Our yearly bicycle trip 2015 edition… having crossed the alps in the past 2 years, we decided to keep it flat this year and try a river, the Danube, on the Euro 6 route that goes from the Atlantic in France to the black sea in Bulgaria.
Day 1 – Vienna to Bratislava – 70 Kms
Friday August 21st, after an early flight we reached the bicycle rental shop is close to Vienna Prater stern station, so it was easy taking the the S7 from the airport directly there… The prater seems to be Vienna’s amusement park… and also the melting pot of drug dealers there. Vienna must be quite interesting but we didn’t get to see much, just the “Donau Insel” with the markings on the street.
First Picking up the bikes from Pedal Power,. I have to say i was impressed by the friendliness of the owner, the bikes were decent, KTM trekking bikes with 27 gears, the seats were reasonably comfortable and the prices OK, just make sure u have new puncture proof tyres 🙂 its actually more convenient then bringing your own bike by plane. They also gave us repair sets, 3 extra tubes! which we needed right after leaving…
the austrian Slovak border
Arriving to Bratislava, with the bridges and the castle, but the old town is really nice to see, street art and architecture.
Traditional Slovak plate, an interesting mix of meat, kraut, some pierogi… at the Bratislava Flagship Restaurant, some old church turned restaurant/artist corner, a must see there…
The industrial side of Bratislava.
In Bratislava we stayed at Hotel Perugia in an allay in the old town… An excellent way to enjoy 1st hand the very vibrant and loud nightlife! But if need to rest, look for a hotel outside of the old town 🙂
Day 2 – Bratislava to Györ, on the Slovak Side – 100 Kms
Saturday august 22nd, leaving Bratislava in the morning and heading south was nit easy. So we had some bagles ina square and watched the hordes of tourist groups roaming around.
The Slovak side of the Danube is quite new and straight forward, after passing towns with interesting names like Horny Pub and Sap, we crossed the border to Hungary and headed to györ, a town on the other side of the river.
Day 3 – Györ – Bratislava – Vienna – 155 Kms
Sunday august 23rd, after a decent breakfast, we hit the road north, on the Hungarian side of the Danube this time.
And finally arriving to Vienna in the evening, time went so fast, barely had time to catch a bite and sleep.. until 4 AM and then catch a plane back to Work. The trip was too short. Next time definitely take 2 more days and continue to Budapest at least! But now it’s time to plan the 2016 trip, maybe on the Atlantic to Bordeaux to visit some wineries…. any suggestions?