Amazon of Europe Bike Trail AoE Bike Trail

From the Alps to the Pannonian Plain, the Amazon of Europe is the largest natural river system in Central Europe. Amazing river landscapes along Mura, Drava and Danube will soon be protected as the world´s first 5-country biosphere reserve. Under UNESCO protection, biosphere reserves are model regions where nature conservation goes hand in hand with sustainable regional development. However, despite over 20 years of efforts in protecting the area, the 11 border regions of AT, SI, HR, HU and SR are underdeveloped, facing loss of jobs and emigration. 

Amazon of Europe Bike Trail will be the first project joining the efforts of 5 countries for sustainable economic development of the region based on valorisation of natural and cultural resources. We will implement a joint integrated solution for sustainable biking tourism in the Amazon of Europe while preserving the environment. 

To develop AoE Bike Trail as advanced flagship sustainable product and unique brand, 15 organisations from the area will firstly establish the organisational and information system, resulting in a joint bookable product with clear unique selling proposition of incredible riverine landscapes. Based on nature-oriented visitor guidance, existing single bike routes will be equipped with commonly designed infrastructure (resting areas, info points), resulting in more than 1000 km of joint Bike Trail along both sides of the Mura, Drava and Danube.

AoE Bike Trail
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 3176000
ERDF Contribution: 2470100
IPA Contribution: 229500
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster sustainable use of natural and cultural heritage and resources


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Iskriva, institute for development of local potentials Lead partner SLOVENIA
Municipality Velika Polana ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Tourism Association Region Bad Radkersburg ERDF partner AUSTRIA
Tourism board of Međimurje county ERDF partner CROATIA
Public institution for management of protected parts of nature and ecological network in Virovitica Podravina county ERDF partner CROATIA
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Project News

  • Amazon of Europe Bike Trail - The Amazon of Europe Bike Trail successfully kicked-off!
    - 11-07-2018
    The Amazon of Europe Bike Trail successfully kicked-off!

    Last week, from 4th to 6th July 2018 project partners attended the Kick-off event in Lienz, Austria. The Amazon of Europe Bike Trail will be established as a flagship tourism product in the planned Amazon of Europe Transboundary UNESCO...

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