In the north of Austria the landscape is characterised by wide fields, raised bogs, forests, loose stones, rivers and ponds. Nature presents itself quietly and impressively. Where there are so many forests and water, the temperatures are usually pleasantly refreshing even in midsummer. Ideal for sports activities.
The "Iron Curtain Trail" runs through particularly beautiful areas in almost untouched nature directly on the border to the Czech Republic, in sections in the National Park Thayatal.Villages, towns and buildings from several centuries tell of the eventful history of the border region. For example, Gmünd/České Velenice is located at the stages in the Waldviertel. At the time of the Iron Curtain, the border ran right through the city. The houses from the 16th century with sgraffito facades are impressive on the main square of Gmünd. If you want to learn more about loose stones and see some mighty specimens, make a detour to the Blockheide Nature Park near Gmünd.
Surrounded by ponds lies Litschau, Austria's northernmost city. After a detour to the Czech Republic, the next destination is the medieval town of Drosendorf. It is enthroned on a high rocky spur, which the Thaya flows around on three sides. The cycle tour continues to the baroque Ruegers Castle and Felling, where Austria's only mother-of-pearl mill is located. The last stop in the Waldviertel is Hardegg, the smallest town in Austria.
The trip through the cross-border National Park Thayatal/Národní Park Podyjí is impressively beautiful. Here you can see especially well how diverse the plant and animal world could develop without human intervention.