Danube Cycle Path Stage 1...
Long distance cycling
- Brief description
From the Bavarian Venice to the Giant of the Danube
- Starting point
- Best season
The THREE_RIVER_CITY Passau , situated at the confluence of Danube, Inn and Ilz, gives you a grand kick-off to a wonderful bicycle tour. Take your time and discover the sights of the „Bavarian Venice“ : Explore the baroque old town, which was given a mediterrean imprint by its Italian constructors. Or take a look at the residence of the prince-bishop, which hosts the Cathedral Treasure Museum. Additionally, Passaus St. Stephen’s Cathedral is definitely worth a visit and is situated directly at the route you are taking. In there you will find the largest organ that has ever been made for a cathedral, consisting of nearly 18.000 pipes. And, following your route, you will find the glass museum, hosting an exhibition of 13.000 objects made out of Bohemian Glass.
And all this is only the start of this diversified stage. The view of the fortress Krämpelstein , laying high above the Danube on a rock, is more than thrilling. Legend says that here, on the „Schneiderrössl“, a tailor fell and died when he was about to bury his goat in the Danube.
Just as exhilarating are the gothic mural paintings in St.Pete’s Church in Pyrawang. Though made in the 14th century, the paintings seem quite modern.
For smaller travellers on the bicycle the „Water Adventure Mini-Danube“, located in the charming village Engelhartszell, is recommended. A themed playground and the „Giant of the Danube“, a nearly two meters long beluga in the big aquarium, are definitely making it worth a visit. Maybe you also find time to visit the magnificent monastery „Engelszell“ with its beautiful rococo church and the picturesque garden of the monastery.
When approaching Schlögen, you can have a beautiful view on the ruins of the medieval fortress „Haichenbach“ on the other side of the Danube. It is located on the back of the mountain around which the Danube forms its curves and thereby creates the famous „Schlögener Donauschlinge“.
Passau - Ilzstadt -Erlau - Obernzell -Niederranna -Schlögen
The stage begins directly at the Passau train station. To reach the Danube as soon as possible you follow the signs "zum Donauradweg" and can take a first glance at our future companion just a few moments later. You follow the river downstream and cross the Danube by the Luitpoldbrücke (bridge). Already here, you can see the Veste Upper and lower House, which is a centre of power, residence, administration building and fortress in one.
After crossing the Ilz bridge, you bear right and follow from now on always the signposted path along the Danube. Soon you reach the nature reserve Donauleiten, whose steep slopes mark the southern edge of the Bavarian Forest. The slopes are densely forested, where bizarre rock formations are visible only in a few places. Due to the steep terrain and the South-facing orientation, the nature in this area is largely untouched and impresses with its rich flora and fauna.
In Erlau, you cross the eponymous Creek and follow the bike path to Obernzell. Both the Castle Vichtenstein, from the 12th century, and the 895 m high Haugstein, regarded as the highest point along the foothills of the Alps, come shortly into site on the opposite riverside. A few kilometres downstream you pass the "House on the river", whose architecture is reminiscent of the shape of a wave. With numerous fountains, an exhibition and beer garden with regional cuisine, the hotel is a welcoming destination for a break. As an alternative to the Weiterweg (path) with views of the Engelszell Abbey, there is also the possibility of passing the Danube at the power plant Jochenstein and crossing the Danube with the Engelhartszell ferry.
In Niederranna, with the is to find with Zillenrental Witti, one can find one of the last Zillen (boat) builder. Shortly after the ruins of Haichenbach, the famous Schlögener loop begins, where the Danube moves in a picturesque 180 ° curve. This stage in Schlögen ends here with a short ferry ride.
- Highest point
- 322 m
Follow the E56 to the exit Passau-Mitte (116) and continue on the B12 in the direction Fürstenzell/Donau. At the Danube turn right onto the B8 /Regensburger Straße and follow signs to the Bahnhof (train station).
- Public transportation
Take the train to the Passau main train station.
Parking in Passau.
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