The Danube from Passau to Vienna

Austria from west to east

It is a journey through time from Upper to Lower Austria that we offer.

“Beautiful blue Danube”

The tribute made by the famous composer Johann Strauss to the Danube measures up to this river. At the same time calm and animated, it offers a beautiful “cyclist waltz”!

Your journey will take you to the Austrian shores of Schärding, on the Bavarian border, to Vienna, the magical metropolis and capital of the country. Danube translates to Donau locally.

The vineyards run on the hills that surround you! The route is generally flat and allows you to enjoy its villages and beautiful baroque churches or abbeys. The bike path is paved and marked out, offering security and comfort.

You will be in the footsteps of the Romans, the lords of the Nibelungen and the Empresses. Their castles and palaces, their singular style, also offer beautiful cultural breaks.
The busiest bike lane in Europe will bring you to:

  • the blue river at Schlögen meanderings
  • in the valleys of Machland, Strudengau
  • in the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Melk and his incredible abbey

By way of refueling, traditional cuisine is deeply rooted and delicious, accompanied by sumptuous wines.

Majestic, slow and surprising, a journey of beauty!

Itinéraire à vélo Passau Vienne
Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

SCHARDING

Arrival on your own at Schärding and check-in at the hotel. Discover Schärding, the pretty little town with Baroque architecture. Stroll through its historic center.

Day 2

From SCHARDING to SCHLOGEN 57km 100m Niveau Loisir

You leave Schärding riding along the Inn to Passau. A visit to the city is a must and offers a cultural break. Your cycling route follows the Danube, and leads you through the Engelhartszell Trappist Abbey to Schlögen and the famous Danube loop. At Schlögen a ferry takes you across the river to reach your hotel on the other bank in the Donauschlinge region.

Day 3

From SCHLOGEN to LINZ 57km 90m Niveau Loisir

After the Schlögen loop, the stream of the Danube narrows and forms a bottleneck. Through the verdant Eferdinger Beckens region you reach Linz the regional capital.

Day 4

From LINZ to GREIN 63km 320m Niveau Loisir

You cross Machland and its treasures. You leave the banks of the Danube momentarily to visit the St. Florian Abbey and then the city of Enns, the oldest city in Austria. Its central square is dominated by its imposing tower 60m high, the emblem of city. After Enns you find the banks of the blue river that take you to the beautiful Baroque town of Grein.

Day 5

From GREIN to LA REGION DE WACHAU 60km 270m Niveau Loisir

The “Nibelungen” passage, once part of the Danube, so feared by the sailors is part of your program today. But for cyclists should not fear, the beauty of the scenery is pure joy!

Day 6

From LA REGION DE WACHAU to TULLN 56km 100m Niveau Loisir

You take the road again to quickly reach Melk. The opportunity to admire the beautiful church that sits high above the Danube. The Wachau is the name of one of the many valleys of the Danube. It produces apricots and grapes that are used in wines and liqueurs of the region. You cross many wine villages with such authentic charms, Spitz, Weissenkirchen and the ruins of Burgstein Castle (where Richard Coeur de Lion was imprisoned), to finish your stage in Tulln near Krems. Wachau was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 for its architectural and agricultural heritage.

Day 7

From TULLN to VIENNE 45km 80m Niveau Loisir

Through the “Wienerwald”, mountain and forest massif, you continue your wandering along the Danube. The last kilometers are a breeze. Depending on the shape you’re in and your desire you can even finish by train to enjoy more of the city. After your arrival at the hotel, Vienna is yours! A cab ride, a piece of chocolate cake in the famous Café Sacher … Vienna is an open-air museum palaces, cathedrals, exhibitions … You enjoy the “winstubs”, the Viennese cafes to celebrate the journey!

Day 8

VIENNE

Departure after breakfast. We offer a transfer by minibus (bike included) to Schärding or Passau. Departure every day in front of your hotel, travel time: about 4 hours. Reservation required when you register.

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


Starting from 480€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Comfort Range

Our quality standard at Abicyclette. This type of accommodation includes 2 and 3 stars hotels. Depending on the itinerary, you might spend some nights in approved guesthouses. You enjoy a double bedroom with private bathroom and toilet and adapted welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from €/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


Starting from 640€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

A “homemade” tour by a local partner, specialist in Austria:
  • Routes picked with the Abicyclette team for their tourist & cycling interests, completely identified, removed from trafic
  • Accommodation chosen for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
  • A great flexibility of organization which adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date of your choice! We check the availability of accommodation to ensure your departure.

Assistance close at hand :
  • A personalized reception on the first day of your trip by a local guide that will provide you travel documents (reception in English or German , documents and presentation film in French to be sure everything is understood)
  • 24-hour telephone assistance from the ABICYCLE team
  • Local telephone assistance from 8h t 20h
  • Luggage transfer service

Simple route tracking:
  • guideA logbook to find all useful addresses and tourist information, maps and a description of the circuit km by km.
  • A route marked by our local team

 


And also:
  • Confortable bike rental, ideal for this route on the banks of the Danube.
  • The option to subscribe to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of problems or the unexpected

Getting here

Meeting point

Schärding, Austria

Schärding by car

From Rennes on the A4 then A6 : 1320km 13h00

From Paris on the A4 then A6 :  980km 9H40

From Berne on the A1 then A96 : 620km 6H30

From Bruxelles on the A3 : 850km 8h30

From Munich on the A92 and A3 : 210km 2h10

Schärding by train*

Train station in Passau and Schärding

Schärding by plane*

Airport in Munich

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger

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