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By bicycle

Hapsburgs & Baroque along the Danube

This cycling tour explores fascinating sites along the Danube related to the Hapsburgs and the baroque age. Ten days of travel are recommended for the entire 400 km trip extending from Passau to Hainburg. 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 the Donauschlinge, a natural wonder
Starting in the splendid baroque city of Passau, this tour proceeds along the Danube through pristine valleys to a crowning conclusion: the Schlögener Schlinge, the legendary meander in the Danube at Schlögen.

Starting point: Passau
End point: Schlögen
Length: 42 km
Travel time: ~ 2:45 hours

Day 3: From a forgotten seat of imperial power into the Strudengau
After exploring Linz, you proceed downstream along the Danube, passing through Mauthausen, the fertile Machland and then on to the town of Grein, the gateway to the Strudengau.

Starting point: Linz
End point: Grein
Length: 60 km
Travel time: ~ 3:45 hours

Day 5: Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape
This stage begins at palatial Melk Abbey - a stunning gem of baroque architecture. Today you explore the Wachau - lush vineyards, churches and legendary fortresses - until you reach Krems.

Starting point: Melk
End point: Krems
Length: 38 km
Travel time: ~ 2:30 hours

Day 7: Through the Vienna Gate to Vienna
This tour proceeds from Tulln, passing through the rambling Tulln Basin to magnificent Klosterneuburg Monastery, an impressive baroque complex. Vienna is just a stone's throw away from there.

Starting point: Tulln
End point: Vienna
Length: 34 km
Travel time: ~ 2:15 hours

Day 9: Imperial grandeur
Highlights of this stage are Schönbrunn and Belvedere, two palaces listed as UNESCO World Heritage structures. Each is a many-faceted experience in itself.

Starting point: Vienna
End point: Vienna
Length: City Center
Travel time: subway

Day 2: Through the Schlögener Schlinge to a forgotten seat of imperial power
This stage goes from a natural wonder, the Danube meander carved deeply into the landscape at Schlögen, via the picturesque town of Aschach and Wilhering Abbey to Linz, forgotten as a seat of imperial power.

Starting point: Schlögen
End point: Linz
Length: 57 km
Travel time: ~ 3:35 hours

Day 4: Through the legendary Strudengau to Melk
This day's travel begins in Grein with your passage through the narrow valley known as the Strudengau. On a side-trip to Artstetten Castle, you gain insights into the family history of the Hapsburgs before arriving in the Danube town of Melk.

Starting point: Grein
End point: Melk
Length: 58 km
Travel time: ~ 4:00 hours

Day 6: The plain begins
The first side-trip on this stage is to Göttweig Abbey, a baroque highlight. Then the tour continues along the mighty river to Tulln, known as the Garden City.

Starting point: Krems
End point: Tulln
Length: 55 km
Travel time: ~ 3:45 hours

Day 8: The power center
The metropolis of Vienna is the cultural highlight on this fascinating exploration of the Hapsburgs and baroque along the Danube. Today, we focus on the historical center of the city and of Hapsburg power.

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

Day 10: The last intact riparian wetlands & the end of the monarchy
On this final stage of the trip, you leave the imperial capital of Vienna and cycle through the vast wetland forests (Nationalpark Donau-Auen).

Starting point: Vienna
End point: Hainburg
Length: 50 km
Travel time: ~ 3:15 hours