To boost cycling tourism and promote peace on the continent, European Union officials announced in July plans for a bicycle path to be built alongside the old Iron Curtain that separated East from West during the Cold War.

Called the ”Iron Curtain Trail” the path will stretch 4,225 miles (6,800 km), from the Barents Sea on the Norwegian-Russian border to the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, near Istanbul, and cost $2.4 million (€1.8 million).

iron-curtain-map-EuropeThe shared hope is that the symbol of the Iron Curtain will no longer be a dividing line but one of a shared European experience in a reunified land.

— More details in the Iron Curtain brochure (PDF)

–READ a summary in the Guardian

Photo credit: (top) Rich Gibson, via CC license



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