The Danube cycling route from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria, is one of the most popular cycling routes in Europe and for good reason. It’s inspired artwork since medieval times, is flat and perfect for beginners and it’s is your almost constant companion!
2 Quick-dry moisture-wicking shirts (1 short-sleeve and 1 long-sleeve)
Lightweight fleece with hood or another warm layer. I love my Salomon one (similar to the one in the link) for its light weight and warmth.
Cycling helmet. Cycling helmets are not legally required, but we highly recommend wearing one at all times.
Cycling gloves. Look for ones that are shock-absorbing, or with gel padding. They make a huge difference in preventing handlebar palsy, a painful condition where the ulnar nerve becomes compressed.
1 pair of padded cycle shorts. You may/may not require these depending on the time of year that you are cycling the Danube, but I recommend them between mid-May to mid-September.
1 pair of padded cycling pants. I would always bring a pair of cycling pants (or padded underwear with hiking pants), with me, even in summer, since temperatures can vary dramatically.
2 Waterproof paniers. I recommend these even if you are having your luggage transported for you. They come in handy for carrying water, rain gear and extra layers. You won’t require 2 if you’re having your luggage transported, but I would still recommend two, just to stay balanced. If you are doing the tour on your own, two should be sufficient to carry your gear. That was all I used, and I had a laptop in mine as well.
Puncture proof tires These make a big difference over regular tires, and can result in you spending more time cycling, and less time on the sidelines fixing a puncture.
Cycle odometer You don’t technically need this, but it’s fun to monitor how far (and how fast) you’ve cycled.
Cycling shoes You can get away with regular running shoes as I did, but cycling shoes will be more comfortable. Note: I don’t recommend buying shoes online, as you need to try them on in person to ensure that you have the right fit.
Flip flops for wearing afterwards and for sightseeing. Part of what makes the Danube Cycling Tour so special, are all the sights so ensure that you have flip flops, or other comfortable shoes for sightseeing.
Danube Bike Trail 2 (Passau to Vienna) Cycling Atlas. If you are doing our self-guided tour, we will provide you with a map, so this won’t be required. However, if you are doing this tour on your own, this is an excellent resource.
2- 3 litres of water. There are lots of towns and villages where you’ll be able to stop and get something to drink, but I recommend always having enough water with you.
Additional Notes on this Packing List
Although there are lots of restaurants along the way, I recommend having some nutritious snacks with you, since you may get hungry along stretches where there is nothing available. A typical day for us was a quick coffee stop in the morning, lunch in a restaurant, followed by another coffee and cake stop later in the afternoon!
If you’re having your luggage transferred, which is included on our Danube Cycling Tour, please note that your luggage be left unattended at times. As a result, I would carry your valuables with you in your panniers.