EuroVelo 13: Experiencing the history of Europe's division EuroVelo 13: Experiencing the history of Europe's division EuroVelo 13: Experiencing the history of Europe's division EuroVelo 13: Experiencing the history of Europe's division EuroVelo 13: Experiencing the history of Europe's division

EuroVelo 13: Experiencing the history of Europe's division

For almost half a century, Europe was forcibly divided into East and West. EuroVelo 13 retraces this ‘Iron Curtain’, a border stretching from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. Following this route for more than 10,400 km is a living history lesson but also provides a welcome reminder of the peace and reconciliation that have followed the fall of the ‘Curtain’. As the longest EuroVelo route, the Iron Curtain Trail has something to offer every type of cycle tourist, from the vineyards in southern Czechia and northern Austria to the mountainous border of Bulgaria and Greece; and from the bustling ports of the Baltic States to the stark beauty of Lapland.

The route passes through 20 different countries, including 14 members of the EU. It traverses many national parks with interesting flora and fauna and connects numerous unique landscapes which - because they formed part of the border areas - were hardly touched by man for many decades. The path also connects many buildings, monuments, museums and attractions which remind us of the history of the division of Europe and it’s ending via a peaceful ‘velvet’ revolution in Eastern Europe.

The Iron Curtain Trail has received significant support from the European Institutions over the years. Back in 2005, the European Parliament recognised the ‘Iron Curtain Trail’ as a model project for sustainable tourism and called upon the Member States for support. This was an initiative of Green MEP Michael Cramer who had previously established the Berlin Wall Trail in the German capital. Michael is still actively involved in the development of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Certain Trail.  For more information, including a database of news articles linked to the route, please visit his website: www.michael-cramer.eu (German)

 

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  • 10 400 LENGTH
    km
  • 20countries
    visited
  • 14 unesco
    Sites
  • 3 European
    seas
  • World heritage by UNESCO
  • Cultural heritage
  • Rural landscapes
  • Culinary delights
  • History of a divided Europe
  • Rivers and coastlines
  • Natural heritage
Latest news

Official launch of the new EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail App

A new application has been launched for smart phones and tablets to help people plan and then cycle the route of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail. The route invites people to retrace and experience the former border that for almost half a century divided Europe into East and West.

Read more Apr 26, 2017

Your EuroVelo Moment 2016

From new cycling world records through a truly epic ride in the snow of Scandinavia - the EuroVelo cycle route network has seen magnificent moments throughout 2016. We would like to share the best EuroVelo moments of the year with you!

Read more Dec 16, 2016

The Cyclist Who Went Out In The Cold: Adventures on EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail

For his most recent challenge, British author Tim Moore undertook a truly epic cycle ride – travelling the whole of EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail on an old GDR shopping bike and just for good measure starting the trip (north of the Arctic Circle) in March. With the book of his experiences, The Cyclist Who Went Out In The Cold, out this week, we spoke to Tim about his journey along the longest EuroVelo route in the network.

Read more Oct 05, 2016
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