Tulln is one of the oldest cities in Austria. The Danube Bike Path runs along the north bank here through a nature reserve (Naturschutzgebiet Gemeindeau) and past Korneuburg with its charming historical center to Vienna, the Austrian capital.
You then head for Vienna, pedaling by the extensive Stockerau wetlands. At the Greifenstein power station, you may want to take a break to visit nearby Stockerau, a town known for its summer theater. Climb the church tower there, for instance. It is Lower Austria’s highest. You see the two fortresses Greifenstein and Kreuzenstein on either side of the Danube initially far off, then looming ever closer. Soon after passing the Greifenstein power station, you arrive in the Korneuburg, “Town of the Pied Piper”.
Legend has it that a Pied Piper rid Korneuburg of rats but was cheated out of his pay. To get revenge, he enticed the town’s children away. The Pied Piper Fountain in front of the Neo-Gothic town hall is a reminder of this tale. The main square (Hauptplatz) is lined with patrician homes and dominated by the massive medieval city tower. After a look at the Augustinian Church with its ceiling fresco by the 18 c Austrian Rococo master Franz Anton Maulbertsch, you leave this small town. Before you know it, Vienna comes into sight.
When you finally cross to the Danube Island, you know you are on Viennese soil. This 21 km long island was built between 1972 and 1988 as part of a flood control system and recreational area for Vienna and its now nearly two million people. That explains why you pass inviting beaches, playgrounds and grilling sites on the last few meters before reaching the Nordbrücke, the bridge that is your destination for this stage.
Getting thereReachable from Vienna on the Autobahn A22 and S5.
Reachable from the west on the Westautobahn A1.
Reachable from the south on the outer ring autobahn A21.
Reachable from the north on the S5, A22,E59.