The stage of the Iron Curtain Trail includes Sopron, a place that played a major role in the Cold War. On the border close to this town, the Austrian and Hungarian Foreign Ministers jointly cut through the border fence on 27 June 1989. In August that year a border gate between Austria and Hungary was symbolically opened at the ‘Pan-European Picnic’. There are many other interesting sites located along this stage, including the Palace of Esterházy, once described as the Hungarian Versailles and the Őrségi National Park.