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“One of our best holidays yet”

Danube Bike Path (Donauradweg)
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Owner description: A bike path running 300 km. along the Danube River from Passau to Vienna.
Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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“One of our best holidays yet”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

We cycled by the Danube from Passau in Germany to Vienna, staying on a boat when not cyclingt.We booked through Rad&Reisen.
Being 'gentle' cyclists we were wary of the distances to be covered and the terrain but we needn't have worried it was amazing and thanks to our excellent on board guide who gave us verbal instructions backed up by video and a good manual to follow when we were cycling it was a very stress free experience. We cycled and cruised through some beautiful countryside and visited historic cities with ease.
The bikes were well serviced and comfortable (large saddles), after an excellent breakfast and collection of your packed lunch the boat crew were waiting each morning to give you your bike and make any fine adjustments. Meeting up with the boat in the afternoon the bikes were taken from you and parked on the boat while you enjoyed afternoon tea and cake.
The evening meals on the boat were excellent and the crew were great fun, they entertained us well!
The cabins on board were adequate although as you would expect storage was compact. There was constant hot water and a very good shower.
There were places of interest to visit each day including a wonderful day and a half in Vienna both cycling and using the open top buses and a very enjoyable concert
We booked our own flights to Munich and train to Passau it was easy and a very reasonable price.
Highlights. Excellent booking procedure and prompt response by Rad&Reisen
Excellent rep on board
Excellent organisation to enable us to get the most out of the holiday
Excellent and well maintained equipment

Visited May 2013
10 Thank Mim G
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“My favorite place”
Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

This is one of places in Vienna, where I love to go jogging. If the weather is good, that will be very beautiful!

2 Thank hsinyic
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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“Greenery around the bike path is heavenly”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Tip: Take U-Bahn 1 and leave at station "Donauinsel", you will find yourself in a heaven, this is in the middle between Donau and Neue Donau and what is between them is a greenery heavenly space. Must visit to relax and watch beauty.
Have a walk in the area afterwards, there is a place called "Sunk City, enter it and stand on the bridge on the water, beautiful scene.

Visited October 2013
5 Thank Eman M
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Cycling the Danube. Passau to Vienna.”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

I would like to express our views and experience on cycling the Danube which we completed in August 2013. When my wife and I decided on this adventure, we contacted her brother and his wife and decided it would be great if we could all do it as a group. (They were going to be in Europe at the same time).
The logistics soon became very obvious that to do this trip required a lot of planning and when you live in New Zealand, it's not that easy to just pick up a phone and call, as our time zones are completely opposite Europe.
We researched the market via internet and decided to go with a company by the name of Austria Radreisen. This decision proved invaluable as it turned out. We requested good quality accommodation and required our luggage to be transported to and from each hotel we stayed at as part of the package, also including bike hire.
The end result was flawless! Not a single glitch with the whole trip. Hotels without exception were wonderfull, well situated and certainly up to the standard we expected. The luggage arrived on time and was often earlier than stated which was nice as we arrived at a couple of our destinations sooner than anticipated, and the bikes we hired were faultless.
As far as the journey itself is concerned, definately put it in your bucket list! Fantastic scenery, very quaint villages dotted all along the route, cafe's almost perfectly situated to meet all the demands of a bunch of 60 year olds who love to eat and drink. (It's very easy to put weight on doing this ride).
The actual cycle path is very easy riding, we trained on our bikes for a couple of months prior to doing the trip and in fact, the complete journey was easier than our traing regime. There were only two times we had to hop off our bikes and push them up very small hills. I would think that most averagely fit people, could acheive this ride with no difficulty. We had an additional night at Krems, which was really nice and allowed us to explore that area (Wachau) at a more leisurely pace. (The food and wine is absolutely superb in this region).
All in all, we had a brilliant experience and had so much fun, we all agreed it would be a trip we would love to do again in the future.
So, to summarise our journey, we had a fabulous experience and really enjoyed the history of the region, the cafe's, friendliness of the locals and the professionalism of our chosen tour operators. Enjoy the experience and atmospere, it's well worth it.

Visited August 2013
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“The Trip of a Lifetime!!!”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

The time arrive when you will be feed up of tourist buses with guides speaking in 10 different languages, restaurants with ‘tourist menus” and of seeing two cities in one day!
If this is your case, I have an alternative! Travel slowly, by bike.
My wife and I, both in the early sixties, decided to make a bike trip in Europe following the Danube from Passau in Germany to Wien, a 320km. ride.. This trip proved to be the most jaw dropping we ever made.
We decided to share this experience with you.
WHY BIKE? When you will travel at slow pace, you can enjoy the landscape, stop when you wish, merge with the locals and maybe eat a sweet dessert without feeling guilty. After all you are exercising!
HOW FIT? Well this route is flat as a pancake. If you like cycling and can do a 30km ride, which means two to three hours on the saddle, you can do it.
WHICH BIKE? Your home bike is like your old shoes. It is a part of you, but before considering taking your own bike to Europe consider that most airlines charge quite a good amount of money to carry it. Apart from this, you will have to partially dismount it and put it im a special cover. Carry a packed bike in the airports is cumbersome and you will have to mount it again upon arrival and find a storage for the cover until the trip back home.
By all means, rent a bike in Europe. It will save you time and work and at the end of the trip, the rental agency will pick it up. Simple like that!
WHAT TO CARRY. Carry two rear panniers in your bike. Choose ones that are waterproof and put inside as few weight as possible. Whatever time of the year be prepared for a rainy day. Carry a plastic poncho with you. Remember that every pound will means more effort... From my experience you can travel with less than 8kg per bike. Don’t expect any mechanical problems but take some tools to adjust the bike, like a “pocket knife tools set” a pump and tools to change a flat tire.
Apart from the panniers a handlebar bag is a must. There you will put your camera, cellular phone, documents etc.
I think that after the bike tour you will like to spend some time in Wien, a wonderful city. Being there attending a Concert or an Opera is mandatory. Put your social clothes in a bag and send it, from the airport in Germany through the Post- office that is connect with DHL to your hotel in Vienna.
WHEN TO GO? Of course during the warm months. We did it one late August and it was great because the orchards were full of fruits and the grapes were ripped.
HOW LONG? Well we did it in 9 days. If you have more time so much the better. After all you haven’t travelled all the way just to cycle, this you could do at home. You want to savor the trip, and if you have more time you will be able to stop at the beautiful little villages that abound in the route and even make some detours to castles, vineyards etc.
WHY THIS ROUTE? Well, the view is fantastic. You will always have the Danube River on one side, the other being occupied for small villages, forests, orchards, vineyards, you name it. Just in case you feel bored from one side of the river, you can cross it on a barge (Fähre) and continue on the o other side of the Danube.
SHALL I MAKE RESERVATIONS? By all means don’t. Just keep going. You will find a place to eat in any small village and there are hotel and guesthouses to choose.
WILL I LIKE IT? You will love it. Feeling the wind blowing in your face while absorbing the beautiful Austrian landscape is priceless. The only sad point is when you approach Vienna and the joy of this achievement is counterbalanced for the grief that the adventure is over!!

Visited August 2013
55 Thank Murilo
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