SK, Bratislava: Bikepark Koliba – Piece of Bike Paradise
If you are one of those who love mountain biking, it is almost unnecessary to introduce you to a low about 100 kilometers long mountain ridge of the Male Karpaty. Mostly people of Bratislava and western Slovakia relax there, but also seek adrenaline to clear their heads and make them forget worries of everyday life.
I love biking since childhood. However, somehow I always tended to be less demanding biker. For example, along a dam or side roads. If I accidentally wandered into the forest path, I thought I was a mountain biker. A true mountain biking, however, brought me to my husband. He convinced me that the money that we got as a wedding gift, will serve to buy a "proper bike". I certainly agreed because only two months ago somebody stole our two-wheeled steed.
I do not know how but suddenly there was a brand new mountain bike waiting for me in my house (though I have to say that I really do not know if this type of bike is really called “the mountain bike”, but anyway, it has beautiful thick wheels - even 29 inches that make me to put less effort into biking, and I am forbidden to install there a basket because it would be disturbing). Our first meters on bike did not lead to Hamuliakov, Cunov or just around as I suspected initially. Our first ride went to a forest. My husband took me on a bike trip from Bratislava through Malé Karpaty to Marianka. It was amazing.
To surprise of my husband I made it without complications. Although, I must admit that I was lost my stamina in last years. I was totally exhausted and regular breathing was something unknown to me.
A few days ago we were back in the forest. And then again. I think that except snowboarding and paragliding we found another common passion that would make our days more colorful. It is true that it will take me several years to get to my husband’s biking level (if I ever succeed, yet over 30 I feel that I do not have that much courage and determination as I had during my teenage years).
Several forest bike trips later, my husband took me to his favorite freeride, the Driver 8. The trail is part of Bikepark Koliba located above Bratislava. First, I read something about it on the Internet. I wanted to know what is ahead. From the beginning I had a big enough concern, if I had something like that prepared enough, but they disappeared along with the first shots of the pedals. I must admit that I was quite reassured by the fact that in the Bike Park Chalet are certain rules. The most important of them being a ban on using ski slopes as tourist trails. Also there is a ban to push your bike in the opposite direction. Thanks to this I could fully concentrate on riding.
Driver 8 Trail
Perhaps the easiest way how to get on the Driver 8 trail is to get up to Kamzik from Zelezna Studanka. You take a two place cableway that will comfortably take you and your two-wheeled companion. The start is located on a wooden ramp at the top stop of the cableway. At the beginning of the Driver 8 until the wooden ramp is part of Bikepark Koliba. But then it detaches to the right, goes over the bridge over the nature trail continues north, then heads to the crossing over the stream, where it ends. There it connects to the walkway leading to the cableway. I have to admit that overcoming this long track of 1,300 meters with a total height elevation of 177 meters gave me a really really hard time. But when I reached the bottom station of the cable car, I was more than happy. And my husband enjoyed this probably more than I did. Finally, I joined him and together we ride thtough his favorite places in Bratislava. But I really had enough and when I realized we still have to ride back home, I did not want to go anywhere. But I let him, whether it goes a little romp. It was apparent that he enjoyed being in nature.
He got to the top again by the cableway. Down he downhilled. that as he loves insanely fast on the Rohatka downhill trail . The trail starts again on a wooden ramp at the top of the cableway and leads to the object known as the Rotunda by Zelezna Studanka. Meanwhile, I was still catching my breath beneath the cable car and then relaxed I drove (of course after plain) on a direction to the Rotunda.
Frankly, this trip was a wonderful experience to me. I would like to express gratitude not only to my husband who brought me to this beautiful sport, but also to the members of the Free Biker Association. They stood behind construction, yearly renovations and legalization of downhill trails of Rohatka and Driver 8. Do you consider yourself being a friend of mountain biking? It is not necesseray to persuade you to give 2 % of state taxes to a good cause. This good cause is represented by great work of enthusiasts of the Free Bikers Association. Your 2 % of 2013 taxes will help to maintain trails of Bikepark Koliba.
More information on giving 2 % to Bikepark Kolibe is HERE.
Text: O. Maňáková
Source and photo: Bikepark Koliba , Svobodný Bajker o.z.
Many people see the Slovakian capital only when passing by in train, bus, or car while travelling from the Czech Republic to Hungary or vice versa. But it is really worth it to spend a while in the city of half-million on the Danube. Bratislava has changed. It is no longer boring, grey city. It has been gradually removing the damage done by the communist regime and life crawls back to the city.
Across historical center of Bratislava we moved to another landmark after we made a beautiful walk along city walls. Our next point of interest is more than 120 years old. Yet it is new.
Families with children, individuals, sports enthusiast… all can ride a bike on field roads, mountain roads, or bike trails. This way they get some fresh air during hot summer days and help their personal health. In case you miss determination or inspiration for some kind of similar adventure, then go on with this text. Soon you will mount your bike.
We continue in our walks through green spots of Bratislava even today. We will visit only recently opened Waterworks Garden. The garden is located nearby the Danube River in Karlova Ves city borrough.
Presidential garden was the point of interest we saw last week. Today we see another great place in Bratislava - the city walls. They take you to the Middle Ages for free and also shelter you from the heat of summer.
There are many historical, natural and cultural sights in the Slovakian capital. We see one such a gem today. It won’t be just one single sight or a natural reserve. It is going to be a whole neighborhood.
Today we would like to invite you for a nice spring walk. We visit Rusovc, a borough of Bratislava. There is a mansion, archeological excavation site (Gerulata) and beautiful nature.
Spring is in full blow, everything around starts to be green, and also people living in the capital are increasingly leaving their homes, rather run away from the office, or instead of very long wandering in the shopping centres, which often visited and so unnecessarily, seek refuge in awakening nature.
Not long ago we visited silent part of Bratislava near the historic center. It is not visited very much by tourists. Inhabitants of Bratislava, however, love this location. Today we continue along the Hlboka Road. We will visit the Church of Our Lady of the Snows situated right above the Lurdska Cave.
Are you sick of learning about historic and cultural landmarks? Or just wandering about without a goal in Bratislava’s nooks hiding places of unique atmosphere? Do you have enough of smog and you would go somewhere in nature instead? We have a perfect tip for you! Join us in tour of Horsky Park located almost in geographic center of Bratislava!
Bratislava is the capital and the largest city in Slovakia. The Danube flows through this city. Five bridgest (well, technically four today as the Stary Bridge is being disassembled only to be replaced with a new one). The most interesting si the SNP bridge built in the 20th century. There are couple of distributaries going to nowhere yet surrounded with riparian forests. Bratislava borders two countries – Hungary and Austria.
The unique SNP bridge and its noticeable structure on top resembling a flying saucer is one of the most popular and most photographed landmarks in Bratislava. Today it naturally belongs to the city, however, this wasn’t always true.
On a sunny day, we took a short walk in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. We chose to visit one of its landmarks, the memorial on Slavin.
Many interesting places not frequented by holidaymakers are in the Small Carpathians. These are mostly hills with beautiful vistas to the surroundings that lure tourists to climb them. Vapenna Hill is one of the three highest peaks in the Small Carpathians and it offers beautiful vistas as well.
One of the most densely populated areas in Slovakia and even in the Central Europe has several unusual natural nooks. One of them is forest Stary Haj, that was declared protected landscape area. To this very forest we go today.
Pleasant spring temperatures lure people to spend some time in nature. Very often inhabitants of Bratislava, and not just them, visit the ruins of Pajstun Castle in the Small Carpathians. Today, we will visit it together.
During the Night in the Museum event our staff visited Slovakian Museum of Technology – the Traffic Museum in Bratislava. It is located in the compounds of the rails of the first steam train station in Bratislava built in the 19th century.
Again, an amazing book of the Around Slovakia Edition by Dajama publishing. The book is named The Most Beautiful Hills for Bicycling. If you enjoy mountain bicycling and by any chance you want to have this amazing guide on your bookshelf, proceed in reading. Also, join our competition. Perhaps you will be lucky!
It isn’t necessary to introduce to enthusiastic tourists and bicycle tourists interesting book edition Around Slovakia by Dajama Publishing. Today we peek into another publication on bicycling from the edition. It came out under the name The Most Beautiful Bike Trails, Bratislava and Around. If you like to have it in your library, read on! One of you can win it!
In the previous part of our bike trip we get across Austrian borders. We stopped by at the picturesque town of Wolftshal. Then we continued to our next destination, the town of Hainburg.
The medieval town of Hainburg was an interesting stop on our bike journey. Today we continue across a long bridge, two Austrian towns and the largest castle compound in Austria – Schloss Hof.
In the last article of our bike trip we move from the largest baroque castle compound in Austria, Schloss Hof, across new Bikebridge of Liberty, to the city districts of Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.
Autumn weather is ideal for biking, so today we introduce routes that are suitable for the whole family. We head to the east of Poprad in Slovakia and from there pure adventure awaits.
The Small Carpathian Mountains are not the highest mountain range in Slovakia. Nevertheless, they have a lot to offer. There are many interesting and picturesque nooks. From some peaks there are magnificent views of the landscape. However, the visitor will be enchanted by deep forests, caves, or many rock formations along the ridges.
As every mountain range, even Small Carpathians has its dominant peaks. They are above the surrounding lands. Peaks of these several giants make characteristic panorama of the Small Carpathians. They create visible dominants, they are orientation spots and give beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. One of these impressive titans of the Small Carpathians is Vysoka.
Bike – a simple machine on two wheels; we decided to use it during our summer vacation to explore beauties of nature, history of various places and last but not least to get fitter. Come with us to this unusual bike trip, which starts at the largest housing development, Petrzalka, and ends in Wolfsthal, a picturesque Austrian village.
Petrzalka is the largest and densest district in Bratislava, also it is the largest housing development in central Europe. Many called it a “concrete jungle” in the past, however, today there is not only vast greenery but also several interesting natural sights located just among houses or nearby.
Since the time immemorial people were attracted to high places so they can have a view over surrounding landscape. Observation towers emerged quickly in central Europe, mostly in the second half of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. There are countless towers in Slovakia and it can be claimed some more will be constructed every year.
A picturesque Slovak countryside is to be characterized by extraordinary high number of castles. According to some statistics, its density there is the highest one in Europe! If we could put down all buildings, including those that ceased to exist, where it could be difficult to discover some stones at leats, its number could reach two hundred units!
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