Located among the picturesque landscapes of Šumava National Park are two towns Bayerisch Eisenstein and Železná Ruda. The names of both refer to the rich ore mining industry that once flourished in the region. In the 18th century, the political forces divided these two towns with Železná Ruda becoming a part of Bohemia and Bayerisch Eisenstein coming under the jurisdiction of Bavaria. However, the most painful split came with the Iron Curtain after WW2 when the populations got expelled and the barbed wire was placed. Fortunately, with the fall of the Soviet Bloc and with the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU, the divide was eliminated once again and now two towns are enjoying and profiting from a new border-free reality.