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Planning

You can plan your Danube cycle tour in advance at home.

The Danube Cycle Path has been taking cyclists through one of Europe's oldest cultural landscapes for 30 years now, with the waves of the Danube and the surrounding forested banks and fragrant meadows as constant companions. From Passau, the former bishop's see, you proceed to the vibrant cultural lab that is Linz and beyond to the former imperial capital of Vienna.

In between are picturesque spots that reveal the secrets of the myth-enshrouded Danube region. Imposing fortresses and castles gaze down into the valley from their cliff-top perches, hinting at the great significance this mighty river connecting so much of Europe has had for local inhabitants. The lovingly tended gardens of myriad monasteries and abbeys are full of fragrant, richly colored flowers. Stop for a moment and take a deep breath - then climb on your bicycle and continue along your way.

Cyclists along the Danube

The Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna is about 330 km long and most of it runs along both banks of the Danube.

Along this route, you encounter fascinating landscapes such as the Schlögener Schlinge, an incredible meander in the Danube, or the Wachau, a romantic UNESCO World Heritage landscape graced with vineyards and many historical towns and villages. This tour also passes through cities such as Vienna, Linz or Passau. The route also includes Enns, the oldest city in Austria; idyllic Grein; Tulln, the Garden City; and a host of castles and ruins plus splendid baroque monasteries and abbeys such as Engelszell, St. Florian, Melk and Klosterneuburg.


Accommodations

The Danube region has a diversity of accommodations, from 5-star hotels and design hotels, family hotels, farms and wineries all the way to rooms rented out in private homes.

bett+bike businesses

ADFC, Germany's most renowned cycling organization, qualified about 50 bicycle-friendly businesses between Passau and Vienna as bett+bike service providers. Their doors are always open to cyclists on the Danube Cycle Path. The businesses guarantee not only secure and in some cases roofed-over parking for bicycles, "first-aid" tools for bicycles and drying rooms for clothing but also charging stations where e-bike batteries can be recharged overnight. For full information on the bett+bike businesses, click here.

Folder on the Danube Cycle Path

All important information about the path can be found in the folder on the Danube Cycle Path. This free folder in a handy small format contains well-done maps of the 17 stages of the route from Passau to Bratislava along with details on lodging, e-charging stations, bicycle information and service stations, on bicycle ferries and power station cross-overs. It provides timetables for ship service and contact addresses for municipalities and tourist boards as well as bookable cycling packages. You can order your Danube Cycle Path folder free of charge from ARGE Donau Österreich or download it as a pdf file!

Ferries and ships

To get to know the Danube Cycle Path and its various regions from different perspectives, it is worthwhile taking advantage of regularly scheduled ship lines or excursion ships or cruise ships along the Danube.

Danube Cycle Path awarded 4 stars

The Danube Cycle Path reached for the stars quite literally by subjecting itself to a strict certification program by ADFC, the most renowned German cycling organization. Following the strict examination by ADFC, the Danube Cycle Path was given a very good 4-star rating. To earn a good rating, the routes must be safe to ride, be well-signed and have good infrastructure for tourists. In addition, there must be a variety of cultural and scenic attractions for cycling tourists on all routes.

There are many places along the Danube Cycle Path in Austria that rent bicycles and e-bikes. The e-bikes can be charged at numerous e-bike charging stations along the entire Danube Cycle Path. A cycling tour on the Danube Cycle Path can be combined perfectly with other means of transport, such as a ship ride, a ferry ride or a return trip to the departure point by train.

Impressions of the Danube Cycle Path

Danube Cycle Path near Krems in the Wachau
Danube Cycle Path near Krems in the Wachau
Stroll along the Rossatzbach beach with a view of Dürnstein, Wachau
Stroll along the Rossatzbach beach with a view of Dürnstein, Wachau
Danube Cycle Path near Rührsdorf with a view of Weissenkirchen, Wachau
Danube Cycle Path near Rührsdorf with a view of Weissenkirchen, Wachau
Riding on the Danube Cycle Path near Grein
Riding on the Danube Cycle Path near Grein
Cyclists on the bicycle ferry near Schlögen
Cyclists on the bicycle ferry near Schlögen
Family on the Danube Cycle Path near Kramesau
Family on the Danube Cycle Path near Kramesau
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