Stephansdom in Passau Altes Rathaus Stadtplatz Vilshofen Vilshofen von Oben Passau am Ufer des Inns Radln an der Donau Veste Oberhaus über der Donau DB Fahrradservice Hbf. Passau Rent a Bike Passau Windorfer Bärenfang BierUnterwelten Foto: pixabay-katjasv Abtei Schweiklberg Foto: pixabay-pexels

On the Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vilshofen

From the city on the Three Rivers, the route follows the Danube Cycle Path to Vilshofen, where the exhibition "Bierunterwelten" (Beer Underworlds) and Schweiklberg Abbey with its art nouveau Trinity Church await you.

8 h
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 activity of the excursion boats and ferries.

Several attractions await you in Vilshofen: In addition to the old town, a visit to the Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg with its Trinity Church in Art Nouveau style is worthwhile. You can also walk in the footsteps of the city's centuries-old brewing history in the "Bierunterwelten" exhibition in an old cellar vault and then relax in the Wolferstetter Bräustübl or Café Saxinger.

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

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

Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on trains is limited and it is not possible to guarantee that your own bicycle will be taken on board, depending on the capacity.

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.


Tour starts on Hauptbahnhof Passau


DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Passau

There are 188 bicycle parking spaces as well as 20 row hangers in the immediate vicinity of the station.

Bahnhofstr. 29

DB Fahrradservice Hbf. Passau


The bicycle rental is located in the west building of the station.

Rent a Bike

Trekking touring bikes, e-bikes and accessories are rented. The bikes should be reserved online in good time. A return service is also possible by arrangement. (Only on the route towards Vienna.)

Bahnhofstr.29 /Westgebäude

Phone: 0851 9662570
Email Address:
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
Fahrräder zum Leihen
Rent a Bike & Bikeambulanz Passau


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

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

From about the mouth of the Gaissa, the trail runs mostly off the roads. You can relax as you pass 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 village 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 predominantly overgrown with deciduous trees. Two signposted circular paths 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


Vilshofen is only a stone's throw away. At the level of 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 MarienbrĂĽcke bridge into the centre, however, you should pass through the Biertor, a triumphal arch of a somewhat different kind. It is a portal made of beer crates: a humorous reference to Vilhofen's centuries-old brewing history.

Deeper insights are provided by the "BierUnterwelten" exhibition in the old town.


Beer has been brewed in Vilshofen for around 700 years. In the exhibition "BierUnterwelten" (Beer Underworlds), all facets of this history are impressively illuminated. In a former fermentation and storage cellar of the Wieninger brewery, visitors can learn everything about the beverage: from production to marketing. Here, not without pride, reference is made to a son of the town. The master brewer Joseph Groll from Vilshofen went to Pilsen in 1842. There he brewed the first Pilsner and has since been regarded as its inventor.

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

Stadtplatz 38
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 08541 2080
Email Address:


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

Wolferstetter Bräustüberl Inn

For more than 100 years, the Wolferstetter/Huber family has successfully continued the almost 500-year-old tradition of their hometown. The inn serves beers from its own brewery, which have already earned their producers many an award. The "Hefeweizen", "Edlem Hell", "Weizenbock" and many other beer products are accompanied by "fine home-style" cuisine in the restaurant.

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

Stadtplatz 14
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 0160 4065689
Email Address:
Foto: pixabay-katjasv


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

Benedictine Abbey Schweiklberg

Schweiklberg Abbey is a monastery of the Benedictine monks and is still run by them today. The buildings date from between 1905 and 1925. A special eye-catcher is the Trinity Church built in Art Nouveau style with its two 51-metre-high towers. The monastery complex includes a school, library and guest house, but also businesses such as a market garden, candle factory, distillery and a cafeteria with a sun terrace. You can buy the monastery's products in the monastery shop. Among them is the "Schweiklberger Geist", an old household remedy that is only produced here.

The Benedictines see their main task in missions and often travel to Africa, where they help build schools and hospitals. For their projects, the brothers organise a weekly flea market. Over the decades, the monks have collected gifts and souvenirs from their mission trips. Some of the unique items can be seen today in the monastery's Africa Museum.

Schweiklberg 1
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 08541 2090
Email Address:
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


If you want to round off your excursion with something sweet, you have the opportunity to do so at Café Saxinger. It is located on Kirchplatz in Vilshofen's old town.

Cafè Saxinger

A good cup of coffee and a juicy slice of strawberry cake, Zwetschgendatschi or a piece of Sachertorte to go with it? At Saxinger, guests are spoilt for choice. For over 20 years, they have been serving freshly baked goods from their own pastry shop. But hearty dishes with seasonal ingredients are also on the menu. In the warm season, there are pleasantly shaded seats in the outdoor area, and if you like a hearty breakfast, this is also the place for you.

Kirchpl. 1
Vilshofen an der Donau

Phone: 08541 910760
Email Address:
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


The way 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 the Inn can be reached quickly from the station. Therefore: Don't miss Passau!

Tour map


Hauptbahnhof Passau

Bahnhofstr. 29

94032 Passau

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