High reeds, red-white striped lighthouses and a stiff breeze sweeping over the undulating water. As white sailboats dance on the water, colorful kites blow in the wind, while an infinite number of vine plants stretch across the horizon like a garland to a new world.
The ambience at Lake Neusiedl is almost similar to that at the sea. Europe's second largest steppe lake and Austria's largest lake is an inland waterway embedded in the flat countryside on the Hungarian border. The Lake Neusiedl cycle path runs 120 kilometres around the "Lacke", as the locals call it. You will cycle through Hungary when making your way around the southern tip.
We have divided the route around the lake into three stages. On this three-day Tour, which starts and ends at the station in Neusiedl am See, you can enjoy the well-developed cycle path and the many highlights along the entire route. Above all, you can expect a lot of nature with an interesting animal population, which you can watch from the countless observation towers.
Thanks to the region's excellent infrastructure, there are several campsites and other accommodation options available to you on the way, and in the restaurants around the lake, you can indulge yourself with good wine from the region.
Although the whole route is flat and has almost no gradients, you should consider the wind at the lake, which can prove quite the challenge at times. If that's why you'd rather shorten your journey, we'll show you an alternative route at the end of the Collection that will take you across the lake by ferry.
The Lake Neusiedl cycle path is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) and is ranked as a quality cycle route with five stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde
At the station Neusiedl am See Bad, the first stage of the three-day cycle tour starts around Lake Neusiedl, so that you can easily arrive by train. From there, you cycle almost 37 kilometers on a flat stretch to Apetlon.The beautiful bike path always leads you near the lake. After a few kilometers you come through the idyllic village of Podersdorf am See. Here it is worthwhile to visit the beach promenade, from which you have a beautiful view of Lake Neusiedl.The further path leads you through hell. But do not worry, hell is an area of the national park and beautifully landscaped. Thanks to the observation tower, you can see the hell from above.Before you reach the finish line, you will come through Illmitz, where you can stop in the main square in one of the beautiful cafes to refresh and strengthen. In Apetlon, the destination of today's stage, you will find a variety of accommodation, including apartments and guesthouses. Otherwise, you can also switch to nearby hotels and campsites.
The second stage takes you today in a large loop around the southern tip of Lake Neusiedl and Hungary. It's 48 kilometers from Apetlon to Mörbisch am See. Unlike the day before, today you can look forward to one or the other small climb on the way.The first ten kilometers you cycle on the Austrian side, where you for example pass the huge concrete egg that stands next to the bike path and is used for wine production. Then it's over the border to Hungary. On the Hungarian side of the lake you can look forward to the Baroque Esterházy Palace in Fertöd, which is one of the most important buildings in Hungary and is even a World Heritage Site.On the way to the top of the lake you drive through several small villages and beautiful landscape. Shortly behind the border and back in Austria is the stage destination Mörbisch am See, where you can choose from all kinds of accommodation such as hotels, guesthouses, apartments and a campsite.
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Today, the third and final stage of the lake tour is on. At about 37 kilometers, it goes from Mörbisch am See back to Neusiedl am See, which was also the starting point of the three-day tour.On the flat route to the north you come through beautiful countryside, which is characterized by wide flower meadows, idyllic wine-growing areas and the Neusiedler See with its wide reed belt. But not only nature is waiting for you, but also charming little places like Oggau or Winden, where you can rest and taste a glass of local wine.Back in Neusiedl am See, which you start from the west, you can easily leave the station by train or of course stay overnight, if you would like to enjoy the small town and Lake Neusiedl for a bit longer.
On a short 14 kilometers you can cycle and take the ferry from Apetlon to Mörbisch am See. You can choose this alternative if you want to avoid driving around the southern tip of Lake Neusiedl and the detour through Hungary. Due to the shortness of the route, it is also possible to combine them with the third stage.On the way to the landing stage of the ferry you cycle through the beautiful flat landscape, which is so characteristic for the Neusiedler See and you pass the seaside resort Neusiedl. Here's a stopover to cool off in the refreshing waters of the lake and lie on the beach for a while.With the ferry, which leaves every half an hour, it goes over the lake to Mörbisch am See, where the stage destination of the tour is already. Here you can either stay overnight or attach the last part of the tour and continue by bike to Neusiedl am See.