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Hungary’s history during the Cold War is especially interesting because the country experienced hard-line Stalinist rule; a Revolution in 1956; a ‘relaxed government’ under JánosKádár; and the first holes in the Iron Curtain in 1989. The Iron Curtain Trail passes next to many reminders of this varied national history along the borders with Austria, Romania and the former Yugoslavia states of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
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From the point where Austria, Slovakia and Hungary meet to the point where Hungary meets Romania, there are numerous memorials and reminders of this troubled period of European history, including several former barracks; the memorials for the Pan European Picnic and the place where Gyula Horn and Alois Mock cut the Iron Curtain; the relief of former Prime Minister Imre Nagy; and the Memorial Forest.

 

The route passes through a charming landscape with numerous small towns and villages.

The first Hungarian section of the Iron Curtain Trail is around Sopron, close to which is the location where the Hungarian and Austrian foreign Minister Gyula Horn and Alois Mock made the first cut in the Iron Curtain on the 27th June 1989 and also where the pan-European Picnic took place on 19th August 1989.  On this day, the Iron Curtain was opened for three hours and 600 East-German fled into the west.  This was the start of Hungary’s peaceful transition from communist rule - “the happiest barrack in the socialist camp” – to democratic state.

 

EuroVelo 13 route then continues in Austria for some kilometres before returning to Hungary again and similarly crosses back and forth on several occasions along the former Yugoslavian-Hungarian border.  This part of Hungary forms part of the Great Hungarian Plain and the route passes through a charming landscape with numerous small towns and villages and the regional centre of Szeged.

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  • Letenye - Mohács

    Three Rivers Bicycle Routes

    Since 2007 “Three Rivers” has become a real brand: identified with excellent environmental conditions, unspoiled nature of the Drava valley, the living local traditions, the gastronomic and wine tourism offer of the “most Mediterranean” region of Hungary. Number of domestic and foreign guests visiting the region is constantly growing, cycling tourists are on the rise, more and more regular tourists choose to ride a bike to discover the picturesque towns and villages being located in a comfortable cycling distance from each other.

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