I absolutely love bike trips, visiting vineyards and spending time by the lake. So how about combining these three into a one fun trip to Neusiedlersee (Neusiedler Lake)? I first thought about this idea about a year ago when visited Haus im See for the first time. We came to the lake by car and discovered that this trip could be easily (and pleasantly!) done by bikes from Vienna. So this time I am taking you for a bike ride and we will be cycling through beautiful vineyards, Burgenland’s countryside and parks located right by the Neusiedlersee! Are you ready?
About the way to Neusiedlersee
I love biking but I am definitely not a pro. So trust me, this trip is not that challenging and you can do it too :) The whole way is rather flat and you will make it partially by train. Also, last few kilometers can be optionally done with a ferry which is also fun. You will be able to stalk some beautiful water villas accessible only with a boat. By the way, we loved that water villas concept and planning to rent it next time!
As you will split your way into parts using train, bike and possibly also a ferry through Neusiedlersee, it is safe to say that the trip itself will not be very tiring. Also, most of the time you will be totally separated from cars. The bike paths are beyond beautiful and you will bike through vineyards and countryside. You can admire the surrounding, make a picnic on the way and take beautiful pictures. I love this feeling when the wind blows my hair and I can feel the smell of the nature. Pure happiness!
Your trip to Neusiedlersee step by step
The assumption is that you start your journey in Vienna. There are many connections in the direction of Neusiedlersee and basically every hour you can take a train from Vienna main station (check here http://www.oebb.at/en/) . You might start your cycling in different places, the more you want to pedal the higher to the north you start.
Few things you need to know:
1) Vienna to Neusiedl am See takes approximately 1h by train, but if you want to shorten your cycling trip you can always take a train to Purbach or even Donnerskirchen (less biking, more time on the train).
2) From Neusiedl am See take a bike route to Podersdorf which after 10km will bring you to the harbor where you can take a ferry to the other side of the lake. You might as well continue on this side of the lake up to Ilmitz and take a ferry to Mörbisch but then you will miss Rust which is truly beautiful little town that I highly recommend to see (you can check all the ferry connections here http://drescher-touristik.at/drescher-line/fahrplan/).
3) Next you will need to take a ferry to Rust (watch out: they go only 3 times per day from Podersdorf).
4) From Rust there is approximately 16km left to Haus im See (13km to Fertorakos), so you can have a break, enjoy the town and have a lunch there. Of course, schnitzel is obligatory ;)
5) When you reach Fertorakos you have to take a left turn at the end of the village towards the lake so just watch the signs.
The way back you can do in many ways. Either go by bike all the way up to Neusiedl am See or shorten it a bit by taking ferry from Haus im See to Mörbisch that leaves every 2 hours and saves you 8km of biking. Then all the trains to Vienna leave from Donnerskirchen, Purbach or Neusiedl am See.
About Haus im See
I do not know if I can make the justice for this place describing it as amazing. It’s like a little piece of paradise right by the Neusiedlersee. Haus im See is located on the Hungarian part of the lake and it’s the last one at the end of long, wooden pier. Therefore, this place is truly peaceful and quiet. The service you will get is absolutely top, with fantastic food, great Hungarian wines and nice chill out music played in the background. The house itself is not very big what gives the intimate and private atmosphere. Nicely arranged areas for dining, sunbathing, swimming and relaxing make you never wanna leave it. You can also come there by a boat and easily park in their marina. One jump from your boat and voilà – you are at the lounge chair sipping your wine.
Hous im See offers 8 rooms, beautifully decorated in the marinara style. We had a room at the ground floor so I woke up in the morning for sunrise at the pier, which was literally 5 steps away from our bed! In the price of accommodation you will have a buffet breakfast with great choice of different kind of food, coffee and juices. Did I mention that you can enjoy all your meals outside at the terrace area? Well, this was for sure the most beautiful and comfortable lake house I have ever been to!
How to pack and what to take with you?
This is the tricky part as when you travel by bike obviously you can not take much stuff with you. We went there for three days and I was able to pack in a small canvas bag that I put on my bike’s trunk. Except from clothes of course, you actually do not need much stuff with you. There is a lot of different stops on the way where you can get food or drinks and the lake house offers you towels and little cosmetics. I would advise you to minimize your luggage to the most necessary things. I took: clothes for three days, swimming suit, miniatures of my cosmetics, sunscreen and a camera.
And last but not least, do not forget to take a good mood with you! It’s gonna be a really fun trip! Tested and approved by yours Betty On The Go :)
Also, you can make another fun bike trip From Vienna to Bratislava. For my full guide and easy to download map go here.