A cycling safari on Lake Neusiedl – UNESCO landscapes in Austria

Bike Touring Collection by Neusiedler See Tourismus

In the far east of Austria not far from Vienna, lies Lake Neusiedl, the largest endorheic lake in Europe. Nestled amongst the mountains of the Burgenland region in Austria and the lowlands of Hungary, the lake is a paradise for windsurfers and cyclists alike. In this Collection, we take you on a journey through this remarkable landscape which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We’ve put together 5 circular routes that follow the most popular cycle paths through the region. The routes include something for everyone, such as the classic Lake Neusiedl Cycle Path around the lake, the challenging heathland cycle path around the Austria-Hungary-Slovakia border triangle, and the Lackenradweg cycle path through unique landscapes.

There is a lot to discover around the lake. For example, you can explore two nature reserves, the Nationalpark Neusiedler See - Seewinkel and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nature Park Neusiedler See - Leithagebirge, which have diverse flora and fauna. As you ride, look out for the birdlife which is thriving here. Many water birds and curlews live in the reeds around the lake. As you cycle through the wide steppe landscape, which is home to an array of wildlife, you might feel like you are on a private cycling safari.

As well as nature, the area is rich in history. You ride through the border region between Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia which once marked the border of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. You will also discover imposing castles and interesting buildings that delve you deeper into the history of Lake Neusiedl. When you are ready for a break, you can stop off at a historic village and wander quaint lanes and pretty streets. You may even have the chance to taste wines stored in the traditional cellars here.

The town of Neusiedl am See is the perfect starting point for your safari through the Lake Neusiedl region in Burgenland. From the town, you can reach the start of all routes by bike or public transport. You can also find ample overnight accommodation here. If you prefer camping, there are several campsites around Lake Neusiedl, some of which are directly on the lakeshore.

To make the most of your time at Lake Neusiedl, we recommend the Neusiedler See Card which gives you free use of public transport, free admission to the museums and nature parks, and admission to numerous beaches and lakeside resorts around Lake Neusiedl. The best thing: You receive the Neusiedler See Card for free when you stay at one of over 800 partner establishments.

This project is supported by the province of Burgenland.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    07:28
    78.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Neusiedler See cycle path is one of the most popular cycle paths in the region, and rightly so: Because while you enjoy the view of the lake and its reed belt on idyllic cycle paths between wet meadows, vineyards and salt varnishes, there is a lot to discover.Since the bike tour leads completely around the lake and is therefore quite long, we recommend dividing it into two or three stages - then the individual sections are also fully family-friendly. Good places for an overnight stay can be found in Illmitz, Mörbisch am See, Rust, Podersdorf am See or at one of the numerous campsites on the lakeshore. If you want, you can also shorten the route and take the bike ferry from Illmitz over the lake to Mörbisch. This variant is particularly suitable for families with children because of the great boat trip. Since the route profile is quite flat and the bike paths are mostly well developed, you can of course complete the loop in one day and really work out.It starts in Neusiedl am See - since it is a round tour, you can also start the tour at any other point. Our tip: When choosing your starting point and the direction of travel, pay attention to the current wind direction. It can get quite windy around Lake Neusiedl and you know the wind is better in your back than in your face.On the eastern shore of the lake you drive through the villages of Weiden and Podersdorf am See and then along the national park to Illmitz. By the way, Podersdorf is the only place that is located directly on the shore. Here you can take a short break and watch the wind and kite surfers sweeping over the water.From Illmitz you drive in a large arc around the southern shore of the lake. The route runs mostly through Hungarian territory - don't forget your passport! In Hungary, the bike path signage may differ somewhat from that in Austria, and it will also be somewhat steeper. The well-developed bike path still ensures a pleasant ride and the view over the vineyards to the wide reed belt at the lake is really unique.From Mörbisch am See you cycle on Austrian cycle paths again, now you cycle through the villages of Rust, Oggau am Neusiedler See, Donnerskirchen and Purbach along the western shore of the lake. Not only once will you have the opportunity for a generous break. And on the way back to Neusiedl you will get your money's worth, both culinary and cultural - for example in one of the rustic wine bars in the old cellar lanes. Shortly before your destination, the seaside resort of Breitenbrunn offers a nice end to the tour around Lake Neusiedl.

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    Intermediate
    03:43
    39.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The festival cycle path starts in Eisenstadt, the capital of Burgenland. You should plan a good day for the entire route, but alternatively you can also spend the night in the baroque town of Rust. So you can split the entire route into two comfortable stages. There is also a campsite there.After visiting Esterházy Castle in Eisenstadt, the route leads directly to the east and over the villages of Schützen am Gebirge and Donnerskirchen to the broad reed belt on the banks of Lake Neusiedl. Here you can replenish your drinking water reserves and take a first rest. Now it goes south along the lake. Shortly before Oggau you finally come very close to the lake shore, because the reed carpet is getting a bit thinner here - maybe you will find a nice spot by the water that invites you to a refreshment.From here it goes on to Rust. If you haven't been able to find a bathing spot at the lake, the search is over now, because there is one of many great seaside resorts. If you want to ride the bike tour in two stages, you can now also stop and look for accommodation for the night. In the local wine academy you can also indulge your sense of taste and the old town of Rust invites you to linger in the evening.It continues to the festival community Mörbisch am See. In July and August, operettas by Austrian composers are performed here every year on an impressive floating stage. Shortly after Mörbisch there is another cultural highlight: the gate to freedom on the Austrian-Hungarian border commemorates the first major mass exodus from the former GDR.It is now about 16 kilometers back to Eisenstadt and you have already completed the only major climb on the route - just before the Hungarian border. So it's time to comfortably roll towards your destination. One or the other Heuriger in Sankt Margarethen or Trausdorf an der Wulka can also be found for a cozy evening feast.If, by the way, you only want to invest one day for the tour and the total distance is a bit too far for you, there are various places where you can also reduce the tour a bit: So the round in the north to Donnerskirchen does not necessarily have to be driven, but also the southern part can be shortened perfectly from Rust to Sankt Margarethen.Our tip: When choosing your starting point and the direction of travel, pay attention to the current wind direction. It can get quite windy around Lake Neusiedl and you know the wind is better in your back than in your face.

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    30.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    850 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your tour on the cherry blossom cycle path starts in Jois, very close to the Neusiedl am See train station. With almost 50 kilometers, you can plan a good day for this tour, while still leaving you enough time to enjoy all the great sights along the way.From Jois you drive north out of the village and soon get to Breitenbrunn, where you can take a first long break in the historic cellar lane. Some cellars are accessible for inspection and maybe you can try one of the good drops that are stored here. A short time later, the next cellars await you in Purbach. Depending on the season, they are also served as a tavern and invite you to a cozy, traditional rest.The further route takes you via Donnerskirchen to the southern tip of the Cherry Blossom Cycle Path, which, depending on the weather, plunge thousands of cherry trees into a sea of blossoms from the beginning to the middle of April. If time permits, you can make another stop here, put the bike aside and set off for a llama hike or a safari along the wulka.Then the path leads you back north again, this time a little closer to the lake shore. Between this and you there is still the impenetrable reed belt that almost completely surrounds the lake - by the way, the largest contiguous reed area in Europe, after the Danube Delta - in places, small paths and paths allow access to the lake, for example at the seaside resort of Breitenbrunn . At the end of the tour, this invites you to relax and refresh with a picturesque lake idyll including a lighthouse.On the way there you can keep your eyes wandering towards the lake, because many rare bird species live in the reed thicket, maybe you will see a few of them. If you have binoculars, it is worth taking them with you. Thanks to the numerous resting places on the bike path, you don't need to worry about your water reserves on the way back to Jois, because many of them have a drinking water fountain.

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    Intermediate
    03:42
    34.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Lackenradweg is also ideal for a day tour, which leaves you enough time to admire the wildlife at the salt lakes and around the lake or just stretch your legs. Again, you should definitely take binoculars with you if you have one.The tour starts in Podersdorf am See, as it is a round tour, but you can also consider starting in Sankt Andrä am Zicksee - this is also easy to reach by train. From Podersdorf it goes straight along the lakeshore into the National Park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel. A first viewing platform on the nature zone of the Illmitzer hell is not long in coming and you will be amazed how green hell can be. Shortly afterwards, the Heuriger invites you to Hell for a first rest - there are also fine wines from the Hölle winery.The route continues through the national park before it describes a change of direction inland after about twelve kilometers and from now on lives up to its name as it leads you past all the saline paints. The water level of these small bodies of water fluctuates around the year, in places they even dry out completely. This in turn offers the local flora and fauna a unique habitat.As you will have noticed, the Lackenradweg is completely flat and so it does not take long until you reach Sankt Andrä am Zicksee. It is worth taking a short bath here, because the water in the lake contains a lot of sodium, which is why it is said to have healing powers - ideal during a bike tour.If you would prefer to really relax, a stop at the St. Martins Therme is recommended on the way back. If, after the pleasantly warm bath, you no longer want to get comfortable on the saddle, you can also spend the night here and watch the birds over the salt coats in the sunset with a pair of field glasses.Our tip: When choosing your starting point and the direction of travel, pay attention to the current wind direction. It can get quite windy around Lake Neusiedl and you know the wind is better in your back than in your face.

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    Intermediate
    04:56
    51.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Heideweg is a rather ambitious day tour in the border triangle of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. The bike tour starts in Kittsee, which can be skillfully reached by train from Neusiedl am See. If the route is a little too long for you, there are also various ways to shorten it. However, if you want to divide them into two or more stages, you should take care of your accommodation options in advance, because there are not too many of them on the Heideradweg route.From Kittsee, the tour first takes you south - if you only want to do a mini-round, you can turn right here to Edelstal, where there are really great wine cellars to visit. From there you will be back in Kittsee in no time.If it can be a little more, it continues via Gattendorf to Zurndorf - either across the fields past the Anna Chapel or along the Leitha river. In Zurndorf you can decide again whether you want to dangle to the southwest or prefer to continue straight to Nickelsdorf. And also at Nickelsdorf another variant of the Heideradweg awaits you, which shortens the total distance to the north through a small piece of forest.In Deutsch Jahrndorf you also have the opportunity to make a small detour to the border triangle. The detour is worth it, because in addition to a pretty souvenir photo you can marvel at many different sculptures that were put up by international artists here to commemorate the time of the Iron Curtain. Via Pama you finally turn into the final round to Edelstal, where the historic cellar district is waiting for you to explore. Then it's back to Kittsee.Our tip: When choosing your starting point and the direction of travel, pay attention to the current wind direction. It can get quite windy around Lake Neusiedl and you know the wind is better in your back than in your face.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    236 mi
  • Duration
    22:45 h
  • Elevation
    4,225 ft

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