L: on the left -
R: on the right bank of the Danube
Passau – Schlögen
Stefan, Bettina, Peter and Harry after leaving Passau.
This time we cycled along the right bank of the Danube to the first stop in Engelhartszell.
The monastery church is always worth a visit.
In Engelhartszell, we took the cycle ferry to the left bank and enjoyed the marvellous ride to the Schlögener Schlinge. Another cycle ferry took us to the hotel in Schlögen.
As soon as we got to the hotel, it started to rain.
Hotel Donauschlinge, Haibach-Schlögen ) 07279 8212
Dz €66.- We relaxed in the swimming pool and sauna.
Schlögen – Puchenau (shortly before Linz)
R: Rest at Gasthof Kaiserhof (near the Untermühl ferry)
R: Aschach - lunch and sightseeing
R: Ottensheim power station R-L: (the small climb to the Ottensheim market square was worth it) - Puchenau
Bauernhof Bamminger, Schlossholzweg 17 ) 0732 221686 double room à €38.-/ triple room à €48.-
The farm with its cosy rooms is idyllically situated on a hill. We were very well looked after and catered for.
Puchenau - Linz – Enns
Linz city bike tour
We crossed the Danube at the Abwinden power station and travelled to the Abbey St. Florian.
Tour of St Florian with a short organ concert on the Bruckner organ 11:00 / 15:00
St Florian – Enns
Goldenes Schiff, Hauptplatz 23 ) 07223 86086 - Dz €60.-
Enns - Grein
From Enns through the Danube wetlands via St. Pantaleon to the
Wallsee Danube power station
The bridge there was closed due to construction work and we had to cross the Danube by ferry.
We travelled via Baumgartenberg Abbey (tour / lunch) to Clam Castle. This is one of the best-preserved castles in Central Europe.
After a hilly ride eastwards, we reached the Danube again at Grein.
Grein: Pension Faltinger, Kaiser Friedrich-Str. 1; ) 0043 7268 374
Dz 42.- Ez 25.-
Grein – Pöchlarn
L. Return 2km to the bridge then R:
R: Hössgang Werfenstein Castle - Freyenstein Ruins
R: Ybbs (tour of the town by bike) Lunch and refreshment at the bathing lake just outside.
R: Drive to Pöchlarn. After visiting the Oskar Kokoschka House, we rode over the new Danube bridge and were able to admire and try out the fantastic ramp for cyclists.
Danube bridge near Pöchlarn with cycle ramp
We had to travel a short distance up the Danube to our accommodation in Klein Pöchlarn.
R. Kammerer, Linzerstrasse 8 ) 0043 7413 8297 - 3 DZ à €38.-
At the supermarket we bought some food for a Heuriger evening in Kammerer's garden.
Klein Pöchlarn – Wachau - Traismauer - Sitzenberg
On the left bank of the Danube we travelled through the Wachau with stops in:
Willendorf, Schwallenbach (charming), Spitz (break, sightseeing), Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein (lunch at Richard Löwenherz).
At Stein, we decided to take the cobbled Steiner Landstrasse, admired the old, romantic houses and made our way to Krems. At the Steinertor (Steiner Gate), the entrance to the old town, we had to dismount and push.
After Krems, we took a cycle path along the motorway bridge over the Danube. After a huge downhill loop, the path leads along the motorway for a long time until finally, after Hollenburg, the Danube embankment is quiet again.
The Schubert cycle path branches off at an inn on the Danube in Mitterauer Au. As the following route along the Danube does not offer much variety and we wanted to follow in the footsteps of Franz Schubert, we decided in favour of this option (and made a reservation in Sitzenberg).
The well-signposted Schubertradweg took us through the Roman town of Traismauer and the Ahrenberger Kellergasse, which is well worth seeing, to Sitzenberg.
Overnight stay: Pension Marschik, Weinbergstrasse 6
Highly recommended, quiet location, we received a very warm welcome.
) 02276/ 2557, double room (actually a flat) with shower and WC at €34 Dinner at a wine tavern in the famous Ahrenberger Kellergasse. It was a rustic, particularly nice experience.
Sitzenberg - Vienna
After just under 10 kilometres, we arrived at Atzenbrugg Castle. The initiator of the preservation of the castle (after severe war damage) and the design of the Schubert Museum personally guided us through the interesting showrooms. Back on the saddle, we cycle via Judenau (castle) to Tulln, where the Schubert cycle path rejoins the Danube cycle path. It was a worthwhile diversions.
Tulln – Greifenstein - Klosterneuburg - Vienna
Vienna: Danube Canal to Salztorgasse, via Tuchlauben to Stephansplatz. I stood very proudly in front of the giant gate of St. Stephans Cathedral and had my photo taken.
We rode through the city centre to the opera, where we were picked up by our friends in cars. Bikes can only be transported on the Vienna underground from 9-15:00 and from 18:30)
I recommend a cycle route map for cycling in Vienna. You can order your personal and free "Vienna Cycle Map Overview" from MA 18, or pick it up at the Vienna City Information Centre or have it sent to you.
Also have a look at Cycling in Vienna
Last update of the links: November 2023
Return journey to Switzerland by car
(Passau - Krems)
(Donaueschingen - Vienna)