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Danube Cycle Path Stage 1 North Bank: Passau - Schlögen


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Tour-Details

Path number: E1-N
Starting place: 94032 Passau
Destination: 4083 Haibach ob der Donau

duration: 3h 0m
length: 40,9 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 239m
Altitude difference (downhill): 261m

Lowest point: 276m
Highest point: 322m
difficulty: very easy
condition: very easy
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt

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Short description:
From the Bavarian Venice to the Giant of the Danube



Quality of experience: *****



Recommended season:

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November



Properties:

  • Round trip
  • Multi-stage route
  • Scenic
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Family friendly
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Geological highlights
  • Botanical highlights

Description:
Passau is known as the THREE RIVER CITY or the “Bavarian Venice”, situated as it is at the confluence of Danube, Inn and Ilz. It is a grand kick-off for this wonderful bicycle tour. Take your time and discover the sights of this Bavarian Venice.   Explore the Baroque old town, on which Italian master builders left a definite Mediterranean mark. Or visit the residence of the prince-bishop, which houses the Cathedral Treasure Museum. Passau’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral is also definitely worth a visit and is right along the route you are taking. It contains the largest organ ever made for a cathedral, consisting of nearly 18,000 pipes. And you will likewise find the glass museum along your route, featuring an exhibition of 13,000 objects made out of Bohemian glass.

 


All this is only the start of this highly varied stage. The view of Krämpelstein Castle (also called the “Tailor’s Little Castle”), perched on a rock high above the Danube, is more than thrilling. The second name comes from a legend that says a tailor fell to his death from this castle just as he was about to bury his dead goat in the Danube.


 


Just as exhilarating are the Gothic mural paintings in St. Peter’s Church in Pyrawang. Though made in the 14th c, the paintings seem quite modern.


 


For little cyclists, the mini-Danube water park in the charming town of Engelhartszell is recommended. A themed playground and the “Giant of the Danube”, a nearly two meters long beluga in the big aquarium, make it definitely worth a visit. You might also find time to visit magnificent Engelszell Abbey with its beautiful Rococo church and picturesque garden.


 


When approaching Schlögen, you have a beautiful view of the ruins of medieval Haichenbach Fortress on the other side of the Danube. It is located on the ridge of the mountain around which the Danube wraps itself, creating the famous meander known as the Schlögener Donauschlinge.



Directions:
Passau - Ilzstadt -Erlau - Obernzell -Niederranna -Schlögen

Route description


The stage begins right at the Passau train station. To go directly to the Danube, follow the signs “zum Donauradweg”. You catch your first glimpse of the river a few moments later. It will be your constant companion. You follow the Danube downstream and cross it over the Luitpoldbrücke (bridge). Already from here you can see the Veste Upper and Lower House, a center of power, residence,, administration building and fortress in one.


 


After crossing the Ilz bridge, you bear right and from this point onward, follow the sign-posted path along the Danube. Soon you reach the nature reserve Donauleiten, whose steep slopes mark the southern edge of the Bavarian Forest. The slopes are densely forested, so you catch only occasional glimpses of the bizarre rock formations located there. Due to the steep terrain and the south-facing orientation, nature in this area is largely untouched and has an impressive variety of flora and fauna.


 


In Erlau, you cross the creek of the same name and follow the bike path to Obernzell. The imposing 12th c Vichtenstein Castle comes into view on the opposite river bank along with the 895 m high Haugstein, a slightly offset rise regarded as the highest point in the Alpine foothills. A few kilometers downstream you come upon a hotel whose architecture is reminiscent of the shape of a wave (“Haus am Strom”). With its many fountains, an exhibition and beer garden with regional cuisine, the hotel is an inviting destination for a break. As an alternative to Weiterweg (path) with views of Engelszell Abbey, you can also cross the Danube over the Jochenstein power station and then take the Engelhartszell ferry back to the north bank.


 


Zillenverleih Witti in Niederranna is one of the last builders of zillen, flat-bottomed boats common to the region. Shortly after the Haichenbach ruins, the famous Schlögener meander begins, where the Danube forms a picturesque 180 ° curve. This stage ends here in Schlögen with a short ferry ride.


 

Starting point: Passau
Destination: Schlögen

further information:
  • Multi-day tour
  • Board possible

Bicycle ferry Engelhartszell

Bicycle ferry Engelhartszell

Make use of our ferry service. We connect the north and south of the Danube near Engelhartszell. With our ferry service you have the possibility to get to know both sides of the Danube Cycle Path. Make a short Danube ferry tour with us and enjoy your bicycle tour on the other side of...

Gaestehaus Donautal

Gaestehaus Donautal

Bed and breakfast with heart and competence for hikers and cyclists. Member of Donausteig businesses for gastronomy “Donausteigwirte” and bett+bike.18 km away from Passau and 70 km away from Linz.

Gasthof Draxler

Gasthof Draxler

Forget your daily life, enjoy cosiness and peace.

Hotel Donauschlinge

Hotel Donauschlinge

Our hotel is located in Schlögen at the famous Danube loop, directly at the famous Danube Cycle Way from Passau to Vienna and next to the legendary Danube Trail

IQ-Diskont-Tankstelle Straßl

IQ-Diskont-Tankstelle Straßl

Inn "Engelszeller Stüberl", petrol station, bicycle service, bicycle rental Our gas station offers car services, tyre change, selling and lending of bicycles. We also gladly assist you with the repair of bicycles. Our inn “Engelszeller Stüberl”, attached to the petrol station,...

Querfähre Schlögen

Querfähre Schlögen

Bicycle ferry Au-Schlögen- Your bicycle ferry at the Schlögener Schlinge The bicycle ferry of the hotel Donauschlinge leads you to the other bank where you can continue your bicycle tour through the Donauschlinge. The hotel is directly located at the docking place and is also your...

Shipping Pier Engelhartszell I

Shipping Pier Engelhartszell I

River miles: 2200,6+51 bis 2200,5+31Shore: the right bankSystem: lifting bridgeHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 32 m)Boarding height: variableInfrastructure: on request from WGD„Danube world and monastery liqueurs“Here in Engelhartszell – 25 km down the Danube to Passau and 60 km from Linz – you can...

Shipping Pier Engelhartszell II

Shipping Pier Engelhartszell II

River miles: 2200,3+92 bis 2200,2+93Shore: the right bankSystem: pontoonHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 32 m)Boarding height: 1,54 mInfrastructure: on request from WGD Tourism and culture in a beautiful surroundingsThe second shipping pier in Engelhartszell is centrally located too, short 200 m...

Shipping Pier Niederranna

Shipping Pier Niederranna

River miles: 2194,7+50 bis 2194,7-50Shore: left bankSystem: pipe pontoonHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 32 m)Boarding height: 1,55 mInfrastructure: on demand at WGDApprox. 33 km after Passau, 45 km after Linz across the Nibelungenbrücke along the Danube"Castle ruins, hiking paths and barge...

Shipping Pier Obermühl

Shipping Pier Obermühl

River miles: 2177,8+9 bis 2177,7+32Shore: left bankSystem: quay wallHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 32 m)Boarding height: 0,8 mInfrastructure: on demand at WGD• 50 km to Passau, 43 km to Linz• direct bus access• idyllic locationNearby: Viewpoint Burgstall “Cosy and simply good”The shipping pier is...

Shipping Pier Schlögen

Shipping Pier Schlögen

River miles: 2186,8+80 bis 2186,8+6Shore: right bankSystem: pipe pontoonHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 32 m)Boarding height: 1,60 mInfrastructure: on demand at WGD• 40 km to Passau, 40 km to Linz• direct bus access• the shipping pier is directly in front of the hotel „Donauschlinge“nearby:...

Shipping Pier Wesenufer

Shipping Pier Wesenufer

River miles: 2192,8+50 bis 2192,8-50Shore: right bankSystem: pipe pontoonHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 32 m)Boarding height: 1,75 mInfrastructure: on demand at WGD-approx. 34 km to Passau, 44 km to Linz on the state road „Nibelungen“ along the Danube-Bridge Niederranna–Wesenufer (approx. 1...

Schlögener Donaublick - viewing point and rest spot

Schlögener Donaublick - viewing point and rest spot

The "natural wonder", the Schlögener Schlinge - the perfect prospect for relaxation, peace and enjoyment. The Danube Valley presents an extremely attractive picture, and its highlight is probably to be found at the Schlögene Schlinge, where the power and beauty of Nature is clearly...

Engelszell Trappist Convent

Engelszell Trappist Convent

Rich in history, Engelszell Convent is Austria´s only Trappist Monastery and was founded in the year 1293. The Collegiate Church has a steeple that rises 76 meters tall and is the most superb example of rococo architecture in Austria. The Church was built between 1754 and 1764 and is...

Tankstelle & Radverleih Straßl

Tankstelle & Radverleih Straßl

At our gas station we offer car service, tire change, bicycle hire and sale.We rent 3-gear, 10-gear or children's bicycles for a day or a week!We specialize in bicycle repairs! While we fix your bike, you can enjoy the waiting time at the inn "Engelszeller Stüberl," with regional, home-cooked meals and...

Bicycle ferry Engelhartszell

Bicycle ferry Engelhartszell

Make use of our ferry service. We connect the north and south of the Danube near Engelhartszell. With our ferry service you have the possibility to get to know both sides of the Danube Cycle Path. Make a short Danube ferry tour with us and enjoy your bicycle tour on the other side of...

Gasthof Draxler

Gasthof Draxler

Forget your daily life, enjoy cosiness and peace.

Shipping Pier Niederranna

Shipping Pier Niederranna

River miles: 2194,7+50 bis 2194,7-50Shore: left bankSystem: pipe pontoonHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 32 m)Boarding height: 1,55 mInfrastructure: on demand at WGDApprox. 33 km after Passau, 45 km after Linz across the Nibelungenbrücke along the Danube"Castle ruins, hiking paths and barge...


Direction information: Departure


Direction information: Destination

Accessibility / arrival

Getting there
Follow the E56 to the exit Passau-Mitte (116) and continue on the B12 in the direction of Fürstenzell/Donau. At the Danube turn right onto the B8/Regensburger Strasse and follow signs to the train station (Bahnhof).  

Public Transit
Take the train to the Passau main train station.

Parking
Parking in Passau.

Travelling by public transport
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  • Suitable for children
Most economical season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Early winter

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Danube Cycle Path Stage 1 North Bank: Passau - Schlögen
WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Lindengasse 9
4040 Linz

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Tour-Details

Path number: E1-N
Starting place: 94032 Passau
Destination: 4083 Haibach ob der Donau

duration: 3h 0m
length: 40,9 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 239m
Altitude difference (downhill): 261m

Lowest point: 276m
Highest point: 322m
difficulty: very easy
condition: very easy
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt

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