EU Providing 3.2 Million Euros for ”Amazon of Europe” Bike Trail

Lauren Simmonds

Since joining the European Union (EU) back in July 2013, Croatia has had access to European Union funds for various different sectors, with the tourism and transport sectors getting a boost in multiple ways thanks to the cash. Pelješac bridge is just one of the most talked about strategic projects for Croatia which is being co-funded by an enormous amount of EU money.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes on the 25th of August, 2019, the ”Amazon of Europe” bike trail is a brand new, emerging cycling route that will connect Croatia with a few of its neighbours, including Slovenia, Austria, Hungary and Serbia. Thanks to co-funding from EU funds, it won’t take too long before the trail is ready for use.

The new bike trail will without a doubt succeed in attracting lovers of cycling to this part of Croatia, which is otherwise greatly overlooked in terms of tourism, living in the shadow of Dalmatia and even of Zagreb County.

The 700 kilometre-long cycling route will connect five countries en route from Austria to Hungary on both sides of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers. These areas are brimming with countryside, rich fauna and picturesque sights.

The project was funded by the Interreg Danube Transnational program, the construction of the trail is currently expected to last for 36 months and has a total value of 3.2 million euros. The project leader is Croatia’s neighbour to the north – Slovenia, and one of the project’s many partners is the OBŽ county development agency.

This will be one of the longest cycling routes in this part of Europe, and when coming through the Republic of Croatia, the route will follow the course of the Drava river from the rolling green hills of beautiful Međimurje, all the way to the very mouth of the Danube river.

The route will also pass through stunning Kopački rit. The sign-posting and construction of rest areas will begin by the end of the year, and the route should be opened in 2021.

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