Slovakia, Bratislava: Cycling Bridge Of Freedom
Cyclists capital of Slovakia, and not just those, are happy from the recently opened bridge between urban parts of Děvínská Nová Ves and Austrian municipalities Schlosshof. The bridge is built on the site where in the times of Maria Theresa used to stand his predecessor. Our portal Infoglobe was also at the opening ceremony.
Last Saturday (22th of September 2012) was officially opened cycling bridge of freedom in the presence of representatives of the autonomous regions of Slovakia and Austria, but mainly for the participation of those for which the bridge is - cyclists and families with children. The bridge before the actual opening literally became famous all over the world! How is it possible? This is explained in the following lines.
Search for Chuck Norris – he is behind everything
Cycling bridge construction began in September 2011. When the bridge began to gain real contours, he must be named. And so the initiative Bratislava Self-Governing Region, which announced an Internet poll, didn’t want just give the name of the bridge, but also to raise public awareness of this project. Of course, no one expected that it crosses the boundaries of both awareness cooperating states and reaches far and wide into the world. Page visitors, let´s call them interviewers had the opportunity to vote for the following three proposals: Bridge of Maria Theresa, Liberty Bridge, Bridge of the Iron Curtain. But the public had also the opportunity to make up new name. So someone suggested bridge of Chuck Norris. Immediately, this proposal received the most votes and became the absolute winner of the polls. It did not remain unnoticed, but very quickly all the world knew about it. About the bridge of Chuck Norris was written throughout Europe, in America, even in Australia. This, let´s say the recession, but ran into legal problems and negative attitude of both countries, and for the first time in the history of Chuck Norris lost :-(, well not really, because Chuck Norris does not need a bridge, though named in Bratislava before it was built :-).
Construction in accordance with history
Cycling bridge should serve for cyclists, hikers, and emergency services vehicles if necessary. The bridge was built to preserve the testimony of history. Steel structure winds through the remains of the original bridge, and even one of the pillars is set on a military bunker from the time of the "Iron Curtain." That reminds sample and barbed wire that separated the Slovak border from Austria. The total length of the bridge is 955 m, from which a steel structure consists of 525 meters. The bridge is 4 meters wide and cyclists when driving exceed 7 meters height difference.
Cyklomost linked not only to Slovak and Austrian cycling tracks, but also the tourist network. It also became an international line connecting Eurovelo 13, which includes a trail "Morava river alluvium", in length of 62 km.
Tips for trips to the surroundings
This bridge will not serve only for cyclists, but also for all local tourism, which is relegated by geographic location. It is set directly in Bratislava's Devinská Nová Ves, which boasts an extraordinary history, dating back to the Neolithic settlement. Another type of a trip can be a protected area Devinská Kobyla that surrounds the area and offers visitors - walkers to view the world paleontological locality Sandberg, or just jump Devin remote medieval castle at the confluence of the Morava and Danube rivers. On the Austrian side are visitors attracts by the most rural baroque palace complex Austria - Schloss Hof castle, with its beautifully park, as well as the city of Hainburg an der Donau, laced with picturesque streets and massive medieval gates and walls.
Definitely we highly recommend you to find the time and ride the bike cross this beautiful and untouched landscape, especially in the current autumn season offers remarkable views. Cross over cycling bridge suddenly turns into a feeling, that relax and enriching you at the same time.
Text/foto: Oskar Mažgút
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.
It has been 300 years already since Maria Theresa was born. She was a ruler which tremendously influenced Central Europe. Our neighbors set up four exhibitions in Wien and Low Austria to explore her as a strategist, mother, sovereign, and reformist.
Cycling season is about to start. Today we tell you about a book that intriduces the most beautiful bike routes and localities in Slovakia. The book includes over 50 tips for trips.
Vsichni Na Bajk, an unusual competition, has been a success. It's second year is being held this year and competitors use a mobile app to participate. The app motivates to do sports and explore interesting places. The most diligent can win a new bike and other interesting prizes in the end of this summer.
The capital of Slovakia received a new and interesting book about it which has recently reached the bookshelves. The perspective on Bratislava is from record breaking facts on 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.
There are many interesting parks, gardens, or other green areas around the historical center of Bratislava. People can rest there in the nature. However, the city center is not necessarily laid out in stone.
With its area of 2052.6 km², the Bratislava Region is the smallest of all regions of Slovakia. As for natural or historically valuable places, it certainly does not lag behind others.
This year's biking season is in full swing and you can look forward to the next year's All on Fairy Tale competition, which is already underway. This non-traditional cycling competition combines cycling and exploring interesting places with the help of a mobile application, so that really anyone can take part. All you have to do is have a bike and the desire to discover.
We have good news for all lovers of cycling and cycling! Recently, two interesting cycle books were published mapping somewhat unusual routes around Slovakia.
Autumn is an ideal time for trips, so we decided to visit a relatively new lookout tower located at the highest point of Děvínská Kobyla in the area of the former missile base. It is accessible from the Bratislava city districts of Děvínská Nová Ves, Děvín and Dúbravka.
Do you know what the streets and squares of Bratislava looked like 300 years ago? Can you imagine what its inhabitants fed and what life was like at that time in the streets and houses of rich and poor citizens? The new book publication "Bratislava-known-unknown" will show us how and what the city lived in in the 18th century and at the same time allow us to peek into various corners.
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.
We have good news for everyone keen on biking. The part two of the Most Beautiful Bicycle Trals which contains a selection of new 50 most beautiful circuit routes chosen to cover the entire territory of Slovakia is soon hitting the bookstores.
Mountainous Slovakia abounds with countless beautiful hills. Only the mountaineers or alpine tourists can get to the very highest ones. However, there are many hills that are accessible by bike.
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.
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.
Bratislava - the capital of Slovakia. Its most famous landmarks - Bratislava castle, Slavin, St. Martin's church, the SNP bridge and its UFO, and many other cultural and historical sights are very well-know to Slovaks even though they often even have not seen them.
As winter is coming and cold, rainy, or snowy weather with it, we decided to end biking season by a trip to the Hungarian town of Mosonmagyaróvár. The beginning of our tour was yet again in Petrzalka, a Bratislava borough.
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.
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.
One Saturday in March, we set out to exploring our capital, Bratislava. We had learned that it has a new landmark. It is devoted not only to tourists from abroad, but mostly to locals. The attraction is the so-called Street of Light.
After a visit to Pama on Wednesday we continue on following the traces of our one-day trip at the three-states border. Today we stop by an unusual chapel and take a look at the easternmost town in Austria.
Last week we concluded our article in the easternmost Austrian town of Deutsch Jahrndorf. We were slowly approaching our destination, Trojmezi, along asphalt road lined with a tree alley.
Last week we visited an extraordinary place- Trojmezi, a unique place where the borders of three countries meet, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. From there, we moved to Hungarian border town of Rajka. Today we will tell you more about it.
The Male Karpaty mountains is a very beautiful mountain range situated in the west of Sloavkia. There are many interesting paleontological and geological localities in the south of the range. The significance of this area led to foundation of a new Slovak geopark - the Sandberg-Pajstun geopark (SAPAG).
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.
In case you don’t know where to in summer, a great alternative option to spending a vacation on the sea are mountains. You will breathe fresh mountain air, sunbathing on forest meadows and terraces. There are not overcrowded pools, traffic jams or noisy air conditioning. Only beautiful mountains, crystal clear lakes, and cozy huts. Don’t hesitate no more and go with us to a one-day trek, a weekend stay, or entire summer vacation into the mountains of Lower Austria.
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.
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.
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!
In Bratislava and surroundings are several extraordinary tourist localities. In the northwestern part of Bratislava there are the Devinske Karpaty region; a popular destination among tourists. It is also great for some sporting activities.
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.
Infoglobe, a traveller’s website will introduce you today a bilingual book by Gabriela Levicka I Will Show You Slovakia. You have a chance to win this book at our photo contest at the Slovak section of our website.
Location Sandberg at Děvínská Nová Ves is one of the places in the neighbourhood of Bratislava, often visited and searched by tourists and inhabitants of this region. Here you can admire the beauty of animate and inanimate nature.
Known and by tourists frequently visited protected paleontological locality of Sandberg at Děvínská Nová Ves a lot Bratislavans definitely know. The sand quarry is a popular destination for tourists as well as residents of the capital city. The reward for visiting the site is a beautiful view to Záhorská lowland, river Morava and Austria with Hainburges hills.
Between Devín, Nova Ves of Devín a Dubravka is a unique national nature reserve Devín Kobyla (mare). What distinguishes this from other reservations, and why it is renowned as the best tourist know it? All this we will talk on these lines.
Close to Bratislava suburbs, an extensive area of Schloss Hof Castle is to be situated. Its history is connected with Emperor's Habsburg Family. Vast park, neighbouring farm, including animals' breeding, but also rich cultural programme, since spring till the autumn, made such place an attractive target for small excursion.
Accept the invitation for an autumn walk through the historic Ondrejský Cemetery, which was found...
Devinska Kobyla national nature reserve is sitauted on the southwestern slopes of Devinska Kobyla...
Bratislava offers many beautiful green oases. There they can have fun, relax or jast walk around....
One beautiful sunny weekend we set off to see Rendez, an annual Slovakian gathering of historical...
Last couple of years it hasnt been common for snow to cover our city. This time, we went on a bea...
Hluboka Road contains many interesting place woth visiting, even though you usually dont find it ...
In the previous photogallerywe hopped on our bikes and admired beauties of nature and interesting...
Devín castle is well preserved ruins. Located on a rock at the confluence of the Morava with the ...
Near the capital of Slovakia, in the Province of Lower Austria is situated the picturesque town o...
Just a few kilometers from Bratislava lies the charming castle grounds of Schloss Hof. This large...
Some 30 minutes from Bratislava on the Austrian bank of the Morava River is the town of Marchegg ...
The connection between the Austrian Marchegg and the village of Vysoká pri Morave has been restor...
Bratislava is a beautiful city of historical importance. It lies onthe Danube River and is surrou...