Danube by bike 1 - Donauwörth to Passau

The young Bavarian Danube by bike, on Eurovelo 6

Highlights

Panoramic views along the way
The medieval old town of Donauworth
Ingolstadt Fortress, an imposing citadel
The Gothic town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rocky shores of Kelheim
The Bavarian Forest
Passau and the 3 rivers

Germany by bike along the Danube in Bavaria

Cycle along the majestic banks of the Danube, between Donauworth and Passau, for an immersive adventure in the heart of Germany. Embark on a cycling epic on Eurovélo 6, along the Danube through Bavaria, where every pedal stroke reveals a landscape of timeless beauty.

This picturesque cycling tour offers an enchanting mix of river landscapes, historic towns and architectural treasures. From Donauworth to Passau by bike, you cycle peacefully through charming stopover villages, along panoramas that offer views of the beauties of the Danube River. They make for an unforgettable cycling getaway.

You set off from the charming town of Donauworth and its historic quarters. Ride along the banks of the Danube, discovering architectural treasures such as the old fortress of Ingolstadt, splendid Regensburg with its Gothic accents, and the Mediterranean atmosphere of Passau.

Your cycling route on the EuroVelo 6 also offers moments of contemplation of nature. It’s delightful to observe the Danube making its way through the rock in Kelheim or meandering peacefully through the Bavarian forest.

Between bike rides, take time to visit iconic sites such as Valhalla and the Liberation Hall. Every day brings its share of warm encounters, local culinary delights and awe-inspiring experiences. In Passau, where the Inn, Ilz and Danube rivers converge in an aquatic dance, the spectacle is breathtaking.

An adventure that combines the historical richness of the cities we pass through with the natural splendor of the Danube, making this journey a memorable experience.

Carte séjour Le Danube à vélo 1 - de Donauwörth à Passau
Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

DONAUWÖRTH

Arrival on your own; however, consider arriving early to take the time to explore the charming town of Donauwörth, where the ancient trade route between Nuremberg and Augsburg crossed the Danube. Magnificent townhouses still remind you today of the significance and wealth of this city.

Day 2

From ONAUWÖRTH to INGOLSTADT 65km 320m Niveau Loisir

You pedal along paths through the foothills of the Franconian Alb to Neuburg, where it’s a good idea to take a stroll through the charming old town or visit the castle, which dominates the town magnificently.

Today’s destination is Ingolstadt, with its ancient fortifications. This is also where the Bavarian Beer Purity Law was passed over 500 years ago.

Day 3

From INGOLSTADT to KELHEIM 60km 400m Niveau Loisir

As far as Bad Gögging, you follow the river almost all the way through the Danube meadows.
A little further on, Mother Nature has a surprise in store for you: the Danube Gap at Weltenburg Monastery, where the river cuts through massive Jura rocks.

Refuel in the monastery brewery before taking the boat to Kelheim. Depending on the accommodation booked, you can also spend the night in Abensberg and catch the boat the following day.

Day 4

From KELHEIM to REGENSBURG 39km 253m Niveau Facile

Start your journey along the old Roman road in Kehlheim, exploring the historic center before heading for Regensburg. Along the Danube, discover picturesque landscapes until you reach the old town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire St. Peter’s Cathedral, the clock tower of the former town hall and the picturesque corbelling of the Imperial Hall, all witnesses to a rich history.

Day 5

From REGENSBURG to STRAUBING 55km 416m Niveau Forme

The Danube makes its way gracefully through the vast expanse of countryside, and you pedal alongside it, along the edge of the Bavarian forest, dotted with romantic wine villages and unspoilt nature reserves. Take a short break at the Walhalla, built by King Ludwig I, before setting off for your destination of the day, Straubing, capital of the Gäuboden region.

Every year in summer, Gäubodenfest is celebrated here.

Day 6

From STRAUBING to DEGGENDORF 42km 33m Niveau Loisir

Shortly after setting off, you reach Bogen, famous for the discovery of a statue of the pregnant Madonna. Continuing on, you pass through Pfelling and Mariaposching to finally arrive at the gateway to the Bavarian Forest: Deggendorf, where Gothic and Baroque characterize the old town.

Day 7

From DEGGENDORF to PASSAU 55km 380m Niveau Loisir

Today’s itinerary includes the historic little town of Vilshofen, which you may have heard about when CSU President Strauss made a speech there. You soon reach your destination, the three-river town and former diocesan city of Passau, via Niederalteich, Hofkirchen and Windorf. Before that, there are historic sites to discover, such as the Winzer castle ruins and unspoilt nature in the “Donaualtwasser Winzerer Letten” protected area.
Let your day be rounded off with a stroll through Passau’s old town.

Day 8

PASSAU

End of stay after breakfast.

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 770€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

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.


Quote on request | Contact us

Price includes

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in a Double room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Phone assistance 24/7
  • Application fee
  • Admission to Museum Mobile Ingolstadt
  • Boat trip Weltenburg – Kelheim, incl. bicycle
  • The routes described on the following media:
    • A roadbook with useful addresses, tourist information, route maps and route descriptions (the route is signposted).

Price does not include

  • bike rental (see option)
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Lunches
  • Dinners not included in "Price includes"
  • Local taxes

A “homemade” stay by a local partner, specialist in bike trips in Germany:
  • Routes selected with the Abicyclette Voyages team for their tourist and cycling interests, fully marked, removed from traffic
  • Accomodation proposed for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
  • Great organizational flexibility that adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date you want! We check accommodation availability to ensure your departure

Local support:
  • Luggage transfer service between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (1 to 2 pieces of luggage weighing up to 20kg per person).
  • Local telephone assistance 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm.
  • Telephone assistance 7 days a week from 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. by the ABICYCLETTE VOYAGES team.
Easy to follow route tracking:
  • A road book containing all useful addresses, tourist information, maps and a tour description. tourist information, maps and a tour description.
  • A signposted route.
And also:
  • Rental of comfortable bikes, ideal for this route along the Danube.
  • The option of taking out a cancellation & multi-risk insurance that covers you in case of a problem or unforseen event

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Touring Bike

  • Shimano XT 30-speed derailleur
  • Luggage rack
  • Hub dynamo
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres

*Bike rental insurance included

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Lock
  • Odometer
  • Pump
  • Essential Repair kit (1 per booking)
  • Waterproof handlebar bag with map holder

** Helmet not provided and not available to rent

Ebike

*Bike rental insurance included

Supplied equipment per bike

  • Lock
  • Odometer
  • Pump
  • Essential Repair kit (1 per booking)
  • Waterproof handlebar bag with map holder

** Helmet not provided and not available to rent

VELO ELECTRIQUE RADWEG REISEN

Teenager bike

Supplied equipment per bike

*Bike rental insurance included

** Helmet not provided

VELO ADO RADWEG REISEN

Getting here

Departure city : DONAUWÖRTH

Coming by car

  • at 8h from PARIS
  • at 7h from AMSTERDAM
  • at 5h from MILAN

Coming by train

  • Donauwörth station - 6h from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Munich airport
  • Frankfurt airport
  • Stuttgart airport

Arrival city : PASSAU

Coming by car

  • at 9h from PARIS
  • at 14h from BORDEAUX
  • at 9h from LYON

Coming by train

  • Passau train station - 9h from Paris
  • Schärding train station - 10h from Paris

Coming by plane

  • Munich airport

*Parking: Since many of our clients travel by train or plane, we do not include parking in our packages. In addition, many accommodations don’t have the capacity to park a vehicle for the duration of your cycling vacation. So if you’re planning to arrive by car, we suggest you check parking options when you make your reservation. If you reserve a parking space at the first or last accommodation of your stay, you must pay the accommodation provider on site.

* Abicyclette Voyages accompanies you on demand, including transportation solutions.

How to get back to the starting point

  • By train from Passau to Donauwörth station in 3 à 5 heures
  • Return by car in 2h45 to your starting point
  • Private shuttle: see detailed fares or contact us

Recommended equipment

Bike

  • Hybrid Bike or Touring Bike or Gravel Bike
  • 18 to 30-speed transmission
  • 26- to 29-inch wheels
  • Tires: 35 to 42 section, reinforced against punctures
  • Disc brakes recommended
  • 2 bottle cages
  • Bell
  • Front and rear lighting

Clothing and equipment

  • Helmet (supplied with bike rental unless otherwise specified locally)
  • 1 bike mount for smartphone to use the mobile route planner application
  • Suitable cycling clothing:
    • bib, shorts or tights: elastic and breathable, to facilitate movement and wick away perspiration
    • Breathable T-shirts, synthetic or merino wool
    • Breathable windbreaker
  • Thermal or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 backpack or 1 or 2 carrier bags
  • 1 or 2 water bottles (supplied with bike rental in France)
  • 1 lock (supplied with bike rental)
  • Technical details, recommended by the team for optimum comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves or mittens, depending on season and destination
    • Padded bib (chamois)
    • High-visibility vest or fluorescent belt
    • Neck warmer and cap

Bike maintenance

  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 inner tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Maintenance kit: rag, oil, brake pads

Other

  • A suitcase for your belongings carried in the vehicle (limited to one per person)
  • Street clothes
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • Fleece jacket for the evening
  • Toiletry bag
  • Telephone and charger

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