Iron Curtain TrailJune 23, 2020 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C
Breakfast at the lake watching the ducks on the water - what a great start into the day. Today, we cycled on the Iron Curtain Trail, a European bike path from Finland to the Black Sea. The part we rode follows old military roads along the Czech-Austrian border. Thanks to Schengen, we could cross the border 4x today without any checks. The main things we noticed was that signs change and the road in the Czech Republic was usually worse than on the Austrian side.
The trail in general was beautiful and interesting at the same time. We passed bunkers and museums related to the Cold War and rode on remote roads and forest paths.
We had our lunch stop in Slavonice. The town seems to be a cycling mekka, so many other cyclists... Many came from nearby Austria, easily recognizable because of their ebikes.
In the afternoon, we passed a lot of agricultural land. Also, Herbert had tried to plan a short cut again. This was actually quite an adventurous part of a trail, mainly characterized by mud, high grass and rocks 😏 But we made it 👍
Our day ended in Bitov, a campground next to Thaya river where it flows through an impressive gorge. We decided to go for a Czech meal for dinner. The chef recommended a duck and a beef dish which we really enjoyed. Of course, we also had a beer with it, it cost a third of the coffee we had in Slavonice 🤷♀️Read more