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Danube Cycle Path

The Danube Cycle Path - "Rideable" diversity

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The Austrian Danube Cycle Path is one of the most popular long-distance cycling routes in Europe, covering more than 381 km on its way from Passau to Bratislava. Every year, 670,000 cyclists ride one or more of the 17 stages running along both sides of the river. They delight in the constantly changing scenery and culture and in the superb infrastructure of lodgings and bicycle service businesses.

The somewhat shortened tour along the Danube, from Passau to Vienna, is considered classic by long-distance cyclists. Its 14 stages (on both banks of the river) are heavily frequented as a result. It is no wonder because the 312 km of this cycling route in Austria has an abundance of scenic landscapes and sights for visitors. Bicyclists encounter nature at its finest such as the Schlögener Donauschlinge, a famous meander in the river at Schlögen with the steep, heavily forested slopes on both banks known as Donauleiten. Or the Wachau, the romantic UNESCO World Heritage landscape, featuring rock cliffs interspersed with forested slopes, gently curving vineyards and a number historical towns and villages.

The Danube Cycle Path even passes through Vienna, an international capital and former imperial residence with world-famous sights such as Schönbrunn Palace, the Hofburg and the Giant Ferris Wheel. Linz, the capital of the Austrian province of Upper Austria and the 2009 European Cultural Capital, entices visitors with, among other attractions, an ensemble of two art museums as well as a festival and congress center: the Lentos, the Ars Electronica Center, and the Brucknerhaus. Passau, a city at the confluence of three rivers and a former bishop's see, has a splendid and charming historical center. This section features picturesque Enns, the oldest city in Austria; the quaint boatmen haunt of Grein; the charming Wachau towns of Dürnstein and Spitz; and Tulln, known as the Garden City. It also includes magnificent monasteries and abbeys such as Melk, Göttweig, Klosterneuburg, Engelszell and St. Florian. Castles and ruins steeped in legend are just waiting to be discovered, as are picturesque villages and old market squares, inviting sand beaches and small museums.

This diversity is enhanced by excellent routing and superb infrastructure. About 52 cyclist-friendly pensions and hotels qualified as ADFC bett+bike businesses. They guarantee secure and in some cases roofed-over parking for bicycles, "first-aid" bicycle tools and drying rooms for clothing. They also have charging stations for e-bikes, which are all the rage right now. In response to this trend, the power utilities LINZ AG and Energie AG in Upper Austria and EVN in Lower Austria installed e-bike charging stations.

All important information about the path can be found in the "Danube Cycle Path" folder. The 171-page folder is free of charge and has a handy small format. It contains well-done maps of the stretch from Passau to Bratislava, information about lodging, e-charging stations, bicycle information points and service stations, about bicycle ferries and power station cross-overs. It features timetables for ship service and contact addresses for municipalities and tourist boards as well as bookable cycling packages. To obtain this folder on the Danube Cycle Path click on this link.

There is also comprehensive information about the Danube Cycle Path at "Rad Total in the Danube Valley". This cyclist festival between Passau and Schlögen features show numbers, children's activities and regional specialty dishes.

Facts about the Danube Cycle Path

  • The Austrian Danube Cycle Path is part of the EV6, a EuroVelo Route over 4,448 km long that runs from the Atlantic to the Black Sea.
  • The Danube Cycle Path has been upgraded since 1984 on the towpaths along the Danube
  • From Passau to Bratislava there are 17 stages covering 381 km on both sides of the river and to Vienna, 14 stages covering 312 km on both sides of the river
  • More than 670,000 cyclists every year on the Danube Cycle Path
  • Tourists spend more than EUR 100 million a year on the Danube Cycle Path
  • 16 bicycle ferries, 31 information points, about 100 e-bike charging stations in Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Vienna, about 52 ADFC bett+bike businesses, 350 bicycle rental points (in many cases with bicycle servicing)
  • 1,300 nextbikes that can be rented by mobile phone at 296 rental locations (e.g. train stations) in Lower Austria