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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. 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 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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  • River Thaya

    The river Dyje creates on many places a natural border between Czechia and Austria where it is called Thaya. At the triangel Czechia-Austria and Slovakia Dyje joins another Moravian river Morava. Castles such Raabs or chateaux like Vranov n.D. are symbolic of the Dyje river.

  • Greenbelt Center Windhaag

    Along the Iron Curtain nature could develop naturally - the "European Green Belt" developped. The information center Greenbelt Center Windhaag 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.

  • Wine Cellar Lanes, Czech Republic

    You can find approximately one hundred cellar lanes in Moravia. 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 Czech 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.

  • Nové Hrady mountains

    Nové Hrady mountains are scarselly populated but ideal for cycle tourism thanks to rolling hills, lakes and ponds and great views. Center of the region is Nové Hrady with open air Iron Curtain museum and on the other side of the border Weitra which hosts a worthwile seeing museum of Cold war in the chateau.

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