Austria & Germany: Cycle the Inn & the Danube, from Schärding to Vienna (9 Nights)
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Cycle the Rivers Inn & Danube from Schärding to Vienna


10 Days / 9 Nights (8 Days Cycling)
4* & 3* Hotels & Inns
Distance: 210-220 miles / 340-355 km (Approx)
Level: Easy
Luggage Transfers Included
Bikes, Electric Bikes, Kids Bikes & Trailers & Dog Trailers Available
Departures every Day from 24 March to 20 October 2018
Bed & Breakfast from ₤515 / €570 / US$680

Leisurely Riverside Cycling Tour from Schärding to Vienna

Cycle the Inn and the Danube from Schärding to Vienna: This lovely route from Schärding in Austria briefly passes through Germany before continuing to the Austrian capital Vienna alongside the famous “Blue Danube”. It is part of Europe’s most popular cycling holiday destination.

As you cycle along the Rivers Inn and Danube you will pass through an enchanting river landscape, with hills, mountains, castles, lakes, vineyards, picturesque villages, impressive monasteries, and countless other cultural sites.

The cycle route from Schärding to Vienna is very well waymarked and almost completely traffic free, so you can relax and enjoy the easy cycling along the smooth and level surface of the cycle path as it gently drops towards Vienna. This is an easy grade tour, suitable for adults of all levels of fitness and experience and for children of all ages.

Our holidays on this cycling tour include hand-picked accommodation and breakfasts (half-board is an option) in luxurious 4* and 3* hotels and traditional inns. They also include daily baggage transfers (optional), a comprehensive information pack, guide book and emergency support. We also offer the hire of good quality touring bikes for both adults and children, as well as electric bikes, trailer bikes, kid’s trailers, child seats and even dog trailers.

This cycling tour along the rivers Inn and Danube passes through very distinct regions, each with their own unique attractions. There is so much to see and do in the beautiful towns and villages along the way, with an incredible selection of cultural attractions such as museums, monasteries, churches, palaces, and galleries, as well as exciting theme parks and fantastic restaurants.

Cycling Tour from Schärding to Vienna: Itinerary

Danube Bike Tour, Scharding-Vienna - Map of the Route

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Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrive in Schärding.
  • Day 2: Engelhartszell area, approx. 27 miles / 42 km.
  • Day 3: Aschach/Eferding, approx. 27 miles / 42 km.
  • Day 4: Linz, approx. 19 miles / 30 km.
  • Day 5: Perg, approx. 24 miles / 35 km.
  • Day 6: Marbach, approx. 31 miles / 50 km.
  • Day 7: Krems, approx. 32 miles / 50 km.
  • Day 8: Tulln, approx. 26 miles / 41 km.
  • Day 9: Vienna, Approx. 24 miles / 35 km.
  • Day 10: Depart from Vienna.

Extra nights may be added at almost any point along the route.

Given the variety of accommodation options and the different routes that may be selected between them, all daily distances are approximate.

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Arrive Schärding

After checking into the hotel, collecting hire bikes and reviewing the route documentation, you should take time to have a look around Schärding, which is a major port on the Inn River, and maybe take a cruise along the Inn to Passau.

Day 2
Schärding to Area of Engelhartszell
(Approx 27 miles / 42 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will start to cycle the Danube from Schärding to Vienna!  The first port of call is the historic city of Passau, which is known as the “City of Three Rivers,” because it is there that the River Inn joins with the Danube and the Ilz. Passau is notable for its Gothic and Baroque architecture. The Cathedral of St. Stephen houses the second-largest church pipe organ in the world and is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque.

You leave Passau on the Danube cycle path and almost immediately cross the border into Austria.  You are soon cycling through wonderful scenery on the way to the only Trappist monastery in Austria at Engelhartszell (where you can sample delicious liqueurs).

Day 3
Area of Engelhartszell to Aschach/Eferding
(Approx. 27 miles / 42 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today a truly magnificent highlight awaits you along your way: the famous meander “Schlögener Schlinge”, where the River Danube makes a complete 180 loop. A short but steep climb up to the Schlögener view point gives you a breathtaking view across the Danube valley before you leave the wooded hills of the Upper Danube on your way to Aschach.

Day 4
Aschach/Eferding to Linz
(Approx. 19 miles / 30 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will traverse the expanse of the Eferdinger basin on the way to the flourishing city of Linz.  This modern city is the capital of Upper Austria.  Historic buildings, impressive churches and one of the largest medieval main squares in Central Europe contrast with striking contemporary architecture.  Linz is also home to the world’s steepest mountain railway, the ‘Postlingbergbahn’. The views from the top are amazing and, for the kids, a ride on the Grottenbahn “Dragon Express” train is not to be missed!

Day 5
Linz to Perg
(Approx. 24 miles / 35 km)

Meals: Breakfast

You may want to extend your stay in Linz before continuing your journey into the Strudengau. (Extra nights can be arranged at any point along the route.)  Highlights of today´s route include a short diversion to the town of Enns, which is the oldest town in Austria.

Day 6
Perg to Marbach
(Approx. 32 miles / 50 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you cycle through tranquil meadow lands to the legendary Strudengau region. Highlights of today´s route include the Celtic village at Mitterkirchen, the majestic church in Baumgartenberg, the romantic castle of Clam and the beautiful Baroque village of Grein, home to the oldest theatre in Austria.

Day 7
Marbach to Krems
(Approx. 32 miles / 50 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today your journey will take you into the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of the Wachau Valley, where gently sloping vineyards and orchards are dotted with monasteries and castles. On your way to the lovely town of Krems, you will pass through the wine-growing villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Durnstein. The beautiful 900-year-old Baroque Benedictine abbey overlooking the city of Melk can be seen from many kilometres away and is well worth a visit.

Day 8
Krems to Tulln
(Approx. 26 miles / 41 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will follow the River Danube as it meanders through Lower Austria towards Tulln.

Tulln is one of the oldest towns in Austria.  Because of its abundance of parks and other green spaces, the town is often referred to as “Blumenstadt”, meaning City of Flowers.

Day 9
Tulln to Vienna
(Approx. 24 miles / 35 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride will take you past the impressive monastery at Klosterneuburg and on through wooded parkland to arrive at the famed city of Vienna, one of Europe’s most beautiful, elegant and interesting cities.

Day 10
Departure from Vienna

Meals: Breakfast

There are convenient flights from Vienna to most cities, or we can arrange your transport back to Schärding if you prefer. However, what´s the rush? Why not take time to explore Vienna before you leave? We can easily arrange an extension for as long as you like. (Most guests agree with us that 3 days in Vienna is the minimum required to do this wonderful city justice!)

Cycling Tour from Schärding to Vienna: Dates & Prices

This cycle tour from Schärding to Vienna is available from 24 March to 20 October 2018, with departures every day. Prices depend on season.

Price per Person (pp) in Twin or Double Room
7-27 April
29 September-20 October
24 March-6 April
15-28 September
28 April-14 September
Single Supplement*
Half Board (8 Dinners, Breakfast only in Vienna)
Extra Nights
Double (pp)
Double (pp)
Double (pp)
Double (pp)
Bike & Equipment Hire
Hybrid Bike
Electric Bike
Kids Bike or Trailer
Child Seat

*This route is available for solo travellers.

Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish or UK bank.

We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card. 


There are a number of great discounts available on this cycling tour from Schärding to Vienna:
  • Child up to 6 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults- FREE.
  • Child 7-11 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults – 50%.
  • Child 12-14 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults – 25%.
  • Child aged 15 years and over or adult sharing room with 2 adults – 10%.
  • No luggage transfers – €68 pp.

Services Included

This cycling tour includes:
  • 9 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels and inns.  Double, twin or family rooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms.
  • 9 buffet breakfasts.
  • Daily luggage transfers – 1 item per person.  Maximum weight 20 kg. (Discount if not required).
  • 2 ferry crossings on the Danube, including bike (Engelhartszell and Au-Schlögen).
  • Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description (1 per room).
  • High-quality handlebar bag for transportation of travel documents (1 per room).
  • Tasting of regional specialities.
  • Service hotline, 7 days a week.

Extra Services

The following services are not included in the price of this cycling tour from Schärding to Vienns, but we would be delighted to help you to organise them:
  • Travel to and from Schärding and Vienna, including flights and airport transfers.
  • Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks (Half-board available).
  • Helmet hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights at any point along the route.
  • Tickets for concerts and attractions.

Cycling Tour from Schärding to Vienna: Accommodation

Our holidays on this cycling tour from Schärding to Vienna include hand-picked accommodation and breakfasts (half-board is an option) in luxurious 4* and 3* hotels and traditional inns. All of the hotels and inns are specially selected for their standards of service, warmth of welcome and character.

Hotel Examples

Night 1 : Schärding
 Hotel Biedermeierhof ***

Night 2: Area of Engelhartszell
Hotel-Restaurant Goldenes Schiff***

Night  3: –Aschach/Eferding
Landhotel Dieplinger***

Night 4: Linz
ARCOTEL Nike****

Night 5: Perg
Hotel Gasthof Manner***

Night 6: Marbach
Zur Schönen Wienerin***

Night 7: Krems
 Hotel-Gasthof Zum Goldenen Engel***

Night 8: Tulln
Design Hotel Römerhof****

Night 9: Vienna
Hotel Park Inn****

Cycling Tour from Schärding to Vienna: Travel

Getting to & from Schärding & Vienna

Flights & Trains

This cycling tour starts in Schärding, close to the Austrian / German border, and finishes in Vienna. There are regular trains to Schärding from Linz (1.5 hours), Munich (2.5-3.5 hours), Salzburg (2.5-3.5 hours) and Vienna (2.5 hours), to all of which it is possible to get flights from many European cities.

Please visit for cheap flights and the German train website or the Austrian train website to check train times and fares.

If you don´t need to return to Schärding to collect a car at the end of your tour, it is almost always better to arrange onward travel from Vienna.

Car Parking

If you travel to Schärding by car, there is a free, but unguarded, car park 15 minutes walk from the hotel. Paid parking is available at the hotel. A reservation is necessary.

We would be very happy to arrange your travel to Schärding and from Vienna. Please ask for details.

Cycling Tour from Schärding to Vienna: Hire Bikes

Our most popular bike is the 21-speed hybrid, which is available in men´s and women´s models. We can also supply 7-speed unisex touring bikes with back-pedal “coaster” brakes, as well as electric bikes, children’s bikes, trailer bikes, baby / toddler trailers and child seats, and even a trailer for your dog. Please see “Dates & Prices” for hire charges.

All adult rental bikes are equipped with a speedometer. When bikes are hired, one bike per room is equipped with double pannier bags for the carriage of spare clothing and food. In addition, each room also receives a free gift of a handlebar bag for the carriage of documents, maps and other small items

Helmets are compulsory for children aged under 12 years and are recommended for everyone. They can be purchased locally.

If extra nights are booked there is no supplement for the use of hire bikes.  However, their use in Vienna is always subject to availability.

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Cycling Tour from Schärding to Vienna: More Info

Difficulty Level

This cycle tour from Schärding to Vienna is an easy tour that should be achievable by even novice cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. As you cycle the Inn and the Danube from Schärding to Vienna, the route is clearly marked throughout and is generally flat, smooth and traffic-free. There is usually the option of shortening or skipping legs by taking a boat or train. It is an ideal trip for beginners and families.

This is an unescorted cycle tour. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.

Luggage Transfers

Daily luggage transfers are included in the price of the cycle tour. Bags must not weigh more than 20 kg and there is a strict limit of 1 piece of luggage per person. An additional allowance may be purchased.

A discount is available if luggage transfers are not required. (See “Dates & Prices”.)


The weather in Austria between April and October can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared.

It will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket.  Waterproof trousers may also be required at times.  A sun hat and sunscreen are also often essential.

All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.