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Towns, countryside and a river – hiking the Danube Panorama Trail in Bavaria

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Towns, countryside and a river – hiking the Danube Panorama Trail in Bavaria

Hiking Collection by Donau Panoramaweg

9-20

days

3-6 h

/ day

147 mi

6,450 ft

6,675 ft

Lush floodplains, dramatic rocky outcrops, idyllic orchard meadows and wide hills – the Danube carves through spectacular landscapes on its journey through the Bavarian Jura and along the mountainous foothills of the Bavarian Forest. The Danube Panorama Trail leads you through the heart of this scenery along the river from the town of Neustadt an der Donau to the three-river city of Passau on the German-Austrian border. In addition to magnificent views and nature, you can expect an insight into the rich culture and traditions of Eastern Bavaria as you visit lively towns and idyllic villages en route. As you hike through secluded forests and along scenic paths that follow the Danube embankment, you discover centuries-old monasteries, stroll through medieval alleyways and explore ruined castles too.

The Danube Panorama Trail accompanies the majestic river for 10 daily stages as it flows through eastern Bavaria to Passau. Thanks to well-developed and signposted hiking trails, you can walk the route in every season: in spring, you hike across fragrant flower meadows; the pebble beaches will tempt you to take a dip in the river in summer; you can admire the trees’ colourful leaves in autumn; and in winter, you hike through quiet, sleepy landscapes.

The hiking trail has excellent infrastructure. You can reach the individual stages easily by train or bus and many stages can even be combined with a boat trip. On your hikes, friendly innkeepers at the breweries and restaurants en route will take care of your physical well-being and spoil you with hearty Bavarian cuisine. In the stage destinations at the end of each individual Tour, you always have a varied choice of accommodation – from simple youth hostels to elegant hotels.

By the way: the Danube Panorama Trail offers some great extras for hikers such as a baggage service, which lets you hike luggage-free. You can also enjoy the stages as microadventures. Browse through the Collection, dream about hiking the trail in one go or choose your favourite stage for your next microadventure.

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Donau-Panoramaweg

137 mi

5,625 ft

5,550 ft

Last updated: November 17, 2021

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    14.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    625 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of your hike on the Danube Panorama Trail is Neustadt an der Donau. The city already has city rights since 1273 - and thus as the first city in Bavaria. Along the Abensauen and overlooking wide hop gardens, the path leads you in the direction of Eining.

    

    Just before you reach the town

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  • Difficult
    05:57
    13.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second leg of the Donau-Panoramaweg takes you from the old town of Kelheim for a short distance along the Main-Danube-Canal until the canal joins the Danube at Kelheimwinzer. At Kelheimwinzer worth the trip to the old church of St. Jacob. The church is only a few minutes away from the signposted

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    13.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Coming from Bad Abbach, the Donau-Panoramaweg first runs along the Donaudamm before after passing Oberndorf (at the football field on the right) it meets the Jurasteig after about 80 vertical meters. After a total of one and a half kilometers through woods and meadows you will come to Matting, where

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    13.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    550 ft
    600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After extensive exploration of the historic city of Regensburg, the Donau-Panoramaweg will take you across the Steinerne Brücke, the symbol of Regensburg, through Stadtamhof to the Danube Cycle Path. You follow the bike path for a short distance and then wander with great views on the Danube dam.

    

    Shortly

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    13.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage runs from Bach on the Danube without significant height differences over fields and meadows on the edge of the Danube valley. So the hike offers you the opportunity to directly experience the Danubeau with the wide view into the Danube plain and the passing of cargo and cruise ships.

    

    Between

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  • Difficult
    05:52
    14.4 mi
    2.5 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting point of the sixth stage is Kirchroth. From here, the trail runs on the dike crown - with wonderful views of the Danube and the nearby mountains of the Bavarian Forest. To the left and right of it you can see old water and meadows with rare plants and many different species.

    

    Already from a distance

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  • Difficult
    08:06
    19.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The seventh stage begins with the ascent to the Bogenberg, the sacred mountain of Lower Bavaria. It occupies a dominant position on the edge of the Danube plain, surmounting it by more than 110 meters and therefore offers a fantastic view. Because of its special location and the southwest orientation

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  • Difficult
    05:41
    13.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The eighth stage starts in the center of Deggendorf. From here you walk through the oldest district of Deggendorf up to the Geiersberg church, where you can enjoy a fantastic view over the Danube city, the Danube and wide meadows and small forests. From the church you cross the ridge of the Gailberg

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  • Difficult
    06:18
    14.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the ninth stage is the cozy village of Winzer. With a beautiful view of the foothills of the Bavarian Forest in the north you stroll along the flat trail along the banks of the Danube. After about eight kilometers, the Danube Panorama Trail leads you across the promenade of Hofkirchen

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  • Difficult
    07:02
    16.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the tenth and last stage of the Donau-Panoramaweg you will hike from Windorf to Passau. The path leads along the banks of the Danube, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Germany's longest river island. If you take a little time and are lucky, then you can watch turtles here on the shore.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    147 mi
  • Duration
    62:14 h
  • Elevation
    6,450 ft6,675 ft

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