Bratislava-Slovakia-Bad Deutsch Altenburg-Austria-7-25-14

Bratislava-Slovakia-Bad Deutsch Altenburg-Austria This is perfect cycling 24 miles (38 km) Total so far: 280 miles (451 km) Ascent: 550ft (167 m); Descent: 420ft (128 m); Max Elevation: 571ft (174 m) World > Europe > Slovakia > Bratislavsky Kraj > Bratislava  – map World > Europe > Austria > Niederosterreich > Bad Deutsch-Altenburg  – map Rain came early today so it was easy to find an excuse to stop in Bad Deutsch Altenburg, a resort town with thermal spas. The route out of Bratislava was the easiest and most pleasant we have had on our entire journey. The bridge across the Danube from Bratislava to the EV 6 bicycle path had an upper deck for auto traffic, and a lower smaller deck for pedestrian and cycle traffic. From our Botel Gracia, we cycled along wide sidewalks to the ramp leading up to the bridge in about 5 minutes. Once on the smooth, wide bike path, we cruised. What a joyful feeling. We were embarking on the easier part of our entire journey. Relation | Bookmark | Edit | | Report | Link Rating: (0)   Still having fun!   Welcome to Austria! We stopped in Hainburg to visit the old town. Go through the massive stone gate to the cathedral to the information office to get a map in English. It is well worth a stop to see the old walls and the castle high above. On leaving Hainburg, it started to rain hard. It was not supposed to rain until 4pm, but…oh well. We were at the turnoff to Bad, so decided to stop for the night at the hot...

Esztergom-Bratislava Travel Day_7-24-14

Esztergom-Bratislava Slovakia by Train : Change in Plans  World > Europe > Hungary > Komarom-Esztergom Megye > Esztergom  – map World > Europe > Slovakia > Bratislavsky Kraj > Bratislava  – map   We don’t have time to cycle from Esztergom to Vienna and still see our friends in Vienna when they are free from work. So we are going to bicycle across to Sturovo on the Slovakian side and take a train to Bratislava. From Bratislava we will be able to cycle into Vienna and meet our friends on schedule. Logistically it was the easiest alternative. So we cycled from Esztergom, Hungary across the Danube Bridge to Sturovo, Slovakia where we could get a direct train to Bratislava. We got some fantastic views of Esztergom from the bridge.     The train station was a bit further out of town than our hotel in Esztergom had indicated. After a bit of panic, trying to get a fix on the location, we arrived two minutes before the train was scheduled. A helpful English speaking attendant said we needed reservations for the bicycles. So, we made them on the spot and got our tickets moments before the train arrived. Only problem was, this train did not remember to bring the bicycle car along with it! So, we waited two hours for the next train. A one hour ride took us into Bratislava. It should have been two days of cycling. It rained all day and stopped just as we arrived. There are few designated bicycle lanes or paths in Bratislava. The train station is in the north; we needed to get to the river in the south where we had booked accommodation at Botel Gracia, a floating hotel very close...
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