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Slovakia

2018-10-26 - 2018-10-29
Total distance: 115 km
Cumulative distance: 1329 km

After crossing the Slovakian border, we merged up with the Eurovelo 13 and followed this route all the way within the country. Also known as the Iron Curtain Route, the Eurovelo 13 follows the former borders between East and West Europe, from the northernmost border between Norway and Finland to the southernmost border between Bulgaria and Turkey. In Slovakia, the route traces only a short 90km section along its border with Austria, mostly along the Morava river, merging with the Danube just before Bratislava. From Bratislava, we continued following the Eurovelo 13 along the Austrian-Hungarian border.


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A sliver of Slovakia

2018-10-31

We only spent three nights in Slovakia, two of them in the capital Bratislava. After crossing the Czech border, we spent the first two days cycling cl

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Crossing into country #3! These bunkers were erected by Czechoslovakia along the border to Austria after Austria was annected by Hitler-Germany. Cycling on small paths through dense forests in rural Slovakia Oil and gas is extracted in the area we passed through Our wild camp in a forest near Suchohrad at the Morava river Getting going on the next day Cycling on small paths through dense forests in rural Slovakia Bunker and border fence at Devínska Nová Ves, now crossed by the "bicycle bridge of freedom" to Austria Trying Kofola, the Czechoslovak version of cola, originally made in the time when western brands of cola were not available. Tastes better! The ruins of Devín Castle, located on the outskirts of Bratislava at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. On the right is the Maiden Tower, a tiny watchtower balancing on a lone rock separated from the main castle. The Gate of Freedom Memorial at the foot of Devín Castle, keeping alive the memory of all those who were killed at this border during the Cold War. The ruins of Devín Castle, located on the outskirts of Bratislava at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. On the right is the Maiden Tower, a tiny watchtower balancing on a lone rock separated from the main castle. Another Iron Curtain memorial at the foot of Devín Castle, a heart-shaped sculpture of rusted barbed wire. Cute bicycle park along the Danube River in Bratislava Statue of Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, a Slovak poet, dramatist, translator, and for a short time, member of the Czechoslovak parliament. Slovak National Theatre building "Man at work" statue. He's either slacking off work, or looking under women's skirts (or both). The city put up the sign as drivers kept missing the guy and driving over his head, damaging the statue. Hlavné námestie square with the Roland Fountain at the centre of Old Town Michael's Gate, the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications that used to surround the town. This tower is part of the inner gate. Michael's Gate, the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications that used to surround the town. This entryway is part of the outer gate, that is connected to the inner gate (tower in the background) by an L-shaped section, making it more difficult for invaders to attack. The former drawbridge across the moat has been converted into a permanent bridge.

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