Would you like to enjoy your Danube tour a bit longer? Let’s get a head start, and cycle for three days in a row to cover the 150 kilometres between Regensburg and Passau. Both great places of historical importance. In between, we will be in those typical Bavarian villages offering terraces, beer gardens, quaint hotels and the obligatory village central squares.
Let’s check-in at the local family-run hotels and enjoy the charm of Bavaria!
The cycling will be very smooth, and a lot of the bike paths will follow the river pretty carefully.
Arrival at Regensburg
We start our tour with dinner, an evening walk and a good night sleep in Regensburg. We choose a hotel that will charm you in the old inner city of Regensburg.
You can arrive earlier and spend some time in this lovely city! We will be leaving tomorrow for our bike ride!
Regensburg to Straubing
After the bike fitting, we will start cycling to Straubing. The first highlight will be Walhalla! This example of craving for Roman times by one the (last) German Emperors, Ludwig I has led to a massive replica of a Greek temple, the Parthenon served as an example, on the hills along the Danube. Ludwig wanted to honour the great men of his days, and let artists busts of important Europeans, amongst which is one of Einstein. We can climb up following a walking path or attempt to cycle uphill on a steep road.
After this rather particular neoclassic highlight, we go down to earth and continue and follow the river that is finding its way through the valley. The path can be unpaved if we keep on following the river, and not the short cut on the road. Our goal today is Straubing, a village with again a very long history. Starting by the Kelts, the Romans built castles and housing for their soldiers. Straubing has a beautiful St. Peter’s church and a historic graveyard, a tower (very typical for the villages of Bavaria) and a village square surrounded by historical buildings. One of which will be our hotel. Ein Bier Bitte!
Straubing to Deggendorf
Cycling onwards, we will come along the charming village of Bogen, one of the oldest pilgrimage chapels is here. Also abbeys on our route. Bavaria has Roman Catholic roots, and therefore a lot of beautifully decorated churches, chapels and monasteries.
Can we ever get enough of ending a trip right on the village square? I doubt it! It’s so much fun to be in the heart of these lively historic villages. Deggendorf’s famous old Townhouse resides on it.
Deggendorf to Passau
Do we go left or right? Both sides of the river offer options for a great ride. Can’t go wrong there, so let’s see what happens. We will see ruins, a pilgrim church, a Rococo church, and a Beer cellar to visit in Vilshofen.
At the end of our three days of cycling, we will arrive at Passau where the Inn river comes floating into the Danube, leaving a triangle-shaped old city centre at its confluence. We will check-in at our hotel and tomorrow we will start on our Danube tour!
First day of the Danube tour
After some time to enjoy Passau, we will have an afternoon ride and check-in at the Primadonna
Hotel Bischofshof in Regensburg
Let’s have a great start at this very special hotel, a historic place visited by Emperors and Kings! The Dome of St. Peter will watch over us, it’s the neighbouring building. Feel the past in this romantic hotel.
hotel das Roehrl in Straubing
The next hotel is located at the main square of the village, and is inviting us to sit down and relax on the terrace in front of it
Hotel Hoettl in Deggendorf
Again, enjoy the local traditions and the great food served here
Yet to be checked (October 2019) our Centro Hotel in Passau. And if not that one, we will offer another centrally located hotel in the old centre of Passau
This is our offer on the pre-tour:
- 4 nights in 3-star local hotels, including breakfast buffet
- lunch supplies for our bike ride
- dinner in Regensburg, Straubing and Deggendorf
- dinner on your own in Passau
- guided cycling
- van-support if needed
- pannier, waterbottle and helmet
Bikes are available: regular bike for 40 euro, e-bike 80 euro
Minimum number of participants 10