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Danube Trail in Wachau Valley Itinerary

Danube Trail Passau - Vienna

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Length: 323 km / 202 miles
Daily avg.: 54 km / 34 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Self-guided or guided cycling trip
suitable also for road bikes

Day 1)
Arrival to Passau

Arrive to the starting point of this tour, the German town of Passau, with its impressive cathedral housing the world’s biggest church organ. This old town lies at the confluence of three rivers, the Ilz, the Inn and the Danube, which is a charming constellation.
Overnight in Passau.

Day 2)
Passau – Schlogen (40 km / 25 miles)

After breakfast meet our representative who will introduce you to the tour and give you the bike and all information materials.
Your cycling trip will begin with a relaxed ride along a densely-wooded Danube River valley, cut deep in the granite Sauwald range, to the Schlogen bend, where the impermeable rock forces the Danube to flow back on itself, an incredible natural feature.
Overnight in Schlogen.

Day 3)
Schlogen – Linz (54 km / 34 miles)

Today the route brings you through the spectacular Danube meanders followed by vast plains as you proceed to Ottensheim. Crossing the river by a ferry there, you can either continue cycling to Linz or take a train to shorten your ride by 8 km. Linz has a host of museums and churches including the St. Martin‘s Church dated back to 799, the oldest church in Austria, which still retains much of its original form.
Overnight in Linz.

Day 4)
Linz – Grein (61 km / 38 miles)

Leaving Linz diverge from the Danube for a while to reach Mauthausen, the site of a terrible Nazi concentration camp in WWII. Continue cycling through the meadows of the Machland plain along the old Danube riverarms. Then you can travel 2,700 years back in time visiting the Celtic village reconstructed in Mitterkirchen. End up in Grein, with a monumental 15th century castle overseeing the Danube.
Overnight in Grein.

Day 5)
Grein – Melk (47 km / 29 miles)

From Grein you will take a romantic ride through the beautiful landscape of the Strudengau valley, along a narrow section of the Danube. After the small town of Ybbs pass tiny Austrian villages in the wider Nibelungengau valley. As you cycle on, spot the famous Melk Abbey, one of the greatest Baroque ensembles in Europe, perched above your overnight town.
Overnight in Melk.

Day 6)
Melk – Tulln (80 km / 50 miles)

The longest, but the most scenic section follows the Danube through the UNESCO protected Wachau Valley, a unique wine region with vineyards and orchards up the steep riverside teracces. Along the way is Durnstein, a very picturesque small town at the foot of a rock with a castle ruins atop. Arriving to Krems ride through an old towngate to enter the town center with many beautiful churches. Then bike down the flat forested riverside to Tulln.
Overnight in Tulln.

Day 7)
Tulln – Vienna (41 km / 26 miles)

This final, short leg brings you along the Danube to the Austrian capital, Vienna. On your way pass the Wienerwald, the northeastern tip of the Alps, and after crossing the river enjoy a relaxing ride along the Danube Island, a recreational area which offers a great view of this vibrant and beautiful city.
Overnight in Vienna.

Day 8)

Enjoy sightseeing in Vienna, the city where old traditions of the Habsburg monarchy meet the modern way of life. There are many things to see, just to name some – the impressive Gothic cathedral of St.Stephen, famous Hundertwasser House designed in 1985, or the vast Prater Park with a giant ferris wheel, the symbol of Vienna.

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