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Bavaria / Czechia

The area where the borders of Czechoslovakia, the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany once met marks the beginning of this stretch of the Iron Curtain Trail. Cycling along the EuroVelo 13 in Carlsbad and Pilsen regions offers a mix of forested mountain areas of Smrčiny, Český les and National park Šumava with visits of historic towns such as Cheb, Waidhaus, Eslarn, Furth i.W. and spas Mariánské or Fratiškovy Lázně. The Southern section around Železná Ruda/Bayerisch Eisenstein of Bavarian - Bohemian border and later on in South Bohemia is charaterized by higher altitude with mountain lakes and magnificent views. You can relax at Lipno lake with almost 50km2 the largest water reservoir of the country and popular site for recreation.

The starting point is near resting point and small border crossing near Hranice v Čechách in Czechia. Once you have set off, you will find it worth making a first stop at Trojmezí (Gottmansgrűn), the oldest settlement in this region, at the point known as the Triangle Border, where the borders of Saxony, Bavaria and Czechia meet. Two kilometres past Trojmezí you come onto the beginning of the road used by military convoys alongside the former signalling fence, where you can still see an old checkpoint.

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You then continue from historic town Aš past castles and chateaux like Hohenberg, Libá and Ostroh surrounded by Smrčiny (Fichtelgebirge) mountains to famous spas of Františkovy lázně (Franzensbad) with a charming promenade and mineral springs. From here its a short ride  to regional enter and mediaval town of Cheb (Eger) situated at Ohře (Eger) river. The historic center offers well preserved mechant historic houses, castle and beautifull gardens along the Ohře river trail. Back on your bike, you continue towards Cheb and come to the former checkpoint of Svatý Kříž (near the border towards Waldsassen), where a monument commemorating 82 victims of the Iron Curtain was erected in 2006 on the Czech side.
You can visit another memorial to cutting the barbed wire on December 1989 near Nové domky together with IC museum at the border crossing in Rozvadov. Cycling through the Český les - Obepfälzer Wald is rewarding for cyclists searching less populated regions. Untouched nature with glaial lakes can be also enjoyed in cross border National park Šumava - Bavarian Forest. In Železná ruda/Bayer.Eisenstein you will cycle along the once divided train station.

 

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  • Svaty Kriz Memorial, Czechia

    The open standing monument with cut-through iron chains represents victims of the Iron Curtain. The iron monument is dedicated to 82 victims (each victim's name features on the upright iron structures) who died while trying to escape Czechoslovakia between 1948-1989 at the section of Czech-Bavarian border. The monument, which is situated just outside of historic town Cheb is the work of sculptor Antonín Kašpar and it was inaugurated during the 56th anniversary commemorating the death sentence of the prominent female political prisoner Milada Horáková.

  • Eurasian Lynx

    Together with its Bavarian twin, the Czech national park of Sumava is a haven of wildlife along EuroVelo 13. It is a place where human influence has been relatively limited and the protected area comprises of only 9% of agricultural land and 0.1% if urban area. The mountain range is covered by the most extensive forest in Central Europe and has been under UNESCO protection since 1990.

  • Abandoned villages - Mostek, Czechia

    Mostek is one of hundreds of abandoned villages in former Sudetenland along the Czech - Bavarian and Czech - Austrian borders. The former village was situated in the valley of river Radbuza established as glass furnace in 16th centrury. After the resettlement of the Sudeten Germans after the world war II the village has never been populated again. In the 90s an old stone bridge was restored.

  • Františkovy Lázně (Franzensbad), Czechia

    Františkovy Lázně (Franzensbad in German)is the smallest of the historical spa triangle of West Bohemia (Carlsbad, Marienbad and Franzensbad) founded in 1793, The town was named after the Emperor František I. and enjoys wonderfull setting and relaxed spa atmosphere. The healing springs were discovered already in 15th century. The local natural mineral water has a relatively high content of dissolved carbon dioxide. Františkovy lázně enjoys a wonderfull settings surrounded by green parks, woods and peat bogs.

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