Welcome on the Sultans Trail
A European Cultural Route
The Sultans Trail is a long-distance hiking and cycling trail from Vienna to Istanbul. The length is 2500 km and it would take an average person 15 weeks to complete the entire Sultans Trail. Cyclists need around 4 weeks to complete the Sultans Trail bike route.
It runs through amazing nature and idyllic old villages with Ottoman, Habsburg, Byzantine, Roman and Communist heritage, from archaeological sites, old monasteries to Architectura bruta. As many civilizations had their influence you will be surprised with this rich mishmash of cultures
If you are interested in nature, history and culture you will love this old route to Istanbul.
The different trade routes, wars and rules have all left their traces, this route is full of ancient knowledge that you can find in the most unlikely places.
Contrary to its past, then a path of conquest, the Sultans Trail nowadays is a path of peace, a meeting place for people of different faiths, cultures and backgrounds. That’s why we choose consciously to let this Sultans Trail, a European Cultural Route, run back from Vienna to Istanbul, from conquest to “collaboration in diversity”.
Together with the help of many ever so kind people, councils, and of course OpenStreetMap, we established a respectable hiking trail through eight countries: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey.
In the meantime, there are many people working on fine-tuning the details in OpenStreetMap and updating the GPS track, website and media. Evolving in the Sultans Trail App (Android), a downloadable Information Packet (Android, Apple and Garmin) and travel guides.
The Sultans Trail project always welcomes people who want to join or volunteer.
Recently we had three wonderful episodes on BBC2, for those who missed it here are the trailers. For the full broadcasts, it is only possible to see it with a BBC subscription. We thank all employees of CCTV and BBC for the “magnificent” Pilgrimage: Road to Istanbul
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