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Roman paths in the Burgenland – Amber Trail East Route

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Roman paths in the Burgenland – Amber Trail East Route

13-28

days

3-6 h

/ day

198 mi

10,650 ft

10,350 ft

For 400 years the Romans settled in Burgenland, that they then named "Province of Pannonia". An important trade route led through the middle of the province towards the Baltic Sea — the Amber Road. On the new Amber Trail, a long-distance hiking trail, you will embark on the search for traces of the Romans, who left many testimonies here. Their probably most important heritage is of course viticulture, which will accompany you on your thirteen-day hike on almost every stage through the gentle hilly landscape.

Thanks to the region’s mild Pannonian climate, you can hike the 13 stages from very early in the year until late autumn. The east route is 306 kilometres (190 miles) long and leads you once lengthwise through Burgenland and the west of Hungary. Starting at the Roman excavation site Petronell-Carnuntum, you will head for Lake Neusiedl, passing the unique steppe lakes of the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel and continuing your journey south.

Next, you will cross from Illmitz to Moerbisch by boat and continue your hike into the wooded mountains of Hungary. You will cross the border several times during your adventure so you can experience the similarities and differences between the two countries first hand.

The Amber Trail runs through wide winegrowing areas and quiet forests, passing castles and quaint towns: Marvel at the spectacular scenery from the Geschriebenstein, the highest mountain in Burgenland and discover historic cellars and excellent wines such as the Uhudler. The trail finishes close to the Roman burial mounds in St. Martin an der Raab.

Lake Neusiedl and the end of your adventure are both well connected with public transport, so you can easily reach and return home from your adventure. Jennersdorf station is close to St. Martin an der Raab, the final destination. You could also start or finish via Parndorf, Deutschkreutz or Kőszeg stations.

The Amber Trail is a relatively simple hike, but you should be in good shape as some of the stages are quite long. We also recommend bringing sun protection and a valid passport for the border crossings.

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    Difficult
    06:02
    14.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    No other place is better suited as a starting point than the Roman archaeological site Carnuntum: on the extensive grounds you can admire the reconstructed district with its visitor center, the impressive amphitheater or the pagan gate. You could almost run the risk of forgetting to actually hike.After an extensive tour you walk south. Without major incline, it goes …

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  • Difficult
    06:58
    16.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first section of the second stage leads you to the Calvary with its church of the same name. It is promising on the edge of Neusiedl am See and you can enjoy a wide view of the largest steppe lake in Central Europe. You will then hike through the wonderful wine-growing region on curved paths.Again and again you …

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  • Difficult
    06:33
    16.1 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage is the flattest of the entire Bernstein Trail and takes you to the flat Zicksee from Frauenkirchen. The water of the small steppe lake is pleasantly warm in early summer due to its shallow depth and invites you to take a bath. On the shore you can find historic draw wells and thatched huts that used to …

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  • Difficult
    07:44
    18.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today a split stage awaits you, because you take the ferry across Lake Neusiedl. Coming from Illmitz you can walk through the heart of the National Park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel and its unique landscape. Alternatively, you can also take the direct route to the ferry via Seestrasse. Check the ferry times when planning your hike: neusiedlersee.com/de/aktivitaeten/sport-bewegung/radfahren/radfaehren.html. Usually they only …

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    11.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    675 ft
    375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start in beautiful Rust and hike along the western shore of Lake Neusiedl back to Mörbisch. On one side of the path there is a sea of grapevines, on the other the "Sea of Vienna" with its wide reed beds.
     
    South of Mörbisch you cross the border to Hungary. In the direction of Fertőrákos, you can enjoy the wonderful …

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  • Difficult
    06:02
    13.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the sixth stage, you can once again admire the historic old town of Sopron with its impressive buildings such as the Petőfi Theater. Through the adjoining residential area you come to the Ödenburg Mountains, a forested low mountain range that borders directly on the city.For the first time on your long hike you make up …

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  • Difficult
    06:54
    16.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    700 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Neckenmarkt you hike across flat, agricultural areas and through wide wine-growing areas to the south. The route takes you through quaint villages such as Raiding, Großwarasdorf or Großmutschen, where traditional restaurants and wine taverns await you. In Nebersdorf, a detour to the castle of the same name with its idyllic park is worthwhile. You can also visit the magnificent …

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  • Difficult
    06:29
    15.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    825 ft
    575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage starts in Lutzmannsburg and takes you to Hungary east of the Sonnentherme. Shortly after the border you will pass Zsira, where you can visit Rimanóczy Castle. Through fields and the village of Répcevis we continue to Peresznye. The picturesque park of the Széchenyi Castle invites you to take a break under the mighty trees.You hike through an …

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  • Difficult
    07:03
    14.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The ninth stage is dominated by the mountains of the Írottkö - Geschrittenstein Nature Park. After leaving the beautiful old town of Kőszeg, you hike up to the Óház-tető ruin. From the lookout tower there you can enjoy an impressive view of Kőszeg and the nature park. Here you always follow the marking of the Alpannonia path.
     
    On the well-developed …

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  • Difficult
    06:13
    14.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Beginning with beautiful field paths, idyllic vineyards follow on the way to the nature park with the resounding name "Weinidylle".In a way, the third section of the Bernstein Trail begins on this stage. You say goodbye to Hungary and the low mountain ranges and on this stage you hike into the hilly southern Burgenland, which is characterized by wine and fruit cultures.

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  • Difficult
    06:52
    15.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage is characterized by the Weinidylle nature park and its gentle hilly landscape: You leave the vineyards of Deutsch Schützen-Bergen and walk through quiet forest landscapes to the hamlets of St. Kathrein and the Edlitzer mountains.
     
    Alternating between wide fields and shady forests, the Bernstein Trail continues south. At the Gaaser vineyard, the rows of trees clear up and …

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  • Difficult
    06:52
    15.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    975 ft
    925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The start of this stage leads you through the picturesque basement alley of Heiligenbrunn to the stream of the Strem. Accompanied by the babbling of the stream, it always goes along the bank to Güssing. Sometimes you hike in the shade of trees and bushes, sometimes in the open corridor. The closer you get to the city of Güssing, the …

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    13.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The last stage of the Bernstein Trail shows you the whole idyll of southern Burgenland: First you hike on dirt roads to the banks of the Lafnitz and follow its course a short distance. South of the Gotziberg it goes up to the promising hamlet of Krobotek.
     
    You take turns marching through quiet forests and across wide meadows. You can …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    198 mi
  • Duration
    84:36 h
  • Elevation
    10,650 ft10,350 ft

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