The Danube winds majestically through about 50 kilometers of the Passauer Land area, creating an incomparably beautiful river landscape.
The best way to experience the river and the gorgeous landscape in the Danube Valley is probably the famed Donauradweg bike route. One of Europe’s richest and most exciting long-distance cycling routes, this trail is a part of the more than 600 kilometers of signed bike routes in the Passauer Land area. This makes the region the perfect starting point for a bike trip to Vienna. The water sprite Isa, who makes her home in the towns of Obernzell and Thyrnau, known as the “pearls of the Danube,” points the way for cyclists right up to Jochenstein, on the Austrian border.
For those who would like to explore the untouched nature of the Danube Valley on foot, the Donausteig long-distance hiking trail is an excellent choice, passing right through the impressive Donauleiten nature reserve. The trail runs from Passau to Linz and on to Grein – offering magnificent panoramic views along the way! In 2014, the trail was also connected to the Donau-Panoramaweg (Danube Panoramic Route), which runs from Neustadt an der Donau to Passau.
One of Germany’s largest river islands is found near Windorf, right on the Donauradweg bike route and Donau-Panoramaweg hiking trail.
The first stop for guided tours of the nature reserve, which is a major conservation spot in Germany, is the “Haus am Strom” nature center at the Jochenstein power plant. An interactive information center for all things having to do with water, the building also looks like a wave that has swept ashore and frozen in place, right on the banks of the Danube.
Those who are looking more for a bit of art and culture will also find something to enjoy here.
Like a string of pearls, cities, markets, and villages dot the shores of the Danube. Churches and abbeys, romantic castles and palaces, pretty city squares and marketplaces bear witness to the long and varied history of this area. Passau – the “Venice of the North,” where three rivers meet – is an excellent example.
The Danube can also be explored by boat here. Alongside the traditional “three rivers” tours in Passau, operators also offer numerous excursions on the water, either upstream or down.
Danube in Flames – The original: a fabulous musical fireworks show held on the second weekend in July in Vilshofen an der Donau.
Pearls along the blue river