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Road Biking Austria - Passau to Vienna

About your bike tour

Grab the racing bike and ride among the idyllic scenery of the Danube river and the back country Austiran hills on this road biking twist of one of Europe's favorite bike routes.

The tour runs along the idyllic Danube river yet goes beyond the popular bike path to discover hidden treasures in the hinterland, including the Innviertel, the Mühlviertel, the Mostviertel and the Waldviertel, as to name a few.

The stages range from 70 to 135 km, through mostly hilly areas, with some challenging climbs to tackle.


We start our tour in the historical town of Passau, in Bavaria, Germany on the Austrian border.

After checking into the hotel, you're free to explore the old town.

Route Choice 1 (70 km / 800 meters climbing): Passing the baroque town Schärding, you ride through the Sauwald and Innviertel regions and you reach your first tour finish in Schlögen at the fascinating Schlögener Schlinge.

Route Choice 2 (105 km / 1,250 meters climbing): After having a short relaxing trip along the banks of the Danube river, you will head up the first mountains of the Mühlviertel. While passing the Austrian towns of Oberkappl, Kollerschlag and Peilstein you will explore the Bohemian forest before reaching the Schlögener Schlinge.

Overnight in Schlögen.

Route Choice 1 (90 km / 1,050 meters climbing): You will be starting the day with a climb into the higher regions to the town of Haibach. Having a short trip into the Hausruckviertel - the valley of 7 mills – you will start your second climb to St. Agatha before heading back to Schlögen.

Route 2 (135 km / 1,950 meters climbing): You'll enjoy plenty of climbing by cycling the upper part of the Mühlviertel to the border of the Czech Republic. Passing Haslach and Altenfelden you will reach Untermühl, where the ferry will take you to the other side of the river and back to Schlögen.

(110 km / 50 meters climbing) Today is a flat stage so enjoy the day and relax, there's plenty of climbing in the days ahead. By passing the provincial capital Linz you will follow the Danube river cycle path to the town Grein, where you'll spend the night.

Route Choice 1 (95 km / 750 meters climbing): The shorter stage will lead you to the Wachau region by passing various towns like Mitterkirchen, Ardagger, Amstetten and Melk.

Route 2 (125 km / 1,400 hm): For the more demanding stage you will be passing the Mostviertel and will arrive in Melk by passing Maria Neustift, Waidhofen as well as Wieselburg.

Overnight in Melk.

Route 1 (135 km / 850 meters climbing): Following the route of the Wachau Gran Fondo (or cycling marathon, as it's known locally), you will be ride trough the picturesque Waldviertel. Today is the longest stage of the tour week.

Route 2 (100 km / 1,800 meters climbing): Don´t worry, you don´t really have to pedal the whole Gran Fondo but you can feel like a participant of by riding the easier parts of the course.

The route will lead you on a loop to Spitz, Weißkirchen and Krems before heading back to Melk.

(115 km / 50 meters climbing): For your last cycling day we have organized a flat stage, which curls along the Danube river to the towns of Krems and Tulln and onto Vienna, where you'll spend the night.

Our tour ends in beautiful Vienna after breakfast. Relax and enjoy the town and hope to see you again soon!

Photos of this bike tour

What we love

  • the Danube bike path, one of the most popular bike trails in Europe
  • the beautiful countryside and views on the carefully planned road biking paths that head up into the hinterland
  • taking in the views on the Donnauschlinge
  • Vienna, one of Europe's grandest cities

What to know

  • this tour is perfect for couples & groups that want to ride different daily distances. Some can ride the shorter, flatter route along the river while the more zealous riders can take the longer rides up into the hinterland
  • GPS devices available on request while supplies last

Arrival Info

Good train infrastructure to Passau and Vienna.

Departure Info

Wednesday to Sunday we offer a transfer at 8 am from Vienna to Passau (takes you about 4 hours), it is necessary to book the transfer in advance; costs: €50,-/person, bike included.

Tour Season

April 13th – October 6th 2013



Accommodation & Rates

  • $883: Double Room (1 bed)
  • $883: Double Room (2 beds)
  • $1,147: Single Room


  • 7x accommodation
  • 7x breakfast or buffet
  • 7x 3-course dinner with half board [not available in Vienna]
  • 7x Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Maps and information material

Not included

  • half board supplement
  • bike rental on request at extra cost

Description of Accommodation during the bike tour

Hotels and Inns with 3/4 star ratings. In some cases, the hotels are a little bit outside of the described town.

Photos of Accommodation

Photos are examples, actual hotel & room may vary.

Bike Rental

all bike rentals come with a pannier to hold your stuff.
road bike comes with a aluminum frame, carbon fork, Shimano triple 105

road bike


Questions & Answers about this bike tour

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Hello, Can you tell me the availability and start dates for this trip in July 2013? Can you tell me more about the bike? Your bike photo did not display. Do you have emergency service for flats / problems / a number to call if there are issues? Thank you!

Please check the "Accommodations and Dates" tab for all available dates. Since this is a self guided tour, you are responsible for minor repairs, including flat tires. There is an emergency number to call in case of major issues.

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Price from:
Danube River, Austria
580 km (103 km/day)


Type of Biking:
Road Bike
8 days / 7 nights
  • Available departure days
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Cyclist relaxing overlooking the Danube - Bike Tour Austria

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the famous Donauschlinge - Bike Tour Austria

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In the town of Grein - Bike Tour Austria

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View from the castle in Grein - Bike Tour Austria

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Riding a gondola in Emmersdorf - Bike Tour Austria

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Castle in Greif - Bike Tour Austria

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Festival in Emmersdorf - Bike Tour Austria

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A barge makes its way up the Danube - Bike Tour Austria

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Hotel on the Donauschlinge - Bike Tour Austria

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View from the hotel on the Donauschlinge - Bike Tour Austria

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Hotel room in Emmersdorf - Bike Tour Austria

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Room in hotel in Vienna - Bike Tour Austria


Hotel lobby in Donauschlinge - Bike Tour Austria