Danube May 2009

The Danube from Passau to Vienna.There are six things you dream of on a cycling holiday: flat, smooth tarmac, beautiful scenery, easy navigation, delicious food, a welcoming bed and an enticing final destination. The Danube River has it all. Flowing thousands of miles through Europe down to the Black Sea, the Danube is one of the world”s majestic rivers, dividing nations, uniting them by trade and creating a perfect cycle route at the same time. It is a heady mix of history, landscape, wildlife and delicious beer and wine.

Beer gardens lie beside the trail, tempting you with morning tea, lunchtime beers and meals and afternoon cakes and coffee. All this and the glorious Danube sliding by may well seriously limit the number of miles cycled each day! Every 2 or 3 miles is a small village, each with several guesthouses welcoming weary cyclists with Austrian hospitality and fine food. A train line runs the whole way offering respite to those that need it.

Day 1 Thu 14 Train Munich to Passau

Flight Edinburgh to Munich

Thursday 14 May
Edinburgh To Munich; flight 6913 dep. Thu 14 May 13:35; arr. Thu 14 May 16:50
Check in opens Thu 14 May 11:35; Closes Thu 14 May 12:55

Take the shuttle bus number 635 to Freising train station. The shuttle bus leaves in front of all terminals and runs every 20 minutes, 21 hours a day. Tickets cost 2 Euro and can be bought on the bus too. (Alternatively you may take a taxi from airport to Freising train station for approximately 25 Euro).  Freising to Passau €34 €6 single 2.5 hours travel

Bus No. 635

Railway Platform 4

Term 1 Term 2 Freising Departure Train No Arrival Duration

16:54

17:00

17:18

17:49

RE 4286

19:36

(2:35)

17:34

17:40

18:58

18:32

RE 4288

20:28

(2:47)

18:54

19:00

19:18

19:49

RE 4290

21:37

(2:36)

20:54

21:00

21:18

21:49

RE 4292

23:41

(2:40)

Stay in Hotel Spitzberg €40 each

Day 2: Fri 15 Passau – Schlögener Loop/Surroundings (approx. 45 km / 28 miles)

 Passau bike rental €88  The Upper Danube Valley with its steep and wooded slopes is almost untouched and idyllic. You cycle through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. In Engelhartszell, you can visit the only Trappisten Monastery in Austria, where you can taste some liqueurs. You continue on through the impressive Danube loop, where the river makes an about turn of 180 degrees.

Stay in Schlogen hotel €40 each

Day 3: Sat 16 Schlögener Loop/Surroundings – Linz , (approx. 53 km / 33 miles)

There are small ferries between the riverbanks. You cycle through the Eferinger basin to Linz, the upper Austrian capital. This year it is the European Capital of Culture. Enjoy the summer evening with a shopping tour in the charming old part of the town. Some information about Linz. Upper-Austrian”s “national drink” is Most (it´s cider but not fizzy), and Zipfer beer. We could visit Hitlers boyhood home or the graves of his parents. We will perhaps eat in Klosterhof which has Linz”s biggest beer garden. Or perhaps Linzer Stuben a Hungarian restaurant.

Stay in Linz Stanglhofweg Youth Hostel in centre for €26

Day 4: Sun 17 Linz – Grein (approx. 60 km / 38 miles )

Travel on South Bank via Enns, the oldest city in Austria . Visit to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp , most important memorial in Austria left. At Wallsee-Mitterkirchen cross to North of river. Cycle through the Celtic village of Mitterkirchen and see old Celtic houses. Choice of hill route via Abbey church in Baumgartenberg then Burg Clam, one of the best preserved castles in the country or flat coastal route along dual carriage way. Our destination, Grein, is dominated by the picturesque castle of “Greinburg”.

Stay in Privatzimmer Kloibhofer for €24

Day 5 : Mon 18 Grein – Spitz (approx. 68 km/42 miles)

We pass through the Danube landscape of the Struden and Nibelungenau, with high rock formations on the left and right side of the Danube.  High above the Danube stands the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl. The Benedictine Monastery in Melk looks over the town where we may stop for lunch.

Stay in Spitz the wine capital of the region at Haus Machhörnd for €21 Euro in an apartment.

Day 6: Tue 19 Melk – Krems (approx. 24km/ 15 miles)

Short day to give us time to appreciate the beautiful landscape of the Wachau. We cycle past wine terraces, apricot trees, castles and monasteries. During your travel to Krems you cycle through the attractive vineyards of Spitz, Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein. There are many Taverns, where you can relax and enjoy the Austrian hospitality.

We will spend the night in a winery called the  Bogner winery for €32 each.  Family-run vineyard and winery (since 1760) in a peaceful setting. Offers top-quality wines and fine, homemade apricot brandy. Visitors to the estate are welcome to join a tour of the vineyard and winery and join our regular wine tasting sessions. Cold bites are served!

Day 7: Wed 20 Krems – Tulln (approx. 32km/ 20 miles)

Cycle the north bank then cross the Danube at the power station before carrying on to Tulln. Stay in Tulln Youth Hostel for €21 each. Watch Eufa cup final between Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk

Day 8: Thu 21 Tulln – Vienna (approx. 39km /25 miles)

From Tulln an easy last leg of the cycling tour arriving in Vienna for lunch. Visit the Monastery in Klosterneuburg and drop off bikes at Hotel Anker before getting train into Vienna (8km).

Stay in Hotel Geblergassse for €30 each. Maybe take tour of city for €13

Day 9: Fri 22 Vienna – Passau

Visit the famous “Naschmarkt” and the beautiful castle Schönbrunn. Train ride back to Munich. Train fare back from Vienna of €43. €6 If get train from Wien Westbahnhof at 11:40 only 3 hours 16 mins travel. Stay in Passau above a bakery for €10 each.

Day 10 Sat 23 Munich

Travel Passau to Munich €34 €6 single 2.5 hours travel. Stay in Golden Leaf Hotel. €40 each. See Bayern Munich Play Vfb Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena holding 69,000 fans.

Day 11 Sun 24 Munich to Edinburgh

The airport is very far away from Munich and is 45 minutes by train.

Munich To Edinburgh; flight 6916 dep. Sun 24 May 18:15; arr. Sun 24 May 19:30
Check in opens Sun 24 May 16:15; Closes Sun 24 May 17:35

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