A Cycling Journey: Munich to Vienna along The Danube River
Follow quiet bike paths along the sparkling Danube as you explore the history, folklore and culture of Bavaria and Upper Austria, with visits to castle ruins and a 900-year-old abbey.
Program No. 3044RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

Centuries ago, “treppelweg,” or towpaths, were laid down along the mighty Danube so that horses could pull barges along the river. This system allowed goods to be transported between the Black Forest and the Black Sea — a 1,777-mile journey. In Germany and Austria, many of these storied paths have today been converted into beautiful, car-free bike paths. Follow the “treppelweg” on an unforgettable bike journey that reveals the amazing environments, fascinating folklore and city and village life along the Danube.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Novice to experienced cyclists welcome! Cycling up to five hours (15-40 miles) daily on primarily flat terrain with frequent water and rest stops. Must bring your own helmet. Walking one mile on uneven terrain, standing for up to two hours and climbing stairs.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Pedal through the Wachau wine region with a stop at 900-year-old Benedictine Melk Abbey for a history lesson. Discover the fascinating history of shipping on the Danube River during a visit to the Schifffahrtsmuseum tucked away in Castle Greinburg. Enjoy an organ concert at St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Passau, home to the largest church organ in the world.
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Dirk Broeren
Dirk Broeren is from Munich, Germany and has been leading educational cycling explorations since 1994. He studied mechanical engineering and worked as an airplane builder. He also worked for the German Air Force for 13 years looking after American-built Starfighters and Phantoms. An avid sportsman, Dirk loves tennis, basketball, cricket and biking throughout Germany, Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic. He speaks German, English, Danish and Italian. The most rewarding result for Dirk is saying “Auf Wiedersehn” at the end of trips to happy participants.
Dirk Broeren
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