Biking the Danube: Passau to Linz

We felt like a biker gang, always cycling in a cluster of seven, through the cobblestone streets of small towns, circling back down the small lanes looking for that really good wine tasting place we had heard about, stopping to take photos of each other but then hopping on our bikes as quickly as we could as soon as other people approached.

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I’m laughing as I write that, but it’s true.

Let’s start at the beginning.  In September, Matt and I, and five of our friends went on a river cruise/bicycle ride on the Danube River.  We departed from Passau, Germany, went all the way to Vienna, Austria, and came back – with lots of stops along the way.  Over the course of a week, we cycled around 250 km, and the boat took us the rest of the way.

Every evening, our guide would map out our cycling route for the following day, he gave us recommendations for places of interest and suggestions on where to eat and drink.  He also gave us the time that we had to be back on board, and after that, we were on our own.  It was a wonderful way to see the Austrian countryside.

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Day 1 – Passau to Obermuhl

 

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We woke up to this beautiful sunrise.
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Passau, Germany
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A slightly different view of Passau, known as The City of Three Rivers.
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Passau, Germany
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Checking out a dam to see our boat from above.
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Our boat, the MS Normandie
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Beer time!

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Waiting for the ferry.

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Second ferry crossing. (All the ferries sell homemade spirits!)
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The third and final ferry crossing of the day.  The one is in Obermuhl.
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Back on the boat, en route to Linz
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Linz, Austria (The capital of Upper Austria)
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Linz, Austria
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Linz, Austria
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Relaxing on the boat after a long day of exploring and a 50 km bike ride.

To be continued…

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