The Iron Curtain Trail is part of a Europe-wide route from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. The total length is about 7,650 km, the section along the border between Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein is 160 km long.
From the Baltic Sea to the Elbe, it always leads along the testimonies of the Cold War through pristine landscapes with magnificent views, along sparkling bathing lakes, gentle hills and deep forests. The route follows the course of the former Iron Curtain, the border between East and West or the Warsaw Pact states and NATO. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was followed by the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Arrival and departure
The towns of Lübeck-Travemünde, Lübeck, Ratzeburg, Büchen and Lauenburg have connections to the railway network (railway line Lübeck - Lübeck-Travemünde and Lübeck - Lüneburg). Lübeck and Büchen are also hubs to the wider rail network. The various train lines usually run hourly and bicycle transport is possible.
Trail conditions and level of difficulty
- Mostly low-traffic and mostly flat to slightly hilly routes. Mainly paved paths with a few moderately developed sections in forest areas.
- The cycle route is signposted.
Rest and overnight stay
Further information and lists of accommodation establishments can be found, for example, at www.bettundbike.de.