Cycle tracks in the region
Cycling in the open air, you can learn a lot about this wonderful landscape: slopes, hills, vineyards, lakes and many more sights along the way as you embark on this journey of discovery!
Lake Neusiedl cycle track (map sign: B10)
The most popular cycle track in the region is 121.5 km long, covering Lake Neusiedl, of which a 38 km section is in Hungary. The trail is appropriate for cycling all around the year. The path is well-established, and the trail is well marked. The trail mostly runs along a separate bike path, and partly on a lower-traffic bike lane. It is suitable for all types of bicycles.
The major attraction of the bike path is the diversity of the landscape along Lake Neusiedl, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the abundance of reeds surrounding the lake, the slopes of the Fertőmellék hills with vineyards, the wet meadows and saline lakes of the Fertő-Hanság National Park, you will also find a number of outstanding man-made cultural values including the Esterházy Castle in Fertőd, the Gloriett Lookout Tower in Fertőboz, the Széchenyi Castle in Nagycenk and the country houses with a sawtooth layout typical of the region in Fertőszéplak. The western section of the cycle path between Balf and Oggau (Oka-Austria), is dotted with upward slopes, but the other sections are not particularly strenuous (therefore especially recommended for families). In the Hungarian section, between Balf and Fertőrákos, you can come across smaller slopes, but the beautiful view from the cycle path between the vineyards compensates for all the hard work cycling.
Those who are tired of pedalling and do not want to cycle the entire section, can shorten the route via the Fertőrákos-Fertőmeggyes (Mörbisch) and the Fertőmeggyes (Mörbisch) - Ilmic (Illmitz) bike ferry, respectively.
Cherry Blossom Bicycle Trail (B12)
A 44 km round trip at the foot of the Lajta Mountains overlooking Lake Neusiedl. It starts from Donnerskirchen (Fertőfehéregyháza) and ends there. You can connect to it from the B10 bypass bike path. It is a medium difficulty, hilly route with a level difference of 310 m. Its beauty lies in the ornate splendour of the cherry trees that bloom in spring.
Sopron-Eisenstadt connecting cycle path / Pan-European Picnic cycle path (B14)
This section of the cycle path connects Sopron with the Fertőkerülő B10 cycle path, connecting to it at Fertőrákos. The other route continues in the direction of the Szentmargitbánya (St. Margarethen) border crossing, passing the Pan-European Picnic Memorial Park, which was completely renovated in 2019. This is the place where the pivotal historical event, the pan-European Picnic took place on 19 August 1989, which was of historic importance in the history of Europe. From the memorial site through the Szentmargitbánya border crossing, the B14 cycle path continues in the direction of Eisenstadt (Kismarton). Directly to the right of the border crossing you will find the Festival cycle path, the trail of which connects the outstanding cultural attractions of the western shore of Lake Neusiedl: the Fertőmeggyes water stage, the quarry in Szentmargitbánya, the town of Rust and last but not least, Haydn’s town, Eisenstadt (Kismarton)
If you cycle back from Sopron towards Fertőrákos in the direction of the B10 cycle path, you can expect a relatively more difficult, ascending section. For those who bypass this section and head for Balf, we recommend the following route.
Eurovelo 13 / Iron Curtain cycle path
On the Hungarian side of the Pomogy (Pamhagen) border crossing, from the B10 cycle path, a minor road leads in the direction of Tűreggyármajor. The route of the Fertő-Hanság cycle path starts here, and leads to Szigetköz through the Hanság. In this region, this path is crossed by the trail that goes from Kapuvár to the Mosontarcsa (Andau) bridge, which in this section also includes the sad memory of 20th century Hungarian history, the Andau bridge, and goes along the Hanság main canal, which forms the border between Hungary and Austria. In November 1956, after the defeat of the revolution, some 70,000 fled to escape retaliation to the west via this wooden bridge. The blown-up bridge was rebuilt in 1996, and it is the starting point of the Hanság Circle in Austria, and a crossing point for the EV13 cycle path. The Baron Gusztáv Berg Bridge inaugurated in 2013, also crosses the Hanság main canal, a few kilometers west of the Andandau Bridge. The Iron Curtain cycle path (EV 13) also returns to Hungarian territory via this bridge, and after a short section, it permanently leaves the territory of Hungary at the Andau bridge.
Lake Neusiedl (Fertő) - Lake Balaton cycling route (13)
The cycling route of more than 130 km connecting the two largest lakes in Hungary was opened in the summer of 2018. The section starting from the Esterházy Castle in Fertőd and ending at the Festetics Castle in Keszthely connects the two cycling Meccas of Hungary, Lake Neusiedl (Fertő) and Lake Balaton. The trail largely runs on low-traffic national, municipal and forest roads as well as flood prevention embankments. For this reason, trekking and MTB bicycles are recommended for the route, which passes the Volcano Bath and the Volcano Visitor Centre on the Ság Hill in Celldömölk, as well as the thermal Lake in Hévíz. In this region, the route follows the Fertőd-Fertőszentmiklós-Csapod-Cirák-Dénesfa route. The signposted route is marked with the number 13 on a dark green background.
MTB (mountain bike) trails
Besides road cyclists, MTB cycling enthusiasts can also find special tracks in Sopron.
Lövér MTB nature trail
The nature trail, which was created in 2014 and is unique in Hungary, and it helps you to familiarize yourself with the mysteries of MTB cycling information boards on a 10 kilometer-long section, and is recommended not only for beginners, but also for advanced level and professional cyclists. Starting from the Lövér campsite (now the site of the VOLT Festival), the forest bike path follows the route of the former technical border lock towards the former Muck border guard sentry, and then heads north, passing the Pedagogue spring. In the next section, it passes by Dallos Hill and returns to the starting point of the nature trail. A special off-road MTB bike and helmet is recommended.
Downhill and freeride track
Adventure lovers can race down from the MTB downhill track starting from the Várhely lookout tower in the direction of Bánfalva, using a high standard track. (Only with special DH / FR bike and full protective equipment, at your own risk).
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