Here you find day by day inspiration for the Sultans Trail biketour starting in Vienna in 38 days to Istanbul. Like to know what you can expect and read more about the Sultans Trail bike tour on the cycle information page. This information is in Dutch. If you are planning your Sultans Trail cycling trip you can find more information in English on this page here you can also sign up for the cycling tour 2021.
[su_spoiler title=”Day 1″ style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” class=”background-color: #02acc6;”]Vienna: The Golden Apple and that is what it feels like when you roll right past all this shine and glitter. Every corner tells more than a story. No wonder, the city was so heavily desired by the Sultan. We will start at the spot where Mustafa Pasha once put up his army tent, there is also a Space Invader. First, we thought that the wall had broken down but apparently, in major cities, there are works of art made up of tiles which represent Pacman (Space Invader). You leave the city using the cycling path Am Kanal, an enjoyable experience. It leads to SchlossNeugebaudefrom 1569, built by the Emperor Maximillan II from Habsburg. After the shine and glitter of the city and the rich history and culture, we are amidst sunflowers and may choose between ample cycling paths. There is the Roman Tour, the wine tour and the route from Dutch origin the Limes-route which starts at the Dutch coastal town of Katwijkand has been developed by Clemens Sweerman and Wobien Doyer. The nice thing is that it is a mix between the beautiful Danube river and interesting villages with Roman remnants and museums. Both in Bad Deutsch Altenburg and Petronell-Carnuntum, it is not too hard to imagine old civilisations with horses, knights, kings, handsmen and trading goods causing a busy street life. Only a glimps of it is still left but you can still taste the old atmosphere at the Heidentorand Petronell-Carnuntumwhere you still find an amphitheatre. In the right season you can pick all kinds of fruit and filled with impressions and a full stomach you can find yourself a place at the campsite of the tennis court in Petronell-Carnuntum. For extra information and registration click at the link in the bio![/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 2″ style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” class=”background-color: #02acc6;”]After the camp it is possible to enjoy many history lessons in Petronell-Carnuntum. It used to be an important Roman border city and it was the capital of the Roman province Upper-Pannonia. For many Austrians and perhaps also to people in the rest of the world the history of PetronellCarnuntum is quite well-known. About two thousand years ago Emperor Tiberius made his winter camp in the Carnuntum area. The second amphi theatre is just before Bad Deutsch Altenburg at the main road that probably follows the old Limes-road.
The Türkenhügel in Bad Deutsch-Altenburg was an old watchtower from the Osmans during the second siege of Vienna. It offers great views of Devin in Slovakia. It is also said that in bright weather you can see the lights of Vienna. Another important border city was Hainburgan der Donau. The city was an important conquest for the Osmans on their way to Vienna. You can still see the remains of the Osman attacks in the Blutgassean der Donau(Blood alley at the Danube).
Legend says the Danube colored red for days in a row. The original city walls are well preserved and have survived the many sieges and attacks. The last village in Austria is Wolfsthal. It has a pilgrim church ‘Maria in Birnbaum’ dating from 1710 and a Mary sanctuary since 1737.
After Austria we enter Slovakia in the bustling city of Bratislava. From afar you already see the Bratislava castle and the old communist UFO-building ‘the flying saucer’ near the new bridge. Due to the decades of communism Bratislava is well preserved an every visitor may enjoy the ancient times and historic glitter and shine. After Bratislava we enter the next country: Hungary. No lack of variety. If you want to cover some distance you may follow the levee along the Danube and you arrive straight at the next campsite at Dunakiliti. Dunakiliti may be translated as the key to the Danube. Luckily enough the nature is untouched which allows you to admire rare plants and birds. An ideal area to find peace and make a camp-fire.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 3″ style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” class=”background-color: #02acc6;”]After Dunakilitione will find the key to the Amazement Gate. Dunakiliti’s history dates back to the era of Árpád (1000-1301). But it is also the birthplace of dr. LászlóBatthyány-Strattmann.nicknamed the ‘doctor of the poor’. In Mosonmagyaróvár the old border river Leitha and the Mosoni-Danube meet one another. This used to be the living area of the Germans and Avars. The small city of Moson has been founded by the first Hungarian King: Stephen I. After its castle was destroyed, King Béla IV founded the city Óvár with the eponymous castle as defense works after the raid by the Mongols. Afterwards, both cities merged into the currentMosonmagyaróvár. Modern times have made their impression and you can live the luxury tourist life. Farmlands and beautiful villages take you into the hot springs!
By origin, Lipótused to be an old fishing village but the sulphur-rich sources have turned it into a thermal- and wellness resort with a luxury campsite. On the other hand, Ásványráróhas a relaxed little campsite right at the banks of the old Danube. The slowly flowing Danube accompanies us with right in the middle the two large delta islands: Szigetköz and Csallóköz. The big amazement starts behind the Mosoni-Danube. After the bridge Győr appears, a monumental city dotted with beautiful alleys and lovely details of old casting and art. In 1989 the city won the award for the best-renovated centre. In the Osman days, it was called Yanıkkaleand the German name was Rahab. In 1606 Győrwas handed over to the Habsburgs after the Žitava Treaty. There are no visible remnants of the shortlived Osman periods. Győr has a rich history of conquests and destructions. The most well-known was by Napoleon and his large army: the battle for Győr/Raab). The result is a place to stay like a modern Sultan.[/su_spoiler]
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After the wonderful Győr you will cycle past fields to Győrszentiván. This is where the Eurovelo 6 runs and there is a range of fun cycle ammenities. The village of Bana offers a brand new church. The village is named after the main branch of one of the richest Hungarian families: the Bána-clan.
The next village, Ács, offers lots of cycle comfort like a pick-up service to help stranded cyclists and a cycle bar.All of the villages you will pass are quite stretched out which is characteristic for Hungary. Ácsis the last village before border city Komárom. Just before entering Komárom you will see fortification Monostor i Erőd which used to play an important role in Osman history.
The fortification is the largest modern defence works in Central-Europe and was built between 1850 and 1871. The neo-classical monument has a military history and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage. It has an elaborate network of underground corridors called: casamata.
The original name of Komáromwas Új-Szőny. In 1896 it merged with Komárom. After the Trianon Treaty (1920) is became independent again bearing the name: Komárom-South. Komárom/Komárno has always been a major harbour along the Danube on both sides of the border.The erratic Danube deposes a lot of sediment and regular dredging is required to keep the necessary depths to navigate.
Komárom/Komárnois situated on the route between the capitals Vienna, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. Before the bridge to Slovakia there is a tourist agency offering good regional cycling maps. After the bridge you will enter a brand new country: Slovakia.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 5″ style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” class=”background-color: #02acc6;”] Komárno, bring it on Slovakia!. The eldest notifications about Komárnodate back from 1075, being one of the most important settlements of Kingdom Hungary and a city that was never conquered by the Osmans.
During World War I Komárnowas split in two and the northern part, which contains the old city centre, was part of the former state of Czechoslovakia. The Southern part of the DanuberemainedHungarian. A long wall stands as a reminder of times where much desired harbours had to be defended.
After the fortifications along bicycle lane stretches out all the way to the two old Danube harbour cities: Štúrovo and Esztergom. On our way to Štúrovowe pass by the Roman settlement Kelemantia, which was, in fact, an advanced military post to guard the northern Roman border. It is a complex of warm water spas, subtropical swimming paradise and wellness resorts.
The Žitava monument commemorates the peace treaty that was closed after a fifteen-year war between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg monarchy that ended 11-11-1606. After the Trianon treaty of 1920, this area became part of Czechoslovakia but there is still a considerable minority that honours Hungarian customs.
Štúrovocomes across as an old industrial city, its Hungarian name is Párkányi and the Osman name is Çiğerdelen. The bridge crossing to Hungary offers one of the most beautiful views of the magnificent Dome situated on the rock. In the foreground is the old mosque with a half minaret. After the bridge, you are back in the Hungarian beauty and the city of Esztergom (German: Gran). It seems like a true fairy-tale. Since 1001 Esztergomis a city of Archbishops. The old mosque is currently under reconstruction. Many civilizations have left a rich history. Underneath the mosque, Esztergom’s Öziçeli Hacı İbrahim Cami, there is a complete corridor system. A good place for a bite we start the climb to Dobogókő. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 6″ style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” class=”background-color: #02acc6;”] The breath taking views over the Danube may have literally taken your breath because it is a steep climb to Dobogókő. The place inspired many such as monk Sri Chinmoy who is honoured with the statue named “The dreamer of World Peace”. It is also the place where King Árpád dreamed about the Hungarian empire.
The far stretching views show a lot of the cycle trip so far. A spiritual highlight. Afterwards we ‘tumble down’ from the Pilis mountains on our way to Budapest. The villages we ‘speed through’ have all been named after the Pilis mountains: Pilisszentkereszt, Pilisszántó, Pilisvörösvár andPilisszentiván.
The mountain chain has got many caves and is famous because the first people appeared after the most recent Ice Age. Budapest was formed as a city in 1873 after merging Boeda and Óbuda (on the western banks of the Danube) and Pest that is situated on the eastern banks. Before 1873 the cities were named: Pest-Boeda.
The entry is near the tomb of “Gül Baba” (Türbeés Rózsakert) with rose garden. Gül Baba is the Sufi patron of the roses, the Rose Hill. All around the area you will notice rose gardens. The tomb is a pilgrimage destination for Muslims and a popular destination for modern Turkish tourists. A beautiful vantage point to get anticipatory pleasure of the city’s splendour. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Day 7″ style=”fancy” icon=”plus-circle” class=”background-color: #02acc6;”] Wow, a week on the road already. In the marvellous Budapest, we cycle along the Buda-side of the city. This side offers us beautiful views of the famous Parliament building. We cycle past the Saint-Anna Church conspicuous because of its two towers. The church was built in 1761.
The facade is decorated with images, in the middle Saint Anna with the Virgin Mary made by Károly Bebo.
Boeda’s castle, the former Royal Palace, is a historic complex at Castle Hill (Várhegy), the old city centre of Boeda. If you take the gondola up to the castle you will find yourself 70 metres above the Danube. The Turkish rulers called Boeda the “Golden Apple of their eye” of their Empire. The mythic bird Turul prides on top of the castle and symbolizes the origin of the Hungarians.
Sultans Trail follows the Donauradweg and EV6 which makes the cycling pleasant. You will pass an industrial zone but also playful catering: a playground for artistic ideas. After this ‘playground’ we pass the Kastély Park housing a museum.
The next village is Érd (Turkish: Hamzabég), a special village for the Minaret of the former Hamza bey mosque. Százhalombatta is a special city containing a wide array of different sights among them a large Rubik’s Cube (the Rubik’s Cube was developed by Hungarian Erno Rubik). The art object runs on solar energy and lights the square colourfully in the evenings.
City hall square houses a very special building: Szent István templom. It has the association of a Viking helmet but it is an effort to join all building styles of churches into one design and has been designed by Imre Makovecz.
We continue through lovely villages and towards Velence. The atmosphere becomes more holiday-like. A lake offers a relaxing resting place. A week has flown by and tomorrow we will choose a bicycle path through a nature area.
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