Unexploded bombs, rough and disused roads, difficult border crossings – when it comes to building a 9,950km cycle route along one of the world's most notorious political borders, the list of complications is long. But thanks to Michael Cramer, German Green Party activist and MEP, the Iron Curtain Trail is already on track for completion.
EuroVelo 13, the trail’s official name, is Cramer’s passion project, inspired by the need for more sustainable tourism and an aspiration to promote the collective identity of a once divided Europe. Unlike other EuroVelo routes (EU-funded long distance cycling trails that criss-cross the continent), the trail goes out of its way to spend time on both sides of Europe’s many borders – Russia is the itinerary’s only omission. It’s along a stretch of this trail, in central Europe, that cycling tours from Prague to Budapest
take intrepid travelers. However, our cycling tours take the experience one step further, delving much deeper into each country (Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) to see how capitals, culture, small towns and countryside change as you travel from east to west of the old Iron Curtain.