I cycled the most popular section — km from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria with two friends. Prior to that, my longest cycling trip had been a whopping 38 km! My main motivation for cycling it was to prepare for my km cycling trip along the Iron Curtain Trail in Finland. Although that was initially my main motivation, I fell in love with cycling the Danube almost immediately!
OK, this is an easy one. Most cyclists, myself included, cycle it from west to east — from Passau to Vienna. It slopes slightly downhill and normally the wind is on your back making for an easier ride! Plus, Vienna makes for a rather impressive finish. You can easily spend a few days exploring there — which I highly recommend if you have the time!
I did it the beginning of May, and the weather was relatively good. We had a couple of rainy days, but temperature-wise it was perfect — warm, but not too hot. Ideally, you would want to cycle before the end of June, or alternatively, in September or October. Passau to Vienna is the most popular section of the Danube Cycle Path. It sees up tocyclists a year with the majority of those in July and August.
What surprised me most, was the variety of people we saw cycling. My friends and I ranged from our late 30s to early 50s, but we also saw speed demons, parents pulling young children in wagons and seniors.
So in other words, the Danube is suitable for pretty much anyone in reasonable shape. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, even with my limited cycling experience. Having said that, I do recommend doing longer cycle rides before biking the Danube.
While I was fine physically, I ended up with a compressed nerve in both of my hands which was really painful. Had I done longer trips prior to this one, I would have installed a handlebar extender for my bike. That could have prevented this injury which took several painstaking weeks to heal. This is a personal choice of course and will vary according to your interests, but a few of the highlights include:.
Our self-guided tours let you choose between 3 or 6 days of actual cycling plus additional days to get there. A few factors to consider when planning your route:. Fortunately, there are bridges and river crossings and we crossed the Danube almost every day. If in doubt, cross earlier.
In general, we choose to stick to the river as much as possible, but on sections that followed the highway still a separate bike pathwe choose to cross over to a more tranquil setting. We also made sure that we were on the right side of the river to visit Melk Abbey. The city of Melk itself is also charming and a great place to stop for lunch or a coffee. In my opinion, yes!
After cycling all day, the last thing I want Put Ya Hands - Gabberboys - Viena / Put Ya Hands do is to try to find a hotel. For the most part, we were able to find hotels, Put Ya Hands - Gabberboys - Viena / Put Ya Hands it was a pain stopping at each one, asking if there was availability, and then seeing if the price was within our budget. In high season, it would be an absolute nightmare trying to find accommodation directly on the Danube Bike Path.
Having guaranteed accommodation in a convenient location is one of the benefits of booking our self-guided cycling tour of the Danube. The easiest and cheapest way is to take a regional train from Munich. Trains leave every hour from the Munich Hauptbahnhof main train station. Note: regional train tickets are only valid after am, so be sure your train leaves at or later. If it leaves at am or earlier, the regional ticket is not valid, and you require a different usually more expensive ticket.
Tickets can be purchased the day of travel at the train station at either the ticket machines, or you can purchase it from the Deutsche Bahn counter.
Your bike also requires a ticket for the trip. Specialties include Weiner Schnitzel, Stecklerfish smoked trout impaled on a stickKaiserscharrn, a shredded pancake sprinkled with icing sugar and served with apple sauce.
We include it in both our 4-day and 8-day tours. For a complete list of what to bring, check out my Danube Cycling Packing List. If you are doing the trip by yourself, you will definitely Put Ya Hands - Gabberboys - Viena / Put Ya Hands to purchase the book, Danube Bike Trail 2which will help you plan your route and choose which side of the river to cycle on and where to stop Alternatively, let Half Moon Street - Count Basie And The Great Orchestras Of Woody Herman • Lionel Hampton - Big Bands do it all the heavy lifting for you and help you get the most from your cycling trip along the Danube.
You can find all Put Ya Hands - Gabberboys - Viena / Put Ya Hands details here. This is a lot of impressive cycling along with photos. Cycling is a great way to see and feel the locale. I wish I was able to this. Good stuff! You Bowed Down - Elvis Costello - Aging Gracefully bicycle ride is the amazing for this trip.
Thank you for writing this description of the Danube trail. Best overview of the trip that I have seen. I have found guide books are useless.
Made my wife more confident that we really could do the Danube from source to sea…. Richard, thank you so much for your kind words, I appreciate it. Let me know if you do the whole trip, that would be EPIC! Best of luck! Hi, Thanks for the information. How does one get back to Passau from Vienna? How do you get back to your starting place? Thank you so much for all wealth of information. I have the yearning to do this and having all this information already done for me is invaluable!!!
Thank you so much for sharing it. I am now dreaming of this adventure!!! I plan to retire sometime this year and will be planning some trips with my husband. This one will be near the top!!! Pattie from Indy. Pattie — Glad that you found it useful. Hi Laurel, I enjoyed reading your information. I am planning a trip from Vienna to Linz with a night stop at Melk. Do you think it is possible to do the trip in two days.
I know the section from Melk to Linz is long around K. Also we are thinking of going end of Aug and start of Sept. How high is the change of rain? Glenn — Thank you. The weather is usually good at that time of year but of course, you never know. This is exactly what I need! I am planning on solo riding the Danube Put Ya Hands - Gabberboys - Viena / Put Ya Hands from either the very beginning in the Black Forest or from Passau.
Aiming to get to either Budapest or riding further to Belgrade. Looks like you had an amazing time! Definitely would Put Ya Hands - Gabberboys - Viena / Put Ya Hands to repeat this year and there may be a chance!
Hi Just would like to pick your brains here. A group of Aš Atsisakiau Savo Močiutei - Visi - Liudviko Rėzos Dainos are cycling Passau to Vienna Denis Collard - Semal* - Belgik this years. Several of the group have chosen eBikes.
Is there any other transport up to the places you want to see eg taxi or bus or do you have to cycle up the steep hills? Would really appreciate the feedback.
Hello Laurel, Could you tell me whether the cycle paths continue through cities like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest? We are hoping to cycle next year, and although it looks lovely on the majority of the route I am concerned about how busy the cities might be. Thank you. Can you advise as to how busy the route from pasau to Vienna might be in early September?
I love cycling but not on crowded routes! Liz, it will still be busy in early September but not as busy as it is in July and August. When carrying your own luggage, what do you do with it when visiting a castle, museum or even a store? I had panniers so put my important stuff in one and slung it over my shoulder.
Is there a problem or do you no longer offer this tour? Your other trip pages seem to work. Tracy — My sincere apologies for the delay. The Danube Cycle Path is the most popular holiday cycling route Devil In A Blue Dress - Elmer Bernstein, Big Band De Canarias - Elmer Bernstein: The Wild Side all of Europe!
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