The Danube Bike Path is one of the most scenic cycling routes in Europe. It extends for about 1,200 kilometers from Donaueschingen in Germany to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
The Danube Bike Path also winds its way through Austria, running parallel to the mighty river. There are a total of 365 enjoyable kilometers from the German city of Passau to Hainburg on the border to Slovakia. Of that total, 260 kilometers run through the Lower Austrian Danube region, a wonderful treasure indeed. Tow paths, well-cared-for bike paths and quiet village streets connect both banks of the river. Rest stops with comfortable pergolas for cyclists are inviting places to stop and kick back for a while.
What is a heuriger?
“Heurig” is an adjective in Austrian dialect that means “this year.” It refers to “this year’s” wine, i.e. the new wine, as well as to the winemakers’ premises where they are allowed to serve their own wine to the public along with simple down-to-earth foods. These heurige are typical of the wine regions in Lower Austria. A genuine heuriger is open only at certain times of the year. A few fir or conifer twigs hung out (ausgesteckt) at the entrance to the house indicate that the heuriger is open.