Bratislava – Velky Meder (69 km / 43 miles)
The first day takes you from the capital city of Bratislava
with its Old Town along the Da-
nube river valley to the spa town
of Velky Meder.
Overnight in Velky Meder.
Velky Meder – Komarno (46 km / 29 miles)
Continue cycling along the Slovak side of the Danube with Hungary on the southern
Today involves some easy cycling following the river course. The destination
Komarno at the confluence of the Danube and Vah rivers. It is probably
one of the oldest
settlements in the whole river basin area with archaeological
finds placing human habita-
tion here at the later Bronze Age. Its Hungarian
counterpart town, Komarom is just across
Overnight in Komarno.
Komarno – Ezstergom / Sturovo (50 km / 31 miles)
From Komarno you journey along the river Danube to the town of Sturovo. At
it is possible to visit the Hungarian town of Ezstergom, were you
will cross over from the
northern to the southern bank of the river. Ezstergom
was the historic seat of the
Hungarian bishops and has a massive castle.
Overnight in Sturovo.
Sturovo - Dudince (58 km/ 36 miles)
This day takes you through rolling terrain to the spa town of Dudince, built
in the true
spirit of Socialist Realism. Even today the spa offers a look back
to times not so long ago
and a day spent here is a very interesting experience.
Another point of interest is the set
of Roman bathtubs, carved out of the travertine
Overnight in Dudince.
Dudince - Banska Stiavnica (39 km / 25 miles)
The challenging part of the of the trip starts here. We get into the Stiavnicky
is a little rehearsal for the mountainous parts later. Less machine-like
cyclists need not
panic, however, as the length of the daily rides can be changed
according to momentary
conditions, and the rest of the day's trip can be taken
in a van.
Banska Stiavnica, now a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an extraordinarily
well-preserved historical center and
an ancient legacy of mining, is one of
the best stops
along the whole Amber Trail.
Overnight in Banska Stiavnica.
Banska Stiavnica - Kremnica - Banska Bystrica (40 km / 25 miles)
A trip to Kremnica is in the cards today for the active cyclist. This is one
of the difficult
routes (two long climbs). Kremnica lies in one of the prettiest locations
It sits at the
center of the
Kremnica Hills in a valley surrounded by 7 peaks. The dominant
feature of the
is the Town Castle.
From Kremnica transportation is arranged to
Banska Bystrica, with a stop and
a look at an important and interesting monument - the
wooden church in Hronsek.
Banska Bystrica is the governmental and cultural center of
center of town is surprising for its size and the quality of
that has done
so much to put the town's recent unhappy Socialist past
For those who want a longer rest the bike ride can be cancelled for that day
will take you by car from Banska Stiavnica to Banska Bystrica, where you can
Overnight in Banska Bystrica.
Banska Bystrica - Liptovska Osada - Liptovsky Mikulas (54 km / 34 miles)
Transfer is arranged from Banska Bystrica to Liptovska Osada (30 min.), because
thoroughfare through the valley is a busy highway. There is a nice
the way in
the village of Vlkolinec. This is a historical reserve containing
complete collection of traditional architecture in Slovakia,
by UNESCO as it re-
presents a unique piece of the world's cultural heritage.
climbing up from Liptovska
Osada, we come to the difficult biking terrain of
Tatras. It starts out with a
7-mile-long ascent, but the chance for a good
the beauty of the country are
an ample reward for the effort of making it up.
half of this day's trip will be
a less demanding stretch around the Liptovska
reservoir, a popular recreation center.
Today’s ride ends in Liptovsky Mikulas,
historical town, remembered for the
story of the famous robber, the 'Slovak
Juraj Janosik, whose story is told in
the local museum.
Overnight in Liptovsky Mikulas.
Liptovsky Mikulas - Dolny Kubin (50 km / 31 miles)
This leg of the journey leads through the hilly terrain of the Chocsky and
and is one of the prettiest segments of this tour. It takes us to the town
where you can watch rugs being hand-made on an original wooden
loom. In the village of
Lestiny there is a rare wooden church built without
a single nail.
Overnight in Dolny Kubin.
Dolny Kubin – Bratislava
Transfer from Dolny Kubin to Bratislava by train.