Friday, September 15, 2006

Hiking Trails

Iron Curtain Hiking Trail

A new 6,800 km (4,225 miles) hiking trail is in the works in Europe. The trail will lead from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea, following the “Green Belt” or “Iron Curtain” which once parted the Eastern Block countries from Western Europe.

German politician Michael Cramer is the father of the Green Belt idea. “The Iron Curtain, which was the physical and ideological border between two hostile blocks, is no longer a means of division,” Cramer said. “Today it a symbol of a joint experience in a reunified Europe,” he added.

Cramer also initiated the “Berlin Wall Trail”, a hiking trail which leads around former West Berlin.

Twenty European countries take part in the project.

Click here to read the full article by Michael Mueller ( - in English)
(Update 2016-1-27: The article has been removed from Budapest Times, therefore I removed the dead link as well).