Germany & Austria

Regensburg to Vienna Bike
Eight nights; eight days of easy cycling along the meandering banks of the Danube River, from village to village on quiet bike paths.

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"One of the most scenic trips we have ever taken. Excellent on all fronts." - Randal & Debra B.

Why this trip?

  • Largely traffic-free riding on easy bike paths following a river downstream!
  • Many small towns and villages, with interesting, ancient architecture.
  • Deep history of the Austrian Empire.
  • Linz – where Mozart wrote his famous symphony number 36.
  • Wachau wines, and good beer!
  • Schlögen Meander – where the river hairpin turns 180 degrees.
  • Option to visit Mathausen concentration camp.
  • Augustine and Benedictine monasteries.
  • Freud Museum, and a fascinating Clock Museum.

Is it for me?

One of our easiest routes, it follows the downstream flow of the Danube River on paved bike paths and quiet roads. Total distance is 320km (200 miles).

The best time to enjoy this tour is mid-May to early-October. Outside these times, days are shorter and cooler (rarely warmer than 55°F). July and August can be hot.


Day 1

Regensburg to Deggendorf. Short ride 55km to Straubing. Long: 95km.

Begin your adventure at the Danube’s most northern point in Germany in the attractive city of Regensburg, whose charmingly medieval core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit its 16-arch bridge, 13thc. cathedral, and the 19thc. neoclassical Walhalla monument if you arrive a little early. We will meet you here first thing this morning. After fitting your bikes and introducing the ride, you will leave Germany’s “Medieval Miracle”, to embark on a serene week of riding down this quintessentially European river, the Danube. LD

Hotel Gasthof Höttl, Deggendorf.

Day 2

Deggendorf to Passau. 60km.

Return to the Danube trail and meander to the confluence of three rivers. Arrive Passau by mid-afternoon. Long been regarded one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, Passau is home to the impressive Saint Stephen’s cathedral and its largest church organ in the world, and the Oberhaus Museum which provides a fascinating overview of medieval life in the Passau region. There are also five breweries, and plenty of beer gardens where you can quench your thirst! D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)

Altstadt-Hotel Passau, or
Boutique Hotel Morgentau, Passau.

Day 3

Passau to Aschach. Short: 45km to Schlögen. Long: 65km.

Today’s ride begins with the beauty of Sauwald - a densely-wooded granite river valley which leads through the Donauleiten Nature Preserve to the phenomenal meander at Schlögen, formed where impermeable granite forces the Danube to flow back on itself. After lunch in Schlogen, take a transfer, or ride the bike path on the quieter left bank towards Aschach, where hillside castle ruins overlook a beautiful town with good riverside beergardens, and a boatbuilding museum.

Faustschlossl Hotel, or
Gasthof Sonne, Aschach.

Day 4

Aschach to Enns. Short: 35km. Long: 55km.

Morning ride on the quiet side to Linz, a steelmaking town with cultural and artistic contributions that bely its industrial reputation. The abundance of museums and churches include the Church of St. Martin - the oldest church in Austria, still in its original, untouched form. You can also visit the Rococo sanctuary of the Cistercian Wilhering Monastery just before Linz if you like. A pleasant post-lunch ride takes you to Enns, and the confluence of two rivers at one of the oldest true “towns” in Austria. BLD

Turmhotel, or
Gasthof-Hotel Zum Goldenen Schiff , Enns.

Day 5

Enns – Bad Kreuzen. 45km.

Today there is an opportunity for a firsthand view of WWII history with a visit at the lesser-known concentration camp of Mauthausen; a sombre site in an astonishingly beautiful setting where 150,000 people were worked to death by the Third Reich. Following this site visit, a ride through the meadows of the Machland River plain to the valley of the Strudengau River will help to lighten spirits. The Danube divides “Upper Austria” and “Lower Austria” here, and you will ride the division to Grein, located at the foot of a remarkable 15th century castle on the riverbank. A 10km transfer takes you to your simple but superbly-located lodging in the foothills. BLD

Hotel Aumühle, or
Burg Kreuzen, or
Gasthof Kirchenwirt

Day 6

Bad Kreuzen to Maria Taferl. 41km. Long: 53 or 65km, with a side trip to Melk.

Today you will quickly notice how the valley walls make the river strikingly narrow at Strudengau. The gentle landscape of the Nibelungengau region marks the beginning of the final stage to Vienna. Many regard these last three days as the highlight of the tour. You will pass through romantic and picturesque Austrian villages to the ancient pilgrimage site of Maria Taferl. An optional side trip will take you to Melk where you can acquire a sample of the healing herbal concoctions made at its famous Benedictine Monastery. BD

Hotel Rose, Maria Taferl.

Day 7

Maria Taferl to Krems, 51km.

This is heavenly. Ride through the UNESCO designated Wachau wine region. This is perhaps the prettiest landscape of the entire Danube valley. With its many vineyards and orchards, the steep, south-facing slopes are known as a terraced “Stairway to Heaven”. Following country lanes and bike paths, you can stop in the pretty town of Durnstein for strong coffee and pastries to fuel the rest of your ride to Krems, boasting a 17th century town hall and many beautiful churches. BD

Arte Hotel Krems, or
Steigenberger Hotel Krems , Krems.

Day 8

Krems – Vienna. Short: 40km; Long: 80km

Continue through the beauty, as the river winds its way to Vienna - a delightful morning ride through the Wienerwald Forest – the “Vienna Woods”. You will pass a never-launched nuclear power plant at Zwentendorf, then arrive in the pleasant town of Tulln for lunch and, as an option, to end the short option for your ride. Otherwise, ride from there to Klosterneuburg - a 12th century Augustine church stop before the final ride along the majestic Danube into one of Europe’s most important cultural centers. Museums, galleries, cathedrals, and palaces abound are in Vienna. We recommend the Stephansdom Cathedral, the Uhrenmuseum (clock museum), and the Sigmund Freud Museum. Your guides will depart this afternoon once you are settled in your hotel. BL

Hotel City Central, or Hotel Stefanie.

Day 9


Your Freewheeling Adventure concludes this morning following breakfast, unless you are continuing along the Danube Trail to Budapest with us. B

Dates and Prices

Self-guided available on any dates except the following:

2022 Guided dates

  • May 14-21
  • June 11-18
  • July 9-16
  • August 13-20
  • September 10-17
  • 2023 Guided dates

  • May 14-21
  • September 10-17

  • US 3865 C 4565(per person, double occupancy)

    US 3285 C 3875 (per person, double occupancy)

    Single room

    US 865 C 1025


    Hybrid: US 235 C 285
    Road: US 335 C 395
    Electric-assist: US 415 C 495

    Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided here.

    1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, as shown on our webpage. You can also check our growing group page to see where groups are already forming.

    2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.

    PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask us for a no-obligation quote from our insurance providers: Century Insurance, or CSA Travel Protection.

    All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

    Get to the start

    The best option is to fly to Munich International Airport (MUC), from where there are hourly trains (1 hour 17minutes) directly to Regensburg. We recommend the following hotels in Regensburg, and will help you secure a booking if you ask:
    Munchner Hof Karin Helmberger
    Achat Plaza Herzog am Dom Regensburg
    Eurostars Park Hotel Maximilian


    The ride finishes in Vienna on the last day, and we include your first night in Vienna.

    Vienna International Airport (airport code: VIE) is outside the city limits, about 20km (12.5 miles) from the city center. It is easy to reach by taxi or the City-Airport Train “CAT” - the dedicated train link between Vienna and the airport. It leaves from Wien Mitte station and delivers you to the airport (and vice versa) in 16 minutes, with no stops en route, for under $20. Wien Mitte is a fairly central and large station, less than 1km from Hotel Austria The CAT is fast, modern and comfortable, with plenty of space. If you’re on the right flight, you can even check-in your luggage at the station.

    Before and After

    If you have one day:

    Vienna is a city that deserves many days of exploration. Here are a few ideas to get you started: St. Stephen’s cathedral has a staircase you can climb for an amazing view. There are 462 steps, and if you’re very lucky, the choir will be practicing while you’re there. If music attracts you, there are many clubs for evening entertainment. For the best schnitzel, make a reservation at Figl Müller, and if you like butterflies, the Butterfly House is pretty cool. So is Vienna’s zoo.

    If you have several days:

    Extend your trip as far as Budapest with us, for a two-week ride along debatably the most important waterway in Europe. Alternatively, leave the riverside and head to the lakes on our Vienna to Salzburg Bike. We are considering offering a pre-extension from Carlsbad to Regensburg, with a start in Prague or Plzen. Please ask if you are interested.