LET’S GO

The Sultans Trail is a 2500 km long-distance hiking and cycling trail from Vienna to IstanbulIt takes an average person 15 weeks to complete the entire Sultans Trail. Cyclists need around 4 weeks to do so.

East meets West

Contrary to its past, then a path of conquest, the Sultans Trail nowadays is a path of peace, a meeting place for people of different faiths, cultures and backgrounds. That’s why we choose consciously to let this Sultans Trail, a European Cultural Route, run back from Vienna to Istanbul, from conquest to “collaboration in diversity”.

IMPRESSIONS

Total distance in km

Sections

Countries

Monuments

Natural reserves

SPECIAL EVENTS

2022

HIKING TRIP

In 2022 we organise a promotional tour along the Sultans Trail. We’ll walk the entire trail in two periods.

2023

CYCLING TRIP

Our Sultans Cycling Trail developers invite you to join them on an exciting summer tour, from Vienna to Istanbul, in 38 days.

STORY ROOM

Stories and blogs from our Sultans Trail hikers and cyclists. Like to share your adventure as well? Please contact us.
Check here out all of our stories and blogs.

Myrthe on the Sultans Trail

Myrthe on the Sultans Trail

When I was thinking about taking a few months off from work and decided that I wanted to do a hiking or biking trail, I started to search through the internet for trails. Santiago de Compostela was an option, but I actually wanted to do something different….

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Jagna,  Through the Balkans

Jagna, Through the Balkans

“You are going to hike for three months? Through the Balkans?? ALONE???”

Having confirmed each of these questions with a “yes”, I could almost always expect to hear one of the following exclamations: “Are you not afraid? Alone, as a woman, from Vienna to Bulgaria?”

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Contradictions by Maarten Mols

Contradictions by Maarten Mols

I look back with great satisfaction on my cycling adventure from Gemert to Istanbul. From April 25 to July 1, I was on the road. Distance wise it was almost a double Sultans Trail. First about 2000 km to get from Gemert via Prague to Vienna. From there to Istanbul was another 2000 km. A journey full of fascinating contradictions.

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“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”

Austrian Proverb

Lepši chlebik v pokojí, ako koláč v rozbroji

Better to eat bread in peace, than cake amidst turmoil

Slovak Proverb

Ez van, ezt kell szeretni

This is what it is

Hungarian Proverb

Žuri polako

Hurry slowly: More speed, less haste

Croatian Proverb

Uzdaj se u se i u svoje kljuse

Trust yourself and your horse

Serbian Proverb

След дъжд – качулка

“You put your hood on after the rain”

Bulgarian Proverb

Σπίτι μου σπιτάκι μου και σπιτοκαλυβάκι μου

My home, my little home, a little house of my own

Greek equivalent of “Home, sweet home”

Selamün Aleyküm

I great in peace

Turkish meet and greet