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By bicycle

The Middle Ages along the Danube

On this cycling tour, you explore the mark the Middle Ages made on the Danube region in Austria. The 360 km route takes you from Passau to Hainburg. Nine days of travel are recommended for this distance. Given the hours of the museums along the way, Saturday 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 bishop's see to Schlögener Schlinge, a natural wonder
Splendid Passau, the City of Three Rivers, is the grand start of this tour. From there, you proceed along the Danube through pristine valleys to 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: En route to the Strudengau
Today's discovery tour starts in Linz, forgotten as a seat of imperial power. Further highlights are the medieval city of Enns and the lovely Danube town of Mauthausen.

Starting point: Linz
End point: Grein
Length: 62 km
Travel time: ~ 3:50 hours

Day 5: Through the much-extolled Wachau
On this stage, you discover the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape with lush vineyards, fortified churches, and castles steeped in legend. The final destination of the day is the medieval city of Krems.

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

Day 7: Through the Vienna Water Gap to Vienna
This stage starts in Tulln, the Garden City, and proceeds through the extensive riverside forests along the Danube to Klosterneuburg Monastery and into the Danube metropolis of Vienna.

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

Day 9: The last intact riparian wetlands & the border of the Holy Roman Empire
On this final stage, you leave Vienna, the imperial seat of power, and cycle through the extensive riverside forests (Nationalpark Donau-Auen) to the medieval city of Hainburg.

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

Day 2: Through the Schlögener Schlinge to a forgotten seat of imperial power
From the Schlögener Schlinge, the scenic Danube meander in Schlögen, this stage takes you to the hidden fortress ruins of Schaunberg and through the medieval city of Eferding to Linz, forgotten as a seat of imperial power.

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

Day 4: Through the legendary Strudengau to Melk
Today's stage begins in Grein and proceeds to the legendary Strudengau, a narrow and heavily forested valley, and then ends at palatial Melk Abbey.

Starting point: Grein
End point: Melk
Length: 48 km
Travel time: ~ 3:00 hours

Day 6: The plain begins
On this stage, you enter the rambling plain of the Tulln Basin and explore the medieval city of Krems, then Göttweig Abbey and finally Tulln.

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

Day 8: The imperial residence of the Holy Roman Empire
Today you start your exploration of Vienna as a medieval seat of imperial power and discover St. Rupert's Church or Belvedere Palace.

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