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Neusiedl lake Vienna-Bratislava 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2
The unique nature reserve Neusiedlersee lies southeast of the city of waltz – Vienna, where Puszta, reed beds and vineyards meet. Gently rolling wine hills, reed beds, and salt lakes dominate this landscape. In between there are idyllic villages with stork nests on the roofs, rare birds and other rare animal species. Between these highlights you will stay in well-known cities with many cultural attractions. Haydn was one of the most famous artists from the region and the members of the Esterhazy family were counts and kings there. Holidays in Lake Neusiedlersee National Park – the most recent UNESCO World Heritage Site in Austria – means: spending a romantic time in the puszta with unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, a Pannonian climate and about 300 sunny days a year. The water sports paradise for sailors and surfers also offers excellent bike paths in a magical landscape with a varied flora and fauna. For you, we have put together the best routes to a wonderful trip.
Fair weather cyclist: You will cycle on paved roads, gravel bike paths, which are in good condition and sometimes on side roads. The terrain is mostly flat with no major climbs. There are only short climbs along the Leitha Mountains and in the vineyards.
If you would like to rent a bike (79 euro) or e-bike (189 euro), please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Departure Saturdays from 18 April to 10 October 2020
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Arrival in Vienna
Tour information and bike fitting. The imperial city can be explored by bike very well. The famous Ringstraße with its splendid buildings such as the State Opera, Parliament, Burgtheater, City Hall and not to forget the Hofburg Palace are considered the most magnificent examples. But also Kärntnerstraße and St. Stephens cathedral and the quiet corners and alleyways of Old Vienna are worth seeing.
Vienna – Baden bei Wien approx. 45 km
The bike tour will begin by the Danube Island and takes you on bike paths to Schönbrunn. After a sightseeing tour (not included in the tour price) you will first cycle slightly uphill, and then on a winding bike path down to the city of Baden. The old spa town in the Vienna Woods can tell a long story. It is certainly no coincidence that here Beethoven completed his "Ninth" with the Ode to Joy. The famous Casino of Baden, the beautiful Roman spa and the thermal spa in the Art Deco style from 1926 with which the Viennese nobility once brought the Adriatic beach to Baden, are worth seeing. Or: Board the local train (Badner Bahn) at Josefsplatz, which already in the days of Emperor Franz Joseph brought its passengers directly, in a one-hour drive from the Vienna Opera to the Casino Baden. Purchase tickets yourself at the train station. Your bikes will be transported to Baden.
Baden bei Wien –Rust/Mörbisch approx. 55 - 60 km
You will leave Baden on beautiful bike paths and a little later you will find yourself in a completely new landscape. The atmosphere at Europe's westernmost steppe lake almost feels a little strange, since here, at the foothills of the Leithagebirge mountains, the Hungarian puszta starts. You can visit Eisenstadt (Esterhazy Castle) and St. Margaret (Roman stone quarry) or other sightseeing destinations (not included in the tour price). The Burgenland wines are world famous. While driving through the hilly vineyards, you can enjoy a magnificent view over the lake. Rust and Mörbisch are probably the most charming wine towns in Burgenland.
Trip to Sopron approx. 35/45 km
Via or from the Festival City Mörbisch, where every summer an atmospheric operetta festival is held at the famous floating stage, you will cycle through soft vineyards with stunning views across the lake to the Hungarian border. Soon you will reach the former city of Ödenburg (Sopron) and its absolutely lovely old town. Today's Sopron invites you with its bustling streets and beautiful places to stay. Back to Mörbisch / Rust you will cycle on a beautiful bike path through the pretty lakeside scenery.
Rust/Mörbisch – Neusiedl/Jois approx. 50/55 km
In the morning you will take a ferry to Illmitz. Today, it’s all about the national park “Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel”. The patios of birdwatchers are the only elevations you will find. Moreover, it should be noted that here, as well as on the slopes of the west side, between Podersdorf, Illmitz and Apetlon in the flat plains of the vineyards, excellent quality wines are produced. Some Trockenbeerenauslese wines of this area enjoy an excellent reputation. You will also come across some smaller or larger salt lakes (called Lacken) which are about 50 cm deep. This attraction of Seewinkel helped the region to its unique flora and fauna - and of course the “Lacken” bike trail to its name. The bike path will take you past wetlands, pastures and vineyards.
An Active Day of Rest
A day to relax and recover: numerous leisure activities provide variety. The lake is a paradise for sailors, surfers, and swimmers. Cyclists may want to ride their bikes around the lake on the pretty Kirschblütenweg cycle path.
Neusiedl/Jois – Bratislava approx. 65 km
Relaxed and refreshed, the route will lead you via Rohrau (birthplace of Joseph and Michael Haydn) into the "Roman Carnuntum", where once the amber and the limes roads crossed (Haidentor - a huge triumphal monument). At the Open Air Museum Petronell, you can visit a faithfully reconstructed Roman urban quarter (not included in the tour price). The border town of Hainburg is located directly on the Danube, just a few kilometers from your final destination Bratislava. We recommend an evening stroll through the beautiful old town.
By Hydrofoil back to Vienna and Individual Departure or Extension of Trip Recovered and relaxed, the hydrofoil will take you back to Vienna at 10.30am
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