The Sultans Trail is a 2500 km long-distance hiking and cycling trail from Vienna to Istanbul. If you want to hike the entire Sultans Trail, it will take an average person 20-25 weeks to complete it. Cyclists will need around 5 weeks to do so.
The Sultans Trail passes through an amazing nature with many idyllic old villages boasting Ottoman, Habsburg, Byzantine, Roman and communist heritage; from archaeological sites, imposing castles, old monasteries to “brutalist architecture” dating from the Soviet modernist era. Many civilizations have had their influence here. You will be surprised by this rich mix of cultures.
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”.
Total distance in km
“You are crazy!” A very common response I encounter when talking about my plan. Some people wonder if there are compelling and sensible reasons to cycle around the world. In my opinion, yes, there are actually many.
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….
“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?”
“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”
Lepši chlebik v pokojí, ako koláč v rozbroji
Better to eat bread in peace, than cake amidst turmoil
Ez van, ezt kell szeretni
This is what it is
Hurry slowly: More speed, less haste
Uzdaj se u se i u svoje kljuse
Trust yourself and your horse
След дъжд – качулка
“You put your hood on after the rain”
Σπίτι μου σπιτάκι μου και σπιτοκαλυβάκι μου
My home, my little home, a little house of my own
Greek equivalent of “Home, sweet home”
I great in peace
Turkish meet and greet