The Iron Curtain Trail retraces the physical border stretching from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea dividing Easter and Western Europe for almost half a century following the end of the Second World War.
Following this cyclable route for more than 10.000Km is a living lesson in European history of the 20th century. The Route combines cultural and historic sites linked to the political, military and ideological barrier erected during the Cold War as a reminder of peace and reconciliation that have followed the fall of the “Iron Curtain”.
The Route features attractive and varied landscapes and unique habitats that emerged along the former border strip.
Council of Europe values
The Iron Curtain Trail is first and foremost a Route that bring together European history, culture and landscape. Following the borders between neighbouring countries and regions, visitors experience the values of the Council of Europe first-hand in a reunited Europe. The Route is a symbol of a newly shared pan-European experience, focussing on Europe’s democratic values and permanent intercultural dialogue across European borders.
Iron Curtain Trail is certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2019.