Early this year, while we were discovering the beautiful small town of Marchegg (Austria) and its surroundings, we bumped into the floodplains of the March/Morava River, which flags the border between Austria and Slovakia. After walking and cycling around the area, we thought paddling the March should definitely be on our to-do list. After some research, we realised we could make the water journey even longer, joining the March River from the Thaya River. That’s how the idea of kayaking the Thaya & March/Morava, from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT) came out, and it turned out to be a great weekend getaway.
Summary of our Trip: Kayaking the Thaya & March/Morava from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT)
We chose a chilly weekend in July, with air temperatures of no more than 23 degrees, just perfect to complete this lovely kayak trip. The only BIG downside was the vast number of mosquitos! Luckily we brought mosquito repellent for skin and clothes: I can not imagine what would have been without it.
Kayaking the Thaya & March/Morava from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT):
Total distance: 77km Hours: 11h30′ Days: 2
Day 1, Breclav to Dürnkrut
Distance: 47 km Hours: 7 hours Difficulty: 1 – for beginers.
Water Temperature: 21 degrees
Water Level: 160 cm on the Thaya River
Average Speed: 7km/h
COSTS for two persons: 121,6€
- train tickets from Dürnkrut to Breclav: 15,60€
- packed meals: 12€
- dinner at Gasthaus Jana: 34€
- accommodation near Dürnkrut: 60€
We arrived early morning to the small town of Dürnkrut where we left the car at the train station and travelled by train to Breclav (Czech Republic). From here we paddled down the river until we reached Dürnkrut. The train station in Dürnkrut is only 800 meters away from the riverbank, so it’s easy to reach. We chose to spend the night in the area, and after so many hours paddling, we slept like babies.
Day 2, Dürnkrut to Marchegg
Distance: 30 km Hours: 4h30′ Difficulty: 1 – for beginners
Water Temperature: 21 degrees
Water Level: 190 cm on the March River
Average Speed: 7km/h
COSTS for two persons: 44,8€
- packed meals: 13€
- coffee and cake at Angern: 13€
- one hour trip by bus from Marchegg to Gänsendorf & by train from Gänsendorf to Dürnkrut: 16,80€.
- bike rental: 2€ (1€/hour for a bike)
We left the car at the train station in Dürnkrut once again and walked the 800 meters to reach the riverbank, so we started the kayak journey from the same place we ended it the day before. The day was shorter but beautiful and once we arrived in Marchegg, we rented two bikes to travel to the train station, which is 3km far from the river.
About Thaya/Dyje and March/Morava River
The rivers of Thaya and March are the only lowland rivers in Austria with a wide variety of floodplain landscapes and beautiful loops, which provides the perfect habitat for wildlife.
Thaya has two source rivers that merge at Raabs/Thaya, Austria. The source river named German Thaya, originates near the village of Schweiggers, in Upper Waldviertel, Austria. In contrast, the Moravian Thaya, the second large source river, flows from the Czech Republic to Austria.
Before Hohenau an der March (Austria), the 280km long river converts into a tributary of the March/Morava river. On the left-hand side, you’ll have the Chech Republic, on the right-hand side Austria and in front Slovakia.
The March/Morava river is 355 kilometres long and originates in the Czech Republic. It flows from the north to the south, through the Moravia region (therefore the name) and runs into Slovakia until it reaches Austria. The river continues between Slovakia and Austria for another 80 kilometres until it touches the Danube river.
Dürnkrut to Breclav, 40 KM, 29′ by train
At 8:45 am on a Saturday morning, we were at the train station in Dürnkrutt. We left our car in the parking lot, and by 9:06 am we were already on the train departing to Breclav in the Czech Republic.
It seemed like we were the only one travelling in this direction at this hour, and in no more than 29 minutes, the train reached the town of Breclav.
From here, we made our way to the riverbank, which is only 800 meters away from the train station, near a pedestrian and a train bridge. We checked the area: everything was clean, the entrance into the water smooth, so we began to unpack. A few people came and surveyed us, curious about our trip.
Breclav to Hohenau an der March – 24 KM, 3H41′
By 10:12 am we were leaving the shiny town of Breclav, paddling down the Thaya river and waiving the few people greeting us from the left-hand side quay. The water level is regulated for the first two kilometres, so the current is not so strong here, but the floating is still very pleasant.
KM 3, The Bridge with No Trespassing Sign
30 minutes after departure, we approached a bridge with a big sign of no trespassing. We read somewhere that the platform is poorly maintained and it might fall. Funny thing, we saw many bicycles crossing it and just before the bridge, we saw a big canoe group preparing for departure. We found out later that it might be something like a cord or wire running through the water so this might be the reason for no trespassing. Well, who knows?
Shortly we reached a floodplain area, ideal for bird’s nests. We saw plenty of white storks and herons, some bunnies and a few dears.
KM 7, turning right at the Junction
At 11:22 am, we reached a junction where we turned right. Do not worry about it; there are signs everywhere so you can’t get lost. The loop is quite long but beautiful until it reaches the main course again.
We planned on taking a short break at km 10, but we couldn’t find a proper place to park our kayak as the earth was very insecure so instead of having something on the riverbank, we served our brunch on the kayak. Fishes were continually jumping out of the water and judging by the noise; they were pretty huge.
KM 12, turning left at the Junction
Almost 50 minutes later, we bumped into another junction; this time, we had to turn left. A dear came out from the bushes and ran while we got scared, not knowing what that sound was.
Soon we noticed many fishing huts, on Austrian shore, typical for this region. Some are quite modern, while others are still modest. We haven’t seen anything similar before, so it made the journey even enjoyable. Luckily on this journey, kayaking the Thaya & March/Morava from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT), we didn’t see many fishers. Considering the number of huts, it might be a challenging to paddle through the wires and fishing nests.
KM 15, an old Bunker fallen into the Water
At 12:48 pm, we faced some trees dropped into the water, then a Cross on the left-hand side shore and soon after that, we reached an old bunker fallen into the water.
On the Austrian side, we saw two men fishing, so we decided to bypass them on the left side. Shortly they start shouting, so we realized the fishing threads were in front of us -back on the right side, and we managed to avoid them.
KM 21, where the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria meet
At km 20, we passed by a functional water mill, on the Austrian side. From here we paddled around one kilometre, and here it was: we entered the March/Morava river. The Thaya river is now a tributary of the March/Morava river. On the left-hand side, we had the Czech Republic, on the right-hand side Austria and in front of us Slovakia.
KM 24, arriving at Hohenau an der March
At 01:53 pm we noticed a blue bridge between Austria and Slovakia and we knew we arrived in Hohenau an der March. We chose to stop, have a break and decide whether to paddle further or to end the day here.
- You can land the kayak on the right-hand side, on the Austrian side: the stairs make the parking easy or you can land the kayak on the left-hand side, on the Slovakian side: the parking is much easier on a sandbank.
- You can choose to finish here and paddle down the Thaya on a different day. It is up to you.
Hohenau an der March – Taking a Rest
We planned to take a break at Hohenau an der March and depending on our energy level to decide whether to stop here or paddle further. We didn’t know if kayaking from Breclav (the Czech Republic) to Dürnkrut (Austria) was possible for us in only one day. However, as we had enough time and our energy was still very high, we decided to paddle down the March/Morava river, for another 23 kilometres.
Note. If you choose to end your kayak journey at Hohenau an der March, you will have to walk for 3km to reach the train station.
Hohenau an der March to Dürnkrut – 23 KM, 3H30′
At 02:00 pm, we left Hohenau an der March, eager to achieve the last part of the trip. The trip down the river, from Hohenau an der March to Dürnkrut is smooth, with no other dead arms or junctions. The current is not so strong as on the Thaya river but still satisfying.
The typical fishermen houses are now on both Austrian and Slovakian shores, so we greeted the few men fishing with “Dobrý deň” on the left-hand side and with “Grüß Gott” on the right-hand side.
We found a place to enjoy our packed meals and to stretch the legs and then we hit the road again, followed by beautiful blue Dragonflies.
The arms began to tire so we couldn’t wait to approach the final destination. The exit from the water is also smooth at Dürnkrut, on a stairway. After packing our stuff, we walked around 600 meters to the train station where we left our car.
Dürnkrut and its Surroundings – Spending the Night over
Our car was waiting for us at the train station, so we left all our belongings, changed our clothes and headed to Gasthaus Jana, right on the corner. We wanted to pamper ourselves with a delicious traditional meal; what a feast after 7 hours spent on the water on our first-day kayaking trip!
On our quick stroll through the sleepy town of Dürnkrut, we bumped into the guarded Dürnkrut Castle and some small pastry shops.
We drove further to Andre Heuriger, in Gross Inzersdorf, from where we bought some local wine to take back home.
We spent the night in the area, in a private house, and we slept like babies: happy but eager for the next kayaking day. You can check both Booking.com or Airbnb.com to find proper accommodation in the area.
Dürnkrut to Angern an der March – 13 KM, 2H
Early morning, after a good night sleep, we got back to the river in Dürnkrut, after leaving the car at the train station once again. It rained for a while, but nothing serious. The morning was so still and peaceful and the air fresh and revitalizing. We inflated our kayak and started our Sunday adventure. This paddling day was beautiful, also with low temperatures but with more clouds in the sky. A tailwind was helping us to paddle faster than the previous day.
Again we spotted some wildlife on the shores while herons flew from one side to another, wondering maybe what are we were doing here.
We stopped at Angern an der March, in Austria, just before the ferry station. The exit was pretty smooth, so we didn’t get our feets wet. We left our kayak near the coffee house “Das Leben ist Schön” and decided to have a coffee with a view. While we were drinking our coffee, a few cars came, expecting to embark on the ferry going to Slovakia. It looks like this ferry runs between the Austrian and Slovakian shores using the current only.
Angern an der March to Marchegg – 17 KM, 2H30′
After our short break, we jumped into the water and paddled away to our final goal: Marchegg. The current was more substantial than the day before, so we paddled faster the last 17 km to Marchegg.
Not far away from Angern an der March lies Zwensdorf, another small provincial town of Austria. The area between Zwerndorf and Marchegg is a nature reserve, home to diverse wildlife, so we got the chance to see many white storks and herons flying or fishing. No dear or rabbit came out of the bushes, but the Dragonflies accompanied us on this day too.
The fisher huts on the Austrian side are so beautiful and well maintained on this part. Although we noticed a lot the day before, we kept examining them, deciding which one we love the most.
Taking a Rest at Vysoká pri Morave, Slovakia
One hour after our departure from Angern an der March, we took another break, at Vysoká pri Morave, this time on the Slovakian side, simply to enjoy the silence and the beauty of the place. No mosquitos around us, but maybe the insect repellent does merely it work.
The final stretch to Marchegg: no arm tiredness, no sun to upset us, no mosquitos, no fishermen, no one paddling! We were starting to feel sorry as our journey was coming to an end.
The exit in Marchegg was effortless and smooth. We could easily recognize the spot, near the firemen boats and the eagle monument. We landed safely, glad that kayaking the Thaya & March/Morava from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT) was possible in two days.
Marchegg Waterfront to Marchegg Train Station
After packing everything, we headed to the city centre, near Marchegg Castle and the police station, only 650 meters away from the riverbank. We already knew the area, as we’ve been here before.
Next to the police station is a NextBike stand with a few bikes to rent. We rented two of them and headed to the train station, another 3 kilometres from here: not an easy task for my husband as he had to carry backpack the kayak.
The White Stork Town of Marchegg – optional
If your time allows you, a visit to this beautiful white stork town should be on your list. Marchegg is a lovely small town with enough things to do and see in one day. The city is home to the most significant white stork colony breeding in trees in Europe, so that’s the main reason why many tourists travel to Marchegg. Besides spotting the white storks, you can explore the Castles in the area and discover the old city walls. Or you can take a pleasant walk through the Au Reservation to witness flora and fauna and enjoy a delicious traditional meal.
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Marchegg to Dürnkrut, by Bus & Train
From Marchegg to Dürnkrut we travelled by bus to Gänserndorf and from Gänserndorf by train to Dürnkrut: the trip lasted only one hour! Price: 16,80€ for the two of us.
You can find out more on the Austrian railway website.
Alternative: paddling from Marchegg to the Danube River, another 31,8 KM
We couldn’t complete the trip to the Danube river due to lack of time, but sometime in the future, we will return. You can paddle until the Danube river or way further. It’s up to you how you plan your route.
Things to Keep in Mind
- You can paddle the Thaya and the March River between June and October only, but navigating the side arms is forbidden all the time.
- Paddling the Thaya and the March Rivers is ideal for beginners and families.
- Not a single weir lies on this route.
- Do not worry about the few junctions; there are signs everywhere so you can’t get lost.
- Never underestimate your strength and energy level, paddle few kilometres for maximum satisfaction.
- Kayaking the Thaya & March/Morava from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT) can be done in more than two laps, it is up to you how you organize your journey.
- Wear a sun hat, glasses and long sleeves since the sun can burn during midday hours.
- Bring insect repellent for body and clothes.
Kayaking the Thaya & March Rivers from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT) was definitely a great outdoor activity and we would do it again anytime.
Interactive Map: Kayaking the Thaya & March/Morava from Breclav (CZ) to Marchegg (AT) for 77 kilometres
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