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The section of EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail along the Czech - Austrian border passes first the mountain regions of South Bohemia and the hills of the Mühlviertel in Upperaustria and the Wald- and Weinviertel in Lower Austria. An amazing experience offers 50 km long stretch along the Schwarzenberg canal and passing through deep forest of Nové hrady mountains and further on the Bohemian Canada/Waldviertel region. Along the border several open air museums in Guglwald or Nové hrady together with charming historic towns like Slavonice and Gmünd can be visited. Another cross-border National park Podyjí Thayatal offers unique 350 m long stretch with IC near visitors center at Čížov. Through some fantastic wine producing regions, including South Moravia and Weinviertel, and there are plenty of opportunities to sample the latest vintage. In addition, there are lots of natural attractions along this section waiting to be explored.

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Once you have crossed the Šumava mountain range at the  Bavarian - South Bohemian border  you can enjoy cycling along masterpiece of technology, the Schwarzenberg logging canal bulit in 18th century. Good opportunity to learn about cold war and IC offers open air museum in Austrian Guglwald near the water reservoir Lipno. The Czech border either with Bavaria or Austria consists mostly of mountain ranges another unspoiled part of the IC can be cycled in Nové Hrady mountains. In the tourist center Nové Hrady you can visit the open air museum of IC or Museum of cold war in nearby Austrian town Weitra. Here you are entering the teritorry of Walviertel in Austria and Bohemian Canada on the Czech side full of lush meadows, endless forest and castle ruins.  On your way you will stop in Rennaisance town of Slavonice which is surrounded fortifications from 1937 set in unspoiled nature. You can relax at the main square spotted with sgraffitti buildings or learn how to make unique ceramics in nearby village of Maříž which survived the IC. Soon after Dobersberg you will enter the region of wines, in Austria - Weinviertel, in the Czechia - South Moravia. Cross border national park Podyji/Thaytal features meandering river Dyje (Thaya) and numerous species of mammalias. You can learn more of local nature in visitors centers of both parks in Čížov – together with 350 m long intact IC or near Hardegg - smallest Austrian town which is situated right at the former border. After experiencing the cross border national parks you will enter the mediaval town and wine center Znojmo with spectacular views to Dyje valley and Podyjí. After Znojmo you will visit Retz, which is the wine center of Weinviertel and cycle along the Pulkau creek valley along some of the most picturesque wine cellar lanes worldwide. From here it’s a short ride to mediaval Mikulov set on foothills of white colored Palava hills. In the romantic small mediaval town you can visit local chateau or holly hill with magnificent views in the surroundings. Near Mikulov the ICT offers stories of successfull and tragic attempts to escape to freedom along the Freedom trail. Part of the trail is a modern momunent for the ICT victims. The route cuts through 200 km2 large man-made nature park Lednice-Valtice which is on the UNESCO heritage list. Before visiting Valtice, you may stop in Museum of IC at the border crossing Valtice-Schrattenberg. Vatice features a grand chateau with gardens and wine cellar with top 100 wines of the year in South Moravia. Before leaving Sourth Moravia region at the easternmost end of the ICT near Břeclav, you may want to visit the biosphere reserve and conflunce of Dyje and Morava rivers. Stories of people whole lived on both side of the barbed wire can be listened to or followed at unique mobile App www.ironcurtainstories.eu.

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  • 1014 hl
    Wine barrel in
    Mikulov Castle
  • 77
    Species of plant in
    Podyjí National Park
  • 420 Km
    Length of the Kamp-
    Thaya-March BiKe Trail
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  • National Park Center Thayatal, Austria

    In the beautiful Thaya Valley the transnational National Park Thayatal/Podyjí was established. The former iron curtain runs directly through the park (along the Thaya river), so the park was a real peoples-connecting project. In the National Park Centre visitors can inform themselfes about the national park and book guided tours. The building was constructed in a way, that fauna and flora could settle below it. The center is the starting point for walking tours and offers coffee and restrooms.

  • Greenbelt Center Windhaag, Austria

    Along the Iron Curtain nature could develop naturally - the "European Green Belt" developed. The information center Greenbelt Center Windhaag in Mühlviertel region documents on the one hand the Green belt, on the other hand provides information about history and culture in the regions of both sides of the Iron Curtain Trail. It is also the regional culture-centre for the region upper Mühlviertel.

  • Mikulov ICT Monument "Gate to Freedom", Czechia

    Fifty three iron bars heading towards the heaven near Mikulov represent fifty three lifes of vicitims of ICT in the section Mikulov-Bratislava along the Austrian border between 1948 and 1989. The iron bars bear engraved names of victims who were citizens of Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria and Poland. This significant ICT monument was opened in November 2014 and it is connected to the Freedom trail from Mikulov.

  • Freedom trail in Mikulov, Czechia

    The Freedom trail (2,3 km long) consisting of 13 bilangual information panels, starts in Mikulov chateau and finishes at the actual ICT at the Monument "Gate to Freedom". Each panel depicts dramatic attempts to cross the Iron Curtain in this section. The successfull or less successfull attempts to escape the communist regime include ultra lights, air balloons or self made tanks.

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