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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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  • Divided train station Železná Ruda-Bayr. Eisenstein, Czechia/Germany

    Divided train station which is partly on Czech and partly on Bavarian side of the border can be found in Železná Ruda-Bayer.Eisenstein in Šumava and it was built in 1877. Also divided were the train tracks of the station. There is a tourist office here, you can direct train to Prague or you can visit educational trail with bunkers dedicated to IC in Železná Ruda. Both places are popular summer and winter vacation sites situated at foothills of NP Bohemian and Bavarian Forest.

  • Passau, Germany

    Known as the 'City of the Three Rivers' as the Danube, the Ill and the Ilz meet there, Passau is a city of significant architectural heritage. With a small population on the national scale of 50,000 much of its cultural life is based around its students' population which accounts for 11,000 people. Photo by Romtomtom (flickr, Creative Commons accessed the 13th of July 2015)

  • Pilsen region (Plzeňský kraj), Czechia

    The ICT stretches in Pilsen region (Plzeňský kraj) and in neighbouring Bavaria over 200 kms. In the Western part of the country is synonymous with National park Šumava and Český les mountains (and Bavarian and Oberpfälzer Wald on the Bavarian side of the border), historic towns and monuments (Tachov, Schwarzenberg logging canal), well protected nature with lakes and forest. The regional capital Pilsen (Plzeň) is a birthplace of world famous Pilsner lager beer.

  • Brewing heartland, Czechia & Germany

    Czechia (and Bavaria) are champions in brewing as well as in consuming the hops based beer. The growth of Bohemian towns came with brewing of beer among their other privileges already in 11-12th centuries. It was in 1842 that the city brewery of Plzeň (Pilsen) first created a unique bottom-fermented lager “pilsner“: for which this city is commemorated as the “original source” (Czech: “Prazdroj” or German “Urquell”). Another world famous beer "Budweiser" comes from České Budějovice (Budweis). Czechia also features more than 300 microbreweries. Picture by jockrutherford (flickr.com, Creative Commons, accessed 08/07/2015)

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