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Danube Cycle Path Short & Sweet / Passau - Vienna

Enjoyable short-trip

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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. Once in Passau enjoy the day of leisure by strolling through the narrow and winding streets of this quaint city or simply relaxing in a typical beer garden. Historical heritage is to be found and encountered around every corner. The “City of Three Rivers” i.e. river Danube, Inn and Ilz continues to be an inspiration to all. Until 4 pm bike hand over – for late arrivals on the next morning.

Day 2: Passau – Linz, approx. 55 km + ship ride + train ride

The cycle tour starts comfortably with a boat trip to Engelhartszell. The Granite Mountains of the Mühlviertel have forced the Danube into a 180-degree bend – you explore this by bike. Continue through the fertile Eferdinger Basin towards Linz, Upper Austria State Capital and European Capital of Culture 2009. From Ottensheim you can use the train to enter the city.

Day 3: Linz – Strudengau, approx. 60 km

A worthwhile excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria, is highly recommended although it is up to you to decide. In the gorgeous baroque village Grein, a few highlights including Austria’s oldest theatre, the Maritime Museum and the city’s impressive castle Greinburg can be visited.

Day 4: Strudengau – Nibelungengau, approx. 46 km

Once leaving Grein, you cycle through the stunning Nibelungengau over to Pöchlarn, where you find the monument of Nibelungen and the birthplace of artist Oskar Kokoschka. From a distance and high above the Danube, one of the most famous buildings in the region, the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, salutes you with grandeur.

Day 5: Nibelungengau – Vienna, approx. 48 km + train ride

Today you will experience the captivating landscape of the Wachau valley. You pass through the extremely romantic winery villages Spitz, Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein. After that you visit Krems, the 1000-year-old wine-growing town with its gothic architecture. From Krems you travel by train to the city of Waltz: Vienna.

6. Tag: Vienna

Before leaving Vienna, make sure 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).


  • 5 nights in rooms with private facilities

  • Daily 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 ship Passau- Kasten incl. bike

  • 1 x train Ottensheim - Linz incl. bike

  • 1 x train Krems - Vienna 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 bike)

  • Service-hotline (also accessible on weekends)

  • Handlebar bag with digital route book and information material per room (also available as GPX file)

Dates & Prices



    Season / Period
    S2   04.05. - 17.05.24
    S3   18.05. - 20.09.24
    S1   21.09. - 28.09.24


    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 99
    Child seat 39
    E-bike / Child E-bike 219
    Bike helmet-purchase 40
    Rental bike disclaimer touring/E-Bike 19/45
    Reduction "no return ticket" Vienna-Passau -34
    Additional cost for train from Vienna airport 12
    Private transfer Munich - Passau - one-way / 1-8 persons
    from airport or city
    from 270
    Additional night
    Passau 3* (dbl/sgl) 59/82
    Vienna 4* (dbl/sgl) 76/110

    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

    Selected and comfortable inns, hotels and bed & breakfasts of the 3* to 4* category. All of them have their own typical Austrian style and are often furnished with interior which is specially typical for these surroundings.

    Passau: IBB Hotel Passau South
    Linz: Hotel Prielmayrhof
    Strudengau: Gasthof s’Schatzkastl
    Nibelungengau: Zur Schönen Wienerin
    Vienna: Hotel roomz Vienna Prater

    Note: Please 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/Mens 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.

    Valid for danube cycle path: 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.


    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 € 12,-

    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 bus transfer (bookable in Season 3 - see details below) can only be used for 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
    It is possible to park your car safely in the Globus Parking Garage wich is located close to our bike handover. Acceptance times for cars from 12 to 3 pm!
    Prices garage: € 11,- per day
    Prices open terrain: € 7,- per day

    Please reserve your spot through our >>booking form

    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 € 27,-. Each further person € 9,- up to 5 people)

    In Season 3 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

    Please note that double rooms with separate beds (twin rooms) can only be listed as a non-binding customer request and therefore cannot be confirmed as fixed. We try to meet your wishes and thank you for your understanding.

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

    Local tax payable on spot (approx. € 1-3 per person/night)


    Travel stories

    5,2 of 6 Stars | 11
    We had a great time cycling along the Danube passing through quaint and picturesque towns like Passau and  Krems, eating and drinking in local restaurants and bars and stopping to admire the view...E.G. 06/23
    5.5 10.06.2023 | Eran G. Danube Cycle Path Short & Sweet / Passau - Vienna

    Beautiful Cycles Along the Danube

    We had a great time cycling along the Danube passing through quaint and picturesque towns like Passau and Krems, eating and drinking in local restaurants and bars and stopping to admire the view!
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
    4.5 16.08.2017 | Joyce G. Danube Cycle Path Short & Sweet / Passau - Vienna

    My comments about the trip.

    There was no personal service. It would have been nice when we picked up our bikes if the person could have told us a little about the route and how the map works. We are from the United States and did not know how the trains work. It would be nice to ...
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 4
    • Per-Tour information 3
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 3
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
    5.9 17.09.2016 | Reginald M. Danube Cycle Path Short & Sweet / Passau - Vienna

    We really enjoyed it.

    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
    5.4 01.07.2016 | Amado L. Danube Cycle Path Short & Sweet / Passau - Vienna

    Beautiful bike vacations

    Everything was very good. Regading the guide route book even though is good it will be more easy to have the book and one page description of the route to simplyfy the information. Specially because the travel documents with the book are given with very ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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