EV13 The Iron Curtain Trail

The Iron Curtain Trail ( ICT), including the Iron Curtain route is the Euro Velo Route EV13. You should lead a cycle path for about 7650 km from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea.

During the Cold War ran along the cycling route of the " Iron Curtain " (English Iron Curtain ), the border between East and West and the Warsaw Pact countries and NATO.

Management Projects

The Iron curtail Trail, which is closely related to the Green Belt will be implemented in three implementation projects:

  • The northern part leads over 4127 km from the Barents Sea to the German -Polish border.
  • The central section introduces Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia over 2179 km.
  • The southern part leads over 1335 km through Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey to the Black Sea.

In relation to the navigability, in terms of surface quality and volume of traffic, are from the 7642 total kilometers of the path according to recent studies (December 2012) 761 km in an insufficient Constitution (242 km in the north, 180km in the central and 338 km in the southern part ). The signs on 3153 km in the north, 246 km in the central and 338 km in the southern part not yet available (December 2012).

For the extension to be used in 2020 for about 191 million euros. The realization of this cycle path was and is funded by the European Union from the European Parliament. The promotion is, in part, continue through to 2020.

In 2012 published the National Cycling Plan 2020 the German Federal Government, the aim is einzupflegen the ICT and the national cycle track " Green Belt Germany " in the D network. That would mean an appreciation of the way.



For the Russian parts of the path in the Leningrad Oblast, there is currently no set route.

From the Finnish-Russian border at Nuijamaa to Saint Petersburg route probably along the A127 road and then from Vyborg will continue to run close to the A123 road. From St. Petersburg to the border with Estonia, the proposed route during the European cycle route R1 is also to be assumed for the EV13 ( Peterhof, Kingissepp, Iwangorod ).


The route runs in Estonia on the National Cycle Route EE1, the coastal route Estonia. It runs on the coast of Narva on Sillamäe, Kohtla -Järve, past the Lahemaa National Park to the capital Tallinn. Continue west through Laulasmaa, Padise, Nõva to Haapsalu. Next, the route leads across the island Hiiumaa. The way ahead passes over the island of Saaremaa, which is surrounded in large part. This Kuressaare is happening. Skip to Muhu and then get back on the mainland, Pärnu and along the coast to the Latvian border.


The road leading from the border to Estonia on Ainaži, along the coast to Salacgrīva, then inland by Limbaži and Sigulda and Ropaži to Riga, continuing through the seaside resort of Jurmala to Kurland, the peninsula partly surround and partly traversing through Jūrklane, the beach resort of Liepāja and Lithuanian border.


The route runs in Lithuania on the National Cycle Route LT5. Starting at the border with Latvia, about Palanga to Klaipeda and then on the Curonian Spit to Nida on the border with the Russian exclave.

Russia ( Kaliningrad )

From the border crossing on the Curonian Spit Morskoje it goes Selenogradsk, Swetlogorsk and Kaliningrad, from there on the road A194 to the border with Poland.


The route runs from the border with Poland in Gronowo on the Baltic coast through Frombork Kadyny, Gdańsk, Gdynia, Krokowa, Główczyce, Ustka, Darłowo, Kolobrzeg, Mrzeżyno, Trzebiatów and Rewal and reaches Świnoujście the German border.


In Germany, the route runs first along the Baltic coast into the same channel with the D-net route D2 Baltic coastal route until shortly before Travemünde and then follows on the 1129 km national cycle track " Green Belt Germany " to the border with the Czech Republic.

The route runs from the Polish border in Ahlbeck on Usedom to Greifswald, circling the island of Rügen, continues to Stralsund and then over the Darß to Warnemünde. Overcooling Born and Wismar, the route turns shortly before Travemünde to the south.

Due to the outskirts of Lübeck, past Lake Ratzeburg on Zarrentin the Elbe at Ratzeburg, then the same upward following up Schnackenburgallee, past the Arendsee by Wendland on Wustrow and Brome, past Helmstedt and Schoningen after Hornburg. In Ilsenburg the resin is reached, the edge must be crossed before the route direction Duderstadt and Allendorf comes back to flat ground in direction of adjustment. The trail follows the valley of the Werra, past Eisenach until Vacha. Then it goes through the Rhön past the Point Alpha, about Tann and Franks home. About Fladungen and Höchheim, bathroom Unterrodach and Mönchröden to Neustadt bei Coburg, Stock Home, Tettau Lauenstein, Lehesten Blankenstein in the Saale valley. About Hirschberg ( Saale), Mödlareuth the Czech border at Nentschau.


The signage with the signet of the Iron Curtain Trail is so far made ​​only on the half of the route.