The Czechia to Austria stage of the Iron Curtain Trail of the Council of Europe crosses the mountain regions of South Bohemia before making its way through the hills of the Mühlviertel in Upper Austria and Wald- and Weinviertel in Lower Austria. There are some amazing experiences to be had along the way, including riding the 50-km long stretch along the Schwarzenberg canal; through the deep forests of the Nové Hrady mountains; and the wine growing regions of South Moravia and Weinviertel. Along the way, there are reminders of the Cold War period, such as the open-air museum in Guglwald in Austrian.
Make a small detour before joining the next stage of the Iron Curtain Trail to plunge into the deep forests of the Czech-Bavarian border known as the Šumava National Park. The combination of centuries-old primaeval forests, crystal-clear glacial lakes, and mysterious peat bogs creates a uniquely poetic place which will enchant you.