EuroVelo 13Iron Curtain Trail

9,950 km long
14 UNESCO sites
3 European seas
20 countries visited
Experiencing the history of Europe's division!

For almost half a century, Europe was forcibly divided into East and West. EuroVelo 13 retraces this ‘Iron Curtain’, a border stretching from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. Following this route for more than 9,950 km is a living history lesson but also provides a welcome reminder of the peace and reconciliation that have followed the fall of the ‘Curtain’. As one of the longest EuroVelo route, the Iron Curtain Trail has something to offer every type of cycle tourist, from the vineyards in southern Czechia and northern Austria to the mountainous border of Bulgaria and Greece; and from the bustling ports of the Baltic States to the stark beauty of Lapland.

The Iron Curtain Trail has received significant support from the European Institutions over the years. Back in 2005, the European Parliament recognised the ‘Iron Curtain Trail’ as a model project for sustainable tourism and called upon the Member States for support. This was an initiative of Green MEP Michael Cramer who had previously established the Berlin Wall Trail in the German capital. Michael is still actively involved in the development of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Certain Trail. For more information, including a database of news articles linked to the route, please visit his website: (in German).

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Maps & Guides

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Jurmala resort and Latvia’s West Coast


This exciting bike tour explores the coastal resort city of Jurmala through Kemeri National park, Abava river valley and beautiful Western Latvia towns – Kandava, Sabile, Tukums and Talsi, later on returning to Jurmala Riga. The cycling package includes: Pick-up and drop-off at airport, bus/train station or hotel in Riga/Jurmala, covering ~235 km (partial transfers), 3 nights accommodation, Luggage transfer, Technical assistance during your trip, Optional bike/e-bike rental (+30/50 EUR person).

Golden Ring Tour


The Golden Ring Tour offers Cycling tourists exciting route along the picturesque coast of Northern Latvia, starting from Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014. The route goes along the signposted EuroVelo 13 until Saulkrasti, then turns towards the Gauja National Park. The cycling package includes: pick-up and drop-off at airport, bus/train station or hotel in Riga, covering ~190 km, 3 nights accommodation, luggage transfer, technical assistance, optional bike/e-bike rental.

Silver Castle and Manor House Route at Vidzeme Coast


The tour begins in Saulkrasti, with the only military bicycle museum of the Baltic States. It continues to the Hanseatic city of Limbaži and to Salacgrīva. From there the route goes along to the coastline until Tuja, visiting the Munchhausen museum and returning to Saulkrasti. The cycling package includes: Optional pick-up and drop-off at airport, bus/train or hotel in Riga, covering ~184 km, 2 nights accommodation, Luggage transfer, Technical assistance, Optional bike/e-bike rental.