Exploring Capitals and Borderlands: Cycling from Rotterdam to Romania – Day 55


Day 55 of our cycling adventure unfolded as a day of exploration, taking us through the captivating city of Bratislava, the borderlands between Slovakia and Hungary, and culminating in a scenic campsite just off the Hungarian border. This day encapsulated the diversity of our journey, from urban exploration to the tranquil beauty of nature.

Bratislava Castle and Urban Exploration:

The day began with a visit to the iconic Bratislava Castle, perched majestically on a hill overlooking the city. The medieval charm and historical significance of the castle provided a captivating start to our day. Exploring the castle grounds, we marveled at panoramic views of Bratislava and the Danube River, connecting with the rich history of the region.

Rainy Interlude in a Shopping Centre:

As we cycled through Bratislava, the weather took an unexpected turn with rain showers. Seeking refuge, we found shelter in a nearby shopping center. The impromptu break allowed us to interact with locals, sample local treats, and plan the next leg of our journey.

Crossing into Hungary:

Leaving the Slovakian capital behind, we crossed the border into Hungary, marking another significant milestone in our cycling adventure. The transition brought a change in scenery, with the landscape unfolding in hues of white as leaves adorned the trees, creating a picturesque backdrop for our journey.

Scenic Cycling and Campsite on the Border:

The Hungarian borderlands greeted us with a scenic section of cycling, characterized by serene landscapes and open fields. Pedaling through this picturesque terrain, we marveled at the simplicity and beauty of the countryside. Choosing a tranquil spot just off the border, we set up camp, surrounded by the quietude of nature.

Reflections on Day 55:

Day 55 epitomized the contrasts inherent in our cycling adventure—exploring the historical treasures of Bratislava, seeking shelter from rain in a bustling shopping center, crossing international borders, and finding serenity in the Hungarian borderlands. Each experience added a layer to the narrative of our journey, highlighting the dynamic nature of life on the road.


Cycling from Rotterdam to Romania is a continuous odyssey of discovery, and Day 55 showcased the intricate tapestry of our adventure. From the grandeur of Bratislava Castle to the simplicity of camping on the Hungarian border, this day encapsulated the essence of exploration, unpredictability, and the beauty found in every twist and turn of the road.

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