The winding alleyways, the wooden balconies, the white or coloredwashed houses give Mediterranean flair in the warm season. The street cafés and beer gardens breathe new life into the town every day.
Passau in the southeast of Germany is located at the Austrian border. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is worldwide known as "The Three Rivers City". The earliest evidence of human settlement dates back to the Neolithic. Passau was part of the Roman Empire for more than 400 years. It became an Episcopal seat in the year 739 AD. Passau was an independent prince bishopric for over 600 years. Finally in 1803 Passau was annexed into Bavaria. The setting of the Old Town, created by Italian baroque masters in the 17th century, shows soaring towers, picturesque places, enchanting promenades and romantic lanes.
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Passau
Passau's magnificent St.Stephen's Cathedral is located on the old town's highest point. After it had burnt down almost completely in the devastating 1662 town fire, it was rebuilt by the famous baroque architect Carlo Lurago. Its stucco works were done by G.B.Carlone and the frescos were painted by Carpoforus Tencalla, all of them Italien baroque artists. With 17974 organ pipes, 233 stops and 4 carillons the organ in our cathedral is the world's largest cathedral organ.