Stage 04: Illmitz - Rust


Stage 04: Illmitz - Rust

Stage description

The two faces of Lake Neusiedl: From the steppe and reed landscape of the Neusiedler See National Park to the vineyards and the picturesque town of Rust on the other side of the lake.

From the tourist information office in Illmitz you follow the signs south past the parish church of St. Bartholomew and use the streets "Untere Hauptstraße", "Schrändlgasse", "Schellgasse" and "Am Schrändlsee" to reach the end of Illmitz. Now along the gravel path (also part of the Lackenradweg) to an observation tower on a patch of earth with the appropriate name "Sandeck" (means sandy corner). From here you have another fantastic view into the heart of the National Park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel, before the sandy path turns to the north and you turn left into the road to Lake Neusiedl and the ferry.
On the ferry in the direction of Mörbisch (scheduled services; please note seasonal timetables) you will recover for the second and longer part of this stage: First you will follow the footpath along the road and reed belt until you reach Mörbisch. Continue straight on until you cross the main street on your left. Now take the next road on the right and - just like the Neusiedler See cycle path B10 - the small road out of the village and into the vineyards. About 1 km after the end of the village, two very small roads turn left. You choose the second road, which soon becomes a meadow path, which you follow parallel to Lake Neusiedl until you meet a small asphalt road leading up to the left. Follow this (at the same time cycle path) until a small road branches off to the right on a hill. Follow this road and later follow the signs partly on meadow paths to St. Margarethen. Continue more or less straight through the village until you cross the main road between Rust and St. Margarethen in Burgenland. And you are directly at the famous Roman quarry, which is definitely worth a visit.

However, the path continues straight ahead to the north, where just behind the quarry a short detour to the left to the already visible cross at the Kogel chapel is worthwhile. Back on the path, continue along country lanes (ignoring some small asphalt roads) through vineyards to the north until you come to the Festival cycle path. Follow this track (small asphalt road) down towards Lake Neusiedl until you reach the main road. On this road a few meters to the right (direction Rust), then you cross it and turn into a field path, which brings you to another field path. Follow this to the right until you reach the beginning of Rust. Here turn left towards the lake and then follow the signs via the streets "Am Hafen", "Seekanal" and "Seezeile" to the old town of Rust, in its center is the town hall with the tourist information as our destination of today.

Duration: 6 hrs 30 min
Length: 26,2 km
Ascent: 110 m
Descent: 106 m