|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||36 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: May 1-Oct 15, 2015|
|Start city:||Salzburg, Austria|
|End city:||Vienna, Austria|
Bike tour from Mozart’s city of Salzburg into the heart of Europe: Vienna – passing medieval cities, fortresses and monasteries, along the rivers Salzach, Inn and Danube – into the untouched Upper Danube Valley and the beautiful Wachau Valley.
In the Danube Valley, you experience romantic castles, cozy villages, vineyards and a well-prepared bike path along the majestic river. Unforgettable end of the tour is the Austrian capital, Vienna, with its countless sights.
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Day 1: Salzburg – Burghausen (34 miles/55 km)
Individual arrival in Salzburg before 9 am. After adjusting the bicycles to suit you, you will leave the festival city of Salzburg and take the path along the bank of the Salzach to Oberndorf. It was here that the Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” was written in 1818, as the little “Silent Night Chapel” reminds us.
In the afternoon you will reach your destination for the day: Burghausen, with the longest castle buildings in the world.
Overnight in Burghausen.
Day 2: Burghausen – Schärding (42 miles/68 km)
After riding through the largest wooded region of the Inn district – Weilhart Forest – you come upon the Inn-Salzach view, where the Salzach flows into the Inn. You will pass through Braunau and come then to Obernberg, a thousand-year-old town with an extremely beautiful market square.
Not long after that you arrive at Reichersberg Abbey, where the Augustine canons have lived for more than 900 years. From Reichersberg it is only a few miles to your destination, Schärding.
Overnight in Schärding.
Day 3: Schärding – Schlögen (37 miles/58 km)
Take your leave of the beautiful baroque town of Schärding with its enchanting “Silberzeile” and ride via Wernstein along the Inn again to the "city of three rivers", Passau. You will follow the Danube all the way to the famous Danube loop of Schlögen ("Schlögener Schlinge").
Overnight in Schlogen.
Day 4: Schlögen – Linz (32 miles/51 km)
You ride today through some of the most beautiful countryside to Aschach and on to Wilhering Abbey. After passing through Ottensheim you reach Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.
Overnight in Linz.
Day 5: Linz – Grein/Ardagger (41 miles/65 km)
You leave Linz riding out past the industrial area, and on reaching Asten Danube power station turn to the inner parts of the country and Mauthausen, where you follow the Danube again as far as the next power station in Wallsee. You then ride through the fertile Machland region to Grein/Ardagger via Lake Wallsee.
Overnight in Grein/Ardagger.
Day 6: Grein/Ardagger – Melk/Emmersdorf (34 miles/55 km)
Past Marbach, the pilgrimage center of Maria Taferl greets you from the hills, and after passing the Danube power station you arrive in Melk/Emmersdorf, where you can pay a visit to the famous Benedictine Abbey.
Overnight in Melk/Emmersdorf.
Day 7: Melk/Emmersdorf – Krems – Vienna (25 miles/40 km)
Today you ride through the beautiful Wachau region, well known for its choice wines. Your route takes you through Spitz and Weißenkirchen. The best known town in the Wachau is Dürnstein, where Richard the Lion Heart was once taken captive.
The destination of your cycling trip is Krems, where you will hand over your bicycles and travel the rest of the way to Vienna by train (tickets are included in the tour package).
Overnight in Wien.
Day 8: Vienna
Daily: May 1-Oct 15, 2015
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Landhotel Reisingers Bayerische Alm, Burghausen
Stadthotel Schaerding, Schaerding
Freizeitanlage Schloegen, Schloegen
Hotel Courtyard, Linz
Gasthof Traube, Grein
Hotel Pritz, Emmersdorf
Hotel Lassalle, Vienna
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
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.
Helmets are NOT available to be rented. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.
This route is mainly flat with light and level day segments. The first two days have a few gradients.
"The holiday was fantastic. Everything was well organized. Hotels were all excellent and my backpack was always waiting for me when I got there and all had great breakfasts.
"I loved the rides and managed to lose about 8kgs (I needed to). The section from Passau to Krems was much easier, but I’m glad I did the Salzburg to Passau leg. The weather in Salzburg was rainy when we arrived, however, it cleared up the following day and it was perfect for the whole ride - couldn't have asked for better.
"Thanks once again for organizing the trip and would have no hesitation in recommending your company in the future."
- Mike S.
"Today is our final day to Vienna. So far a wonderful trip! I've given your web site to several people we met along the way. Thanks for your help and prompt responses!
- Emily Jones
Nearest airport and train station: Salzburg, Austria
Nearest airport and train station: Vienna, Austria
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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.
You will find a wide range of tours in Austria and Europe. Apart from the tours we organize, we are also in cooperation with other local tour operators. Therefore, we can provide you cycle tours in Austria but also very interesting tours through Europe including Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Portugal, Belgium, Great Britain, and Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania
Austria Radreisen has been in business for 25 years, and offer many types of tours.
Many people enjoy travelling on their own, and would enjoy the self-guided tours. All the accommodations and transportation of luggage is arranged by us. You will get detailed travelling documents so that you will not have problems to find your way.
We also offer guided tours. You cycle within a group of 10 - 20 people and 2 tour guides (one tour guide by bike and the other as bus driver) by your side. Your tour guide can show you the most interesting places on the way and and will also take care of your bike in case you'll encounter any problems. The support van not only transports your luggage, but if you become tired, you can ride in the support van.
For sporty bikers we also offer mountain bike-tours in very beautiful and interesting mountainbike-regions. Your daily bike trips are characterized by partly unspoiled nature and you can relax in biker-friendly accommodations. You will get detailed travelling documents including up to date maps.
Our best recommendation are our clients!
As we all know a cycle tour gives pleasure, offers relaxation and mediates culture. Therefore, we have specialized in cycle tours. With our longtime experience we know exactly what the cycling tourist requires.
Cancellation and booking changes made by customers:
If you want to cancel the tour, you have to inform us immediately. The cancellation is without any form.
Some tours have other conditions (see point 5). In the case that you want changes (concerning the date of travel resp. the category), we are entitled up to 28 days before arrival to charge Euro 52, per booking. Later changes (if possible) can only be made by canceling the journey contract in consideration of the terms of cancellation and booking again at the same time.
Booking/payment of the travel price:
The registration takes place due to the tour descriptions in our catalogue/homepage. Your booking must be in writing (this includes registration by fax or online), and our booking form should be used. After receiving the confirmation/invoice of your booking, a deposit of 10 % of the total amount per person (+ costs for insurances and flights) is payable immediately. The remaining sum is payable two weeks before the date of travel. Then you receive the traveling documents (sometimes a part of the documents will be provided on-site at the beginning of the tour, detailed information on the invoice).
The travel price is per person on base double room. Single travelers have the possibility to book a single room (with a surcharge, see the particular single supplement). Because of the limited number of single rooms in some hotels, sometimes simpler rooms resp. accommodation in another hotel or private pension have to be accepted. Service scale: The service descriptions of the particular tour in our for the journey date present AUSTRIA RADREISEN catalogue/homepage are operatively.
The stated day destinations are the most booked villages. We have to assume your consent to evacuate you in a particular case into the surroundings of the stated villages (without reduction).
We can grant a child reduction of 25 % on the lump price for children until 13 years (inclusive), if they are accommodated in the room of the parents (3-bedded or 4-bedded-room)
We are liable within the framework of the obligation to exercise diligence of a merchant for the trueness of all stated services at the time of printing our catalogue, for the proper selection and mediation of the service carriers (hotels, transport companies) and a faithful journey preparation and processing. We are not responsible if included sightseeing is not possible because of uncontrollable reasons (refurbishing, barriers, construction work).
Participation in the booked cycle tour is at your own risk. It is up to you to decide if you are physically fit enough for the cycle tour. You are responsible for the observation of traffic regulations. The carriage terms of transport companies are valid. Our liability is limited on the triple travel price in case of claims of damages for unlawful conduct, which were not caused intentionally or with gross negligence by us or as far as we are alone responsible because of the blame of one of our service carriers.
As a basic principle not used services will not be refunded. Each client is responsible for all passport and visa requirements and all customs and health regulations.
The participation of minors is only possible in attendance of a legal guardian.
If we have to cancel a tour because of uncontrollable reasons (act of God, strikes) we will refund already made payments to us back to the client. We have the right to cancel a tour until 21 days before starting date, if the minimum number of participants (8 persons) is not reached. In this case we will inform you immediately and we will refund already made payments to us back to the client. Further claims do not exist.
Cycle tours in cooperation with a local tour operator:
For these tours sometimes-special terms are valid (cancellation, insurance, services, child reduction). Please do also refer to the service block of the particular tour. Detailed information available on request.