The route is indicated as being on the north bank because this is the last section of the overall north bank route, but the route actually runs mainly south of the Danube. Leaving Hainburg, you pass the first spurs of the Carpathian Mountains and cross the Austrian-Slovak border to arrive at the capital city of Bratislava, where numerous sights around the hilltop castle await you
Up on castle rock (Schlossberg) you can look forward to an authentically medieval atmosphere around the extensive castle ruins and impressive vistas. Braunsberg, a hill at the outskirts of Hainburg, also affords you sweeping views extending far into Slovakia.
You cross the border near the small town of Wolfsthal and soon reach the suburbs of the Slovakian capital Bratislava. The Slovakian capital has plenty of sights in store for you as a fitting conclusion to your bicycle tour:
The four-tower castle perched on a rock 85 meters above the Danube is the landmark of the city. It burned down in 1811 and was not rebuilt until 1968. In the historical center you find one Baroque palace after another and churches big and small in between. The Slovakian National Museum, the National Theatre and the Jewish Museum are also part of many sightseeing itineraries.
If you want to say a proper goodbye to the Danube, your ever-changing companion on this bicycle tour, take a walk along the riverbanks. They are so multi-faceted in Bratislava, ranging from bathing beaches to beach parties. And you may well clink glasses on your successful bicycle tour in the restaurant at the top of a bridge pier of the New Bridge. Because of its shape the locals have dubbed it “UFO”.