|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||31 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Fridays & Saturdays: Mar 28-Apr 24, Sep 5-Oct 17, 2015; Daily: Apr 25-Sep 4, 2015|
|Start city:||Innsbruck, Austria|
|End city:||Passau, Germany|
Very few rivers in Europe offer such a varied and exciting landscape as the Inn River. You will cycle past the imposing mountains of Tyrol, the soft, rollings hills of Upper Bavaria and the green fields and meadows of Upper Austria.
Enjoy medieval villages, castles and fortresses along the Inn's famous emerald-green waters. On this tour of the Inn Bicycle path from Innsbruck to Passau, you will cycle through three regions: Tyrol, Bavaria, and Upper Austria. The cycle path runs directly along the Inn River and is a great and enjoyable tour for all age groups.
The tour begins in Innsbruck, where you can visit the famous "Golden Roof" and enjoy a delicious coffee before you fill your bags with sparkling crystals at the fascinating world of Swarovki Crystal in Wattens. From Austria, you approach the border with Germany and enter into the famous Bavaria region.
No matter where you stop for a break on either side of the border, delicious bacon, beer and pretzels await you. Another highlight along the way is Altöttinger's pilgrimage chapel and the picturesque baroque city Schärding on River Inn, as well as the Three River City of Passau.
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Day 1: Innsbruck
Individual arrival in Innsbruck and distribution of rental bikes. If you have time don’t miss the chance to explore the town, especially the famous landmark “Goldenes Dachl”, which is definitely worth a visit, as well as the Berg Isel that has breathtaking views over Innsbruck.
Overnight in Innsbruck.
Day 2: Innsbruck–Zillertal Valley (28 miles/45 km)
Leave the capital of the Tyrol behind you and cycle through lovely picturesque villages and places until you reach the access of the Zillertal Valley. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and take time to explore the old town of Hall and the well-known world of the Swarovki-Crystals.
Overnight in Strass.
Day 3: Zillertal Valley - Kufstein (22 miles/35 km)
Numerous medieval fortresses and castles are nestled along the cycle path until you reach the lovely village of Rattenberg. Visit the Tyrolean Museum of farmhouses in Kramsach before you arrive in Kufstein.
Overnight in Kufstein.
Day 4: Kufstein–Rosenheim (22 miles/36 km)
Today you cycle away from the magnificent fortress of Kufstein towards the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. The River Inn is now getting broader as it floats in the direction of Rosenheim, which in antique times was a commercial centre of the Chiemsee region.
Overnight in Rosenheim.
Day 5: Rosenheim–Wasserburg (18 miles/30 km)
You cycle today predominantly along the dam and partly through lowland forests to Wasserburg, uniquely situated inside a bend in the river. Wasserburg is, with its historical old town, picturesque facades and narrow lanes, certainly one of the most beautiful cities along the Inn.
Overnight in Wasserburg.
Day 6: Wasserburg–Mühldorf (30 miles/48 km)
The path to Mühldorf leads a bit away from the River Inn through lovely farmland, small villages and great high grounds. Muhldorf's long drawn-out square and beautiful townhouse are typical of the area's cityscapes.
Overnight in Mühldorf.
Day 7: Mühldorf–Kirchdorf/Inn (29 miles/46 km)
Take your time to visit two of the most popular pilgrimage sites along your tour to Braunau. Altötting is Bavaria’s most important pilgrimage place, and Marktl is the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI. Before you cycle to Kirchdorf/Inn, stop for a well-earned view of the breathtaking city Burghausen, which boasts Europe’s longest fortification.
Overnight in Kirchdorf/Inn.
Day 8: Kirchdorf/Inn–Bad Füssing (21 miles/34km)
Today you cycle through the impressive European reservation of the Lower River Inn with its species-rich bird population and flora. You then reach Bad Füssing, where you can enjoy the benefits of a rejuvenating health and spa resort.
Overnight in Bad Füssing.
Day 9: Bad Füssing–Passau (22 miles/36km)
Along your way to Passau, picturesque baroque towns await your visit: Obernberg with its lovely market square, the magnificent Monastery Reichersberg and the baroque city of Schärding with its famous Silberzeile. The confluence of River Inn and River Danube dignifies Passau as one of Germany’s most beautiful cities.
Overnight in Passau.
Day 10: Departure
Individual departure after breakfast and return transfer by train to Innsbruck (included in tour package). Or we would be happy to help you extend your stay.
Fridays & Saturdays: Mar 28-Apr 24, Sep 5-Oct 17, 2015; Daily: Apr 25-Sep 4, 2015
|Low season:||Oct 3-Oct 17, 2015|
|Shoulder season:||Mar 28-Apr 24; Sep 5-Oct 2, 2015|
|High season:||Apr 25-Sep 4, 2015|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Austria Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck, Innsbruck
Hotel Goldener Lowe, Kufstein
Hotel Tryp by Wyndham, Rosenheim
Hotel-Gasthof Paulanerstuben, Wasserburg
Altstadthotel Wetzel, Muhldorf
Hotel Inntalhof, Kirchdorf/Inn
Kurhotel Fussinger Hof, Bad Fussing
Hotel Weißer Hase
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Further specifications on the electrically assisted bikes:
The cyclist‘s pedal effort is intensified by the electric motor. The electrically-powered bike does not work without man-power except downhill. There are 3 levels for the electric power system. The lowest level boosts the man-power of the cyclist for approximately 50%, edium level for approximately 100%, and the highest level for approximately 130%.
The electric power can be turned off – and you cycle as with a normal bike. The electricity comes from an akku battery and along even paths and smooth manner of driving it lasts approximately 100 km on the lowest level, approximately 7 0km on medium level, and 50 km on the highest level. In hilly areas the distance is shorter.
The electric power is operated from the handlebar, where you can also see how much electrical power is left. A battery recharger can easily be charged on a normal plug socket in your hotel room such as a mobile phone and it takes about 3-4 hours. The bikes are equipped with an 8-speed gear shifting and 2 hand brakes (rear and front)
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
The route follows the river valley along the Inn River. It is flat terrain almost the whole way. However, there are occasion rolling hills and three stages with some short, steep ascents.
For clarification purposes, the "Inn Cycle Path" means the path which is available to cyclists along the Inn River. However, it is important to note that certain parts of this path are also used by outside traffic participants, namely by motor vehicles as well as walkers.
Nearest airport: Innsbruck, Austria; Munich, Germany
Nearest train station: Innsbruck, Austria
Nearest airport: Munich, Germany; Linz, Austria; or Vienna, Austria
Nearest train station: Schaeding, Austria; Passau, Germany
Please note that at the end of the tour train tranfer from Passau to Innsbruck is included in the tour cost.
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Austria sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, once the Habsburg Empire’s seat of power that ruled Europe for over 6 centuries. While Habsburg power ended after World War I, Austria remains a prominent country. Today it is known for its idyllic and majestic landscape of mountains, green valleys, rivers and storybook villages. Along with such a landscape are the cultural centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The elegant city of Vienna reveals the glory days of the Habsburg Empire, featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and impressive Opera House. Salzburg, home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, has Europe’s largest intact medieval fortress overlooking the cobblestone streets of its historic Old Town.
Oberösterreich Touristik GmbH, located in Linz, Austria, opened their doors in 1990. At that time, they were the first tour operator to offer luggage transfer. Guaranteeing friendly and qualified advice, Oberösterreich Touristik offers a wide range of holidays. They also offer a bicycle service centre in Schärding and Passau, where their trained employees await clients with more than 2,000 rental bikes.
The Oberösterreich Touristik team consists of 40 dedicated travel specialists and a wide range of partners (hosts, ferry companies and transportation companies) that are 100% reliable.
In the past few years, Oberösterreich Touristik has received the Economy Prize "Pegasus for Tourism," the "family mountain" for their family options, along with the emblem of the Austrian Republic. They are known as one of the "Most Friendly Biking Agencies" in Austria and have the new Austrian Eco-label, which verifys that their programs are taking responsibility in caring for the environment.
Prior to arrival the customer can cancel in written form at any time the booked arrangement. In case of cancellation or no show we charge following fees:
20% of the tour price= up to 28 days before arrival date
30% of the tour price= from 27th to 14th day before arrival date
50% of the tour price= from 13th to 8th day before arrival date
70% of the tour price= from 7th to 4th day before arrival date
90% of the tour price= from 3rd day before arrival date to the day of arrival or “no show”
In case the booking is changed from the customer himself (change of date, duration of the tour or participant) up to 28 days prior arrival, a handling fee of € 50.00 per booking is charged.
Thereafter the previous cancellation conditions apply. Such a change of booking is only in individual cases a possibility customers do not have a claim on it.