Valtice-Reintal-Altlichtenwarth-Hausbrunn-Hohenau-SK-Suchohrad- Záhorska Ves-Überfahrt Fähre-Angern an der March-Mannersdorf an der March
Distance 72.4 km
You will go from Valtice through Boří Dvůr up to the Břeclav-Poštorná–Reinthal border crossing. Before entering Austria, you can have something to eat or visit the Liechtenstein House in Břeclav or head to the confluence of the Thaya and Morava Rivers, where remnants of the original fence have been preserved. The Iron Curtain Route leaves the Czech Republic near the confluence of the Morava and Thaya Rivers near Břeclav and subsequently the route crosses the trails in Austria and Slovakia.
You will go from Valtice through Boří Dvůr up to the Břeclav-Poštorná–Reinthal border crossing. Before entering Austria, you can have something to eat or visit the Liechtenstein House in Břeclav or head to the confluence of the Thaya and Morava Rivers, where remnants of the original fence have been preserved. Then you will continue by crossing the Czech border at the Moravský Svätý Ján–Hohenau border crossing. Hohenau is a little town situated at the confluence of the Morava and Thaya Rivers at the point where the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria meet. In its immediate vicinity it offers unique river floodplains, one of the best preserved wetlands in Central Europe with opportunities for bird watching. The route also winds along the borders of Austria and Slovakia, almost following the western side of the Slovak border. It returns to the Austrian side through the border crossing in Záhorská Ves and continues to the town of Mannersdorf an der March.
If you still do not want to leave the Czech Republic and would like to taste good wine, go to the Blue Mountains (Modré Hory). The landscape of the Blue Mountains, where the varieties with blue grapes are grown on more than half of the vineyards, has the shape of a hand opened wide towards the flat south. The hand’s fingers are made by five wine-growing villages: Vrbice (the highest situated), Velké Pavlovice, Němčičky, Kobylí and Bořetice.
The route leads from Valtice to the Austrian side through the Reinthal border crossing. On the way to Altlichtenwarth you can look forward to the Dreiländerblick, which offers a beautiful view of the northeastern part of Lower Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia if the weather is good. In the Altlichtenwarth the Silberberg cellar lane is worth seeing. After passing through the long village of Hausbrunn, you will reach Hohenau an der March. Here lie the floodplains of the Thaya River, one of the most interesting wetlands in Central Europe! Worth mentioning are a diversion to the confluence of the Morava and Dyje Rivers in the border triangle (A/CZ/SK) and a visit to the bird sanctuary. This area at the confluence of the Morava and Dyje Rivers is sometimes referred to as the “Moravian Amazon”. Continue eastwards along the Marchstraße to the bridge over the Morava River to Slovakia. The route leads along the road towards Moravský Svätý Ján, then continues across the field. In this part of the route, up to Malé Leváre, herons or storks often fly over cyclists’ heads. After the village of Malé Leváre, the route returns to the Morava River and follows the Rudava River. After crossing the Morava River in the village of Záhorská Ves, you will return to the Austrian side, to the little town of Angern, and from there you will soon reach Mannersdorf an der March. Mannersdorf is known for its excellent wines and idyllic wine cellars. Some 129 wine cellars are arranged in seven rows above each other. The Rochuskapelle (chapel) is worth seeing here. It was built in 1638 as a plague chapel and is one of the most important Italian Renaissance buildings in Lower Austria. You can enjoy a wonderful view of Slovakia and Austria from here.