Where is the Danube?
The whole world talks about the Danube bike trail! But who among you really knows this amazing route along the German Danube? This region is one of the continents most beautiful riverside landscapes. Next to a variety of cultural sights, such as the pompous traces left by the baroque, many untouched floodplains areas make this region so worthwhile. Discover the headwaters where the young Danube trickles away close to Möhringen and enjoy the old riverside paths, reinvented as bike trails and paved for the most part today.
1. day Arrival in Donaueschingen
We recommend arriving early to have the time to visit the source of this major river.
2. day Donaueschingen - Mühlheim/Fridingen 45/55 km
Lets get on our bikes at last! Full of energy you will get to know the "Baar", a very unique landscape. We suggest a side trip to the Entenburg castle in Pfohren before it gets exciting in Immendingen: For the most part of the year, the small Danube disappears in the porous limestone! Instead of mouthing into the Black Sea as documented by the maps, the masses of water pass by Lake Constance and reach the North Sea via the Rhine River. A unique spectacle of nature! After a well-deserved break you can roll comfortably down the narrow valley of the Swabian Alb to Mühlheim.
3. day Mühlheim/Fridingen - Sigmaringen/Scheer 60/50 km
The most exciting part of your trip lies ahead of you now: the Danube gorge! Between Fridingen and Beuron all there is is the most beautiful landscape, the bike trail and the cyclists. You will pass in between towering lime stone rocks and reach Sigmaringen, the former capital of the correspondent principality, in no time. The Residenzschloss is still inhabited today and can be visited on a guided tour.
4. day Sigmaringen/Scheer - Obermarchtal/Ehingen 40/60 km
A day of castles and monasteries. The Danube takes you to Zwiefaltendorf with its beautiful moated castle. Worthwhile is also a trip to the Benedictine monastery Zwiefalten with its beautiful Baroque and Rococo architecture. In Obermarchtal awaits the next Baroque monastery, this time the Premonstratensian.
5. day Obermarchtal/Ehingen - Ulm 45/65 km
Today you can visit great attractions. Follow the young Danube to Ulm (55 km) or be seduced by an idyllic drive through the Blautal to Blaubeuren. Behind the monastery is the famous Blautopf, a strong karst spring and the beginning of a large cave system. From here you follow the blue, while you accompany medieval castles and ruins to the Swabian-Bavarian twin city of Ulm. Marvel at the highest church tower in the world on a city tour and stroll through the picturesque fishing and tanning district with its crooked half-timbered houses.
6. day Departure from Ulm
Individual departure or extension of your trip along the Danube to Passau.
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.
Prices are per person.
13.04. – 24.04.2020
01.10. – 11.10.2020
09.04. – 12.04.2020
25.04. – 15.05.2020
14.06. – 26.06.2020
13.09. – 30.09.2020
16.05. – 28.05.2020
01.06. – 05.06.2020
27.06. – 03.07.2020
23.08. – 12.09.2020
29.05. – 31.05.2020
06.06. – 13.06.2020
04.07. – 22.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- guided tour of Sigmaringen castle
- admission to the Münsterturm Ulm
- 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
Below you will find specific information about the German Danube: Source to Ulm. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Donauschingen 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 Donauschingen. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Donauschingen always provide parking possibilities for the entire duration of your bike trip, sometimes even for free. No pre-reservation is necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
You cycle mostly on flat and paved bike trails. Between Mülheim and Sigmaringen there are some sections on dirt tracks. There are short uphill climbs brief in Mülheim, Beuron and Munderkingen.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 8-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Sundays there is the possibility to transfer back to Donaueschingen with a small bus (with bike trailer). The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.
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 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.
Donaueschingen, City of of the Danube Source
It is a karst-impulse source, which since the visit of the Roman field-owner Tiberius in the year 15 BC is recognized as a historical source of the Danube. The sculpture in the original version comes from Adolf Herr and shows the "Mother Baar", which shows the young Danube its 2,840 km long way to the Black Sea.
Museum of the House Fürstenberg
The museum shows important parts of the princely art collection and exquisite exhibits on the history and culture of the House Fürstenberg. Dresses and uniforms, miniatures and photos, cups and cups, make the princely splendor of past times come to life.
A special attraction are the natural sciences. The presentation dates back to 1868, a museum in the museum. Equipped animals from all over the world: bears, tigers and arthropods, bird of paradise and eagles, bones of mammoths and dinosaurs, make the tour an experience.
The castle was built around 1200, at the time of the founding of the town, on the so-called Nussbühl. The conversion of the plant in the years 1751-1753 changed the castle strongly and gave it its present appearance. Schloss Mühlheim is still the residence of the Enzberg family and can not be visited. The front castle was acquired and repaired by the city of Mühlheim in 1987. The cultural and transport office is located on the ground floor. The entire second floor and the attic are furnished as a museum.
High above the town of Sigmaringen and perched dramatically on a mountain top, Germany’s 2nd largest palace, the Hohenzollern Castle with its 450 rooms, documents not only the turbulent history of the House of Hohenzollern but houses one of the most important private collections of armouries in Europe. More than any other castle in Germany, the Hohenzollern residence offers a truly unique programme of guided tours to its visitors.
Celtic Museum Heuneburg
The fortification of Heuneburg is the oldest massive clay building north of the Alps. Over 2,500 years, the remains of a Celtic settlement have been preserved here on the upper Danube near Hundersingen. In a project funded by the EU, a part of this unique facility has been reconstructed in recent years.
The order of premonstratensian canons generated a number of great philosophers, orators and musicians.
The best known is probably Sebastian Sailer (1714 to 1777). He is the founder and master of literature in the Swabian dialect.
When on 1 May 1770 the future French Queen Marie Antoinette visited the Obermarchtal monastery on her way from Vienna to her wedding in Paris, a performance of Sailer’s homage cantata Beste Gesinnungen Schwäbischer Herzen (Best Dispositions of Swabian Hearts) was given in her honour.
Study the traces of the past in a tour of the monastery. Climb up the 68 metres of the double tower (guide essential). Enjoy the peace and quiet of the extensive gardens.
The countryside in Upper Swabia offers a wide range of possible excursions for the whole family. The Obermarchtal monastery lies on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route, on which you can see a great many fascinating secular and religious buildings from the baroque era.
Above the Danube, in the Kirchen valley (about 8 km) west of Ehingen, stands one of the advanced mountains of the southern edge of the Swabian Alb powerful and graceful castle Mochental at the same time.
The castle hosts changing exhibitions. There is also a broom museum in the rooms
One look is enough: this place has something magical. Blue and green are simply incomparable. Like a bright eye from the depths of the earth, a source of myths, fairy tales, and all sorts of miraculous stories.
For centuries, the minster has dominated the town and the region and has become synonymous with Ulm both at home and abroad. This prominence is mainly attributable to its spire, which, at 161.53 meters, is the highest church spire in the world.
Climb the 768 steps to the highest observation platform at 141 meters and you will be rewarded with a magnificent, panoramic view of Ulm in the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Bavarian town of Neu Ulm. On a clear day, you can even see the Alpine range from the “Säntis” to the “Zugspitze”.
Town Hall Ulm
Ulm´s town hall is situated not far from the Minster and is easily recognised by its opulently painted, early renaissance façade. The oldest part of the present building, the main South East building, was built in 1370 as a “new trading house”. It was first mentioned as a town hall in 1419.