Danube Bike Path - North Option R1
Tour and route information
- Starting place: 4785 Freinberg
- Destination: 4381 Sankt Nikola an der Donau
- Path number: R1
Most economical season:
The various allures of the landscape, historical sites, picturesque and history-laden cities and towns are the incomparable combination that makes the Danube Bike Path so special. Near Passau, the Danube – and along with it the Danube Bike Path – arrives in Austria. The Danube Valley is framed here by forested hills. Engelhartszell with the only Trappist monastery in Austria and the Schlögener Schlinge – where the Danube changes directions twice – are the first highlights of the tour.
East of Aschach, the character of the valley changes and the riverbanks become more level. Bikes roll along the characteristic towpaths, where horses were once used to pull ships upstream. After passing Wilhering Monastery, you will reach Upper Austria's capital of Linz (Capital of Culture in 2009), which invites visitors to take an expedition with its fascinating combination of traditional and modernity.
Enns, the oldest city in Austria, and the Late Baroque Monastery of St Florian invite bikers to take a rewarding excursion, before heading towards the bountiful plains of the Machland. Shortly before arriving in Grein, the Danube Valley once again becomes narrow and the steep banks loom high above the river. The Strudengau was once feared by sailors because of its whirlpools.
Commerce and the services provided by ship pilots made Grein the picturesque "golden little city" it is today. Near Ybbs/Persenbeug, the Nibelungengau begins, and with it the Lower Austrian portion of the Danube Bike Path. Not long after leaving Ybbs, the pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl welcomes visitors from its hilltop perch. Soon afterwards, Melk Monastery rises majestically above the Danube on a hill and marks the gate to the Wachau. The Wachau features gently terraced vineyards and idyllic towns with names like Spitz and Dürnstein and extends 40 kilometres downstream to Krems, a world heritage site of the UNESCO and a wine-growing region with international renown.
Upper Austria: R1 / Lower Austria: R6
Accessibility / arrival
Travelling by train is a comfortable way to travel – even with a bicycle. Further information and timetables are available directly from Germany's Deutsche Bahn at www.bahn.de or from Austria's ÖBB at www.oebb.at
The RadExpress Donau service offered by ÖBB is specially tailored to bikers' needs and runs daily from May to October between Passau and Vienna and back, which makes travelling to and from your destination easy. Further information is available at: erlebnisbahn.oebb.at
Regional buses are also a good choice for travelling to the Danube Bike Path - www.postbus.at
Passau is the classic starting point for a multiday tour along the Danube.
Visitors who arrive by car have various parking options in Passau for the duration of their biking holiday:
Car park in Passau | Tel +49(0)851/50015 | Globus Garage in Passau | Tel +49(0)851/98 84 866
Underground garage at Amedia Hotel | Tel +49(0)851/988 420 | Zentralgarage in Passau | Tel +49(0)851/95 65 10
Hotel Atrium | Tel +49(0)85/988 66 88
Please note that parking fees are payable on site.
Visitors who would like to travel along the Danube in a leisurely manner can combine their biking tour with a Danube cruise.
Further information is available from:
Donauschiffahrt Wurm+Köck | www.donauschiffahrt.de
Brandner Schiffahrt | www.brandner.at
DD SG Blue Danube | www.ddsg-blue-danube.at
Shuttle serviceShuttle service
Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
Use of the crossings of the Danube power stations of VERBUND in Upper Austria
VERBUND, Austria’s leading energy provider and operator of the Danube power stations, has adopted a regulation for the use of the Danube power station crossings of Abwinden-Asten and Ottensheim-Wilhering, in association with the State of Upper Austria’s Department for Comprehensive Traffic Planning and Public Transport, Upper Austrian Tourism and the mayors of Ottensheim and Luftenberg. It is guaranteed that the crossings are open from 1 April to 31 October, from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. If temperatures are sufficiently warm in November and March, the crossings are also open. From early December to late February, though, the crossings are closed to bikers and pedestrians for liability reasons.
The municipalities do not assume liability for the use of the crossings during the other months. Distributing gravel and salt along the crossings leads to damage to the buildings of the power station and the offices that are located below. It is therefore not possible to guarantee that the crossings are free of snow and ice. For this reason, the power station crossings are closed in December, January and February.
The State of Upper Austria’s Department for Comprehensive Traffic Planning and Public Transport gives users of the cross-regional network of bike paths advance notice regarding the opening times by means of signs along the bike paths. “Notice boards along the bike paths will inform bikers in due time of the opening times,” states Johann Froschauer, who is responsible for the network of bike paths in Upper Austria.
More flexible opening times in November and March
As it is possible for the weather to be warm for prolonged periods of time in November and March and therefore to use the crossings without the risk of snow and ice, VERBUND is willing in the interest of the public to open the power station crossings to bikers and pedestrians if the weather is warm in the future. For this reason, the regulations, in particular at weekends and round Easter, are less complicated. Nevertheless, it is VERBUND’s decision whether to open the crossings.
Guaranteed opening times:
Daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, from 1 April to 31 October
Discounts (Age-related / Groups):
- Suitable for groups
- Suitable for schools
- Suitable for kids (all ages)
- Suitable for families
Following areas of operation are accessible
Further information for handicapped people
Further information for people with disabilities
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Mountain biking is one of the most wonderful outdoor leisure-time activities. Whilst biking or on a mountain biking tour, mountains and lakes, meadows and cabins are re-discovered in new ways. A couple of rules for fair play in the forest help to avoid conflicts whilst mountain biking.
a.Pedestrians have the right of way: We are accommodating and friendly to pedestrians and hikers. Upon encountering these fellow travellers, we alert them by using the bicycle bell and slowly overtake them. We avoid paths with heavy pedestrian traffic altogether. Take nature into account: We do not leave refuse behind.
b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.
c.Don’t drink and drive!: Do not drink alcohol when mountain biking. Take care at stop-off points (dealing with bike racks, dirty shoes or clothing).
It is obligatory to provide first aid!
d.Marked routes, closed paths and blockades: Keep to the marked routes, observe the blockades and accept that these roads are primarily for agricultural and forestry use!
Blockades can often not be avoided and are in your own interest. Biking beyond the intended path and outside of opening times is punishable and turns us into illegal bikers.
e.We are guests in the forest and behave accordingly, including vis-à-vis forestry and hunting staff. Whilst mountain biking, mobile telephones and music players are forbidden! Biking requires your full attention.
f.Avoid unnecessary noise. Out of consideration to the animals living in the wild, we only bike during full daylight. As a principle, we always wear our helmet (even when riding uphill)! Don’t forget emergency supplies: We always have a repair set and bandages along.
g.Don’t overestimate your skills: We should not overdo it when it comes to biking technique and physical fitness. Take the level of difficulty posed by the route into consideration and make a precise estimate of your experience and skills as a biker (braking, bell, lights)!
h.Close gates: We approach grazing livestock at a walking pace and close every gate behind us. We should avoid causing escape and panic reactions in the animals. Nothing stands in the way of the fun and athletic challenge in the mountains and forests!
i.Traffic rules: The general traffic rules (StVO) apply for all the mountain biking routes and we adhere to them. Our bike therefore needs to be in perfect technical condition and equipped in line with the traffic rules, including brakes, a bell and lights. We inspect and service our mountain bikes regularly anyway.
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Duration: 11h 23m
Length: 165.7 km
Metres of altitude: 1040m