Borderless cycling at St. Andrä am Zicksee – history, wildlife & lakes
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St. Andrä am Zicksee is a holiday paradise for both nature lovers and cyclists. In this Collection, we present four wonderful day rides that are steeped in history and magnificent landscapes around Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland in Austria and the Hungarian lowlands.
There is a lot to discover around Lake Neusiedl such as the Seewinkel National Park on the shore of the salt lakes and far-reaching history and culture. Numerous buildings and monuments tell the story of the Iron Curtain which separated Europe along the Austrian-Hungarian border during the Cold War.
The town of St. Andrä am Zicksee is an ideal starting point for your rides in the Pannonian Lowlands. Located between the idyllic lake and the wide steppe, you can find plenty of accommodation here such as a campsite on the shore of Lake Zicksee. Although the routes start a little way away from the village, you can easily reach them by public transport or bike from St. Andrä.
All routes can be completed within a day and some of the shorter ones are suitable for the whole family. You can also easily shorten the routes or combine them together to suit you – just take a look at the map. A particular highlight is the Iron Curtain Trail which follows the Austrian-Hungarian border for almost 186 miles (300 km). In this Collection, we’ve outlined the route in one go so you can choose how to split it into stages. We also included some tips on which sections are suitable for day trips in the stage description.
To make the most of your time around St. Andrä, we recommend the Neusiedler See Card which offers free use of public transport, free admission to museums and nature parks, as well as admission to the numerous beach and resorts around Lake Neusiedl. The best thing is that you receive the Neusiedler See Card for free when you stay at one of over 800 partner establishments.
Top tip for nature lovers: You can spot many rare animals that live around Lake Zicksee from the cycle paths. Hobby ornithologists can look out for many bird species such as Siberian greyland geese and the hoopoe. On the lakeside, you can take a detour to meet the curious and friendly gophers. With a little patience, these small rodents will come right up to you if you bring a piece of fruit. You can learn about the birds and wildlife around St. Andrä on this app: xn--gemeinde-standr-flb.at/tierwelt-app
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You start the Hansag cycle path directly in St. Andrä am Zicksee am Dorfanger. With a total of 53 kilometers, you should plan a whole day for this tour - it would be a shame to have to rush in this idyllic and tranquil landscape. If the route is too long for you, for example if you want to drive it with your family, you can shorten it quite easily by simply driving east from St. Andrä to Andau.For the big round, however, it first goes north to Halbturn. A short visit to the beautiful, baroque castle should not be missed here before heading along the Hungarian border and the Iron Curtain Trail to Andau. If you only choose the northern round, you can also take a shortcut back to St. Andrä from here.In the very south of the tour you cross the Hungarian border - a rustic sculpture park and the Andau bridge are reminiscent of the mass exodus from Hungary when tens of thousands of people fled to Austria after the Hungarian uprising was put down in 1956. The sculpture park was built along the so-called "escape route" on the nine-kilometer path to Andau.As you can see, there are quite good distances between the individual towns. So it is worth taking some provisions with you in order to take a restful rest in the beautiful Pannonian landscape - why not at the beautiful lookout tower that will soon appear along the way? Here is a small nature reserve called Hanság, which means something like "low moor landscape" and belongs to the national park. In particular, the rare Great Bustard can be observed here - at around 16 kilograms, the heaviest flightable bird in the world. Don't forget your binoculars!The subsequent return to St. Andrä is via the town of Tadten. A short stop at the Heinrich Lunzer winery is worthwhile. Who knows, maybe this will turn into a longer stop - thank God it's not too far to St. Andrä, so you can comfortably get to the rest of the kilometers.User tip: When choosing the direction of travel, pay attention to the current wind direction. It can get quite windy in this area. And as you know, the wind is better in your back than in your face.
The Lange Lacke cycle path starts directly at the Wallern train station in Burgenland and can be easily reached by train from Sankt Andrä - or even by bike - since it is mostly paved and also completely flat, it offers the opportunity for a great bike trip with the whole family.The bike path is not particularly long, but it offers a few nice opportunities to go on a discovery tour a little off the route.Back on the bike path you will soon reach the Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park. Here we have planned a round around the Lange Lacke - after all, the largest and most important of the Salzlacken in the national park. Take binoculars with you if you have one - the long varnish is ideal for observing various rare waterfowl.The bike path ends in Apetlon, where you can continue your bike tour on the Neusiedler See bike path to the next train station. Here is the Neusiedler See cycle path: komoot.de/tour/227015656Alternatively, you can turn onto the Lackenradweg, which takes you back to St. Andrä am Zicksee. You can find the bike tour here: komoot.de/tour/227537658
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The cultural cycle path is a leisurely day tour, which despite its slightly more than 30 kilometers is still quite easy to manage with children - thanks to the flat route profile. The start is in Gols, which can be easily reached by train and bike from St. Andrä.From here it goes north past Mönchhof. You should not miss the short detour to the village museum on the eastern outskirts, because here you can find out from 35 restored original buildings how life took place here from 1890 to the 1960s - an impressive experience for the whole family..From Halbturn Castle, the path then leads in a small arch over fields and past grapevines to Frauenkirchen. If you want, you can also shorten the route slightly and drive directly on the country road to Frauenkirchen - this saves about five kilometers with your thumb. In Frauenkirchen it is worth visiting the basilica, which, by the way, also marks the starting point of the Way of St. James in Burgenland.The way back to Gols is again via Mönchhof - if you have not had the opportunity to visit the village museum before, you can do so now. From the train station in Gols, the train will later take you back to St. Andrä, where you can end your day relaxing with a view of the Zicksee.
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.Our tip: When choosing the direction of travel, pay attention to the current wind direction. It can get quite windy in this area. And as you know, the wind is better in your back than in your face.
If you have enough time in your luggage and enough strength in your calves, the Iron Curtain Trail is of course a very special gem among the bike paths in Burgenland. Due to the war, Europe was separated from the so-called Iron Curtain in East and West for almost half a century. With the EuroVelo 13 - also known as the Iron Curtain Trail - an impressive cycle path was created to literally “experience” this historic border from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea.With this tour we would like to introduce you to the part that runs for almost 300 kilometers through the Neusiedler See region in Burgenland and Hungary. The best way to decide how many days you plan for this is yourself: Anyone who is fit or on an e-bike can do the route in three to four days. But you are certainly doing yourself a favor if you plan around twice the time. There are plenty of accommodation options for possible stage stops in the Neusiedler See region, for example at the campsite in St. Andrä am Zicksee.The starting point of this part of the Iron Curtain Trail is in Kittsee, which can be easily reached by train from St. Andrä. Alternatively, you can start the tour directly in St. Andrä am Zicksee. The end point of the tour is in Rönök in Hungary. To get back to St. Andrä by public transport, we recommend that you continue to Alsórönök in a slightly southeast direction at the end of the tour. From the station in the middle of nowhere, trains run via Szombathely and Wulkaprodersdorf to Neusiedl am See and from there to Sankt Andrä.On the route, various highlights and contemporary witnesses to the separation of east and west are waiting to be discovered by you in more detail: the “escape route” at the Andau bridge, the village of Sopron or the border experience trail in Bildein - to name just a few. You cycle through nature parks such as the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park and in Hungary through the Kőszeg nature reserve, which has already inspired numerous painters and artists. If you have binoculars, take it with you - it's worth going on a bird watching safari in the vast steppe landscapes.Since one of the main features of the Iron Curtain Trail is that you often cross the border between Austria and Hungary, don't forget to take your passport or ID card with you - a little bit of the local currency in your pockets has never hurt either.Our tip:
If you only want to do one or two day tours on the Iron Curtain Trail and use St. Andrä am Zicksee as the basis for your stages, the following sections are perfect for this:1. Kittsee to Wallern in Burgenland (around 80 kilometers)
- The start and finish point are both easily accessible by train from St. Andrä2. Wallern in Burgenland via Mörbisch am See to St. Andrä am Zicksee (around 75 kilometers)
- You can easily reach the starting point by train. From there you follow the bike path to Mörbisch. Here you leave the signposted route, take the ferry across the lake and cycle via Illmitz on the Lackenradweg to St. Andrä.