From Passau to Linz
From Passau, the 'City of Three Rivers', our first ride takes us along the north bank of the Danube and into Austria. In this region the Danube flows through a narrow valley of densely-wooded slopes until reaching Schlögen. Here we encounter the famous 'Schlögener Schlinge' (Great Loop) as the river does a U-turn and initially flows back west, blocked by a granite mountain. Passing Aschach and the 11th century Cistercian monastery at Wilhering, we cycle on to Linz and tour its historic centre.
Benedictine Abbey at Melk
Travelling on downstream, the next part of our journey takes us through green and fertile countryside to Grein. There's an option to make a detour to visit 'Burg Clam' - one of the best preserved castles in the country. Next we cross the melancholy 'Strudengau', a much-feared narrows where the Danube turns and races, to arrive at the old trading town of Ybbs. Arriving in Melk we enjoy a two-night stay and a rest day, allowing time to visit the world-famous Benedictine abbey with its impressive ceiling frescos and huge library.
Through the Romantic 'Wachau'
Leaving Melk, we cycle on through the Wachau, one of the best-known wine-growing regions in Austria and an area which offers some of the most beautiful landscapes along the entire length of the Danube: steep south-facing slopes are intricately terraced with vineyards, quiet country lanes lead to romantic villages, and medieval towns provide an interesting place to rest. We overnight in Krems and Stockerau before finally arriving in Vienna, Austria's charming capital city.
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