Bratislava, the beauty on the Danube. That’s how it’s called. And is it? Bratislava and the Danube are linked by centuries Of events. The river was for the city a threat and a gift at the same time
On this route, you will discover the dynamic history of the riverside districts, their transformations, bridges, beaches, parks and iconic views. An easy ride with no climbs or traffic awaits you around the beautiful blue Danube!
Starting point: Square Rybné námestie
Route length: 13.8 kms
Trip time (including breaks): 2 hrs
Surface: 97% paved, 3% natural
In traffic: 10%
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You can enjoy the panorama of the majestic bridge Most SNP (1) on your way from the city centre. It is hard to miss it. You head west along the promenade. Bratislava Castle rises on the cliff to the right, while the waters of the Danube flow to your left. Stará Vydrica (2) and Zuckermandel (3) , apart from a few historic houses with a water tower, are giving way to a new era. On the other hand, the mausoleum of the famous Jewish rabbi Chatam Sofer (4) and the almost forgotten St. Nicholas Cemetery (5) remind us of the past. Next, you will pass through the modern River Park (6) and the former PKO (Park of Culture and Relaxation).
Past bridge Most Lanfranconi, let the colourful flora draw you into the Botanical Garden (7) . Finally, the waters of the Danube calm down in the green oasis of the Karlova Ves cove. The best way to experience it is with a glass in your hand in the iconic Mark Twain pub (8). After crossing the river to the south bank via bridge Most Lanfranconi (9), the untouched pebble beaches of the Pečňa Riviera are hidden beneath the treetops (10). This is the Danube in its natural state before it was tied down by the city’s promenades.
A concrete cycle highway (Eurovelo 6,13) will bring you back to the city centre. Just before the bridge Most SNP on the left, notice the functionalist Slovak Rowing Club in the shape of a boat (11). On the right, behind one of the first restaurants in Bratislava, Leberfinger (12), is the beautiful city park Sad J. Kráľa (13). On the left is the embankment Tyrš embankment (14), with spectacular views of the city. Just past the elegant Aréna Theatre (15), you will cycle under the bridge Starý most and through the shipyards and gardens, which will soon give way to new construction.
Get on the other side of Danube again via the arched bridge Most Apollo (16). It is named after the former refinery. The industrial zone has been replaced by modern districts, offices and shopping malls. The contrast of the latest architecture with the harshness of the cranes and giant ships in the Winter Harbour (17) is fascinating. M. R. Štefánik Square near Eurovea (18) is dominated by the statue of this historical figure, the dome of Warehouse No. 7, the semicircle of the new building of the Slovak National Theatre and a lively promenade.
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