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“Passau to Linz and back by boat and bus” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Donauschiffahrt Wurm + Kock

Donauschiffahrt Wurm + Kock
Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Passau
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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“Passau to Linz and back by boat and bus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

We decided to take the combination boat and bus trip to Linz and back to Passau. There are 3 options if you want to do the round trip. At first we thought that we would do the boat there and back, but the very helpful man at the booking office said that this would not give us time to look around Linz and recommended the boat and bus combination, which we took. The boat ride was delightful, watching the pretty German and Austrian villages which line the Danube, from our viewing point on the top deck. The boat stopped at a few places along the way to let people on and off. The staff on board were very friendly and helpful. One of the perks that came with the trip was free entrance to the Museum of the month in Linz and for this you get another ticket from the boat company when you purchase your original ticket. Be careful when you use your ticket in Linz though, the person in the Lentos museum wanted our boat ticket and not our museum ticket, and this left us without a return bus ticket - although of course we did not realize this at the time. That aside, the boat trip, which leaves the main docks in front of the Rathaus in Passau at 9am each day except Mon, is delightful and well worth taking.

Visited May 2013
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“A fun way to explore Passau”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

If you take the short tour, you'll be able to see the very beautiful city of Passau from all sides. Ideal for making pictures. The longer tours are brilliant as well and you get excellent service. If you like to be on the water, do give this a shot. You won't regret it.

Visited August 2012
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“Linz to Vienna on the Danube”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2011

Danube Ship

A peaceful boat trip down the famous Blue Danube was something we always longed to do. With a little free time in our itinerary between Prague and needing to be In Vienna we seized the opportunity, Booking passage is a bewildering experience, even with significant German knowledge, We chose the firm Würm und Köck because their schedule best matched our needs - though we had to alter a plans a bit. In the summer they go from Linz to Vienna on Saturdays and from Vienna to Linz on Sundays. On top of that their website and brochure are littered with a plethora of other options since they also operate tons of day tours from different locations like Passau, plus lots of special themed dates which seem to clutter things up. In principle, however, the ships on the Danube operate like a train - you can embark and disembark at any stop along the way. These boats are popular with cyclists since they can ride toward Vienna downhill and then come back in the ship. or, in bad weather, they can do a stretch on the ship to get out of the weather. The best thing to do is send am email to the company telling them what you'd like to do and ask them what their advice is to get you as close to that plan as possible. The lady we dealt with via email, Frau Berhofer, was extremely helpful and made the booking process painless.

In this case, the company offers a special "Kurzublaub" option where they will include the hotel and train passage back to your starting point. There are also some options to come from Passau with an overnight in Linz in a hotel. We stayed at the Accor Nike hotel on the shore of the Danube. It is a modern hotel with a non-descript high-rise exterior. Located within easy walking distance of the dock and also the downtown of Linz, it was a good location. Getting there from the train station was €7 Euro plus a small tip.

The morning of our departure, the ship left at 9 AM. We first had to go to the Ticket Office to pay for our tickets. Our fare was €56 per person and we were able to pay with our Visa at about 8:05 AM with no waiting. Boarding the ship was a bit chaotic. Two ships were docked side-by-side. We were told our ship was the "Joanna." With the two ships docked alongside one another, we could only see the "Anton Bruckner." It was raining quite hard so we boarded the Anoton Bruckner and waited there until 8:30 when boarding for the Joanna was allowed. Once the door opened, the Europeans pushed forward as is their way. There are some areas to place your luggage and/or bikes on the main floor (bottom deck). What we didn't know is that most tables are reserved in advance. We tried to get on the next floor up, but were told it was all booked. We found a table below and 15 minutes later we were paged - apparently we did have a reserved seats and failed to check in when we boarded. We were already settled into a place and the reserved spot was no better, so we just stayed put. Be sure to ask when you book what the plan is or check in with the fellow when you board the ship and ask. You will be seated a table with other people.

Once seated we ordered breakfast - the big breakfast is € 6,70 and is quite large. Service is pretty slow and you have to flag down your waiter. They hustle as everything is getting underway, but after awhile they seem to go AWOL for long periods of time. There were a lot more people on the second deck, and it seemed like most of the staff spent their time upstairs.

For lunch we ordered Käserahmspätzle (6,70) and Pork Schnitzel (8,40). The Spätzle was fine, but the pork Schnitzel was overdone. Beer offered was Jörger Weisse and Kapsreiter Pils and Lager/Helles. Each beer was 2,80 and 2,90 for the Weissbier. All were fine, but non-distinctive (Pils not hoppy enough, but typical for he region) The Weißbier was served a little too warm and too little head. All beers are in the bottle - no draft. They have a big wine and champagne selection, but we did not try any of those.

The ship itself it comfortable enough, specially if not too full, the bathrooms have an unpleasant odor, but the rest of the ship is fine. Our particular ship, the Johanna, was built in 1978 and remodeled in 2003. the ladies room ran short of supplies, but the staff did attend to it during the cruise. Later in the cruise empty bottles and dirty dishes started to pile up in the rear of the bottom deck. As the weather improved, guests moved out to the afterdeck which is a great place to sit and enjoy the scenery in thw sunshine. Since it is protected from the wind, this is the most populara place to sit. The top deck has tons of seating and great views, but the wican is obviously stronger there. Curiously, there is almost no beverage or food service on the outside decks. You also can't simply go to the bar and order, you have to order via a waiter/waitress.

If I were to this again, I would not get on in Linz. Dürnstein was visual stunning from the river and Melk is quite famous, so I would find a way to start or end there, During the ride there is commentary about the sites, as well as a book you can buy for € 2, but everything is in German, Austrian dialect. Also, not a word was said about the infamous Nazi work camp at Mauthausen. Krems to Tulln is really nothing except trees, so not so interesting for those of used to the wild. The approach to Vienna is fun and lots of people came up to the top deck despite the cool temperatures and wind. Zipping under the many bridges is fun on the skyline to Vienna is obviously a treat.

Running late, we arrived in Vienna somewhere around 10 PM. There are many boats lined up there, but we saw only one taxi. Another couple had beaten us to it, and I asked the driver where we could find a taxi stand (the isn't one) and he offered to call us a taxi. The couple took pity in us an allowed us to share the large cab with them. The moral of the story: I would ask the staff if they could call a taxi for us upon landing.

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