Well oh well, I can finally check off this trip from my list. I never biked more than 30 km in my life and this was sure a good challenge for me. The trip lasted a good several hours mostly because we took some decent breaks but also because we tried various routes that we thought it should make our trip easier to complete. In the end, we biked around 85 km and we got a really good old sun tanning, of course, an uneven one, especially for me. #farmerlife
We tried following Betty’s path but sadly since her article is quite old, some routes changed. The overall road was okay-ish, of course, we experienced some bumps once in a while, but in the end, we arrived successfully in one piece.
We took one nice break at Schloss Eckartsau, a fancy royal estate whose history is closely connected with the happy and fateful days of the house of Habsburg. The inside of the palace is quite exquisite and it’s the perfect place to refill your bottle of water and chill a bit in the fancy garden. They also have biking tools in case you need to fix your bike in order to continue your trip.
We crossed a huge bridge and we took our last break in the small city of Hainburg an der Donau, located on the right bank of the Danube river and also the place where we realized we still have around 15 km to reach Bratislava. When we finally reached Bratislava, I was surprised to notice that not a lot changed since my last visit here in 2018. The city center has the same beautiful vibe and those two beers that I had there were the best thing ever, especially after biking 85 km.
We headed back to Vienna by train, the price is around 12 euros and the good news is that you can take your bike with you and the trip lasts around 1 hour. I enjoyed every moment of this trip and it’s way better if you have company while you do it. 🙂
Here are some essential things that you need if you want to make this trip:
- some good biking shorts, else you will experience a lot of pain (trust me)
- a bottle of water which you will use to refill once in a while
- some snacks, you will need some energy, especially for those last 20 km
- a good mood
- a decent bike (those bumpy roads can be challenging)
- a great company, in my case some cool international friends
- a pump, you never know