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Croatia’s northern border with Hungary is one of the lesser known corners of this fascinating country and is therefore ripe for discovery.
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The route takes cyclists through UNESCO Biosphere Reserves Mura-Drava-Danube

Croatia shares its Cold War history with the other former Yugoslavian republics. As part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia was on the Western side of the Iron Curtain whist at the same time being a socialist state and definitively not a “Western country”. The only external border of Croatia during the Cold War was the Hungarian one and it was therefore an Iron Curtain border. Nowadays, the itinerary of the Iron Curtain Trail passes on totally flat roads through the border regions of Central Croatia and Slavonia.

 

The route takes cyclists along the Croatian side of the Drava River through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves Mura-Drava-Danube and Baranja region to the border with Serbia. Along the route, many watch towers and border stones will remind cyclists that they are cycling along a border which used to be a part of the Iron Curtain. The rich natural heritage and traditional architecture co-exist with the reality of a modern country, the youngest EU member.