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Car-free tips for your holiday at the Riverresort Donauschlinge

The Riverresort Donauschlinge is located in the middle of the natural wonder of the Danube loop – the Schlögener Schlinge. From here, many attractive excursion destinations in the area can be explored car-free.

Get inspiration now on how to really enjoy your car-free holiday at the Hotel Donauschlinge.

1/2-day trip for hiking enthusiasts

Means of transport: on foot

Hike on the Donausteig circuit "CICONIA-Weg" to the famous Danube view

Opposite the hotel we enter the Ciconia path, which leads us after about 30 minutes walking time to the well-known viewpoint "Schlögener Blick". This striking view of the Danube was voted the natural wonder of Upper Austria.

Duration: 4 hrs.

Length: 11 km

Tip: For those in a hurry, a short trail leads directly from the Hotel Donauschlinge to the Schlögener Donaublick viewpoint. There & back about 1 hour.

To the tour

1/2 to one-day trip for culture enthusiasts

Means of transport: bike or e-bike

Cycling to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and excursion destinations in and around Engelhartszell

By bike along the Danube Cycle Path (Passau-Schlögen south bank stage) from Schlögen via Wesenufer to Engelhartszell.

Length: approx. 16 km

Attention: the tip leads in the opposite direction of the description.

To the tour

Cultural highlights can be found along this route - from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to world-famous art:

Day trip: City trip to Passau

Means of transport: Bus or boat

Discover the three-river city of Passau: Where culture and joie de vivre flow together

Information on arrival by bus:

Not far from the hotel, the bus departs daily (exceptions according to the timetable) in the direction of Passau. The journey to the 3-river city takes about one hour. For a day trip it is recommended to take the bus at 09:58 a.m. You will then arrive in Passau at approx. 10:45 a.m. 

For the return journey, we recommend taking the bus from Passau at 05:06 p.m., then you will be back at the hotel at approx. 06:00 p.m.

To the timetable

See & experience Passau

In Passau, you can explore sights such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, which houses the largest cathedral organ in the world, or the Veste Oberhaus castle complex.

Here you will find sights, guided tours, shopping and much more to plan your visit to Passau.


Tip: It's worth making a detour to Rindermarkt to sample the finest chocolate specialities at our "Treasures & Delicacies"-partner Confiserie & Café Simon.

"Three Rivers" City Tour

Daily from 23 March to 3 November 2024
Every Saturday and Sunday from 9 November to 22 December 2024 and daily from 26 December to 31 December 2024

Journey time: approx. 45 minutes

Peak season (27 April to 6 October 2024): every 30 minutes
Pre-season (23 March to 26 April 2024) and post-season (from 7 October 2024): every hour

Comfortably from the ship, you can enjoy unforgettable views of Passau: the Italian flair of the colourful facades, St. Stephan's Cathedral, the mouth of the three rivers, the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz with their different colours.

Tip: in the high season, the electrically powered convertible ship MS SUNliner runs!

Departure and place

Barefoot Passau XL - Sightseeing with a difference

Daily from 18 May to 6 October 2024
Duration of journey: 11 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.

During the round trip on the Barefoot Boat by Til Schweiger you will explore the city on the three rivers directly from the water - completely new perspectives open up.


Departure and place

Example: Barefoot boat trip (daily except Mondays from 18 May - 6 October 2024)

  • Departure at 09:58 a.m. with bus line 670 in the direction of Passau - arrival at 10:45 a.m.
  • Short tour through the city to the landing stage
  • Departure Barefoot boat in Passau at 12.30 p.m. in the direction of Engelhartszell - arrival at 2:00 p.m.
  • short tour of Engelhartszell, visit to the Schütz Art Museum or Mini Danube
  • return to Schlögen with bus line 670 at 3:43 p.m. - arrival at 3:59 p.m.
Timetable line 670

Day trip: Cycling tour along the Danube Cycle Path & boat tour to Passau

Means of transport: bike or e-bike and boat

Cycling along the Danube Cycle Path from Schlögen to Kasten & adventure tour with the crystal ship incl. stay in Passau

By bike or e-bike, the tour starts along the Danube Cycle Path from Schlögen to the Wurm & Noé landing stage in Kasten.

Length: approx. 22 km

Duration: approx. 1.5 hrs.


Danube Cycle Path Passau-Schlögen South Bank Section.

Attention: the tip leads in the opposite direction of the description.

To the tour

In Kasten you can get on the crystal ship together with your bike and sail to Passau on the adventure tour.

Several times a day from 30 March to 20 October 2024


Pre-season (30 March to 26 April 2024): 2 departures daily at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Peak season (27 April to 6 October 2024): 3 departures daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Post-season (7 to 20 October 2024): 2 departures daily at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Journey duration: approx. two hours

Departure and place


  • Departure Kasten at 11:20 a.m. – Arrival in Passau at 12:40 p.m.
  • Return: Departure from Passau at 03:15 p.m. – Arrival in Kasten at 04:05 p.m.
  • then cycle from Kasten back to Schlögen (approx. 22 km & 1.5 hrs.)

Day Trip: Shopping & Gourmet Trip to Eferding

Means of transport: bike or e-bike

© Vegetable Field Pupping Eferding © WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH_CM Visuals
Vegetable Field Pupping Eferding © WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH_CM Visuals
© Shop in Eferding © Tourismusverband Donau Oberösterreich_Melanie Schillinger
Shop in Eferding © Tourismusverband Donau Oberösterreich_Melanie Schillinger

Shopping in Eferding by bike

On the R1 Danube Cycle Path - South Bank Schlögen-Linz Stage to Brandstatt (approx. 26 km) and here onto the R18 Eferdinger Landlweg to Eferding (approx. 4 km). A somewhat longer cycle route across the vegetable gardens of the basin leads along the new cycle route R1.09 Eferdinger Land Loop from Brandstatt also to Eferding (approx. 7 km).

The historic town in the middle of Upper Austria's vegetable garden. You can stroll through Eferding along magnificent house facades. Discover 48h in Eferding with blogger Melanie Schillinger: Individual & special shops for shopping in Eferding, recommended restaurants for every taste and much more.

Day trip to the treetop trail & IKUNA nature experience park

Means of transport: E-bike

Cycling tour on the Sauwald panorama heights to two special excursion destinations

From Schlögen you follow the Danube Cycle Path R1 to Wesenufer. From here you follow the R1 for approx. 10 km. R1.04 Donauschlingen circuit to Waldkirchen. In Waldkirchen the route then continues on the R1.05 Sauwald Panorama curcuit to Kopfing to the treetop trail.

At treetop trail in Kopfing an impressive wooden construction extends 15 meters above the forest floor and over a length of more than 1,000 meters through the treetops of the Sauwald.

After visiting the treetop trail, the tour continues to Natternbach to the IKUNA Nature Resort. In the IKUNA Nature Adventure Park, young and old alike will be amazed. On the 200,000m2 area there are more than 80 outdoor play stations as well as the new KIDS WORLD – a 1,000m2 indoor park.

Return by e-bike on the R1.05 Sauwald Panorama circuit to Waldkirchen and then on the R1.04 Donauschlingen circuit to Wesenufer and back to Schlögen along the Danube Cycle Path.

Length of the total route: approx. 80 km

1/2 to day trip - Be your own captain on the Danube

Means of transport: bike or e-bike

By bike to the boat rental Witti

From the Hotel Donauschlinge directly with the cycle ferry onto the north bank and approx. 2 km along the Danube cycle path upstream. Then you reach the Witti barge harbour. There you can rent a Zille (traditional wooden Danube boats) and get to know one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube valley. If you don't want to be your own captain, one will be provided – upon request.

Between the Jochenstein and Aschach power stations, the famous "Schlögener Donauschlinge", numerous castles, ruins, beautiful gravel beaches, but also imposing, steeply sloping hillsides and lovely villages await you on a river length of approx. 35 km.

Rental from 1 May to September, 09:00 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.

To the barge ride

Day trip to the Danube village Aschach & cider tasting at the Donautaler Mostkellerei

Means of transport: bike or e-bike

Cycle tour to Aschach & enjoy the Upper Austrians' favourite drink

Donaumarkt Aschach is about halfway along the Schlögen-Linz stage of the Danube Cycle Path.

From Schlögen it is about 26 km to Aschach.

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In Aschach, town houses from the Middle Ages and façades in the colours of the rainbow tell of the life of the burghers, skippers and shoppers.

In the Schopper and Fishermen's Museum you can learn more about the extinct Schopper craft or the development of fishing.

The Danube market Aschach with its famous row of houses and the promenade is always worth a visit.

Tip: Get ice cream from the Weltzer confectionery and enjoy it on the promenade.

The Ecape Trails in Aschach are an adventure. You discover the area in a different way and gather information on top of that, which guarantees a lot of fun.

After the visit we go by bike back to Schlögen.

Attention: the tip leads in the opposite direction of the description.

To the tour

First, follow the Danube cycle path over the Danube bridge to the north bank and upstream to the Aschach power station and continue after the ferry ride to Obermühl or Grafenau (approx. 25 km).

Attention: Ferry ride necessary to circumnavigate the Felsensteig and in the Donauschlinge from Grafenau! Please note the ferry times online:

On the return journey it is essential to stop at the Fischgasthof Aumüller and taste a real "Donauperle", an Austrian Cider.

1/2 or day trip: Reach cooling off spots on the Danube by bike

Means of transport: bike or e-bike

Cycling to public bathing facilities

The following public bathing facilities can be reached by bike via the Danube cycle path or the new circular cycle routes:

Public swimming pool Engelhartszell via the R1 Danube Cycle Path Stage: Passau-Schlögen south bank:Engelhartszell open-air bath

Length: approx. 16 km
Duration: 1 h 15 min

Feldkirchen bathing lakes or Bad Mühllacken to the forest pool via the R1 Danube Cycle Path stage south bank Schlögen-Linz to Aschach and over the Danube bridge further along the R1 north bank to the Feldkirchen bathing lakes or to Bad Mühllacken to the forest baths

Length: approx. 36 km
Duration: approx. 2.5 hrs.

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On the Danube Cycle Path to the Feldkirchen Bathing Lakes