Top Bicycle Trails recommended route Stage 9

Danube Cycle Path, stage 9, north bank: Hainburg - Bratislava

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  • Hainburg an der Donau © Donau Niederösterreich/Steve Haider
    / Hainburg an der Donau © Donau Niederösterreich/Steve Haider
    Photo: Steve Haider, Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / „Brücke der Freiheit“ zwischen Devinska Nová Ves (Theben-Neudorf) und Schlosshof © Donau Niederösterreich/Steve Haider
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  • / Fährverbindung mit der "Carnuntum" Hainburg-Devin © Event Schifffahrt Haider
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  • / Radfahrer in Bratislava © MS Agency/Robert Vrlák
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Prospects and insights: diversity along the Danube

The route is indicated as being on the north bank because this is the last section of the overall north bank route, but the route actually runs mainly south of the Danube. Leaving Hainburg, you pass the first spurs of the Carpathian Mountains and cross the Austrian-Slovak border to arrive at the capital city of Bratislava, where numerous sights around the hilltop castle await you


Distance 18 km
1:30 h
115 m
113 m
177 m
135 m

This stage is short and easy - a good chance to unhurriedly explore the medieval city Hainburg. With its 2.5 km long city wall, three medieval city gates and large 13th c towers, Hainburg boasts one of the oldest and best-preserved town fortifications in Europe.

Up on castle rock (Schlossberg) you can look forward to an authentically medieval atmosphere around the extensive castle ruins and impressive vistas. Braunsberg, a hill at the outskirts of Hainburg, also affords you sweeping views extending far into Slovakia.

You cross the border near the small town of Wolfsthal and soon reach the suburbs of the Slovakian capital Bratislava. The Slovakian capital has plenty of sights in store for you as a fitting conclusion to your bicycle tour:

The four-tower castle perched on a rock 85 meters above the Danube is the landmark of the city. It burned down in 1811 and was not rebuilt until 1968. In the historical center you find one Baroque palace after another and churches big and small in between. The Slovakian National Museum, the National Theatre and the Jewish Museum are also part of many sightseeing itineraries.

If you want to say a proper goodbye to the Danube, your ever-changing companion on this bicycle tour, take a walk along the riverbanks. They are so multi-faceted in Bratislava, ranging from bathing beaches to beach parties. And you may well clink glasses on your successful bicycle tour in the restaurant at the top of a bridge pier of the Brücke Most SNP. Because of its shape the locals have dubbed it “UFO”.

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Update: September 16, 2021
Highest point
177 m
Lowest point
135 m
Best time of year


Hainburg (142 m)
48.146517, 16.934851
48°08'47.5"N 16°56'05.5"E
33U 643919 5334395



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Hainburg - Bratislava

Route description:

You start your tour in Hainburg in the immediate vicinity of the Hainburger Pforte (Hainburg/Devin Gate), a small geological gap between the Carpathian Mountains and the foothills of the eastern Alps. This gate has been of great strategic importance over the centuries. Hainburg Castle and Devin Fortress are both part of a medieval defense line. In recent history it formed part of the Iron Curtain.

You travel along the B9, which has a bike path running on its north side. Just before Bratislava, the road and bike path diverge. After lengthy left and right bends, you reach the Slovakian capital, enjoying the waterfront and the view of Bratislava Castle. Then you say your goodbyes to the Danube, which has been a faithful companion on this trip.


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Public transport

Take the train from the Wien Mitte-Landstrasse station in Vienna.

Getting there

On the A4 in Vienna take exit 19 Fischamend and continue on the B9 till you reach Hainburg an der Donau.


Parking along the Danube promenade.


48.146517, 16.934851
48°08'47.5"N 16°56'05.5"E
33U 643919 5334395
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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18 km
1:30 h
115 m
113 m
Highest point
177 m
Lowest point
135 m
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