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For sporty types and those wanting to explore the past, the Iron Curtain Trail stretches some 9,950 kilometres from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea.

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It takes in 20 different countries, including 14 EU member states. It also passes by 14 UNESCO sites and three European seas. The upkeep of the cycle path is supported by the European Union.

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Cape Kolka is the most pronounced horn on Latvia’s coastline, the perfect place to unwind off the beaten track.

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Pedalling along the Pomeranian coast, cyclists reach the German-Polish border. With its many traditional spa resorts and Hanseatic towns, the first stretch along the Baltic Sea coast is well worth a visit. The trail then leads on along the former German border to the Czech Republic.

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What is known as the German-German Border Trail features more memorial sites, memorial stones and remnants of border defences than any other section of EuroVelo 13. That includes Point Alpha where the armies of the two blocs were once separated by only 200 metres.

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The Iron Curtain Trail also passes through Austria. The paths stretch more than 700 kilometres through Lower Austria and Burgenland, passing national parks, vineyards and monuments.

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Leaving Wildendürnbach in Austria, the trail leads over the border to Sedlec in Czechia.

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The EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail invites cyclists to pedal through an important chapter of the continent’s history.

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