Cycling holiday Passau to Vienna

Passau to Vienna

The Classic Danube Cycle Path

Starting at € 729,-
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  • 8 Days
  • 49 km average per day
  • Arrival Passau Munich airport
  • Departure Vienna Vienna airport
  • Abbey of Melk
  • Great Danube Loop
  • Wachau
  • Waltz metropole Vienna
  • Self-Guided Tour
  • Individual Tour
  • Bike & Hotel
  • Cycling level 1

Danube cycle path

Alongside of the “blue” Danube lies the renowned and most famous cycling path in Europe. Passau to Vienna is an absolute cycling classic. Discover the enchanting river landscape, picturesque villages, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites from the time of the Romans and Nibelungengau.

As you cycle comfortably along the banks of the mighty river, enjoy the wooded forests and the magical meadows of the Schlögener Loop, Strudengau, Nibelungengau and Wachau, as each region offers its own impressive and unique attractions. Art and cultural features convey myths and stories of the past while quaint accommodations and taverns invite you to relax in the culinary world of Austria. The welcoming Austrian hospitality and the scrumptious Austrian cuisine add to this absolutely remarkable experience.

Daily Program

  • Day 1 Passau

    Individual arrival. Use the remaining time for a city tour or get to know the “City of Three Rivers” by a walk through the picturesque old part of town. Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. bike hand over – for late arrivals on the next morning.

  • Day 2 Passau – Schlögener Loop, 41 km

    Start the first cycling route through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. In Engelhartszell, you can visit the one and only “Trappist“ monastery in Austria and you can even sample some delicious liqueurs straight from the convent. Continue the journey to the impressive “Schlögener Loop”, where the river makes a complete 180-degrees turn.

  • Day 3 Schlögener Loop – Linz, 55 km

    Between the banks of the Danube there are small passenger ferries waiting for you to take them. Next, you cycle through the slowly widening fertile basin of Eferding and further to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria and European Culture Capital of 2009. Enjoy a magical summer evening doing some shopping around the lovely main square of the city.

  • Day 4 Linz – Strudengau, 60 km

    An excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria is highly recommended and worthwhile in any case. This leg guides you through beautiful meadows and tranquil hinterland while passing the Celtic village Mitterkirchen, rolling by the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and on to the romantic castle of Clam.

  • Day 5 Strudengau – Nibelungengau, 50 km

    Today’s tour is enjoyed by cycling through the fascinating landscape of tall and densely wooded rock formations on both sides of the Danube. High above the Danube is the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl. From there, you are greeted from afar by the marvellous Benedictine Monastery of Melk.

  • Day 6 Nibelungengau – Krems/surroundings, 50 km

    Another highlight of this tour is the chance to cycle through the magnificent Wachau. A landscape where you will find terraced vineyards, apricot groves interspersed with castles, palaces and monasteries. There is also the possibility to take a break off your bike and relax on a short boat excursion. On your way to Krems you cycle through the winery villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein. Through these charming villages you will see quaint alluring taverns, which are just waiting to present Austrian hospitality at its best. Something you have to experience first-hand.

  • Day 7 Krems/surroundings – Vienna, 40 km

    By train you will depart from this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage region. After arriving in Tulln, you will ride your bike for the last time on this tour directly through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and pass through “The Gates of Vienna”. Along the way don’t forget to stop in and visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg and then continue on to “The City of Music”: Vienna.

  • Day 8 Vienna

    Some say that one must personally experience this great city. A few of the must-sees include the famous Naschmarkt (international food/goods market), the City Opera, the Ringstrasse, (a beautiful boulevard with imposing buildings which bear witness to ancient times) and of course the gorgeous imperial castle Schönbrunn. Extension at Vienna or return to Passau.

Cycling in Austria

Tour proflie 
the cycling path is completely paved from one end to the other, flat, almost always directly along the riverbank, very suitable for beginners.

Danube loop

What else do you need to know?

Price per person in a 2-person room in 2023

  • Season 1: every day from October 7 - October 21 € 729,-
  • Season 2: every day from April 8 - April 28 and from September 23 - October 6 € 849,-
  • Season 3: every day from April 29 - September 22 € 969,-

Surcharge Single room € 290,-
Surcharge 6 x dinner (in Vienna Breakfast only) € 215,-

Extra night in Passau (incl. Breakfast)
Per person in a 2-person room
April - October € 76,-
Surcharge single room € 23,-

Extra night in Vienna (incl. Breakfast)
Per person in a 2-person room
April - October € 99,-
Surcharge single room € 76,-

Rental bikes:
Touring bike € 88,-
E-bike € 198,-
Bike helmet € 39,-
Rental bike disclaimer (payable on spot) € 18,- per touring bike / € 38,- per e-bike

Reservation costs € 20,- per booking
Contribution Dutch Guarantee Fund € 5,- per person (Insolvency Protection)


  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels or, when fully booked, the best possible 3-star hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per Person/ max. 23 kg)
  • 1 bottle of high-level wine in the Wachau Valley per room
  • A tasting of regional products
  • 1 x train Krems/surroundings – Tulln incl. bike
  • 1 x train ride Vienna central station – Passau (transfer of own bike not included) in season 1+2
  • 1 x bus ride Vienna - Passau (incl. own bike ) in season 3, train ride back possible (excl. own bikes)
  • Free WLAN in all hotels 
  • Service-hotline (also on weekends)
  • Handlebar bag with digital route book and information material per room (also available as GPX file)

Not Included

  • Reservation costs (€ 20,- per booking)
  • Contribution Dutch Guarantee Fund € 5,- per person (Insolvency Protection)
  • Bicycle rent
  • Rental bike disclaimer
  • Dinners (surcharge 6 x dinners, only breakfast in Vienna)
  • Lunches and consumptions
  • Personal and cancellation insurances
  • Excursions (entrance fee for museums/gardens/parks)
  • Local tax payable on spot (approx. €  1,-/€  2,50 per person per night

Special details

  • Operated by local partner
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions​​​​​​​
  • Rental bike disclaimer (covers costs in case of loss or damage to the rental bike, when properly used and secured. Excluded from this are only lost keys, batteries and chargers of e-bikes, as well as damage due to intent or gross negligence)
  • 1 piece of luggage per person, max. weight 23 kg

Arrival by plane (arrival at airport Munich or Vienna)

We recommend to travel by train to Passau.
We can book a private transfer for you (1-8 persons) from Munich to Passau: from € 240,-.

Arrival by train

You can take a scheduled bus or taxi from Munich airport to train station in Freising. From Freising you can take a train to Passau.
Costs are approx. € 35,- (by train); € 60,- (taxi+train).

Depending on your hotel you can either choose to walk or take a taxi or bus from the train station in Passau.

At the first hotel your room is available from 2 PM on the day of arrival. In case you will arrive after 7 PM, please call your hotel to let them know.
The standard tour includes bed and breakfast. It is also possible to book half board; this has to be asked for upon booking.
Half board includes breakfast and dinner and starts with dinner on the first day until breakfast on the day of departure except for the dinner in Vienna.

(Please note that the hotels listed are only examples and are subject to change. You will find your final hotel in the hotel list, which you will receive before departure)

  • Passau

    The Hotel Passauer Wolf offers rooms with attached bathroom with city or river views, and which are equipped with comfortable furniture. The sofa can also be used as an additional bed. Guests can relax in the bar. Breakfast is included.

  • Schlögener

    Located at the Danube River’s famous Schlögen Loop, Hotel Donauschlinge features a spa and wellness center. The restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine, including asparagus, fish and game specialties. A rich breakfast buffet is served.

  • Linz

    Located in the center of Linz, Hotel Schillerpark is a 12-minute walk from the main square. All rooms feature large windows with panoramic views, individually adjustable air conditioning. A rich and varied breakfast buffet are available in the morning at the Tafelspitz restaurant.

  • Strudengau

    Wellnesshotel Aumühle offers a wellness center with indoor pool and massage service, and a restaurant that serves regional specialties. All rooms are spacious and bright. Wellness facilities include several saunas and steam baths, a hot tub and a solarium.

  • Nibelungengau

    The hotel Zum Schwarzen Bären in the scenic Wachau region combines tradition with modern amenities like a 400-m² spa area.The restaurant’s cuisine serves traditional and regional cuisine.

  • Krems

    In a scenic location in the Wachau region overlooking the town of Krems, The 4-star superior Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Krems is 1.2 mi from the center. It offers a large spa area, and a restaurant. Guests can relax in the 9.8 ft² spa area, which is spread over 3 levels.

  • Vienna

    Starlight Suiten Hotel Renngasse is centrally located in Vienna. A sauna and a gym are further features of the property. You can enjoy different hot and cold drinks at Starlight Suiten’s bar.

All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except Electro bike).

By this tour you can rent the following bikes:

  • Rental bike Danube Hotel

    21-speed (ladies/gents) touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

  • Rental E-bike Danube Hotel

    Our modern e-bikes (pedelecs) are quality branded bikes with hub gear, freewheel, powerful electric motor and gradually selectable pedal assistance. Only for experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. 

General information

  • All bike tours are unescorted
  • The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes
  • Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes
  • The arrival to Passau is not included in the tour price and has to be arranged on your own. This cycling tour is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Individual requests are in special cases possible (e.g. handicapped accessible room)