Guided walks and tours between Passau and Vienna
We think cycling the Danube without learning about the local history and culture is only half the journey. The guide book that you will use provides a few cultural insights and facts already. Signs along the way provide information about the area as well. However, there is so much more to discover. And the best way certainly is a guided walk with a local guide. The walks usually last for about 60 to 90 minutes and don't cost a fortune.
Here is a list of guided walks that can be joined by individual travelers. All the tours listed are operated in english, unless mentioned otherwise. We will expand the list once we come across additional walks. (Of course, feel free to inform us about available walking tours.)
City tours in Passau
Guided walks are offered daily at 1 pm as well as Fridays and Sundays at 6 pm. Find more information here. Additionally there will be bi-lingual (ger/eng) hourly walks available from 2019.
Audio Guide and App at Mauthausen Memorial
Highly recommended is a visit to the former concentration camp near Mauthausen (video). Admission is free. Audio guides are available and provide detailed information in various languages (€3 per device, bring your passport or ID card as a deposit). Either cycle up to the visitor centre on the road (very steep!, <map link: visitor centre>) or leave your bicycle in the quarry and walk the quarry stairway up to the camp (<map link: quarry>, unfortunatelly currently closed). Alternatively, you may cycle the sligthly more gently detour to the visitor centre (<map link: detour>).
[The memorial also offers a free app to download with information about the site's history.]
Calculate 60 to 90 minutes on the site plus time to get there.
Guided tour at Melk Abbey
The Abbey offers guided tours for everyone to join. Tours in English start daily at 10:55 am and 2:55 pm [April to October] and additionally at 2 pm from May to September. Calculate 50 minutes. The tour ends in the Abbey Church where you are free to contemplate for (almost) as long as you like. [Detailed information can be found <here>.]
... a final thought
You may consider joining a guided cycle tour. Many itineraries include guided walks at noteworthy places already.
Cooking classes in Vienna
What do you think when you hear Vienna? 'Wiener Schnitzel' is certainly amongst the top five answers. So we were very happy when hearing that you can take cooking classes in Vienna, learning not only to prepare Wiener Schnitzel, but also apple strudel and other Austrian delicacies. Here are our favourite picks for English travellers:
- Watch a chef at the kitchen at Meissl und Schadn restaurant (currently on Mondays and Tuesdays, small groups of four to five people, Wiener Schnitzel and apple strudel on offer)
- Take a class on one of various kitchens across the city. Check if one offer suits your plans: Cooking classes in Vienna
- Join Bianca and her team on a 4.5 hrs class including grocery shopping in central Vienna (four to ten 'guest-chefs' at a time, apple strudel and goulash [beef as well as vegetarian]).
- Similar, a walk along the Naschmarkt food market, followed by a private cooking class is offered by Andrea at Vienna Cooking Tours (no set schedule).
- Nearby the Hundertwasserhaus east of central Vienna, restaurant Andante offers shop'n'cook events (presumably upon request) as well as cooking classes (every Tuesday).