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Sopron conference marks end of Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project

19.05.2017
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During a well-attended conference held in Sopron, Hungary, the partners in the Iron Curtain Trail Project officially launched the EuroVelo 13 app for mobiles and tablets.  This was the culmination of the successful EU-funded Iron Curtain Trail Experience (ICTE) project, which came to an end in April.

The nineteen-month ICTE project sought to promote the most developed sections of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail, the route that invites people to retrace and experience the former border that for almost half a century divided Europe into East and West.  The project was supported by the European Union through the COSME Programme and involved nine partners from seven countries.

The final conference was held in the the city of Sopron close to the site of the Pan-European Picnic where, on 19th August 1989, one of the first holes was cut into the Iron Curtain on the border between Austria and Hungary.  During the conference presentations were given by the ICTE project partners as well as important stakeholders for the development for cycle routes in the region, including EuroVelo 13.  These included Máriusz Révész (National Government Commissioner for active leisure activities, Hungary) and Peter Klucka (National Cycling Officer Slovak Republic).  The closing speech was given by Michael Cramer MEP, the ‘godfather’ of the Iron Curtain Trail.

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The EuroVelo 13 application has been developed to help people plan and then cycle the route of the Iron Curtain Trail. The app is available for Android and iPhones and covers the most developed sections of the route from Latvia to the Hungarian / Austrian border.  It provides an overview of the Iron Curtain Trail with links to where you can find detailed information in each country or region.  The app has an interactive map that shows the current level of development of the route in each country (which can be downloaded for use off-line), elevation profiles for each stage and identifies the major points of interest along the way.  There is also a reward system that allows you to ‘check in’ to those points of interest that are linked to the theme of the route and share with your friends and family how much of the route you have completed.

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The other main outputs of the project included a transnational Communication and Promotion Strategy for people working on the route, professional photographs for use in communication and marketing, study tours for journalists and a promotional video that was premiered during the Sopron conference:

To download the app:

Android, Play Store

Apple iOS

More information: www.eurovelo13.com

Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUD4K2d (copyright: www.EuroVelo13.com)