DAY 5 Sopron – Rust
Sopron – Illmitz
Lesson Learned: Double check the times of ferry departure!
Distance Traveled: 52 km/32 miles
As always, I started the day with a little tour around the town. Sopron is a town of many museums, rich history and Hungarian loyalty. You’ll find the ruins of old Roman settlements here just next to the city’s landmark– Firewatch Tower built in 1200 A.D. It’s also where the 1,000 year-old Amber trail went through.
Sopron is a gate to Western Danubia and to the second largest steppe lake in Central Europe, Neusiedler See. I followed the southern shore of the lake crossing typical Hungarian villages filled with small houses and Czardas (Hungarian restaurant) on every corner. I went along the path until I arrived at something you could easily call the Hungarian Versailles.
It was at this point that I enjoyed the best lunch of the entire trip in a little village called Fertőszéplak just next to skansen (open air museum of Hungarian village). I ordered typical Hungarian beef goulash (ragú) with potato dumplings and cottage cheese. The combination may sound weird, but you would have to try this delicious food to really appreciate it.
The goal for this day was to ride to Illmitz on the shore of Neusiedler See and from there take a ferry to Rust on the other side.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the timetable of ferry departures in my route description were only valid until September 30. It was October 2nd, and I missed the last ferry. I had two options – bike back along the southern shore of the lake and then to Rust (around 35 miles) or take a taxi. Please don’t blame me, I chose the taxi.