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Danube Cycle Path Stage 1 South Bank: Passau - Schlögen


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

duration: 3h 0m
length: 42,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 116m
Altitude difference (downhill): 142m

Lowest point: 280m
Highest point: 335m
difficulty: very easy
condition: very easy
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt

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Short description:
A water elevator and green lizards



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Quality of experience: *****



Recommended season:

  • 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
  • Faunistic highlights

Description:
The north route or the south route? This is the first question you need to answer when starting your first stage, as you can approach your destination for today on both banks of the Danube. No matter what choice you make, before you start, you have a lot of time to visit Passau’s sights such as the old town, the residence and St. Stephen’s Cathedral (q.v. E1-S). As soon as you cross the Ilz on the Luitpold Bridge, two fortresses, Oberhaus and Niederhaus, bid you farewell from the Three River City. Oberhaus, which used to be the residence of the bishop of Passau, now houses a city museum and a medieval museum.

 


Soon thereafter you can already enjoy views of the sunny and impressive south-facing hillsides of the nature reserve Donauleiten, home to cyclamens, gorgeous Turk’s cap lilies and shimmering green lizards. Through the village of Erlau you continue the journey to Obernzell, where you can visit a pottery museum in the massive castle right at the river. As you continue your journey you are accompanied by the view of the enormous castle keep of the 12th c Vichtenstein Fortress on the other side of the river. On that side you can also see the Haugstein (895m) looming out of the Sauwald (forest), the highest elevation in the area.


 


 The “Haus am Strom” Nature Adventure Centre is shaped by an architect’s hand like “wave and pebble stone“ and has a special water elevator in store for you, among other things. A variety of interesting and fun nature tours help familiarize you with the local flora and fauna. Afterwards, if the sight of Engelszell Abbey on the opposite bank piques your curiosity, you can cross the Danube via the power station Jochenstein. On the north bank, you soon reach Niederanna (Danube bridge), where a builder of zillen (flat-bottomed boats common to the region) offers zillen rides on the Danube. It is not at all far from here to the ferry that will take you to Schlögen.



Directions:
Passau - Innstadt - Pyrawang - Kasten - Engelhartszell - Kramesau - Niederranna - Wesenufer - Schlögen

 


Route description


From the Passau main train station (Hauptbahnhof) you first head north until you hit the Danube. There, you turn right and follow the street up to the glass museum, where you turn right onto Schrottgasse. It would definitely be worthwhile at this juncture to visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, which has had the largest cathedral organ in the world since 1928. After crossing the Inn River, you continue downstream on narrow winding paths till you arrive at two small wooded islands.


 


At Erlau - a village on the other side of the river - the Danube takes a striking left turn. Krämpelstein Castle, also often called the “Schneiderschlössel” (literally: “Tailor’s Little Castle”), is located here. It consists of a keep and an adjoining palace. The walls are still partially preserved. Here you can already marvel at the nature reserve Donauleiten on the other shore. It marks the southern edge of the Bavarian Forest and boasts enormous biodiversity and impressive plant life. In Pyrawang a quick visit to the small St. Peter’s Church is worthwhile, as 14th c Gothic murals were discovered there during restoration work.


 


The Trappist monastery and the mini-Danube park (includes a large aquarium) are really worth seeing in Engelhartszell. Since 2018 it is possible to stay on the new Danube-cycle-path on the south bank and cycle in direction of Oberranna. Visit the Römerburgus Oberranna - the best preserved Roman building in Upper Austria and part of the provincial exhibition 2018.


You pass through Wesenufer, a small town which is next to the Danube, and cycle on the newly expanded Danube-cycle-path to Schlögen. Soon you will have a first look at the ruins of Haichenbach and reach the first milestone: Schlögen


 

Starting point: Passau
Destination: Schlögen

further information:
  • Multi-day tour
  • Board possible

This exhibition is integrated into the “Wassererlebnis Mini-Donau” site and is included in the entrance fee. The “Wassererlebnis mini-Donau” was created after the criteria of sustainable environmental education. The experience of the element water and the independent designing of the river landscape are the guiding...

docking place for boats

docking place for boats

Docking station for boatsconstruction: landing stage (30m)

Boat dock Pyrawang

Boat dock Pyrawang

Construction: landing stage (30m)River-km/Bank: 2213 / rightBerths: -Slip facility: -Infrastructure: -Sanitary equipment: -Catering: -Other: 6km to Esternberg

Boat dock Schlögen

Boat dock Schlögen

Construction: harbour SchlögenRiver-km/Bank:  2187 / rightBerths: 200 seasonal and 40 guest mooringsSlip facility: yesInfrastructure: electricity, water, refuelling station, repair and service centreSanitary equipment: yesCatering: inside the marina building, supermarket, café-pub, restaurants, roomsOther:...

Camp ground "Camping at the Danube river"

Camp ground "Camping at the Danube river"

Welcome to the camp ground "camping at the Danube river"

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...

Outdoor Pool

Outdoor Pool

A warm welcome to our public outdoor swimming pool “Freibad an der Donau“ by the Danube! In 2003 the public outdoor swimming pool of Engelhartszell was completely renewed. The old pool presents itself in a totally new look with its new and beautiful stainless steel basin. Three...

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.

Hotel "Goldenes Schiff"

Hotel "Goldenes Schiff"

A Warm Welcome to Goldenes Schiff Guesthouse!Looking for rest and relaxation? Staying with us, you´ll simply watch the outside pressures of the world drift away...

Blacksmith Museum

Blacksmith Museum

A Warm Welcome to the Blacksmith Museum! Boating on the Danube had a special significance in the history of the lovely market town of Engelhartszell. Upriver, the ships were drawn by horses. As the riverside trails were in such a bad condition, the horses had to be shoed often. The...

Nature reserve "Kleines Kößlbachtal"

Nature reserve "Kleines Kößlbachtal"

The small Kößlbachtal was declared as a nature reserve in 1996. The nature reserve "Kleines Kößbachtal" is a special feature between Passau and Schlögen. The stream has created a V-shaped erosion valley with steep slopes, rocks and subnatural forests. It is possible to hike through...

Over a little wooden bridge you can enter the viewing platform, which was built on pillars, and make yourself comfortable on a long table like a knight in the past times.Enjoy the view into the distance to the impressive hilly landscape of the Bavarian Forest, Bohemian Forest and the Mühlviertel region. You can even see...

Beautiful hiking trail from Engelhartszell to the Fallauerbach

Danube Cycle Path on the southern shoreRoute Engelhartszell-Schlögen

The “Panoramabühne Maierhof” (panorama stage) is a viewing point and is located by the “Panoramastraße”, which is a street that goes along the special landscape features of the Sauwald region. The Sauwald belongs geogically to the Bohemian Massif. Between Passau and the natural attraction “Donauschlinge” lies...

Life with the water levels Along the Nibelungenstraße we arrive at a larger wooden hut – a water level station. Behind it at the Danube’s water bank an information panel explains very vividly the function of such a water level meter.The knowledge about the water level of the Danube...

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 Engelhartszell III

Shipping Pier Engelhartszell III

River miles: 2200,3-60 bis 2200,1-20Shore: the right bankSystem: pontoonHarbour regulations: 2 boats (max. width 35 m)Infrastructure: on request from WGD Tourism and culture in a beautiful surroundingsThe third shipping pier in Engelhartszell is centrally located, short 200 m downstream after the second pier – especially...

Shipping Pier Kasten

Shipping Pier Kasten

Shipping Pier Kasten At the shipping pier is the starting point of the Danube Hiking Path Kasten. During the summer season the “Kristallschiff” runs three times a day between Kasten and Passau.

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...

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...

zum Schiffmeister

zum Schiffmeister

In the picturesque and leisure oriented Upper Danube valley guests find the best conditions for relaxing and diverse holidays!

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-Pension SCHÜTZ

Gasthof-Pension SCHÜTZ

Welcome to the inn "Gasthof-Pension SCHÜTZ“

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

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 Kasten

Shipping Pier Kasten

Shipping Pier Kasten At the shipping pier is the starting point of the Danube Hiking Path Kasten. During the summer season the “Kristallschiff” runs three times a day between Kasten and Passau.

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:...


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 the signs to the train station (Bahnhof).

Public Transit
Take the train to Passau main train station.

Parking
Parking in Passau.

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

Please get in touch for more information.

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

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Tour-Details

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

duration: 3h 0m
length: 42,1 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 116m
Altitude difference (downhill): 142m

Lowest point: 280m
Highest point: 335m
difficulty: very easy
condition: very easy
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt

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