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 410 enjoyable kilometers from the German city of Passau to Bratislava on the border to Slovakia. The section of the Danube that flows through Lower Austria is 260 kilometers long and passes through many different landscapes. Thousands of fruit trees flourish in the gently rolling hills of the Mostviertel. The Nibelungengau and the Krems Valley are both rich in history and tradition. The Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape, is one of Europe’s most enchanting stretches of river valley and has a world-famous wine region that is a magnet for gourmets and epicures.
The culinary venues here are so varied—from rustic heurige taverns along cellar-lined roads to stylish country inns and their more down-to-earth counterparts all the way to exquisite gourmet temples. 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 rest for a while.
You can be sure of excellent cycling conditions along the Danube Bike Path. It was officially named a quality cycling route by ADFC, Germany’s most renowned cyclists’ organization. In the test, it received four of five possible stars.