Day 05 – Tour de Danube 2016: Tulln – Vienna

Not the best morning in the medieval town of Krems. Even before waking up completely I could hear the drops of rain splashing on the windows. And there was it, when you’ve cycled long journeys you learn to watch the sky like a farmer. Those few shades of grey clouds without any huge variations and the smell of humidity in the air: if it doesn’t rain yet, it will. If it rains already, it won’t stop anytime soon.

That is to say that I had no other choice than opt for the train (which is here really, I mean really really, bicycle friendly) and skip a part of the journey going to Tulln.

This trip was actually a survey of a journey that I will do later as a tour leader with a group: since the part between Krems and Tulln won’t be included in the future journey, with this weather it was better to skip it. After all I couldn’t even take out the camera for some pictures.

And taking the train wasn’t a bad choice, since I managed to left the rain behind.

Tulln is best remembered for having many relic of the Roman times: all the area around Vienna (or Vindovina as Romans wrote down what probably was its name in the Celtic era) has been populated by at least 2700 years, and Tulln is one of places ever to be inhabited in the region.

Roman tower in Tulln

Roman tower in Tulln

After Tulln along the path you start to realise that we are approaching a big city: the countryside is more and more interrupted by villages and houses. But still very quiet.

The last city worth mentioning before Vienna is Klosterneuburg, whose monastery is very impressive: founded in the 12th century (although the massive construction you see now is mostly from the 18th and 19th century) , it has seen many ups and downs, as for example the town was devastated by the Ottomans in the 16th and 17th century.

Klosterneuburg Monastery

Klosterneuburg Monastery

After Klosterneuburg it is just few kilometres before the Danube bifurcates and the Danube canal starts, bringing you straight to the historical centre. It is so easy to get into the heart of Vienna by bicycle (just in the town you have 1.200 kilometers of cycling path!): every path is well signed and you can just follow the Ring-Rund-Radweg a proper bike-boulevard that will bring you to the most known places of the capital of Austria: city hall, parliament, museum area (Natural History Museum, Museumquarter, Art History Museum), Hofburg Palace (the former imperial palace) and the Volksgarten (familiar maybe to those who knows the story of princess Sissi), Karlsplatz (with a small detour on the right), Stadtpark. And from any crossing of the Ring-Rund-Radweg you can always turn left and sooner or later you will end up just under the towers of the St. Stephan’s Cathedral!

St. Charles's Church in Karlsplatz

St. Charles’s Church in Karlsplatz

Well, my short trip by bicycle along the Danube ends here, but I promise I’ll try to get back on track during the summer!

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Day 05 – Tour de Danube 2016: Tulln – Vienna
Trip distance: 56,5 km
Total trip time: 5 h

day 5

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