Blue Danube Cycle
Follow the winding route of the Danube and discover the lively history of one of Europe's most important rivers. Cycle past Austrian castles, Benedictine monasteries and ancestral vineyards en route to Vienna. From Germany, follow the Danube eastward into Austria, across the fertile plains of the Wachau Valley, where vineyards climb the slopes to imposing medieval monasteries perched atop hills between Melk and Krems. Wind past castle ruins and apricot orchards before reaching the capital of Austria, where you can take in a performance of the "Blue Danube" waltz, the melody that evokes Vienna the world over.
|DAY 1||Join Passau (Germany)|
|DAY 2||Cycle through countryside to Engelhartszell and onto Schlögen (41km / 25.5mi)|
|DAY 3||Cycle past Aschach and Wilhering to Linz (55km / 34mi)|
|DAY 4||Cycle to Grein and Strudengau via Burg Clam Castle (60km / 37mi)|
|DAY 5||To Nibelungengau and visit Melk famous for its imposing Benedictine Monastery (50km / 31mi)|
|DAY 6||Cycle through Wachau and on to Krems (50km / 31mi)|
|DAY 7||To Vienna including train journey (40km / 25mi)|
|DAY 8||Return to Passau, trip concludes|
Great way to see many historic towns and cities along the Danube, at your own pace, and sample the various foods at small cafes and restaurants along the way, meet the locals, plus a real motivation to keep fit.