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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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    Mineral Springs in
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    Glacial lakes in
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  • National park Bohemian Forest, Czechia

    National park Šumava (Bohemian Forest) is part of the region also called Green roof of Europe. Together with the Bavarian counterpart (NP Bavarian Forest) the territory has been characterised by densely populated forested areas. During the Communist regime large sections of Šumava were closed for public including some of the glacier lakes. In recent decades the two national parks become popular destinations for nature lovers.

  • Landscape protected area Český les, Czechia

    CHKO Český les (landscape protected area) stretches across two regions - Carlsbad and Pilsen. Mostly forested areas with meadows, pastures and creeks. The highest peak Čerchov of the mountain range (1042 m asl.) can be visited close to the Czech - Bavarian border. Many villages were destroyed here in 50s because they were too close to the former Iron Curtain.

  • River Eger (Ohře), Czechia / Germany

    River Ohře (Eger) starts in Bavaria underneath the Schneeberg and it is the fourth largest river of Czechia. Ohře enters the country near Pomezí nad Ohří and goes through Cheb, Sokolov, Carlsbad, Louny and Litoměřice where it joins the Elbe (Labe). There is also a Ohře cycle route-EuroVelo 4 which is well equiped from Cheb to until Carlsbad.

  • Cheb (Eger), Czechia

    Cheb (Eger) is a historic town at the border with Bavaria. Established already in 11th century it boasts the mediaval castle with Black tower. At the main square you can find the 11 historic Merchant houses from 13th century (Špalíček) and along the river Ohře (Eger) you can enjoy large parks and 2 water reservoirs Skalka and Jesenice.

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