In Germany, the route of EuroVelo 13 leads from the Baltic Sea coast along the former inner-German border to Czechia. Today the German section is at the centre of the push to change the former border region into a major green belt through the centre of Europe. The human depopulation of the area driven by the security issues linked to the border had the unintended side effect of preserving the area's wildlife heritage. There is now a chain of preserved areas that are home to some stunning landscapes, quite unexpected in such a densely populated part of the world. For more information, visit the European Green Belt website:

EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail is a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2019.
EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail is a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe since 2019.



Development status
  • Certified Section of at least 300 km that has successfully undergone the certification process in line with ECF’s European Certification Standard. It is the highest quality level on the EuroVelo network
  • Developed with EuroVelo signs Developed route (see category below) with continuous signing along the route, incorporating EuroVelo route information panels.
  • Developed Route developed for cyclists and signed in line with the respective national standard (i.e. it is part of a local, regional or national cycle network). There must also be a website providing information to users. Developed route can be heterogeneous in terms of infrastructure: type of cycling infrastructure, surface, width, gradients, etc
  • Under development Route containing sections that require further development (e.g. stretches on public highways with high levels of traffic). Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Planning Undeveloped route with no detailed information publicly available on the Internet. The itinerary communicated is a proposal for the best possible option currently available. It may also contain dangerous sections. Cyclists are advised to use public transportation to skip these non-developed stretches.
  • Public transport link


  • Natuurlijk Erfgoed
  • UNESCO-werelderfgoed
  • Cultureel Erfgoed
  • Culinaire Hoogstandjes
  • Maritime Heritage / The Rhine / The Meuse
  • Other Point of Interest
  • Bus station
  • Train station
  • Mobility info center

National & Regional Information

ADFC: Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club e.V.

National EuroVelo Coordination Centre

De ADFC is een landelijke non-profitorganisatie met meer dan 230.000 fiets-enthousiaste leden, die zich gezamenlijk ten doel stelt de wegen veiliger te maken voor fietsers en voetgangers. Naast het stimuleren van milieuvriendelijke en dus duurzame vormen van vervoer, adviseert de ADFC over alle aspecten van het fietsen. Dit omvat advies over de aankoop van een fiets, technologie en fietsaccessoires, toeristische en politieke kwesties.

030 2091498-0

ADFC brochure "Ontdek Duitsland per fiets"

Op de online presentatie van de brochure van de ADFC vind je een selectie van de mooiste fietsroutes in Duitsland.

ADFC Kwaliteitsfietsroutes

Momenteel dragen 37 kwaliteitsroutes in Duitsland, 2 kwaliteitsroutes in het buitenland en 8 fietstochtregio's het ADFC-keurmerk. De link geeft meer informatie.

Bett+Bike - Fietsvriendelijke accommodatie

Ongeveer 5.900 hotels, pensions, jeugdherbergen, natuurhuizen en campings zijn op maat gemaakt voor de behoeften van de fietsers. Gastbedrijven die voldoen aan de ADFC-kwaliteitscriteria zijn bij de ingang voorzien van een bordje.

Duits Toeristisch Centrum e.V., DZT

Het DZT promoot Duitsland al meer dan 60 jaar namens de federale overheid in het buitenland. Het adverteert de toeristische diversiteit van Duitsland over de hele wereld. Het adverteert daarom voor een van de grootste en populairste merken - het reisland Duitsland. Een selectie van aantrekkelijke langeafstandsfietsroutes vindt u op met routebeschrijvingen en referenties van Bed+Bike vestigingen.

+49 (0)69 974640

Fietsrouteplanner in Duitsland

Dit platform maakt naadloze fietsrouteplanning in heel Duitsland mogelijk! Plan uw reis en download de GPX tracks van Duitse D-Routes in open data.

[EV10, EV13] ADFC - Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Regional Association

The regional office of the German cyclists organisation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

[EV13] Part 3 - Iron Curtain Trail - Bavaria

The EuroVelo 13 signposted in the Upper Palatine Forest mostly remains on the German side of the border, crossing over near Rozvadov at the monument to opening of the Iron Curtain and the border museum. The route then crosses back over at Waidhaus and leads along the Bockl Cycle Route to Eslarn. From Friedrichshäng, the route once again crosses back onto the Czech side.

+49 9433 / 203810

[EV13] Part 1 - North Sea Cycle Route - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The route starts to the west of Swinemünde, in Usedom Island Nature Park. From here, it runs close to the water along slightly hilly sections via the Hanseatic towns of Greifswald, Stralsund, Rostock and Wismar to the mouth of the River Trave on Privall peninsula before ending in the coastal town of Travemünde. UNESCO has added the old towns of Stralsund and Wismar to its list of World Heritage Sites as representative examples of the Hanseatic cultural heritage.

+49 381 4030-550

[EV13] Part 2 - Elbe Cycle Route North

This section of the EuroVelo 13 leads along the Elbe Cycle Route. It begins in Boizenburg beside the River Elbe, which is Germany’s second longest river, and continues south-east through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Elbe River Landscape via the towns of Hitzacker and Dömitz to Schnackenburg.

+49 4542 856862

[EV13] Greenbelt Germany

From the Barents to the Black Sea, there ran a barrier which displayed its inhumane side most strongly in Germany. It cut up a country into East and West, separated families and friends for decades. And yet nature conquered the frontier strip. The "Green Belt" was created, with valuable habitats full of rare animals and plants. Since 1989, the BUND has been active in preserving the Green Belt, along with other organisations and government departments.

Kaarten & Gidsen

EuroVelo 10, EuroVelo 13: Iron Curtain Trail 2 [Bikeline Esterbauer]

This cycling guide describes EuroVelo 10 & EuroVelo 13 in Latvia from Riga, across Lithuania, Russia, and Poland and in Germany up to Lübeck (1,604 km). Half of the route in Latvia is described in the book. The perfect tool to guide you during your journey preparation and on the road: maps at a scale of 1:85,000, elevation and distance profiles, GPS tracks, accommodation and service directory, LiveUpdate, handlebar bag format, and spiral-bound. Also available in German.