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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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  • ICT Memorial Guglwald, Austria/Czechia

    Near the former border station Guglwald - Přední Výtoň a piece of the barbed wire fence was symbolically re-erected in 1999. At the memorial seven panels with pictures and texts in Czech and German present historical developments of the 20th century, such as the deportation of ethnic Germans from this border region after the war, the construction of the Iron Curtain and its dismantling after the 1989 fall of the Czechoslovak communist regime. The area is freely accessible.

  • South Moravia - Mikulov subregion, Czechia

    The Mikulov region of South Moravia is well known by excellent wines. One can visit castles and chateaux, parks and gardens, artefacts in open nature and of course wine yards and wine cellars. The nature of this region is charakterized by floodplain forests along the river Dyje and by Lednice-Valtice UNESCO area as well as Palava hills. In the newly opened Archeopark Pavlov at the foot of Paláva hills you can learn about prehistoric times of the local settlements. You can then relax in Aqualand Moravia near Pasohlávky.

  • Wine Cellar Lanes, Czechia

    You can find approximately one hundred cellar lanes in South Moravia and more than thousand wine cellar lanes in Weinviertel region. Some of them even create cellar complexes with hundreds of buildings. They attract thousands of visitors to the region and are precious to the region's identity as the heartland of Moravian wine. One of the highlights is the Blue Cellars complex just south of the town of Znojmo. These are unique in that the were dug into sandstone rather than built. The resulting caves make for an experience that combines flavours with a characterful environment.

  • River Vltava (Moldau), Czechia

    Vltava (in German Molfdau) is with 430 kms the longest river within Czechia, running southeast along the Bohemian Forest and then north across Bohemia, through Český Krumlov, České Budějovice and Prague, and finally merging with the Elbe at Mělník. It is commonly referred to as the Czech national river. The source can be found in Bohemian Forest. One of the best-known works of classical music by a Czech composer is Bedřich Smetana's Vltava, usually called The Moldau in English.

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