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The Austrian border reveals many reminders of this troubled period of modern European history and consequently cycling this section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail is on both sides of the boarder a fascinating journey through the wide varity of landscapes, culture, culinary and history.
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As a German ally during the Second World War, Austria and Vienna initially suffered a similar fate as Germany and Berlin: they were shared into four pieces managed by the four allied forces. However, contrary to what happened in Germany and Berlin, the allies agreed on the building of an independent and neutral Austria. Consequently, allied forces left the country and its capital city the 25th October 1955.  The route of EuroVelo 13 therefore passes from one side of the border to the other between Austria and the former Czechoslovakian Republic and Hungary.  The sections of the federal states through which it passes – Upper Austria, Lower Austria and then Burgenland – are amongst the flattest parts of Austria and therefore ideal for cycle touring.

The flattest parts of Austria and therefore ideal for cycle touring.


Although Austria was a State of the “Free World”, it was nevertheless a neutral state and not a NATO member. Its neutral status meant that it played an important role in Cold War history.  In 1956 as in 1989 Austria was the beginning of the opening border. The fact that neutral Austria and UN headquarter Vienna was not an enemy of the Eastern Bloc explains why the first holes in the Iron Curtain were made on the Austrian-Hungarian border. A memorial on the Iron Curtain Trail still marks the spot, between the Hungarian village Hegyeshalom and the Austrian village Nickelsdorf, where a group of Hungarian border guards made the first cut in the Iron Curtain’s barbed wire on the 2nd May 1989.

National information
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    ÖBB - Österreichische Bundesbahnen - Austrian Federal Railways

    Website of the ÖBB: timetables of public traffic. Tickets can be booked directly. Look at special offers.

    Public transport connections

    available in en / de

    http://www.oebb.at/en/

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    Austria Info - The official Travel Guide

    The officel Austrian Travel Guide, the website of the Austrian National Tourist Office

    Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / fr / de / nl / it / sp / hu / cs / da / nl / pl / pt / sl / hr / tr / sv

    http://www.austria.info/uk

Regional information
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    Mühlviertel

    The Upper Austrian region Mühlviertel which neighbours the South Bohemia has a very special landscape which is unique in Austria. In the hilly region forests alternate with meadows, special stone formations due to spheroidal weathering create mysthic places. Its a great landscape for bicycling.

    Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / de / cs

    http://www.muehlviertel.at/en?utm_campaign=umlaut-url%2523oben&utm_medium=domain&utm_source=verweis-url

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    Waldviertel - Offizielles Reiseportal

    In this arboureus landscape the air is a bit cooler. Clear creeks, logans and moores give a nordic feeling. The official traval portal of Waldviertel informs about accomodations, events and gives further inspirations to tourists.

    Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Bike rental facilities Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / de / cs

    http://www.waldviertel.at/en

  • Burgenland - Burgenland

    Mobilitätszentrale Burgenland

    The Mobility Center Burgenland is a project of the Regional Government Burgenland and cofinanced by European Union. The Team of the Mobilitycenter informs the public about all means of public transport: timetable, tickets, general information.

    Route description Electronic maps / GPS tracks Public transport connections Bike rental facilities Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / de / hu

    http://www.b-mobil.info/en/projects/iron-curtain-trail

  • Gmünd - Bratislava

    Weinviertel

    In the north-east of Austria lies the Weinviertel, a 13,000 ha wide wine growing region which is the biggest vineyard in Austria. Therefore you can experience and enjoy wine in all its forms - in your glass, as well as on your bike along special wine cycling routes or in wine cellars, the trademark of the region.

    Route description Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Public transport connections Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in de

    http://www.weinviertel.at/iron-curtain-trail

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    Südburgenland Tourismus

    Südburgenland Tourismus informs about the southern Burgenland - on this website you can book your accomodation, find culinaric places and other informations to plan your stay.

    Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Cycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.) Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / de / hu / sk

    http://www.suedburgenland.info/en

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    Burgenland Tourismus

    The Burgenland is the flattest region in Austria with pannonic climate. It is perfect for cycling. On the website of Burgenland Tourism you will find all informations needed about accomodation, events and other touristic offers.

    Electronic maps / GPS tracks Printed material Bike rental facilities Bookable offers Points of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / de / it / hu / cs / sl

    http://www.burgenland.info/en/start.html