Arrival to Passau
After your arrival to Vienna or Munich make your way individually (2 hours 15 min by train) to the starting point of this tour, the German border town of Passau. This old town, with its impressive cathedral housing the world’s biggest church organ, lies at the charming confluence of three rivers, the Ilz, the Inn and the Danube.
Overnight in Passau.
Passau - Schlogen (94 km / 58 miles)
After breakfast meet our representative who will introduce you to the tour and give you the bike and all information materials.
Your cycle tour will begin with a beautiful 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. The spectacular Danube meanders are followed by vast plains as you proceed to Linz. This city 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 early-medieval form.
Overnight in Linz.
Linz - Melk (109 km / 68 miles)
Diverge from the Danube for a while to reach Mauthausen, the site of a terrible Nazi concentration camp in WWII. Then cycle along the old Danube riverarms and after Grein, a town with a monumental 15th century castle, enter the Strudengau valley, a narrow section of the Danube. The river valley widens again in Nibelungengau and you will soon spot the famous Melk Abbey, one of the greatest Baroque ensembles in Europe, perched above your overnight town.
Overnight in Melk.
Melk - Vienna (122 km / 76 miles)
The longest, however the most scenic section follows the Danube through the UNESCO protected Wachau valley, a unique wine region with vineyards and orchards on steep riverside teracces. Ride through an old towngate to enter Krems with many beautiful churches. Then bike down by the flat forested riverside to the Austrian capital, Vienna. On your way enjoy a relaxing ride along the Danube Island, which offers a great view of this vibrant and beautiful city where old traditions meet modern ways of life. There are many things to see, just to name some – the impressive Gothic cathedral of St. Stephen or the famous Hundertwasser House designed in 1985.
Overnight in Vienna (an extra night is highly recommended to fully enjoy this city).
Vienna - Bratislava (71 km / 44 miles)
The shortest day starts leaving Vienna through the vast Prater Park with a giant ferris wheel, the symbol of the city. Then cycle through the Danube National Park and arrive to Hainburg, the easternmost Austrian town with well preserved medieval fortification. From there you can take a 10 km side trip to Carnuntum, where an archaeological reconstruction brings back to live the capital of the Roman province of Pannonia. At the end of the day enter Slovak capital Bratislava, with the historical old town centre at the Danube bank.
Overnight in Bratislava.
Bratislava - Gyor (84 km / 52 miles)
Follow the Danube sidearms into Hungary, going via Mosonmagyarovar, a spa town located at the meanders of Lajta River. The route in Hungary winds its way through farming pastures and rural villages. You can relax in the open-air thermal pool in Lipot before you skim the Mosoni-Duna river meanders on your way to Gyor. This ancient town, dated back to Roman era, has got a lively town center in the intact Baroque layout.
Overnight in Gyor.
Gyor - Esztergom (104 km / 65 miles)
Today’s ride will bring you back to the main Danube river course. Cross the river in the Hungarian-Slovakian twin town of Komarom-Komarno, so you can admire their impressive, never conquered fortresses. Continue along the Slovakian Danube bank and arrive to another twin town, Sturovo-Esztergom, where you cross the river back to Hungary. Esztergom, which has been the archbishop seat since 1000, used to be the Hungarian capital. No wonder, that the magnificent Esztergom basilica is the largest cathedral in Hungary.
Overnight in Esztergom.
Esztergom - Budapest (83 km / 51 miles)
The final ride follows the Danube River all the way to the Hungarian capital, Budapest. Take a bike path along the river winding its way through the narrow valley, then continue onto Szentendre Island and through the town of Szentendre, popular artists‘ haven with numerous churches and galleries on the outskirts of Budapest.
Enjoy the magnificent Hungarian capital Budapest with the UNESCO enlisted city center which boasts incredible architecture such as the imposing Neo-Gothic Parliament, the largest building in Hungary. The city is rich in parks and spa springs, together with the Danube river islands they offer host of places to relax.