Model gardens, pied pipers and recreational islands
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.
Take a history tour of Tulln, a town known for its gardens and art: You will explore, among other things, the Church of the Friars Minor in Late Baroque style plus the parts of Tulln dating to Roman times. At the Stadtmuseum Tulln, which also houses the Tulln Roman Museum, documentation pertaining to the imperial convent, and the Stadtmuseum Tulln Virtulleum, you will learn even more about the time when the town was still known as Comagena. Schedule ample time for visits to the Egon Schiele Museum and the Egon Schiele birthplace or for strolling along the Egon Schiele Special Theme Trail or through GARTEN TULLN (model gardens, treetop trail, water park).
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.
ParkingThe Tulln parking facilities and garages offer unlimited parking and charge a fee. For more information click on this link (link).
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)
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
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
- 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
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- 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.