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By bicycle

Fascinating remnants of Ancient Rome along the Danube

This cycling tour runs along the Danube from Passau to Hainburg. Eight days of travel are recommended for the entire 370 km trip from Passau to Hainburg. Given the hours of the museums along the way, Sunday 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 Passau to the Donauschlinge, a natural wonder
Starting in the former customs town of Batavis on the border, this tour follows the limes border road, passing two small forts before reaching 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 Linz into the Strudengau
Today, you follow the Danube from Linz to nearby Enns, a highlight of this bicycle tour. Then you proceed via the Machland to Mitterkirchen until reaching Grein, the final destination for the day.

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

Day 5: Through the much-extolled Wachau
The Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape, begins after Melk. This stage includes two small forts that remind us of Ancient Roman days plus extensive finds from those same times in Mautern, the final destination of the day.

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

Day 7: Through the Tulln Basin to Vienna
Starting in Tulln, the Garden City, the bicycle tour continues through the Tulln Basin to a hidden gem from Roman times, Zeiselmauer, and beyond to the Danube metropolis of Vienna.

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

Day 2: Through the Donauschlinge to Linz
This stage begins at the Schlögener Schlinge, the legendary meander in the Danube at Schlögen. Then, the tour proceeds via the Eferding Basin to Lentia, a trading hub in Ancient Roman times and now known as Linz.

Starting point: Schlögen
End point: Linz
Length: 56 km
Travel time: ~ 3:30 hours

Day 4: Through the legendary Strudengau to Melk
This stage starts in the town of Grein and proceeds via the Strudengau to Pöchlarn, a base for the Roman fleet on the Danube, then on to Melk.

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

Day 6: The plain begins
Starting from Mautern, you cycle today through the Tulln Basin to Traismauer. Tulln and its local Roman Museum are the final destination on this day and a highlight of the entire tour.

Starting point: Mautern
End point: Tulln
Length: 40 km
Travel time: ~ 2:30 hours

Day 8: From Vienna to Hainburg
On the final stage, you leave cosmopolitan Vienna and cycle through the Danube wetlands (Nationalpark Donau-Auen) before arriving in Carnuntum, the highlight of the entire tour.

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

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