Road Route, Stage 2: Travel Guide Moravský Svätý Ján - Višňové
Today, you will start heading east. You will wander from the pine forests of the Záhorská lowlands to the rolling hills of the Myjava region, sometimes nicknamed “Slovak Tuscany”.
For the first 20 kilometres, you will cycle in traffic, although it shouldn’t be busy. On the way, stop in the town of Šaštín-Stráže. One of the most important pilgrimage towns in Slovakia, it is home to a massive cathedral, but also a pleasant lake with sandy beaches, Gazárka.
In Borský Svätý Jur, take a look at the original historic straw house. From here, you cycle along the cycling path without traffic in the forest and beside the Penati golf resort to Senica.
Senica (35 km) is an unspiring town, but offers some options to stop for lunch or coffee. Consider lighter Vietnamese food at Hanoi Restaurant, popular daily canteen Coop Jednota, or Plzenský Šenk na Pyskatém for more hearty meals.
Behind Senica, rolling hills with some steeper climbs start. Local museum of farm life in Prietrž – Rehuši is closed at the moment, but walk up to observation tower Lipovec nearby if you have enough energy.
Other options for having a lunch is Belan Restaurant and U Tvarožkov in Brezová pod Bradlom (54 km), or Holotéch Víška and Gurmán in Košariská (58 km). The village is known as a birth place of Milan Rastislav Štefánik, one of the most important Slovak heroes and one of the founders of Czechoslovakia in 1918. There is Štefánik museum in Košariská and his amazing tomb (Mohyla M R Štefánika), which requires a big effort to cycle up around 250 metres elevation gain.
So if you are not overmotivated, feel free to continue through villages Podkylava, Krajné and Hrachovište to Višňové, the goal your stage today.
Gazárka / 14 km
Nice spot by the lake with sandy beach surrounded by the pine tree forests. A pub or two should open for you to refresh with drink and snacks.
Hanoi, Senica / 36 km
Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in uninspiring town Senica offers more balanced diet than many Slovak dishes, fitting cyclists’ preferences.
Gurmán, Košariská / 59 km
Local restaurant in the birthplace of M R Štefánik, handy to combine with a stop at Štefánik museum just across the road.
Hostinec Škulec / Višňové
Friendly local B&B under the magnificent medieval Čachtice castle ruin.
Next to Višňové train station
Telephone: +421 903 828 899
Šaštín Cathedral and Lake / 14 km
One of the most significant Catholic pilgrimage sites in Slovakia has a large 18th cathedral and Gazárka lake with sandy beaches nearby.
Lipovec Tower / 47 km
Observation tower with splendid views to rolling hills of Myjava region (Slovak Tuscany). Free entrance, but ca 250 metres uphill from the road.
Štefánik Museum / 59 km
Slovak WWI hero Milan Rastislav Štefánik has a birthplace in this house. Inventor, pilot, astronomist, General in French army – inspiring life!
Hviezdoslavova 3, Senica
Tel: +421 34 657 21 92
Pavol Hodúl Cyklocentrum
Štefánikova 50b, Senica
Tel: +421 902 036 525
J. M. Hurbana 314, Brezová pod Bradlom
Tel: +421 905 966 537