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Storks nest in National Park - Cycling tour Stately Old Europe - Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, SlovakiaItinerary:

Stately Old Europe: Valtice - Bratislava

8-day / 7-night
Self-guided or guided trip.
Length: 361 km / 226 miles
Trip rating: Easy/Moderate

Day 1)
Prague (Vienna) - Valtice - Mikulov (38 km / 24 miles)

Own transfer by train from Prague (Vienna) to Breclav where you meet your contact
person, who will drive you to Valtice, introduce you to the program and give you the bike.
You will start your biking trip in Lednice-Valtice area, formerly the main estate of the Liechtenstein family, a designed landscape (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you will ride on forest and field trails. Two magnificent chateaux grace the area, along with numerous 'follies', romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding landscape. From Lednice head for Pavlov with an archaelogical museum streched over the Stone Age mammoth hunters site. Wrap up your day in Mikulov with its imposing
castle, historic square, the tomb of the Dietrichstein family, and the old Jewish Quarter and Jewish cemetery, where the oldest tombstone dates back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov

Day 2)
Mikulov – Vienna (55 km / 34 miles)
Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Ladendorf. You start your cycling day in the
Wienviertel winegrowing region north of Vienna. Cycling through fertile farmland and
vinyards gives you a view into traditional life centered around winemaking. You will finish
the day in Vienna with its unmatched beauty of historical buildings, green parks, and the
coffee and Sachertorte culture.
Overnight in Vienna

Day 3)
Vienna – Eisenstadt (72 km / 46 miles)
Leaving the city of Vienna you will cycle along the Euro-velo 9 south through Trumau.
In Winpassing you start curving around the Leitha Highlands to arrive in Eisenstadt, the
capital of Burgenland, and the former main seat of the Esterhazy noble family.
Employed by the nobles was the composer Joseph Haydn. To shorten the distance it is
possible to take a local train to Himberg and then cycle to Eisenstadt (45 km / 28 miles)
Overnight in Eisenstadt

Day 4)
Eisenstadt – Sopron (57 km / 35 miles)
The first half of this day you will cycle south to view the stunning Renaissance castle of
Forchtenstein, another former Esterhazy estate. This historic site is well worth a visit to
see the unique treasury. In the afternoon you will continue east to cross the state border
to arrive in Sopron, one of Hungary’s most outstanding destinations. You can enjoy history and culture of this town together with the world-famous local wines and spicy Hungarian food in one of its many wine-cellars.
Overnight in Sopron

Day 5)
Sopron – Illmitz (46 km / 29 miles)
Today’s easy, level cycling will be packed with sites rich in natural and architectural
beauty. You will skim the National Park of Lake Neusiedl, which is a paradise for bird
watchers. During the day you will visit the open-air village museum of Fertoszeplak, a World Heritage Site, and Fertod, the ‘Hungarian Versailles’. Later you will cross the border back into Austria and continue to today’s destination, Illmitz, the center of the National Park.
Overnight in Illmitz

Day 6)
Illmitz – Neusiedl (50 km / 31 miles)
You will start another easy cycling day going west to arrive shortly at the Neusiedl
lakeside. Before you board the ferry you can enjoy a refreshing swim. On the western side
of the lake you will join the trail leading through Morbisch, then turn north towards
the World Heritage town of Rust. After tasting some of local excellent wine, you will skim
the shallow shores of the lake and cycle through many little villages, like Purbach with an
alley of more than 50 historical cellars, or Winden with its open-air gallery of sculptures.
Today’s destination is Neusiedl.
Overnight in Neusiedl

Day 7)
Neusiedl – Bratislava (43 km / 27 miles)
You can start your day by visiting the Neusiedl Calvary before heading through more level
terrain towards the Slovak capital of Bratislava. You will cross the border shortly after
Kitsee. Bratislava has everything any European city can offer: imposing castle on a hill
overlooking the city, the grand Danube River with embankment inviting romantic strolls,
historical center with the coronation cathedral, museums, restaurants, opera, and
Overnight in Bratislava

Day 8)

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