Cycling on the Edge of Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary - Trojmedzie
Route: Petrzalka – Berg (3,1 miles) – Kittsee (1,8 miles) – Pama (3,7miles) – Deutsch Jahrndorf (4,3 miles) – Trojmedzie (2,5 miles) -Cunovo (4,3 miles) – Petrzalka (10,5 miles)
Length: 30,4 miles
Terrain elevation: 36ft
Difficulty level: low
Suitable for: touring bike
The cycle tour on the junction of three European countries is marked by features of wide variety of cultures and in ways of life. The tourist has a unique opportunity to experience several cultures shaped by various conditions, everything on a small portion of land. All three lands you are going to visit were until the year 1918 parts of one state, the Austria-Hungary. The flat landscape and the fact that the whole route is situated away from main roads and highways makes it suitable especially for family trips. The system of high-quality roads makes the tour secure throughout its whole length. The kiosks along blazed routes offer a short break for having a light snack or a cool drink.
Its first part passes through the Danube Dam, one of the great structures, built in the first half of the 19thcentury. The project was launched in the year 1825 and was one of big projects of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire of that time. More than 60 000 workers and 30 000 horse teams were working for several years to accomplish the dam, 118 feet high, 68,5 feet wide, and 2,5 miles long.
The next locality is the Pecniansky Forest with several bunkers, used during the Second World War. One of them, called B-S-4, is accessible evenings, Monday to Friday, Saturdays and Sundays all day long. Heading towards to the Slovak-Austrian border, the first stop on the Austrian territory is the rest stop Berg, with rests of the old German fortification that used to defend the Third Reich against the Soviet attacks on the territory from the Small Carpathians to Slovenia. From Berg proceed along apricot orchards to Kittsee. Take this chance and visit the manor in Kittsee, built in the year 1668. The Duke Pavol Esterhazy, one of its owners, ordered its 10-year-long (1730 - 1740) reconstruction in Baroque style. The manor is nowadays an ethnographic museum. The alley beginning nearby the manor used to flank the route from Kittsee to the castle in Pressburg, which is one of the old names of today's Bratislava. On this period remind today two sycamores. One of interesting features of the manor is its massive gate that used to embellish the Austrian-French pavillion during the Expo 1900 in Paris.
The next stop the village Pamastraße.To get to Pamastraße, you have to pass the railway track, followed by a subway under a highway, and being behind the subway, turn to the right. The village, known also as Bijelo Selo (the White Village) bears features of Croatian culture, imported here by Croatian settlers in the 16thcentury. Traveling away from Pamastraße, you get to the easternmost Austrian village - Deutsch Jahrndorf with the locally significant chapel in the local section called Zeiselhof. The route leads you to the spot called Trojmedzie – a junction of three Central European states. Following the gravel road, you get to the village Rajka, on the Hungarian territory. Having passed Rajka,you get to the cycle route 8009 leading to Cunovo, back to Slovakia. Being in Slovakia, you travel along the Action Park and at the Hraniciarska and the Razna Street to the Danube Dam. Being on the Danube Dam, take the Dunajska cyklisticka cesta (the Danube Cycle Route) marked as 001a and then proceed to Petrzalka, the starting point, and also the last stop of this trip through the multicultural region in the heart of Europe.