Cycling in the Waldviertel, © Waldviertel Tourismus, Studio Kerschbaum

Iron Curtain Trail – EuroVelo 13

Deeper insights into the Iron Curtain in the Waldviertel

The longest cycle route in Europe is the Iron Curtain Trail. About 200 kilometers of it pass through the Waldviertel and Weinviertel under the name EuroVelo 13 (EV13). Along the former Iron Curtain, you keep riding back and forth across the border between the Czech Republic and Austria. This history-charged cycle route is an eloquent symbol for today’s unified Europe.

Through fields and forests, past picturesque villages and towns on both sides of the border: This top Waldviertel cycle route, the EV13 – Iron Curtain Trail, has unforgettable experiences in store for cyclists, scenically and culturally. Running from Gmünd via Litschau, Drosendorf, the Thaya Valley National Park and Hardegg and on to Retz, the route crosses the Austrian-Czech border eight times. How about writing your own personal account of cycling along the former Iron Curtain?

Good to know: The tour can be taken with conventional touring, trekking or mountain bikes as well as with all-terrain cross-country models and e-bikes. To find out more about the stages of the route in the Weinviertel and in the Czech Republic, click on the link below: https://ev13.eu/en/

Points of interest along the cycle route

The Waldviertel stages of the EuroVelo 13