© HLMS / Jürgen Klemme© HLMS / Jürgen Klemme

Iron Cur­tain Trail

Following the traces of the past

The Iron Curtain Trail is part of a Europe-wide route from Barents Sea to the Black Sea. The total length of the route is approx. 7,650 km, and the partial route along the border between Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein is 160 km.

From the Baltic Sea to the Elbe, the route leads alongside testimonies to the Cold War, through unspoilt landscapes with wonderful views, along glittering bathing lakes, rolling hills and deep forests. The trail follows the route of the former Iron Curtain, the border between East and West or the Warsaw Pact Nations and NATO. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Iron Curtain also fell.

Use­ful in­form­a­tion

 © www.ironcurtaintrail.eu© www.ironcurtaintrail.eu

Arrival and departure

The towns of Lübeck-Travemünde, Lübeck, Ratzeburg, Büchen and Lauenburg are connected to the Deutsche Bahn railway network (rail line Lübeck - Lübeck-Travemünde and Lübeck - Lüneburg). Lübeck and Büchen are also linked to the further rail network. The different railway lines generally run every hour and can accommodate bicycles.

Route conditions and degree of difficulty

  • Mostly traffic-free and largely flat to slightly hilly routes. Largely paved routes with a few moderately developed sections in forest areas.
  • The cycle route is not yet signposted.


You can find further information at www.ironcurtaintrail.eu.


You can download the route in different formats for use on GPS devices, Google Earth or digital maps here.

GPS data Iron Curtain Trail