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EuroVelo13 Iron Curtain Trail Cycling Trip and Festival

11.06.2014
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The Austrian-Hungarian border section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail will be officially opened on 19th August 2014, on the 25th anniversary of the Paneuropean Picnic, a symbolic event for the fall of the Iron Curtain. This event will be followed by an international cycling trip and festival organised by the Hungarian Cycling Alliance.

The cycling trip is sponsored by the South East Europe Program within the ICT-project and the local railway company GYSEV Zrt. The trail mostly follows low traffic asphalted public roads along the old Iron Curtain, crossing over the Austrian-Hungarian borders several times.

The trip will start from two destinations on the morning of 19th August 2014: Sopron, Hungary, and Letenye, Hungary, near the Croation-Slovenian-Hungarian tri-border point.

The two groups will cycle two days on the new EuroVelo trail, and meet in Szentgotthárd on the 20th August, where they celebrate the opening of the trail with a party.

DSC_4672On the following three days there will be one-day trips conducted from Szentgotthárd to Austria, Slovenia, and to the Őrség region of Hungary, while late afternoons and evenings will host discussions, readings and other cultural events related to the history of the Iron Curtain.

Attendance for the 2-days trips to Szentgotthárd costs 95 euros, which includes guidance, accommodation, hot (once a day) and cold (twice a day) meals, luggage transportation, maintenance and insurance, as well as entrance fees.

Participants receive free camping places for tents in Szentgotthárd, other needs should be filled by individual booking.Please bring your own sleeping-bag.

Only participants over 18 years are accepted and the number of places is limited.

If you would like to register for the trip or have any questions regarding it, please send an email to the following address: EV13HUAT@gmail.com

Detailed description of the trips

Sopron-Szentgotthárd trip programme:

Meeting on 18th August at Sopron Railway station every 2 hours between 10 AM and 8 PM under the ICT poster; group leaders will take the participants to the camp. Dinner at 7 PM.

19th August: Start at 8 AM along the Iron Curtain Trail in the direction of Ágfalva, arrival to the Paneuropen Picninc Memorial Area. After the opening ceremony at 1.30 PM, we continue our trip in the direction of Möblisch (Meggyes), and have our first rest and lunch at Zsira. Arrival in Kőszeg at 7 PM, where we stay overnight.

20th August:  Start at 9.30 AM, arrival at Vaskeresztes at 1 PM – lunch and greeting the group arriving from Szombathely. Arrival in Szentgotthárd from 6 PM, where have a dinner party.

Daily distance: 80-100 km with slight gradients

Letenye-Szentgotthárd trip programme:

Meeting point: camping of the Letenye thermal bath on 18th Augusut (whole day). Heading off to Lenti at 9.30 AM on 19th August, where we arrive around 6 PM with stops and lunch at a resting point. On 20th August, we start at 10.30 AM, and arrive in Szentgotthárd to meet the other groups at around 6 PM after cycling along the Slovenian-Hungarian border section of the Iron Curtain Trail.

Daily distance: 70-80 km with slight gradients

DSC_4688Three Borders Festival

The Iron Curtain Trail-trip is followed by a three-days cycling festival in Szentgotthárd.

One-day cycling trips are conducted to a different country every day, during which you will be guided to memorial places providing a reminder of the times of the Iron Curtain while you can admire the beautiful landscapes.

Afternoons and evenings will host cultural events relating to the Iron Curtain: readings, history theatre, screenings, vehicles from the time, music, exhibitions, competitions for kids, wine cellars from the region, bands, and the introduction of different nations of the regionA városban emellett délutántól folyamatosan Vasfüggöny-tematikájú kulturális események, rendezv.

We are primarily waiting interested young people and families from the region and from the surrounding countries.

The festival is supported by:

Gábor Huszár, mayor of Szentgotthárd

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The Hungarian National Ministry of Administraion and Justice