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Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna
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Bicycle Tours in Germany: Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna

Join us on a bicycle tour that follows the Danube River, from Germany to Vienna. Enjoy long, leisurely rides along the longest river in Europe. We'll bike through farm villages, picture-perfect Medieval German towns and the vineyards of the Danube in Austria. Along our bicycle route we'll have time to visit historic Abbeys and cathedrals in towns such as Regensburg, Passau, Linz, and Melk.

***If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna Plus! Budapest tour.***

Day 1: Arrive in Medieval Regensburg

Highlights: Northernmost point of Danube River; Medieval center; welcome dinner together

Meet us today in Regensburg, easily reached by train from the nearby airports of Frankfurt and Munich. Our starting point was a Roman outpost under Marcus Aurelius in 179 AD and marks both the northernmost point of the Roman Empire in Germany and the northernmost extent of the Danube. Its Medieval center is wonderfully preserved. We'll enjoy a welcome dinner together tonight. Daily Mileage: Test ride along the Danube for as long as you'd like.

Lodging: Hotel Muenchner Hof

Day 2: Regensburg to Deggendorf

Highlights: Walhalla Temple, and Benedectine Monasteries near Metten

Our first ride today takes us through more Roman settlements today along with Benedictine monasteries, including one near Metten. Bibliophiles will want to stop for a tour of the library in the Abbey of St. Michael of Metten as among the 160,000 volumes in this historic collection is one of the earliest bibles printed in Germany and a 1493 "Nuremberg Chronicle," one of the earliest printed world history books printed in German and Latin). Dinner on your own tonight. Daily Mileage: 95 km (59 miles)

Lodging: Hotel Schwarzacher Hof

Day 3: Deggendorf to Passau

Highlights: Passau and the Inn River as we enter Austria

We pass Niederaltaich Benedictine Abbey as we leave Deggendorf this morning on our way to Passau, gateway to Austria. In Passau we see the Danube nearly double in size as it is joined by the Inn River, flowing out of Austria and Germany. Passau is the popular start for Europeans pedaling the Danube river; the section Passau to Vienna is the most pedaled route in Europe! Saint Stephan's Cathedral here also houses the largest organ outside of the United States so it might be worth taking a peek at the impressive instrument. We'll have a guided tour in Passau this afternoon and dinner together tonight. Daily Mileage: 57 km (35 miles)

Lodging: Hotel Weisser Hase

Day 4: Crossing the border to Austria

Highlights: The Famous Danube Valley of Austria

The Danube River and the valley it has formed shape the central transportation artery of Austria. Today and tomorrow we ride through the heartland of Austria. Castles perch above the river as we ride one of the most famous bicycle routes in Europe. For those who have had too much history, the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz will be a welcome change - stop by this afternoon and visit this museum that tries to bridge the gap between art, science and technology. Dinner on your own this evening. Daily Mileage: 100 km (62 miles)

Lodging: Hotel Wolfinger

Day 5: Linz to Grein an der Donau

Highlights: Farmland and vineyards, Danube bike paths, Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Our route after Linz will include more agriculture on alluvial farmland washed out of the Alps far to the south. Our destination today is a small town, Grein an der Donau. Those who wish can take time to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp a powerful and sobering experience as you walk up and down the 186 "death stairs". Over 130,000 people were killed here including Jews, Italians, Russian POWs, criminals and political prisoners. Dinner is together at the hotel. Daily mileage: 63 km (39 miles).

Lodging: Burg Kreuzen Betriebs GmbH

Day 6: Grein an der Donau to Dürnstein

Highlights: Vineyards of the Danube, Abbey in Melk, wine tasting

On our way to Dürnstein we enter one of the most interesting Austrian wine regions. You'll want to stop, photograph and visit the spectacular baroque Abbey of Melk. We'll taste some of the unique white wines typical of this area before dinner together. Daily mileage: 79 km (49 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Richard Löwenherz

Day 7: Dürnstein to Vienna

Highlights: Vienna, former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

We'll have an easy day along the Danube today though not without bicycle traffic since this stretch of the Danube Bicycle Path is one of the busiest in the world. We'll arrive tonight in Vienna, the largest city in Austria and one of Europe's leading musical centers. The city was first a Roman and Celtic settlement, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire rose to prominence, magnificent Medieval and Baroque architecture became especially prevalent. We'll have dinner together tonight. Daily mileage: 96 km (60 miles)

Lodging: Novotel Wien City

Day 8: Bicycle tour ends in Vienna

Highlights: Imperial Vienna; Viennese pastries

Our tour ends today, we hope you consider staying a few days to explore Vienna and find the perfect Viennese pastry!

If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna Plus! Budapest tour, which extends this itinerary by 5 days.

  • Highlights
    bicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, vineyards of the Danube, bike paths in Germany and Austria
  • Includes
    "The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation; 5 dinners with wine or beer, all breakfasts; wine tasting.
  • Countries
    Austria, Germany
  • Begin/End
    Regensburg, Germany / Vienna, Austria
  • Arrive/Depart
    Munich Airport (MUC), Nüremberg (NUE), or Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA), Germany / Vienna Int'l Airport (VIE), Austria
  • Total Distance
    495 km (306 miles)
  • Daily Distance
    Average per day 82 km (51 miles)
  • What to Expect
    Wonderful bicycle paths, picture-perfect villages and vineyards.
  • Rating
    Mostly flat cycling (with optional short climbs) using a combination of cycling paths and roads. Some days have longer mileages of 80 km (50 miles). Due to long stretches on bike paths on certain days van support may be less than usual.
  • Notes
  • Terms
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*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
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This was a beautiful biking tour.
Debra W., Paradise Valley, AZ
Thanks for the great time! Loved the Danube!
Mary E., Des Moines, IA
I wish I had a Go-pro video camera. One of my favorite things about this trip was being the last rider of our group and watching as we all rode in sync along the country roads and through the towns. Each with our different colored jerseys, and the landscape as the background, it was beautiful. I have been home for a week and I am still higher than a kite from my experience. I tell my friends that it is hard to explain the experience in a few words. It truly was a memorable "experience plus".
Kristy S., Soquel, CA
We just returned from our trip and I feel compelled to tell you how pleased we were with the trip. The bicycling, scenery, weather, food were perfect. Most importantly, our tour leaders were outstanding. They made a wonderful trip perfect!
Lizz V., Sunny Vale, CA