Day 1: Salzburg
Individual arrival to Salzburg.
Day 2: Salzburg – Burghausen (35 miles/58 km)
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 3: Burghausen – Schärding (42 miles/68 km)
Today you'll come upon the Inn-Salzach lookout point, 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. Here, the town square and the picturesque castle park invite you to a leisurely stroll through the city.
Overnight in Schärding.
Day 4: Schärding – Schlögen (37 miles/58 km)
Today the route takes you first to the enchanting city of three rivers Passau. Along the Danube, you pass Obernzell and the Trappist Abbey Engelszellto the famous Danube loop of Schlögen (“Schlögener Schlinge”).
Overnight in Schlögen.
Day 5: Schlögen – Linz (32 miles/51 km)
You leave the picturesque Schlögen and on your way to Linz, you pass several smaller communities like Aschach an der Donau and Wilhering. You'll reach Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.
Overnight in Linz.
Day 6: Linz – Grein/Ardagger (37-42 miles/59-67 km)
Via Mauthausen or Enns, the oldest town in Austria, you arrive via Wallsee at Ardagger/Grein, which marks the beginning of the Strudengau.
Overnight in Grein/Ardagger.
Day 7: Grein/Ardagger – Melk/Emmersdorf (34-39 miles/54-62 km)
Soon the pilgrimage church Maria Taferl greets you from high above and shows you the way to Melk/Emmersdorf, where you can visit the famous Benedictine Monastery. The Melk Abbey is the largest monastery of the Austrian baroque period. Melk is also described as the “Gate to the Wachau.”
Overnight in Melk/Emmersdorf.
Day 8: Melk/Emmersdorf – Krems – Vienna (22 miles/36 km + train ride)
Today you ride through the beautiful Wachau region, well known for its choice wines. The destination of your cycling trip is Krems. You'll travel the rest of the way to Vienna by train (tickets are included in the tour package).
Overnight in Vienna.
Day 9: Vienna