The cherry blossom cycle path runs through the vineyards on the slopes of the Leitha Mountains, which are part of the Leithaberg wine-growing region. The cherry likes it like the wine, sunny and warm. The cultivation of cherries in the Leithaberg region in the vineyards between the rows of vines began in the 18th century by order of Maria Theresa. The women of the Burgenland winegrowers selling the cherries on the Viennese markets brought the families an additional income.
The Leithaberger Edelkirsche was added to the register of Austrian culinary heritage with number 78. The warm winds from Lake Neusiedl and the coolness that descends at night from the Leithagebirge allow the blossoms to ripen into delicious cherries until June. 1,000 cherry trees were planted on public land for hikers and cyclists. You are invited to pick some fruit yourself to taste.
Safety informationIn sections of the route, there are also strollers on the way. It is therefore advisable to drive slowly in the vicinity of pedestrians. One encounters tractors on the goods roads. There are also sections that run on regular roads. Here it is important to pay attention to motor vehicles and to think along for drivers.
Tips and hintsThe cherry blossom cycle path is a nice route to ride even after the cherry blossom season. The attractiveness is partly due to the numerous cultural highlights along the bike path. These include: The museum in Jois with its archaeological finds from the Stone Age to the Wine Age. To enter the museum, you can register in advance by telephone with Mr. Ing. Babec at +43 688/8195158 or Mr. Tötschinger at +43 676/357 02 59. It costs € 3.50 for adults and € 2.50 for students, soldiers, disabled people, senior citizens and children.
The Leithagebirge nature park community in Breitenbrunn has a 32 m high defense tower in which there is a museum with the skeleton of the Winden cave bear. The opening times are: May 30th to September 30th daily, except Monday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and October 1 to October 31st daily, except Monday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The dry grasslands, which are under nature protection, are also special for the area. Extensive dry grasslands formed a wide, open steppe landscape in many places in the Pannonian region before they were converted into intensively used arable land. Since the former steppe landscape is also part of the identity of Eastern Austria and a unique habitat for many plants, some of the remaining islands are protected. In order to prevent the gradual change back into bushes and sparse forests, the Thenau-Riegel is grazed with cattle. It is widely known for its abundance of dwarf iris, which bloom in early April.
As you approach Donnerskirchen, you can see the St. Martin mountain church from afar, a baroque building that stands elevated above the village on the Kichberg. To the south of it, on Martinsberg, there are five Celtic graves from the early Hallstatt culture 800–650 BC. The finds, a magnificent bull's head vessel, moon idols and clay statues can be viewed in the Landesmuseum Burgenland (BLM) in Eisenstadt.
In Winden, the cherry cycle path leads past the open-air museum of the Austrian sculptor Wander Bertoni, who died in 2019 at the age of 94. His most famous sculpture, the 18 m high sun worshiper, which was shown at the 1964 World Exhibition in New York, is on display at Kirchberg in Winden.
Getting thereOn the A4 motorway in the direction of Budapest to exit no. 43, Neusiedl a. See. From there on the B50 in the direction of Eisenstadt, follow the B 50 to the roundabout at the beginning of Jois. Take the 3rd exit there.
Drive up to the SPAR on Obere Hauptstrasse.
ParkingThe Jois Tourist Office requests day guests to park their cars in the parking lot under the parish church, on Andreas-Strobel-Weg or at the train station.
This is the link to the desired parking spaces: