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    Danube Cycle Path Passau - Vienna / Light

    Comfortable between Passau - Vienna

    • Please note: You can only take part in this trip if you are vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19!
      As of Oct 2022, subject to change.

      Feel save, book flexible: FREE rebooking up to 6 weeks prior arrival to any alternative date in 2021 - applies to bookings between May 01 and June 15 2021 , the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Rebooking FREE OF CHARGE until 28 days prior tour start; valid for all new bookings between May 01 and ***September 15 2021***. Valid for all tour-dates 2021 – the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      By selecting this particular Danube cycling tour you have made an outstanding decision. The aim of the tour is to provide you with the opportunity to learn as much as you can about the Danube, its history and wonderful environment.

      To ensure there is plenty of time to absorb all there is to discover about this amazing region we have selected the daily cycling tours in such a way so as to ensure you will spend no more than 3 hours per day cycling at the most. You will therefore have plenty of time to see and absorb many of the cultural and scenic highlights along this great river.

      Alternative tour: >> Danube Impressions - from Passau to Vienna and back by bike+boat<<

      Feel save, book flexible: FREE rebooking up to 6 weeks prior arrival to any alternative date in 2021 - applies to bookings between May 01 and June 15 2021 , the price of the newly selected date 2021 applies in the event of a rebooking.

      Tour profile:

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

      Day 1: Passau

      Individual arrival to Passau. 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 pm and 7 pm bike hand over – for late arrivals on the next morning (from 8 a.m. on).

      Day 2: Passau – Engelhartszell, approx. 26 km

      You depart from Passau and cycle into the Upper Danube Valley, passing through the villages of Obernzell and Engelhartszell. Make sure to stop and visit the ‘Trappist’ monastery in Engelhartszell and sample some of their well-known liqueurs.

      Day 3: Engelhartszell – Brandstatt/surroundings, approx. 45 km

      What a day of cycling! A unique natural spectacle awaits you on your way: the river meanders of the Schlögener Schlinge (danube bend). A short but steep climb to the Schlögener Blick reveals a breathtaking view of the Danube valley. Along the way, small cider taverns tempt you with regional delicacies.

      Day 4: Brandstatt/surroundings – Linz, approx. 30 km

      Pass the villages of Wihering and Ottensheim cycling into the state capital of Upper Austria and European Culture Capital of 2009, Linz. On the one hand there are the classic and ideal cycling/walking paths intertwining a traditional main square and on the other hand there is a world of Contemporary Art and many extraordinary museums in Linz.

      Day 5: Linz – Mauthausen, approx. 26 km

      Passing the hydroelectric power plant at Abwinden/Asten and continuing on to St. Florian, it is time to visit the gorgeous St. Florian Baroque Monastery. After soaking in the historic Baroque architecture you will continue cycling to the oldest city in Austria, Enns. Here you can visit the old town square with its treasured 60-meter City Tower from the 16th Century or you can stroll through the nearby City Museum and the Lauriacum with its significant archaeological collection. Finally finish your day’s cycling by crossing the mighty Danube to Mauthausen via ferry.

      Day 6: Mauthausen – Strudengau, approx. 35 - 42 km

      Continue cycling along the Danube through the quaint villages of Naarn and Perg and on to Mitterkirchen. In Mitterkirchen you will find a Celtic village with an attractive open air museum. From there continue cycling through the Strudengau and into the small Baroque village of Grein, today’s destination. Finish the day by visiting the oldest City Theatre in Austria.

      Day 7: Strudengau - Nibelungengau, approx. 30 km

      Today your cycling tour takes you through the Strudengau. On the southern bank you pass St. Nikola and Sarmingstein. In Persenbeug, you enter the Nibelungengau. Tip: If you still have time, you should cycle up to Maria Taferl, a famous place of pilgrimage (approx. 10 km bike tour). Then continuing on through seemingly endless terraced vineyards.

      Day 8: Nibelungengau – Wachau, approx. 45 km

      After visiting the Nibelungen monument you cycle to the renowned Benedictine Abbey of Melk and shortly thereafter enter into the beautiful and well known area of Wachau. After cycling through extensive vineyards you will reach Spitz, which is situated at the foot of the ‘1000-bucket Mountain’. Further on your bike tour leads you into the superb surroundings of an extremely picturesque winery village.

      Day 9: Wachau – Vienna, approx. 19 km + train ride Krems - Vienna

      Today you cycle through the small winery villages of Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein which are well known for their unusual churches and authentic castles. Eventually you approach the 1000-year-old winery and Gothic city of Krems. From Krems a train will take you in comfort to Vienna. Experience the Danube Metropolis, capital of Austria and the “City of Waltz” - it’s a city full of flair with plenty of charm and many attractions.

      Day 10: Vienna

      Before leaving Vienna, don’t forget to visit the famous Naschmarkt (international foods/goods) and stop by the beautiful imperial castle Schönbrunn. Extension at Vienna or train ride back to Passau (Season 1+2) or comfortable by bus (season 3).

    • Arrival - Parking - Departure

      Arrival by plane

      Airports: Munich (MUC), Salzburg (SZG), Linz (LNZ), Vienna (VIE)
      Train connections with 1-2 changes from Vienna Airport to Passau (travel time: approx. 3 hours). Our included train ticket from Vienna Main station to Passau can also be used directly from Vienna Airport for a surcharge of € 7,-

      You will find the latest timetable here.

      Arrival by train

      Train stations: Munich, Salzburg, Linz, Vienna
      A train ticket from Vienna to Passau is included in the tourprice. It can be used at the beginning or at the end of the tour.

      The actual timeable and prices you will find via Deutsche Bahn or ÖBB.

      Arrival by car

      Unfortunately you can not park your car free of charge in Passau. However there are varios possibilities for parking your car during your holiday - please note parking expenses have to be paid on the spot.

      Globus Garage Passau
      The bike hand over is located near the Globus Garage. Parking is only possible if you fill in >> this form.
      parking garage: € 8,- per day/car
      parking lot : € 5,- per day/car
      Important: Car acceptance is only possible in the period from 12pm to 3pm.

      Some of our start hotels also offer a hotel garage. This information you will find on your final travel documents.


      Private transfer from Munich airport see "Dates and Prices".

      Taxi Munich airport – Freising train station (approx. € 25,-), train ride Freising – Passau (Bavarian ticket: 1. person € 23,-. Each further person € 6,- up to 4 people)

      From May 21 - September 16 we can organize a bus transfer from your hotel in Vienna back to Passau. Especially when you bring your own bike, this is recommendable (bike transport is included). The pick-up time in Vienna is between 8.30 and 9.30 am. The transfer takes approx. 4,5 hours and ends optionally at Globus Garage (Messestraße 6) or at Passau central Station.

      Additional information

      Helmets are mandatory in Austria for children up to 12 years! Please bring your own fitting helmet.

      Local tax payable on spot (approx. € 1 - 2,50 per person/night)


    • Included services

      • 9 nights in rooms with private facilities

      • Breakfast (or 8x dinner for a surcharge – only breakfast in Vienna)

      • Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per Person/ max. 23 kg)

      • 1 bottle of high-level wine in the Wachau Valley per room

      • 1x train ride: Krems-Vienna incl. bike - via St.Pölten (1x changing train)

      • 1x train ride Vienna – Passau (transfer of own bike not included) in season 1+2

      • 1x bus ride Vienna - Passau (incl. own bike ) in season 3, train ride back possible (excluding transfer of own bikes)

      • 1x handlebar bag with digitalroute book, maps and information material per room

    • Dates


        Season / Period
        • S2   08.04. - 28.04.23
        • daily
        • S3   29.04. - 22.09.23
        • daily
        • S2   23.09. - 06.10.23
        • daily
        • S1   07.10. - 21.10.23
        • daily


        Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults  
        0-6,99 years -100%
        7-11,99 years -50%
        12-14,99 years -25%
        15-99 years -10%
        Bicycle & equipment  
        21-speed-bike, childrens bike, child trailer 88
        Child seat 39
        E-bike, Child E-bike 198
        Bike helmet-purchase  39
        Reduction "no return ticket" Vienna-Passau -30
        Supplement train ride Vienna airport – Passau 10
        Private transfer Munich - Passau - one-way / 1-8 persons
        Additional night
        Passau + Vienna 4* (dbl/sgl) 76/99

        Best - Price - Guarantee

        If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
        All prices per person in EUR

        Hotel samples

        Well-chosen, cosy inns and 3-4-star hotels. All of them are typically for this region furnished and will offer you an authentic holiday experience! Often are your hosts also the owners and want you to feel welcomed and at home at their inns.

        Passau: 4*Hotel Passauer Wolf

        Engelhartszell: Hotel Goldenes Schiff

        Brandstatt/surroundings: Hotel Dieplinger

        Linz: Arcotel Nike

        Mauthausen: Hotel-Gasthof Zur Traube

        StrudengauLandgasthof Zur Traube

        Nibelungengau: Landgasthof zur schönen Wienerin

        Wachau/surroundings: Gasthof zur Wachau

        Vienna: roomz Vienna Prater

        NotePlease be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

      • Bicycles inclusive panniers

        Trekking bikes

        • Ladies trekking bike 21-speed, freewheel, 28 inch tyres
        • Men’s trekking bike 21-speed, freewheel, 28 inch tyres
        • E-Bikes: KTM Macina Fun, unisex or mens frame, 8 or 9 speed
        • Child E-Bike (from 130cm)
        • Trailer, Child seats, Child bikes

        E-bikes | electrical bikes | pedelecs

        E-Bikes are a great opportunity for people with different fitness level to take on a bike holiday together. With e-bikes every tour is a delight!

        Please note: E-Bikes are very popular. As tghere is limited availybility please reserve your bikes early!

        Bicycle breakdowns

        It can happen even with new wheels and by best servicing. With the rental bikes you will receive repair vouchers which you can present in our authorised workshops along the way. Should a repair not be possible, please contact our service number! In a few hotels/guest houses we have some bikes on stock if you need to change them during the trip.

        Private bicycles

        You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. It is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

        For the return journey to Passau we recommend the reservation of the bus transfer or the train ride - some trains offer bicycle-parking possibilities, however those are limited and a reservation is necessary.

        Rental bike disclaimer

        If a traveller rents a  bike, he is basically liable for damages and theft. When booking our rental bike disclaimer, we assume liability so that in case of loss or damage to the rental bike (when properly used and secured) no financial responsibility must be paid. Excluded from this are only lost keys, batteries and chargers of e-bikes, as well as damage due to intent or gross negligence.

        Details see under "Dates and Prices"

      • 5.3 07.10.2019 | Roisin O. Danube Cycle Path Passau - Vienna / Light

        Vienna Light

        The tour was most enjoyable. However, the directions could have been made clearer. More precise instructions about finding the cycle track, especially in the larger urban areas like Linz, would have been useful. It would have helped also to know in advance ...
        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 5
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Luggage transport 6
        • Route description 5
        • On-site assistance 5
        • Route-character 4
        • Bicycle + equipment 4
        • Price-performance ratio 6
        5.9 07.10.2019 | Bill N. Danube Cycle Path Passau - Vienna / Light

        Danube Light Cycle Tour Report

        Overall the trip, its organization, the documentation, accommodation, meals etc. were excellent. The only recommendation I have for future trips to Vienna arranged by Rad & Reisen is to provide better description of the route to follow leading to the ...
        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Board 6
        • Luggage transport 6
        • Route description 6
        • On-site assistance 5
        • Route-character 6
        • Bicycle + equipment 6
        • Price-performance ratio 6
        5.9 22.10.2018 | Kate L. Danube Cycle Path Passau - Vienna / Light

        Danube 2018

        Really enjoyed the tour, would recommend this tour to others. Well organised.
        • Overall satisfaction 6
        • Booking handling 6
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 6
        • Luggage transport 6
        • Route description 5
        • On-site assistance 6
        • Route-character 6
        • Bicycle + equipment 6
        • Price-performance ratio 6
        4.4 09.10.2018 | Duane L. Danube Cycle Path Passau - Vienna / Light

        Passau to Vienna

        I would give the organization of the trip a 7 out of 10. For the most part the trip was great. There were a couple areas that could use improvement: 1. We had to fetch our bikes from a central facility, which seemed unnecessary since the bike company ...
        • Overall satisfaction 5
        • Booking handling 3
        • Travel documents 2
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
        • Accomodation 6
        • Board 5
        • Luggage transport 6
        • Route description 3
        • On-site assistance 4
        • Route-character 6
        • Bicycle + equipment 5
        • Price-performance ratio 4
        5.1 06.10.2018 | Harriet B. Danube Cycle Path Passau - Vienna / Light

        Danube tour

        we liked all of the places we stayed except one. Mauthausen was noisy, breakfast late and very minimal. I certainly wish you would have booked us in Enns.
        • Overall satisfaction 5
        • Booking handling 5
        • Travel documents 6
        • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
        • Accomodation 5
        • Board 4
        • Luggage transport 6
        • Route description 5
        • On-site assistance 5
        • Route-character 4
        • Bicycle + equipment 6
        • Price-performance ratio 5
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