About the project

The Iron Curtain – also called the “evil fence” – that had divided the Eastern and Western half of Europe for almost half a century is more and more becoming the re-interpreted symbol of freedom without borders and unity. These processes, thoughts are behind the establishment of the Iron Curtain Trail. Currently, the establishment of a bicycle trail is under way along the line, named EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail (ICT).

The Iron Curtain Trail – that is 10400 km long (8800 inside the EU and 1600 km outside of it) – leads from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. The ICT is the longest trail of the European bicycle network that can attract many active tourists to the region. The trail leads through twenty countries, representing cultural diversity in itself. Many traces of the Iron Curtain, untouched natural values have been conserved by the hermetically closed border strip. The development of cycling tourism serves exhibiting these values and making these known in an environmentally sustainable way.

Currently, sections of EuroVelo 13 are finished. Development is in a more advanced phase in Northern and Central Europe while planning, developing basic infrastructure and informing is under way in South-eastern Europe. The trail runs along the Western and Southern border of Hungary, thereby strengthening traffic connections with Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia.

In the project supported by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, partners evaluated possible trail route alternatives, services, promotional activities as well as the organisational and financial background of the trail sections in order to make the most of the opportunities of the trail, and they determined what is to be done by 2020.

In summer 2013, National Agricultural Advisory, Educational and Rural Development Institute (NAERDI) joined the project. The institute is responsible for assessing the Serbian-Hungarian and Slovenian-Hungarian border section, promoting sustainable transport methods and shaping the attitude of tourism service providers.