Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna

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 Budapest tour.***

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 511 km (315 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / Average per riding day 83 km (51 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.5 Classic
  • Countries / Austria, Germany
  • Begin/End / Regensburg, Germany / Vienna, Austria
  • Price / From USD$3850
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Bicycling along Europe's largest river, Vienna, vineyards of the Danube, bike paths in Germany and Austria

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Due to long stretches on bike paths on certain days, van support may be limited.
  • Includes
    Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation; 5 dinners with wine or beer, all breakfasts; wine tasting.

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Munich Airport (MUC), Nüremberg (NUE), or Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA), Germany / Vienna Int'l Airport (VIE), Austria
  • Overall Tour Level
    2.5 difficulty level 2.5

    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).

  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    76km / 434m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    3
    78km / 513m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    4
    102km / 680m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 3.0
    5
    67km / 442m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    6
    90km / 543m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.5
    7
    97km / 496m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.5
    8
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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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.

Test ride along the Danube for as long as you'd like.

DAY 2: Regensburg to Niederwinkling

Highlights: Walhalla Temple, and the Bavarian Countryside

Our first ride today takes us through more Roman settlements and into the Bavarian countryside lifestyle. Take a challenge and climb up to Walhalla Temple. It is not far and you are rewarded with the view back up the river to Regensburg and to the south-east where our ride will take us. Stop for snack at one of the small bakeries or butchers shops. Our destination today is one of these picturesque rural towns.

  • Distance: 76km (48mi)
  • Gain: 434m (1424ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Niederwinkling to Passau

Highlights: Benedictine Monasteries at Metten, Passau and the Inn River

You'll see two Benedictine monasteries today, including one in Metten. Bibliophiles will want to stop for a tour of the library in the Abbey of St. Michael of Metten which features 160,000 volumes including one of the earliest bibles printed in Germany and a 1493 "Nuremberg Chronicle," one of the earliest world history books printed in German and Latin. You'll pass another Benedictine Monastery as you leave Deggendorf on your way to Passau, the gateway to Austria. In Passau the Danube nearly doubles in size, as it is joined by the Inn River. Take time this afternoon to visit Passau's Saint Stephan's Cathedral which houses the largest organ outside of the United States.

DAY 4: Passau to Linz, Austria

Highlights: Crossing the border to Austria, spectacular part of the Danube valley, boat ride on the Danube.

The Danube River and the valley it has formed shape the central transportation artery of Austria. Today and tomorrow you'll ride through the heartland of Austria. Castles perch above the river as we ride one of the most popular routes in Europe. Take time to explore the Ars Electronica Museum in Linz, also known as the museum of the future as it tries to bridge the gap between art, science and technology.

  • Distance: 102km (63mi)
  • Gain: 680m (2230ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Linz to Bad Kreuzen

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

You'll leave the river valley to reach your destination today - the modern lodge castel Kreuzen with a beautiful view and Kneipp spa. Those who wish can take time to visit the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The experience is powerful and sobering 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.

  • Distance: 67km (42mi)
  • Gain: 442m (1450ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Bad Kreuzen to Dürnstein

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

On your way to Dürnstein you'll enter the heartland of Austrian wine country. Stop, photograph, and visit the spectacular baroque Abbey of Melk. A beautiful ride leads you through the medieval villages of the Wachau (UNESCO World Heritage site). You'll visit the cellar and vineyards of one of the area's best producers, and taste some of the traditional white wines they produce.

  • Distance: 90km (56mi)
  • Gain: 543m (1781ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Dürnstein to Vienna

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

Enjoy an easy, but long day along the Danube today. You'll reach Vienna via a complex system of bicycle paths that lead directly to your hotel. Vienna is the largest city in Austria and one of Europe's leading musical centers. It was first a Roman and Celtic settlement, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire rose to prominence, magnificent Medieval and Baroque architecture became especially prevalent.

DAY 8: Bicycle tour ends in Vienna

Highlights: Guided Walk of Vienna

Be sure to stick around this morning as we'll offer a guided walk of Vienna. We recommend staying a few days to explore this fabulous city.

Meals: B

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

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Arrive in Medieval Regensburg

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on your itinerary.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Munich Airport (MUC). You can also fly into the Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

If you arrive at Munich and continue to Regensburg

If you arrive at Frankfurtand continue to Regensburg

  1. *Train from Frankurt am Main Flughafen to Regensburg Hbf (3.5-4 hours/fares vary)
  2. Taxi from Regensburg central station to the Day 1 Hotel (5 min/EUR 6)

*Note: Depart from the AIRail Terminal, next to Terminal 1. Frankfurt Airport is a very busy transportation hub and it is advisable to purchase train tickets with a seat reservation in advance. If you buy a flexible ticket in advance and miss your intended train, it still means that you will have to purchase a new seat reservation separately upon arrival. Purchasing your ticket and seat reservations upon arrival does offer the most flexibility. However, if trains are full, you will have to wait.

Day 8: Departure Information

Bicycle tour ends in Vienna

Your trip ends on the final day after a guided walk of Vienna around 12:30 p.m., back at the hotel.

We recommend booking your homebound flight for the next day.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio

We recommend flying out of the Vienna Airport (VIE).

From the Ending Hotel to the Vienna Airport

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Due to long stretches on bike paths on certain days, van support may be limited.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

  • Read through your Reservation Confirmation Email, it has important information to help you plan your trip!
  • Check the date on your passport. The expiration date should extend three months past your date of return to your home country
  • Complete the Customer Information Form online at www.experienceplus.com/travelinfo/tourcif
  • Apply for trip cancellation/interruption insurance within 15 days of booking. Find details at this page
  • Download the bicycle training program found on the Training Program Blog Page at www.experienceplus.com/training

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program found on this page.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

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Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • Sailing the boat, every afternoon relaxing on the boat after biking and swimming, lovely dinners, hearty breakfasts, bee keepers, traditional dinner out, rides through the islands (up and down!), guides, fellow passengers, crew on the boat-- really it was ALL great.

    Cheryl A., Colchester, VT - June 2021
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