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Social Hike XL: Scenical Sandberg

15 million years ago, the iconic Sandberg right over the Slovak border formed the coastline of the late tertiary sea. Today, shark teeth, turtle shells and other relics can still be found scattered in its dunes. Appreciating this prehistoric significance (and far-reaching view into the Austrian Marchfeld) we slowly follow our trail up the slopes. Standing tall at 514m, the Devínska Kobyla peak generously rewards us with a jaw-dropping panorama over three (some say even four) countries.

Walking downhill through a decommissioned Soviet-era missile base, we soon re-enter pristine forest surroundings in search for the mystical White Rock - and eventually visit the remains of Villa Rustica, an ancient Roman spa presiding over the Veľká lúka plains. Net hiking time will be ~3 hours.

Underway we'll have fun with ice breakers, discussion prompts and local trivia.

  • Sandberg
  • Devinska Kobyla
  • Soviet missile base
  • White Rock
  • Villa Rustica

Before returning to Vienna, we'll enjoy a casual group dinner inside the nearby Bory Mall food court with plenty of Slovak/international delicacies at your own taste and budget - or just bring your own food.

Total time: ~8 hours
Language: English

Your host is an outward-thinking individual who lived in three cultures on two continents. Fluent in 7½ languages, he visited 40+ countries from Nicaragua to North Korea and loves sharing off-beat travel stories. Ask him anything!

  • Valid Passport/Visa or EU-National ID
(driver's license doesn't count as travel ID)
  • Light snacks/drinks for underway
  • Rain gear depending on weather
  • Firm hiking shoes

Price includes train tickets, beverage and friendly host. Discounts available for early birds, repeat participants, groups and Ukrainian nationals. Local bus tickets included too. Food and drinks are at your own expense. In case of severely bad weather, this event will be cancelled and refunded.

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Early birds till June 15
Regular price
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  • Social Hike XL: Scenical Sandberg
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  • Saturday, June 24, 2023, 12:55-20:45
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  • Meeting point: Vienna Main Station, details after booking
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