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“Cycling the Danube. Passau to Vienna.”

Danube Bike Path (Donauradweg)
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Owner description: A bike path running 300 km. along the Danube River from Passau to Vienna.
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“Cycling the Danube. Passau to Vienna.”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

I would like to express our views and experience on cycling the Danube which we completed in August 2013. When my wife and I decided on this adventure, we contacted her brother and his wife and decided it would be great if we could all do it as a group. (They were going to be in Europe at the same time).
The logistics soon became very obvious that to do this trip required a lot of planning and when you live in New Zealand, it's not that easy to just pick up a phone and call, as our time zones are completely opposite Europe.
We researched the market via internet and decided to go with a company by the name of Austria Radreisen. This decision proved invaluable as it turned out. We requested good quality accommodation and required our luggage to be transported to and from each hotel we stayed at as part of the package, also including bike hire.
The end result was flawless! Not a single glitch with the whole trip. Hotels without exception were wonderfull, well situated and certainly up to the standard we expected. The luggage arrived on time and was often earlier than stated which was nice as we arrived at a couple of our destinations sooner than anticipated, and the bikes we hired were faultless.
As far as the journey itself is concerned, definately put it in your bucket list! Fantastic scenery, very quaint villages dotted all along the route, cafe's almost perfectly situated to meet all the demands of a bunch of 60 year olds who love to eat and drink. (It's very easy to put weight on doing this ride).
The actual cycle path is very easy riding, we trained on our bikes for a couple of months prior to doing the trip and in fact, the complete journey was easier than our traing regime. There were only two times we had to hop off our bikes and push them up very small hills. I would think that most averagely fit people, could acheive this ride with no difficulty. We had an additional night at Krems, which was really nice and allowed us to explore that area (Wachau) at a more leisurely pace. (The food and wine is absolutely superb in this region).
All in all, we had a brilliant experience and had so much fun, we all agreed it would be a trip we would love to do again in the future.
So, to summarise our journey, we had a fabulous experience and really enjoyed the history of the region, the cafe's, friendliness of the locals and the professionalism of our chosen tour operators. Enjoy the experience and atmospere, it's well worth it.

Visited August 2013
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“The Trip of a Lifetime!!!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

The time arrive when you will be feed up of tourist buses with guides speaking in 10 different languages, restaurants with ‘tourist menus” and of seeing two cities in one day!
If this is your case, I have an alternative! Travel slowly, by bike.
My wife and I, both in the early sixties, decided to make a bike trip in Europe following the Danube from Passau in Germany to Wien, a 320km. ride.. This trip proved to be the most jaw dropping we ever made.
We decided to share this experience with you.
WHY BIKE? When you will travel at slow pace, you can enjoy the landscape, stop when you wish, merge with the locals and maybe eat a sweet dessert without feeling guilty. After all you are exercising!
HOW FIT? Well this route is flat as a pancake. If you like cycling and can do a 30km ride, which means two to three hours on the saddle, you can do it.
WHICH BIKE? Your home bike is like your old shoes. It is a part of you, but before considering taking your own bike to Europe consider that most airlines charge quite a good amount of money to carry it. Apart from this, you will have to partially dismount it and put it im a special cover. Carry a packed bike in the airports is cumbersome and you will have to mount it again upon arrival and find a storage for the cover until the trip back home.
By all means, rent a bike in Europe. It will save you time and work and at the end of the trip, the rental agency will pick it up. Simple like that!
WHAT TO CARRY. Carry two rear panniers in your bike. Choose ones that are waterproof and put inside as few weight as possible. Whatever time of the year be prepared for a rainy day. Carry a plastic poncho with you. Remember that every pound will means more effort... From my experience you can travel with less than 8kg per bike. Don’t expect any mechanical problems but take some tools to adjust the bike, like a “pocket knife tools set” a pump and tools to change a flat tire.
Apart from the panniers a handlebar bag is a must. There you will put your camera, cellular phone, documents etc.
I think that after the bike tour you will like to spend some time in Wien, a wonderful city. Being there attending a Concert or an Opera is mandatory. Put your social clothes in a bag and send it, from the airport in Germany through the Post- office that is connect with DHL to your hotel in Vienna.
WHEN TO GO? Of course during the warm months. We did it one late August and it was great because the orchards were full of fruits and the grapes were ripped.
HOW LONG? Well we did it in 9 days. If you have more time so much the better. After all you haven’t travelled all the way just to cycle, this you could do at home. You want to savor the trip, and if you have more time you will be able to stop at the beautiful little villages that abound in the route and even make some detours to castles, vineyards etc.
WHY THIS ROUTE? Well, the view is fantastic. You will always have the Danube River on one side, the other being occupied for small villages, forests, orchards, vineyards, you name it. Just in case you feel bored from one side of the river, you can cross it on a barge (Fähre) and continue on the o other side of the Danube.
SHALL I MAKE RESERVATIONS? By all means don’t. Just keep going. You will find a place to eat in any small village and there are hotel and guesthouses to choose.
WILL I LIKE IT? You will love it. Feeling the wind blowing in your face while absorbing the beautiful Austrian landscape is priceless. The only sad point is when you approach Vienna and the joy of this achievement is counterbalanced for the grief that the adventure is over!!

Visited August 2013
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“Perfect cycle route for every one”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

We took this bike tour from Passau (Germany) to Vienna with EuroBike.
The route is completely flat all the 310 kilometers and as so is suitable for families and for every one that can ride a bike. You don't have to be a professional rider or even in good shape, you just have to know how to ride a bike.
The bike path is in very good condition (September 2013), and there is regular maintenance work to keep it so.
Along the rout there are a lot of hotels, restaurants and shops (including for bike gear), which makes it very easy to get along. You can book your rooms in advance or just stop when you feel that you had enough for the day.
We booked every thing in advance with Eurobike, and it was superb. They give you a map with a plan for every day's ride, coupons for ferries, train and wine tasting. Then after you check-out from the hotel, they take your luggage and transfer it to the next hotel.
So all you are left with, is just to enjoy the beautiful scenery...

Visited August 2013
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“First part of the Geman Donauradweg: From Donaueschingen to (nearly) Ulm”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

We did the first part of the German Donauradweg with a ten year old child and stayed overnight at campsites ("Zeltstellplatz"). We mostly did around 30 kilometers per day which was enough for our daughter. Most people stay overnight at hotels, but we preferred to sleep in our tent. There are not many campsites along the road, and some of the announced campsites on our map (we used Bikeline) were closed, or only for groups (I will review the campsites we visited below). The bike path itself is easy and relaxing, exept for some short steep climbings, which were extra heavy for us because we brought to much and too heavy equipment. The scenery and the nature are beautiful and more than worth the effort. Most of the route is on bikepaths trough nature with not a car in sight.

Donaueschingen, Camping Riedsee
A large campsite near a lake. Many permanent residents in caravans. Reasonable place for pitching your tent. Toilets and showers reasonable, too.

Small pitching place for tents just next to the railway, but quiet at night. Costs only 5 euro per night. Public toilets (not very clean, but acceptable). Keys for the shower (super!) can be borrowed at the local swimming pool (TUWA) on the other side of the railway. The public pool is highly recommended because of the thermal baths.

The announced two campsites between Fridingen and Beuron were not available, and Hausen im Tal was too far, so we decided to spend the night in the Jägerhaus, which was lovely. We had a good meal in the evening, a sound sleep because of the absence of traffic - just the sound of the Danube river - and a delicious breakfast.

Campsite Sigmaringen was a camping hell, though. Very expensive, we had to buy coins for the showers, very noisy and the pitching place for tents was post-stamp size, uneven and very dirty with cigarette filters and even a broken glass. Better take a hotel there!

Riedlingen: we stayed at the campsite near the tennis hall. It was a lovely meadow surrounded by trees. Enough material for children to play. Tables and chairs provided. Good and clean showers and toilets.

Rottenacker: We tried the campsite near the lake Heppenacker, but it was very dirty and full with noisy teenagers. As an alternative we used the pitching place with toilet and shower offered by an organic farmer just next to the road between Munderkingen and Rottenacker. We were alone under old apple trees (had to clear the pitching place first from fallen apples) and had the best night sleep of our entire trip.

Next year we will do another part of the German Donaradweg!

Visited August 2013
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South Wales
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“Look no further”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

If you are considering your first ever bike holiday, then look no further than cycling next to the beautiful [yes, blue] Danube for a few days. Assuming you can ride a bike, the route will provide little or no physical challenge for you, as it is virtually climb-free for the entire Austrian leg. My wife and I cycled from Passau to Vienna in early August in 30c and higher temperatures yet never felt exhausted at the end of our 5-6 hour cycling schedule each day. There are so many positives, including great scenery all the way (so often on long distance cycle paths there are long stretches of boring landscape or industrial development), hotels, pensions and campsites to suit every pocket, and NO chance of ever getting lost. We rented bikes in Vienna and then took 'the bike train' to Passau (7.30am, €26 per person one way and no charge for the bikes). 5 days later we were back in Vienna, and enjoyed every day. Despite it being peak season, the cycle path was never over-crowded, and although we booked accommodation a day ahead, rooms seemed to be available all the way along the route. As I say, if you are considering a first time bike holiday, then look no further and if you have done many before, then this will be one of the best you will have ever done.

Visited August 2013
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