Getting to Germany

The majority of people from outside Germany arrive by plane. Feel free using the search tool on the right hand side of this page to find suitable flights.

Nearby international airports are (most western first):

  • Stuttgart (60mi NW of Ulm, Code: STR)
  • Friedrichshafen (60mi SE of Donaueschingen, Code: FDH)
  • Memmingen (38mi S of Ulm, Code: FMM)
  • Nuremberg (70mi NW of Regensburg, Code: NUE)
  • Munich (Code: MUC)
  • Salzburg (70mi S of Passau, Code: SZG)

Getting there by train (from the UK)

Another, often not less enjoyable way of getting to Germany is by train. All connections use the Eurostar through the tunnel. You will change trains either in Paris or Brussels for connections (TGV or ICE trains) to Stuttgart, Ulm and Munich. We recommend the website of Deutsche Bahn for accurate information and special offers. Tickets for Eurostar and TGV are also available from Voyages Sncf.

Getting there by car

.. is possible, of course. There are even free car parks where you are able to leave your vehicle while you are cycling the Danube. They are often marked as 'P+R' parks ('park and ride').

Free long-term parking in Donaueschingen
The Donaueschingen tourist office provides a flyer for you to print out. On this flyer, parking spots h, k, a, b, c, d and i are available. Spot k is below a bridge. Parking spot m is for train travelers only. Don't use this car park. The information is available online as well (partly in German): If you arrive by motorhome, park the vehicle here (cost unknown, possibly free).

Free long-term parking in Regensburg
Free for cars and motorhomes and situated in walking distance to the cycle path and the old town is the car park 'P+R Unterer Wöhrd'.

Long-term parking in Passau: See the Austrian Danube section.

When driving into certain German towns and cities with your vehicle, you have to have an 'emission sticker' on your front window (lower right corner). Depending on your vehicle's level of emission, it is either a red, yellow or green sticker. Most places that request such a sticker, require your car to have a green one (representing the lowest level of emission). Such cities are Ulm and Regensburg, but also Munich, Cologne, Heidelberg and so on (current list of places here). The fine for not having such a sticker is about €80. The cost of getting it is about €6 from any car dealer across the country. The car dealer will need to look at your car's documents. If, for whatever reason, you want to have the sticker before entering Germany, feel free to have the sticker mail-ordered from TÜV Süd.

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