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Self-guided Cycling

Web code AT071

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia / Danube Cycle Path

From Passau to Budapest

The cycle path riding along the Danube will amaze you with its green valleys and lush vineyards. While cycling side by side the majestic Danube you will explore interesting historical towns such as Passau, Krems, Melk, Bratislava, Esztergom and Visegrád. Castles and monasteries will lead you to Budapest, the queen of the Danube.
  • Day by Day

    1. Passau

    Individual arrival in Passau. Don’t miss a stroll in the city centre and visit its dome famous for hosting the oldest pipe organ in the world. 


    2. Passau – Wesenufer/ Schlögen (45 km) 

    Your first cycling day will lead you through the Engelhartszell valley which had been chiseled in the Bavarian Forest. You will pass castles and quiet villages, the highlight being the Trappist convent of Engelhartszell, founded in 1293. You will cross the Danube by ferry by paying directly on the spot and reaching your hotel in Wesenufer or Schlögen.


    3. Schlögen – Linz (60 km)

    Once passed Aschach, which once held a very important market, head to Eferding, reign of the Nibelungen, with its famous Stahemberg castle. The ancient Wilhering Cistercian abbey dominates this area and leads you nicely on to Linz. Visit its Baroque city centre and its huge square where the Martinkirche, still beautifully preserved, is the oldest church in Austria. You can also visit the botanic gardens, with over ten thousand plans varieties.


    4. Linz – Persenbeug (70 km)

    Your cycling day will be immersed in the lush green landscape until you reach Grein. Before that you will admire what’s called ‘the eye of the needle’ a very narrow stretch of the the river, which used to be feared by sailors overlooked by the majestic castle tower of Greinburg. On the way you will pass the Habsburg castle in Persenbeug, a small village where you will spend the night. 


    5. Persenbeug– Krems (60 km) 

    Today you will cycle to Melk and its famous abbey. Your cycling tour continues through the Wachau valley covered in vineyards. Proceed  to the romantic Dürnstein hosting the castle where Richard Lionheart was imprisoned. Your destination of the day is Krems, a quiet town on the left side of the river where you can visit the museum of wine. 


    6. Krems –  Vienna (70 km)

    Start your cycling day heading towards Tulln, which hosts the Egon Schiele museum dedicated to the famous Austrian painter. You will cycle through the Wienerwald, the Viennese woodland before you reach the imperial city, where you will spend the last night of your tour. 



    Discover Vienna's most beautiful attractions. During a city tour by bike you will be able to admire Vienna’s most impressive architecture: the imperial Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the gorgeous ‘Ring’-boulevard, the State Opera House, the Burgtheater and town hall and of course the colorful "Hundertwasserhaus". 


    8. Vienna – Bratislava (70 km)

    Follow the bike path through Austria’s ‘vegetable garden’ and the slopes of the Little Carpathians till you reach the coronation city of Bratislava, were you can explore its hidden alleyways and corners.


    9.  Bratislava – Mosonmagyróvàr (45 km)

    Cycle on the beautiful bike path to the Slovakian/Hungarian border. Through the untouched landscape of “Schüttinsel” to Mosonmagyaróvàr.


    10. Mosonmagyróvàr – Komárno (65 km)

    By train to Györ. By bike to the Slovakian/Hungarian

    border. Along beautiful dam and embankment paths to the fortress town Komárom/Komárno. 


    11. Komárno – Esztergom/Visegrád (55/70 km)

    Past the Roman fort Kelemantia along the very beautiful dam trail to Esztergom where the gorgeous basilica – Hungary’s largest Catholic Church – will impress you.  Your destination for today is Esztergom or further on to Visegrád.


    12. Esztergom/Visegrád – Budapest (60/45 km)

    Through the “Donauknie” (Danube knee) to Szentendre with its lively atmosphere and interesting art scene. The entrance to Budapest, Hungary's capital is impressive. Enjoy Budapest to discover many of the highlights of this beautiful city. 


    13. Budapest

    After breakfast your cycling tour ends.


    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.


  • Route profile

    The Passau to Vienna cycling trail along the Danube river is one of the most famous and popular ones in Europe, because of its lack of difficulty which makes it accessible to any cyclist. It’s so well sign posted that you will not get lost. The Danube river will be right by your side to guide you all along anyhow. When you plan your visits to points of interest be aware that some of the vilages on either side of the river are not very well connected as bridges and ferries  are not that frequent. 


    As you proceed from Vienna to Budapest the road quality varies because the cycling trail is mostly on the Austrian side while in Slovachia and Hungary you will mostly cycle on low traffic roads. Also the road signs are not near as frequent, nonetheless it won’t be difficult to follow your itinerary, which is a bit more hilly as well. 


  • How to get there


    By Plane

    The closest airport to Passau is Munich. You will have to then commute to Passau by train (more information on: www.bahn.com). You can book a private transfer from Munich airport (from 2 people).


    Ask for a free airfare quote upon booking.


    By train
    Find schedules and connections at www.bahn.com



    If you drive you can leave your car by our Infopoint in  Kapuzinerstraße 46 Passau for free. You can also leave your car near the train station, Bahnhofstraße 1, for 5 € per day.


  • Accommodation and meals

    The tour includes:

    • 12 overnights in a 3/4* hotel 
    • breakfast every day


    It’s possible to book:

    • 3 course dinner which will usually have a fixed menu or it can possibly be a buffet dinner (no drinks included). It is not possible to book the dinner in Vienna. 

    The first day is dedicated to your arrival and first overnight. There will be no cycling.


    Please be aware:

    • your hotel list is included in your final document 
    • because of organizational reasons you might be lodged in a building adjacent to the hotel or in a different hotel of the same category 
    • 3/4 star hotels don't necessarily offer AC and/or elevator depending on the country. 
    • some hotels might ask for a credit card deposit that will be released once you check out
    • not all hotels can guarantee double rooms with separate beds, you could find a double bed with separate matresses.
    • triple room will have added one single bed.


  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

    • 21-speed-Unisex trekking bike freewheel. 
    • 7-speed-Unisex bike, backpedal.
    • E-bike. 21-24 gears with 28" for people between 160 – 190 cm

    All rental bikes are equipped with:

    • lock
    • 20 l panniers


    Helmets are mandatory in Slovakia, also for adults. In Austria they are mandatory only for children until 14 years old.


  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:

    • Vacation Voucher
    • Tour Notes
    • Final Tour Details
    • Hotel list


    On site you will receive: 

    • hotel vouchers
    • rental bike vouchers
    • train ticket Mosonmagyaróvàr – Györ
    • luggage labels
    • Bikeline “Danube cycle path” with the detailled maps and description of the itinerary


    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us.


  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 4 Client reviews
    • Cristina

      Departure 19-25 August 2017

      Online from 05 September 2017

    • Paolo

      Departure 20-26 August 2017

      Online from 31 August 2017

      Ci vediamo alla prossima
    • Loredana

      Departure 13-19 August 2017

      Online from 28 August 2017

      Il mio voto nel complesso è 9.
      La vacanza è assolutamente consigliabile anche a famiglie con bambini per la presenza dei laghi dove poter fare qualche sosta per un bagno rinfrescante e giochi nell'acqua.
    • Andrea

      Departure 10-16 July 2017

      Online from 22 July 2017

Tour details


from 1,020 €

13 days / 12 nights, 3/4* hotels

Tour type




every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 2.05 to 21.09.20


Price per person

1.020 € 3/4* hotels



  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide and Maps
  • GPS data
  • Train ticket Mosonmagyaróvàr – Györ (bike included)
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service


Not included

  • Transport to and from departure point
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included
  • local taxes
  • extra transport

Supplements per person

325 € single room 

215 € half board (beverages and dinner in Vienna not included)


145 € rental bike

320 € E-bike


70 € transfer Budapest – Passau by train 

40 € transfer Munich Airport – Passau by train

80 € private transfer Munich Airport – Passau


Extra night in double/single room (B&B):

70/105 € in Vienna

55/95 € in Budapest



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