Km on the clock: 1,840
The sun was just about to set when I entered the old town of Bratislava via the "UFO bridge". Watching the sun going down behind Bratislava Castle on the other side of the Danube River created an amazing atmosphere.
I spent the following day with some sightseeing. First stop was the castle. The view is really not bad. I could see entire Bratislava and its beautiful surroundings. It's said that you could see Austria and Hungary from up here if the weather is clear. Unfortunately it wasn't too clear that day but since I just came from Austria the day before and would go to Hungary next it didn't really matter to me.
The old town of Bratislava isn't that big so it took me only half the day to see pretty much all its sights. Although the little sculptures Man at Work and Schoener Naci are rather nondescript, they definitely caught my eye most. Apparently they didn't just catch my eye. It seemed like almost everyone - but for sure every tourist - took a selfie with them.
I ended up in a club that night. I don't remember its name but I had to enter it through a cafe, walk downstairs and the corridors reminded me to a dungeon. The club was quite small and the DJ played the most bizarre music that I've heard in a long time. It started off with electronic music from the 90's such as Hyper Hyper of the German band Scooter and later German anti-fascist music. Whatever kind of music the DJ played, the audience went bonkers. :D
I came back to the hostel late that night. I actually wanted to leave Bratislava the next day but I decided to stay for another night since I only got a couple of hours of sleep after being out for the night. Through that I could keep cycling well rested in direction Hungary the next day.
I simply followed the Danube and the EuroVelo 6 on the Slovakian side. In the beginning the cycling path was tarred and it was lots of fun pedaling on top of the embankment - the river to my right and the open fields to my left. At times I reached speeds of 30 km/h. However, the further I went the worse the cycling path got. At some point it turned into a gravel path and later into a sandy path which made it quite challenging to cover some distance. I thought this is supposed to be a cycling path!? went through my mind. What idiot came up with the brilliant idea to cover its surface with sand? I'm sure that this person has never ridden a bicycle.
When the sun went down and an army of incredible aggressive mosquitos started to sting me all over - even through my clothes - I pitched my tent behind the embankment to get away from those tiny bastards. Honesty, what are mosquitoes actually good for? And what is their purpose on this planet besides being annoying? I really don't know!
I got up early the next morning to make it to Budapest that day. At not even 10 am it was already way above 30 degrees Celsius. Later the temperatures reached 40+ degrees which made it a bit more exhausting going on the gravel or sandy path. I kept cycling alongside the Danube until I reached the small town Sturovo where I crossed the bridge Esztergom in Hungary over which dark clouds hung.
Just a few minutes being in Hungary it started pouring. Fantastic! Now it's not only hot it's even raining and it's still 50 kilometers to Budapest. I tried to hide from the rain at a supermarket and hoped it would stop soon but it didn't happen. I put on my rain clothes and kept pedaling to Budapest. Although I didn't get wet through the rain, I was wet through the high temperatures which made me sweat really hard.
Luckily it stopped raining a few kilometers outside of Budapest and it was already dark when I entered the city. I simply followed the signs to the city center and got already a good feeling about this place. I also got very surprised about the good bicycle lane infrastructure. It was just fun riding through Budapest at night. As soon as I saw the lightened up Hungarian Parliament Building on the other side of the Danube I knew that I'll stay here for a few days because it had such a wow-effect on me.
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