Stephansdom in Passau, Foto: pedagrafie Altes Rathaus, Foto: pedagrafie Stadtplatz Vilshofen, Foto: Stadt Vilshofen an der Donau Vilshofen von Oben, Foto: Stadt Vilshofen an der Donau Passau am Ufer des Inns, Foto: pedagrafie Radln an der Donau, Foto: pedagrafie Veste Oberhaus ßber der Donau, Foto: pedagrafie DB Fahrradservice Hbf. Passau, Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Rent a Bike Passau, Foto: RENT A BIKE PAssAU Windorfer Bärenfang, Foto: Markt Windorf BierUnterwelten, Foto: Florian Weindl Foto: pixabay-katjasv Abtei Schweiklberg, Foto: Stadt Vilshofen an der Donau Foto: pixabay-pexels
Bycicle tour

On the Danube cycle path from Passau to Vilshofen

Art of brewing
Local traditions
Exhibitions
Animals & Nature
Churches & Monasteries

From the city of three rivers, you cycle along the Danube cycle path to Vilshofen, where the "Beer Underworlds" exhibition and Schweiklberg Abbey with its Art Nouveau Trinity Church await you.

Start
Passau
Duration
8 h
Distance
52 km
Key facts of the tour
The circular tour from Passau to Vilshofen corresponds to a stage of the Danube cycle path. Small villages with cosy inns and beer gardens line the route. On the Danube, you can see many an island and follow the busy operation of the excursion boats and ferries.

Several attractions await you in Vilshofen: In addition to the old town, the Benedictine Schweiklberg Abbey with its Art Nouveau Trinity Church is well worth a visit. You can also visit the "Beer Underworlds" exhibition in an old vaulted cellar and follow in the footsteps of the town's centuries-old brewing history before relaxing in the Wolferstetter Bräustßbl or CafÊ Saxinger.

Passau, the city of the three rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz, is often referred to as the "Bavarian Venice". After all, the baroque old town with its magnificent cathedral is picturesquely situated on a promontory and framed by the Danube and Inn rivers.

Tip: If you don't want to cycle back the same way, you can take the train. The journey takes around 20 minutes to half an hour.
A cycle tour for explorers and connoisseurs

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and, depending on capacity utilisation, taking your own bike on board cannot be guaranteed.

Start and end station

Start station
Hauptbahnhof Passau
7 tour steps
52 km / 8 Stunden
End station
Hauptbahnhof Passau

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.

Schedule

Tour starts on Hauptbahnhof Passau

Direction

DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Passau

There are 188 bicycle parking spaces and 20 bicycle racks in the immediate vicinity of the station.

Bahnhofstr. 29
94032
Passau

DB Fahrradservice Hbf. Passau, Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG

Direction

The bike hire is located in the west building of the station.

Rent a Bike

Trekking tour bikes, e-bikes and accessories are available for hire. Bikes should be booked online in good time. A return service is also possible by arrangement. (Only on the route towards Vienna.)

Bahnhofstr.29 /Westgebäude
94032
Passau

Phone: 0851 9662570
Email Address: service.passau@bikeambulanz.de
Monday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Thursday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Friday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Saturday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 09:00am - 06:00pm
Rent a Bike Passau, Foto: RENT A BIKE PAssAU
Fahrräder zum Leihen, Foto: RENT A BIKE PAssAU
Rent a Bike & Bikeambulanz Passau, Foto: RENT A BIKE PAssAU

Direction

Just 200 metres north of the station, you will come to the Danube Cycle Path (DRW) and EuroVelo 6 (EV6), which runs directly along the Danube.

Just outside Passau, you cross over a footbridge at the Kachlet dam and hydroelectric power station to the north bank. The Kachlet is an approximately 20 kilometre long section of river with numerous rocks and small islands. Since its completion in 1927, the barrage with double sluice has improved navigability at this dangerous point.

From around the mouth of the Gaißa, the route is mostly off the beaten track. You can take a relaxing ride past small villages and ferry stations and rest under shady trees.

At Windorf you reach a special natural monument.

Windorf Danube Island

A footbridge connects the Lower Bavarian town of Windorf with the island, which at just under 2.5 kilometres is the longest between Ulm and Vienna. The island, which is freely accessible all year round, is a protected landscape. The island area is mainly covered with deciduous trees. Two signposted circular trails offer hikers views of the beauty of the island, the Danube and its surroundings. There is also a landing stage for boats. There are various places to stop for refreshments on the Windorf promenade in front of the island.

Windorfer Bärenfang, Foto: Markt Windorf
Donauinsel, Foto: Markt Windorf
Donauinsel, Foto: Markt Windorf
Donauinsel, Foto: Markt Windorf

Direction

Vilshofen is just a stone's throw away. At the airfield, you can already enjoy a beautiful view of the town on the far bank, which rises on a promontory between the Vils and the Danube.

Before you cross the MarienbrĂźcke bridge into the centre, however, you should drive through the Biertor, a triumphal arch of a somewhat different kind. It is a portal made of beer crates: a humorous reference to Vilshofen's centuries-old brewing history.

The "Beer Underworlds" exhibition in the old town centre provides deeper insights.

BeerUnderworlds

Beer has been brewed in Vilshofen for around 700 years. All facets of this history are impressively illuminated in the "Beer Underworlds" exhibition. In a former fermentation and storage cellar of the Wieninger brewery, visitors can learn all about the beverage: from production to marketing. It is not without pride that reference is made to one of the town's sons. Master brewer Joseph Groll from Vilshofen went to Pilsen in 1842. There he brewed the first Pilsner beer and has been considered its inventor ever since.

Another section of the exhibition is dedicated to the town's 800-year history. A special highlight of the "Beer Underworlds" is a 90 metre long vaulted passageway from the Middle Ages carved into the rock, which runs under the BĂźrg, a street in the old town.

Stadtplatz 38
94474
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 08541 2080
Email Address: info@vilshofen.de
BierUnterwelten, Foto: Florian Weindl

Direction

The fact that the beer tradition in Vilshofen is still alive today can be experienced - or rather tasted - in the rustic Wolferstetter Bräustßberl in the centre of the old town.

Gasthof Wolferstetter Bräustßberl

For more than 100 years, the Wolferstetter/Huber family has successfully continued the almost 500-year-old tradition of their home town. The inn serves beers from its own brewery, which have won its producers many awards. In addition to "Hefeweizen", "Edlem Hell", "Weizenbock" and many other beer products, "fine home-style" cuisine is served in the restaurant.

In addition to the restaurant, the house also offers rooms for celebrations and inexpensive overnight accommodation.

Stadtplatz 14
94474
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 0160 4065689
Email Address: reginahartmann@online.de
Foto: pixabay-katjasv

Direction

It's only a good kilometre from the old town to Schweiklberg Abbey. But it's a tough one. The abbey is enthroned on a mountain more than 50 metres above the town.

Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg

Schweiklberg Abbey is a monastery of Benedictine monks and is still run by them today. The buildings date back to between 1905 and 1925 and the Trinity Church, built in Art Nouveau style with its two 51 metre high towers, is a particular eye-catcher. The monastery complex includes a school, library and guest house, as well as businesses such as a nursery, candle factory, distillery and a cafeteria with a sun terrace. Products from the monastery can be purchased in the monastery shop. These include the "Schweiklberger Geist", an old household remedy that is only produced here.

The Benedictines see their main task as missionary work and often travel to Africa, where they help to build schools and hospitals. The brothers organise a weekly flea market for their projects. The monks have collected gifts and souvenirs from their mission trips over the decades. Some of the unique items are now on display in the monastery's Africa Museum.

Schweiklberg 1
94474
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 08541 2090
Email Address: verwaltung@schweiklberg.de
Tuesday: 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Friday: 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Saturday: 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Sunday: 01:00pm - 06:00pm
Abtei Schweiklberg, Foto: Stadt Vilshofen an der Donau

Direction

If you want to round off your excursion with something sweet, you can do so at CafĂŠ Saxinger. It is located on the church square in Vilshofen's old town centre.

Cafè Saxinger

A good cup of coffee and a juicy slice of strawberry cake, plum tart or a slice of Sacher torte? At Saxinger, guests are spoilt for choice. They have been serving freshly baked goods from their own patisserie for over 20 years. But savoury dishes with seasonal ingredients are also on the menu. In the warmer months, the outdoor area offers pleasantly shaded seating and is also the perfect place for a hearty breakfast.

Kirchpl. 1
94474
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 08541 910760
Email Address: info@cafe-saxinger.de
Monday: 08:30am - 05:30pm
Thursday: 08:30am - 05:30pm
Friday: 08:30am - 05:30pm
Saturday: 08:30am - 06:00pm
Sunday: 08:30am - 06:00pm
Foto: pixabay-pexels

Tour ends on Hauptbahnhof Passau

Direction

The route back to Passau follows the same route.

There, a final walk through the "Bavarian Venice" is worthwhile. The attractive old town on the headland between the Danube and Inn rivers can be reached quickly from the railway station. So don't miss Passau!

Tour map

Start/Ende

Hauptbahnhof Passau

Bahnhofstr. 29

94032 Passau

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