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By car

The Danube - Modern & Contemporary

This trip along the Danube begins in Passau and ends in Hainburg. Seven days of travel are recommended for the entire 350 km trip. Given the hours of the galleries and museums along the way, Tuesday is the recommended day to begin the tour. The itinerary is meant as a suggestion. Please feel free to modify it to fit your personal preferences.


Recommended route

Day 1: From a baroque city to a cultural capital
Passau, the City of Three Rivers, marks the grand beginning of this tour. From there, you pass by pristine forested slopes and ravines, then cross the fertile Eferding Basin to the cultural capital of Linz.

Startint point: Passau
End point: Linz
Length: 85 km
Travel time: ~ 1:30 hours

Day 3: From Linz into the Strudengau
Today you continue following the Danube downstream. The trip takes you to Mauthausen and through the fertile Machland into the town of Grein, the gateway to the legendary Strudengau.

Starting point: Linz
End point: Grein
Length: 60 km
Travel time: ~ 1:00 hours

Day 5: The plain begins
From the city of Krems, the tour today takes you through the sweeping Tulln Basin to well-known Tulln, the Garden City, and beyond to cosmopolitan Vienna.

Starting point: Krems
End point: Vienna
Length: 80 km
Travel time: ~ 1:40 hours

Day 7: The last intact riparian wetlands & the Austrian border
On this final stage, you leave vibrant Vienna and pass through the rambling Marchfeld. There is a final natural highlight - the Danube wetlands (Nationalpark Donau-Auen)!

Starting point: Vienna
End point: Hainburg
Length: 50 km
Travel time: ~ 1:00 hour

Day 2: Linz - a cultural capital of European caliber
Linz is the first cultural hot spot on this exploration of the modern, contemporary Danube and its many fascinations. You will see for yourself, Linz changes people!

Starting point: Linz
End point: Linz
Length: City of Linz
Travel time: on foot/tram

Day 4: Strudengau, Wachau & more
From medieval Grein, you proceed through the legendary Strudengau. After Ybbs and Melk comes the famous Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape!

Starting point: Grein
End point: Krems
Length: 75 km
Travel time: ~ 1:15 hours

Day 6: Cosmopolitan Vienna
Cosmopolitan Vienna is the second cultural hot spot on this exploration of the modern, contemporary Danube and its fascinations. This metropolis delights visitors with culture, art and vibrant urban life ...

Starting point: Vienna
End point: Vienna
Length: City Center
Travel time: on foot/subway

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