The Iron Curtain Bike Trail in Austria

Last updated on July 25th, 2020 at 06:38 am

Cyclists can explore some more recent history on the 700-kilometre-long “Iron Curtain Trail” as it makes it way through Austria.

Up until 1989 the Iron Curtain divided Europe into East and West – a barrier in which nature was largely left undisturbed. Today the “Green Belt”, which stretches from the Barents Sea in northern Europe to the Black Sea, is a fascinating recreational area.

Among other things, it is accessible by the EuroVelo 13, a long-distance cycle path which is better known as the “Iron Curtain Trail”.

Cycling the Waldviertel section of the Iron Curtain trail
© Waldviertel Tourismus |

The Austrian part of the border cycle path, which is around 700 kilometres long, begins in Gmünd in Lower Austria and leads through to southern Burgenland.

The National Park Thayatal and the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, vineyards, river valleys, wide plains and hilly country line the route. Castles, palaces and picturesque villages on both sides of the border – in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – are well worth a stop. Memorials, installations and exhibitions remind you of the time of the Iron Curtain.

Discover more about the Iron Curtain Trail.

Packages with overnight stays and luggage transport can be booked at Waldviertel Tourismus (English, Czech and German) and E-Bike Südburgenland (German only).