After arrival in Munich, we shuttle you to Regensbrug in Bavaria where we will assemble bikes and begin our tandem adventure. Regensburg was the northernmost point of the Roman Empire in Germany and also marks the northerly point of the Danube river. One of Germany’s oldest towns, boasting more than 2,000 years of history, stroll around the remarkable medieval town, considered the best preserved in Germany.
Our first day’s ride takes us to Deggendorf, known as the gate to the Bavarian Forest. Located on the Danube, Deggendorf is home to an impressive array of historic buildings, including the old city hall with its 14th century clock tower. Continuing along the Danube, our next stop is the small city of Passau, called the city of 3 rivers, lying at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz, on the Austrian border. Passau is rich with baroque architecture. Make sure to stop by St. Stephen’s cathedral to see the largest cathedral organ in the world, boasting almost 18,000 pipes.
Leaving Passau, we venture into Austria, as we continue along the Danube. Heading to Aigen-Schlägl, located in the Bohemian Forest, we pass through Engelhartszell, Schlogen and Obermuhl before heading north toward the Czech Republic. Many monasteries are located in this region and the monks still brew beers to this day, so refreshments abound as you ride through the countryside.
?eský Krumlov, just over the Austrian border into the Czech Repupublic will be our home for two nights as we explore southern Bohemia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on the banks of the Vlatava River and the town spans more than 5 centuries. Most of the buildings in this historic village are designated cultural monuments. From ?eský Krumlov you will have options to ride to Holašovice with its baroque architecture and ?eské Bud?jovice, the capital of the region and home to the original Budvar beer.
Departing ?eský Krumlov we ride back into Austria to the small city of Weitra, just north of Vienna. Weitra Castle built in the 17th century dominates the village. Other noteworthy sites in the area include Rappottenstein Castle and the elegant Rosenau Palace.
We’ll have a stopover in in Melk, Austria, with its imposing abbey, and then head to Mariazell. Mariazell Basilica, a visual orgy of baroque decadence, located just south of Vienna, is a famous pilgrimage site in Austria. Then it’s on to Bad Ischl, in the Salzkammergut Lakes District. Bad Ischl was a favorite of the Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joeph. This spa town provides us a breathtaking backdrop for our stay in this region of Austria. Located on the Traun river, Bad Ischl survives on its history of the rich and famous of yesteryear.
From Bad Ischl, we ride to Salzburg, birthplace to one of Austria’s most famous sons, Mozart. Salzburg’s old town is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you are a Mozart afficianado, or a lover of the von Trapp family, Salzburg is a city of music, culture and much more. Salzburg marks the end of our travels together. After packing our bikes we will transfer you back to Munich for your departure home.