Arrival to starting point of this tour Passau, with its impressive
cathedral housing the
biggest church organ of the world.
Overnight in Passau.
Passau - Schlogen (44 km / 27 miles)
Your cycle tour will begin by a beautiful ride along a densely-wooded,
granite river valley,
through the Sauwald to Schlogen where the hard,
impermeable granite rock forces the
Danube to flow back on itself,
an incredible natural feature.
Overnight in Schlogen.
Schlogen – Linz (53 km / 33 miles)
Today the route brings you along the immense Danube river valley
between Schlogen and
Linz. After a stop at the Wilhering monastery,
with its particularly beautiful church, you
continue on to the town
of Linz. Linz has a host of museums and churches including the
of St. Martin, which is the oldest church in Austria to have
survived in its original
Overnight in Linz.
Linz - Grein (65 km / 41miles)
The first stop on the route is Enns, once a Roman settlement
called Lauriocum and one of
the oldest towns in Austria. The tower in
Enns, built in 1565-68 is a masterpiece of
Renaissance design. Another
stop along the way is the riverside town of Mauthausen lesser
as the site of a terrible concentration camp in WWII. The rest
of the route brings
you through the meadow landscapes of the Machland
river plain to the beginning of the
Strudengau river valley. On the
way you will pass through the towns of Wallsee and
arriving at the town of Grein. Grein, on the banks of the Danube,
15th century castle.
Overnight in Grein.
Grein - Melk (51km / 32 miles)
Between Linz and Melk you will be cycling through the beautiful
landscape of the Studen-
gau, a narrow section of the Danube. Today you'll take
a peaceful, romantic ride through
the countryside along the Danube,
passing though tiny Austrian villages. After the village
you will pass the Maria Taferl, a centuries old pilgrimage
on a rugged hilltop. As you cycle on to Melk you will begin
to encounter the historical
landscape of Nibelungengau. Then it is
on to Melk with its famous Benedictine Monastery
Overnight in Melk.
Melk - Tulln (76 km / 45 miles)
The route follows the Danube through the beautiful, UNESCO
protected Wachau wine
region with its many vineyards and orchards. Along the
way is Durnstein, a very pictu-
resque town with narrow streets, busy
squares and charming shops. Next comes the
historic town of Krems
with its 17th century town hall and many beautiful churches.
Krems you cross the Danube and get a superb view of the
town. Then you bike through
Traismauer, past the Gottweg monastery, to the town
Overnight in Tulln.
Tulln – Vienna (38 km / 24 miles)
This final, short stage brings you through the Wienerwald
forest to Klosterneuburg with its
Augustine Church, from
1108. The destination, Vienna is a vibrant, beautiful city
things to do including seeing the cathedral and
the amazingly designed Hundertwasser
House, designed by Friedensreich
Hundertwasser in 1985.
Overnight in Vienna.
Sightseeing in Vienna.