Detours & Floodings: From Vienna to Bratislava

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We are only cycling for eleven days and have already experienced a lot. Our start was a bit of a disaster because of the strike of Deutsche Bahn and some wrong information from the Meridian Bahn, so that we had to pay more than we had planned and it took us seven hours instead of only four. Great job Meridian Bahn! Anyway, despite wrong information and constant rain nothing can drag us down as we came here to have fun and live our dream for the next four months.

After our arrival in Vienna we explore the city by bike and are euphoric to head towards the Danube River. From here we are planning to cycle through Lower Austria towards the Slovak Border. Sounds like a plan, right? Well, unfortunately it failed. Thanks to heavy and constant rainfalls, paths are impassable and we are forced to leave the route very often. The floodings are all around the river and villages next to it. Out of a sudden we are stuck in the middle of the Donau-Auen Nationalpark. The path is gone and deadfalls making it hard for us to travel further. The floodings are taking over and we decide to go all the way back. Very frustrating as it is quite exhausting under these conditions. What we don’t know at that time: We will be faced with situations like this more often during the next days.

Donauradweg EuroVelo 6 Slovakia Slowakei (2)

It’s getting dark and we pitch up our tent to get some sleep and energy for the next day. 5.00 am. It’s getting bright outside and the temperature dropped to 9 degrees. Not the best motivation, but we need to get further. The next days are similar to the last one and after three days of heavy rainfalls we are passing the Slovak Border and are heading towards Bratislava. Sun is finally out and it feels good to be back in Eastern Europe after a long time. We are happy to explore the city with good weather finally. A special thank goes to our local tour guide Andreea who showed us all the famous and hidden spots of the city. In the evening we get to know the culinary site of Slovakia and are enjoying traditional food and drinks in a rustic and welcoming atmosphere in the local restaurant Flagship Bratislava. Conclusion Bratislava and Slovakia: Very friendly and hospital people, keen prices, a beautiful oldtown and quite good signage of the EuroVelo6 and other bikepaths.

 

Donauradweg EuroVelo 6 Slovakia Slowakei (3)

Good morning Michael, the article is now online. English version: https://www.traveltelling.net/malta-10-highlights-things-to-do/ German version https://www.traveltelling.net/de/malta-urlaub-10-dinge-sehenswuerdigkeiten/ Would be great if you can share it on your social channels. Thanks so much and I wish you a merry Christmas as well as health and success for 2016. All the best, Matthias photo Matthias Derhake travel blogger e:matthias.derhake@gmail.com | w:https://www.traveltelling.net/ ✔ Get a Signature like this: Click Here! On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 5:38 PM, Matthias Derhake wrote: Dear Michael, thanks for the info and just let me know in case you need me :) Instagram #maltaismore I did this week. I will send you the link of the article as soon as it is online. Always happy to help promoting Malta! :) It's a great destination. Thanks a lot for sharing. Enjoy your weekend. Best wishes, Matthias photo Matthias Derhake travel blogger e:matthias.derhake@gmail.com | w:https://www.traveltelling.net/ ✔ Get a Signature like this: Click Here! On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 3:56 PM, Piscopo Michael at MTA wrote: Hi again Glad you found the images you needed. It would appreciated if you could credit www.viewingmalta.com or the individual photographer (if his/her name is indicated). Regarding possible cooperation, we have organised blogger trips in the past and I am sure there will be opportunities in the future. There could also be specific projects or events where we are covering through live blogging. We will keep you posted. Meanwhile, of course we appreciate any promotion you might give to our islands on your blog or social media in general. If you can, please use the hashtag #visitmalta or #maltaismore. Looking forward to your 10 highlights which we will surely shareon our platforms. Kind regards Michael Michael Piscopo Director Visitmalta MALTA TOURISM AUTHORITY Email: Office: URL: michael.piscopo@visitmalta.com +356 2291 5118 http://www.visitmalta.com Address: Auberge d'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta VLT1170 Malta Please read our Legal Notice: http://emailpolicy.mita.gov.mt Kindly consider your environmental responsibility before printing this e-mail From: Matthias Derhake [mailto:matthias.derhake@gmail.com] Sent: 18 December 2015 14:48 To: Piscopo Michael at MTA Subject: Re: Blog - Photos Dear Michael, thanks very much. I now have everything I need. I think I had a browsing problem last night so that I did not find all images. Do I need to state a reference to the images that they are from visitmalta? Could I also ask you at this point if you are interested in any kind of blogger cooperation? For example a link in an articles or other opportunities of cooperations like stated here: https://www.traveltelling.net/cooperation/ Looking forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Matthias photo Matthias Derhake travel blogger e:matthias.derhake@gmail.com | w:https://www.traveltelling.net/ ✔ Get a Signature like this: Click Here! On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 11:04 AM, Piscopo Michael at MTA wrote: Hi Matthias Nice to hear from you. Of course I remember you from the time you were with Maltalingua. The images we use on visitmalta (most of them anyway) are on viewingmalta.com. If you have specific subject or scenes you which you cannot find, let us know and we’ll find them for you. I wish you success in your new project. Kind regards Michael Michael Piscopo Director Visitmalta MALTA TOURISM AUTHORITY Email: Office: URL: michael.piscopo@visitmalta.com +356 2291 5118 http://www.visitmalta.com Address: Auberge d'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta VLT1170 Malta Please read our Legal Notice: http://emailpolicy.mita.gov.mt Kindly consider your environmental responsibility before printing this e-mail From: Matthias Derhake [mailto:matthias.derhake@gmail.com] Sent: 18 December 2015 00:02 To: Piscopo Michael at MTA Subject: Blog - Photos Dear Michael, this is Matthias Derhake. I do not know if you remember me. I was in contact with you a couple of times via Maltalinga - School of English where I was working before. I am running my own travel blog where I am planning to publish an article about my 10 highlights in Malta. www.traveltelling.net is a multilingual blog in English and German. I wanted to ask you if it is possible to get access to some images of Malta. I registered at viewingmalta.com but did not really found useful images. It would be great if you could let me know where I can get access to some imaes which I can use for thi such as the ones from your website visitmalta. Thanks very much and I am looking forward to hearing from you. Best regards, Matthias photo Matthias Derhake travel blogger e:matthias.derhake@gmail.com | w:https://www.traveltelling.net/ ✔ Get a Signature like this: Click Here!

 

Hi, ich bin Matthias und reise gerne fernab der Massentourismuspfade, aktiv und abenteuerlich, aber zugleich auch genussvoll und entschleunigt. Am liebsten mit Rad, Rucksack oder Handgepäck. Auf diesem Blog findest du neben Reiseberichten und Tipps auch Interviews, Gedanken, Gastartikel und viele Eindrücke zum Reisen mit dem Fahrrad.

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