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SK, Vysomarch: A Bike-Bridge Bridging Nations – VIDEO

Published: 26.6.2022
While in the past there were up to 12 towns (bridges and fords) on the Austrian-Slovak border, where it was possible to cross the Morava River, during the period of the so-called not a single road bridge survived the Iron Curtain. The only exception was the railway bridge between Devínská Nová Ves and the town of Marchegg, but it also operated only in a limited mode.

If we look at the historical records, the memory of bridging the Moravia river near the village of Marchegg dates back to the 13th century. In the past, the connection of both banks was also ensured by a ferry, which last sailed in 1918. Since then, crossing the border river was highly undesirable and cross-border relations were below freezing. Fortunately, after the fall of the totalitarian regime, relations between Slovakia and Austria began to improve significantly, but the two countries were still divided by the Morava River. It took many decades for that to change. 


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The first road bridge connecting the two nations was not opened until 2005, between Moravian St. John and Hohenau. In 2012, the county Cyklomost slobody was added, which connects Devínska Nová Ves with the picturesque Austrian castle complex Schloss Hof. Finally, after many years of efforts, the construction of a cycle bridge over the Morava River between Vysoká near Moravia and Marchegg began in the autumn of 2020.


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The connection between Austria and the village of Vysoká pri Morave was thus renewed after more than a hundred years. The new Vysomarch Bridge connected the Eurovelo 13 international cycle route with the Austrian Kamp-Thaya-March national cycle route. The historic connection between the two halves of the bridge structure took place on October 19, 2021 and was completed during the spring of 2022.


Bike Trip

If you would like to visit the cycle bridge between Vysoká pri Morave and the Austrian town of Marchegg, the ideal way is to use a bicycle. We recommend setting off from the Cyklomosta slobody in Devínská Nová Ves, next to which a cycle path leads to the new Vysomarch bridge. It is a 12 kilometer long and relatively flat route with pleasant surroundings. A slightly shorter (7 km) cycle route leads from the village of Vysoká pri Morave. Perhaps the closest connection to the bridge is a cycle path from the Austrian side, directly from the village of Marchegg, less than 1 kilometer.

Vysomarch - Pamätník colnej stráže

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For less able hikers, we offer the possibility of visiting the bridge in combination, by train from Bratislava to the Marchegg railway station and from there either on your own or for a fee on a rented bicycle. Rental service is available in the parking lot in front of the station. Of course, it is also possible to walk to the bridge!


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On the way to the bike bridge you will observe a number of unique nooks, beautiful nature and you will be accompanied by a pleasant bird chirping. There will be flying butterflies, which are given increased attention in Marchegg in the form of a separate nature trail.

Vysomarch - náučny chodník

Vysomarch - náučny chodníkVysomarch a okolie

The surroundings of the Vysomarch Bridge are completed by meadows full of flowers and floodplain landscape. In terms of construction, it is a remarkable architectural work with a length of 270 meters and a width of 4 meters. The bridge itself is 7 meters above the average river level and the structure is suspended on steel pillars. The maximum height of the pillars is 17 meters. The bridge has an asphalt surface, safety railings and several information boards on both sides.


Vysomarch - cesta k mostuVysomarch (detail)

In the middle of exceptionally beautiful nature, a connection was created between two villages, two nations and states, which connects the lower Záhorie with the Austrian Marchfeld (Moravian Field) and offers excursion circuits in the cross-border area of the unique natural scenery of Pomerania. Together with the second county Cyklomostom slobody, it creates a 22-kilometer-long circuit through floodplain forests, which even families with children can complete. Just go out and get to know your surroundings!


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Text, photos, and video: Pavol Jemala, Slovensko zdola

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