Cycling around the Neusiedler See on the route B 10

Project information

Index: 0793R2
Acronym:VITOUR LANDSCAPE
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location AUSTRIA OSTÖSTERREICH Neusiedler lake area Burgenland (A) Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2007-01-01
End: not applicable

Topic of the practice

Recreational values of a landscape

Good Practice Information

The Neusiedler See is and was well known for water sports like swimming, bathing, sailing and surfing. On the other hand only a very few biking routes existed in the past.
Therefore the government of Burgenland, the communities and the Burgenland Tourism Board started to build biking paths connecting the most important sites in the region.
The “B 10” was initiated as a national biking route all around the lake including the Hungarian territory. Additional important measures were taken like the creation of new maps, the inclusion of the region in the "Tour d’Autriche", the creation of a kind of "avenue of fame" of international cycling champions in Podersdorf, introduction of specialised train transport from Vienna, support to the development of B&B for cycling tourism and establishing marketing with a focus on biking.
Also various technical instruments were installed like an internet based road map and information
system, a system of bike rentals, solar power station for E-bikes, resting places, a connection with other single routes, a hop-and-drop bus system and a ferry system on the lake.

Evidence of success

The B 10 is now one of Austria´s most attractive and frequented biking routes and Burgenland got the image as a biking paradise. The tourist season could be extended from March to the end of October and a biking network with other regions was created.
Through the B 10 the guests and the inhabitants got a better knowledge and awareness of the landscape, the values of the World Heritage and the National Park and the viticulture.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Richard Giefing

Association World Heritage Neusiedler See

richard.giefing@bgld.gv.at

www.welterbe.org

Annex completed on: 09-21-2011

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