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From river to river on the Danube-Ilz Cycle Path

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From river to river on the Danube-Ilz Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Tamara (wandert)



1-2 h

/ day

37.0 mi

2,100 ft

1,800 ft

The Danube-Ilz Cycle Path leads through the hilly and colourful landscape between the rivers that give it its name, not far from the border triangle of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. What makes it extra special is that it’s virtually traffic free, because the route mostly runs on the Deggendorf-Eging railway line, which was closed in 1981. This means you can enjoy nature in peace and ride safely with children.

Along the 56-kilometre (35-mi) route you will find typical Bavarian villages, cosy beer gardens, shaded rest areas and refreshing outdoor pools. The gentle gradients make it particularly suitable for families and cyclists who want to discover the undulating foothills of the Bavarian Forest at their leisure.

Starting from the banks of the Danube in Niederalteich, you cycle to Hengersberg and from there along the former railway line through the Sonnenwald forest. You then cycle through the picturesque Dreiburgenland and reach the beautiful Ilztal valley near Kalteneck, where the railway cycle path ends. The last section to Röhrnbach is on quiet side roads with wonderful views. If you want to divide the route into two days, Eging am See is an ideal stopover.

Still not spent enough time in the saddle? Then you can connect to the Adalbert Stifter Cycle Path and the Danube-Bavarian Forest Cycle Path in Röhrnbach. The Danube Cycle Path also passes the starting point at Niederalteich. Whether as a link or a two-day tour, the Danube-Ilz Cycle Path is a real treat for young and old.

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    Stage 1: Niederalteich to Eging am See – Danube-Ilz Cycle Path

    16.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    675 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Danube-Ilz cycle path starts, how could it be otherwise, on the banks of the well-known Danube. Starting from the ferry landing stage in Niederalteich, you cycle to the center of the town, where there is a lot to discover right from the start: You can visit the Gerhard Neumann Museum, one of the

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  • Intermediate
    20.4 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you have divided the Donau-Ilz cycle path into two stages, you can start the day with a dip in Lake Eginger. Refreshed, you continue cycling on the abandoned railway line through the colourful, hilly landscape. After you have crossed the Kleine Ohe again, you will reach Namenring. There, at the site

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  • Tours
  • Distance
    37.0 mi
  • Duration
    04:01 h
  • Elevation
    2,100 ft1,800 ft

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