From medieval city to a city of gardens and art
Today’s tour takes you along the north and south bank of the Danube and out of the Wachau and its countryside shaped by human hand. You start in Krems along the Danube, a charming center of commerce and culture, and pedal along the Danube Bike Path to Tulln, a Danube town known for its gardens and art. Altenwörth and Zwentendorf are among the towns you pass through before arriving at your destination on the south bank of the river.
- From February 2020 until the end of 2021, the Danube Cycle Trail will be diverted in the Höhe Ringstraße area of Krems, due to necessary pipeline works. In addition, the Treppelweg along the Danube is undergoing renovation works until the end of June. Please follow the diversion signposts in the Krems city area.
- Due construction works, the entire section between Krems and Tulln on the north bank will be closed from April 2020 to December 2021. We kindly request all cyclists travelling from Krems to Tulln or vice versa to use the cycle trail on the south bank. The diversion is signposted.
Krems is a center of wine, commerce, shopping, culture and education and has an enchanting location: The historical center (also part of the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape) extends between the Danube and the vineyards of the Krems Valley. Steiner Tor, a town gate and landmark of Krems since 1480, attests to the eventful history here, as do the many burgher houses from the 16th c, when Protestant merchants brought the city great wealth. Stroll along Obere and Untere Landstrasse, pay a visit to the Early Gothic Gozzoburg, the Kunsthalle, or the caricature museum. An absolute highlight is the State Gallery of Lower Austria, inaugurated in 2019, which is located on the Kunstmeile Krems (a mile-long stretch of cultural attractions).
Soon after Krems you see another landscape on the horizon: a plateau known as Wagram. It is dominated by a patchwork of vineyards that give way to wavy fields and shady ravines carved out of the loess soil over millions of years by water. The deep loess creates perfect conditions for fine full-flavored, full-bodied wines, including the famed Grüner Veltliner but also the lesser known Roter Veltliner.
Vinothek Weritas is a wine shop in Kirchberg am Wagram that carries 250 wines by 50 top winemakers. Kirchberg also has an Alchemist Museum and Alchemist Park with permacultural plantings. Close by is the Pleyel Museum and Pleyel Culture Centre not far away in Ruppersthal. Ignaz Joseph Pleyel was the most famous favorite son of Wagram. He left this romantic wine village for Paris around 1800 to create a furor as a composer and piano builder. Visitors can explore Wagram on discovery tours that follow five themed cycling routes.
Finally, you arrive in Tulln. Right at the outskirts of the city you pass the premises of GARTEN TULLN, an ecological world of gardens unlike any other in Europe with over 70 show gardens plus a host of other attractions. At the Egon Schiele Museum, the Egon Schiele birthplace and the Egon Schiele Special Theme Trail, you can gain fascinating insights into the life of this internationally renowned painter. Tulln’s Donaulände is an attractively landscaped promenade along the Danube and takes you in a matter of minutes from one sight to the next, including the Stadtmuseum Tulln, which houses the Tulln Roman Museum, documents pertaining to the imperial convent as well as the Virtulleum interactive history museum.
Getting thereWe take B35 directly to Krems.
ParkingIn the center of Krems. Please note the various types of parking zones. Click the link below for more information. http://www.krems.info/en/welcome/service/orientation/parking-in-krems/
Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Cycling helmet
- Cycling gloves
- Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring
- Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
- Puncture repair kit
- Replacement inner tube
- Tire levers
- Chain tool
- Hex keys
- Spoke wrench
- Zip ties
- Phone / device holder as required
- Bike lock as required
- Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
- Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
- Handlebar / frame / saddle bags
- Mudguards recommended
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.