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 a fascinating journey.
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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.  The status of the country from 1956 onwards and the Soviet feeling of defeat partly explains the Soviet intervention in Hungary in 1956.  Forty years later, the fact that neutral Austria 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Gmünd - Bratislava


    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.

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