The Danube region in Lower Austria, with breath-taking World Cultural Heritage Site of Wachau has long been considered to be a true holiday gem, and as a favourite meeting point for cyclists and connoisseurs from all over the world. The beautiful scenery can be experienced to the greatest possible extent on a number of routes, with varying levels of difficulty.
On the 1st day: Arrive in Wachau, and stay overnight in comfortable bed and bike accommodation in Wachau. Establishments which have been awarded the “Bett + Bike Gütesiegel” (“Bed + Bike Quality Mark”) welcome cycle tourists for just one night, and provide safe bike storage facilities, as well as drying facilities for clothing and equipment. In addition, the owners help with small malfunctions, or provide the contact details of local bicycle dealers.
On the 2nd day, take your bike and go on a pleasant ride through the old winemaking villages of Spitz, Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein, to Krems. Several restaurants, taverns and “Best of Wachau” establishments invite you to taste the regional cuisine. The town of Krems has a historic old town centre. The pedestrian zone boasts shops, coffee houses and farmers' markets, as well as museums and churches. Cross the Stein-Mautern bridge over the Danube, travel along the south bank on the Rivers Route, making sure to stop at one of the numerous taverns to experience the “Best of Wachau”. The Spitz – Arnsdorf ferry brings you back across the Danube, to your starting point. Route length approx. 40km
The 3rd day sees you head to upper Wachau, to Willendorf – the site where the “Venus of Willendorf” statue was found, and home of the “Venusium”. Continue along the north bank towards Emmersdorf and the Weitenegg Leisure Centre, where a fabulous beach invites you to jump into the water and cool down. Continue to cycle along the Pöchlarn bridge over the Danube bridge, and along the south bank back to Melk. A tour of Melk Abbey gives you a glimpse of a day in the life of a Benedictine monk. In the late afternoon, enjoy a ride back through Wachau from the comfort of a ferry. Route length approx. 40km
On the 4th day, discover the Wachau wilderness. Cycle through Spitzer Graben, which is one of the steepest vineyard terraces in the region. Taste fine fruit offered by apricot growers in solid and liquid form in the apricot-growing village of Mühldorf. From Mühldorg, cycle through towns in the southern Waldviertel such as Trandorf and Raxendorf, and through sweet fragrant meadows and forest landscapes. Continue through what is known in the Weitental as the “Valley of the Sundials” until you return to the Rivers Route in Emmersdorf and enjoy Wachau once more. Route length approx. 50km
On the 5th day: Start your journey home after a hearty breakfast.
4 nights including breakfast buffet, in bed & bike accommodation in Wachau
1 x hired bike for 3 days
1 x entrance ticket to Melk Abbey, incl. guided tour (The tours are available in German, English and can be done in French, Italian and Hungarian on request.)
1 x boat ride Melk – Spitz or Spitz – Melk
1 x apricot-based product tasting session with a Wachau-based apricot grower in Mühldorf
1 x cycle route map of Lower Austria
Package price per person up from € 399,-- in a double room Price information:
Single room supplement, excluding overnight stay tax, available on request.
Not included, and to be paid locally:
Ferry ride from Spitz – Arnsdorf
Overnight stay tax €1.60 per person (applicable to everyone aged 15 and over)
Organizer: Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH, A-3620 Spitz an der Donau, Schlossgasse 3, GISA-Zahl: 13094941
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