Neusiedler See Tourismus

A cycling safari on Lake Neusiedl – UNESCO landscapes in Austria

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A cycling safari on Lake Neusiedl – UNESCO landscapes in Austria

Bike Touring Collection by Neusiedler See Tourismus

5

Tours

22:40 h

236 mi

4,225 ft

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

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    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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    34.9 mi
    9.7 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 …

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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 …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    236 mi
  • Duration
    22:40 h
  • Elevation
    4,225 ft

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A cycling safari on Lake Neusiedl – UNESCO landscapes in Austria