One Day Route Option:
Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, previously inaccessible during the Cold War period as it sat in the ‘Death Strip’ of the Berlin Wall, the tour continues north along the path of the Mauerweg – a clockwise route around former West Berlin. Travelling through the current German government quarter you’ll snake past the site of Ronald Reagan’s 1987 ‘Tear Down This Wall’ speech, past the Reichstag building and German Chancellor’s office before crossing the river Spree to head towards the central Hauptbahnhof train station.
The tour then reaches the site of the first Berlin Wall fatality caused by East German bullets – as Gunter Litfin tried to escape East Berlin and was confronted by armed transportation police (a guard tower now commemorates this death) – and the Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall Documentation Centre. To the site of the famous Conrad Schumann escape in 1961 and Mauerpark (home to one of the city’s most famous flea markets). The first border crossing to open in 1989, the Bösebrucke (sometimes known as Bornholmer Strasse) is the next stop, as the tour continues through the district of Pankow to the Barnim plateau and the sandy land of the state of Brandenburg that surrounds Berlin. Through quaint villages, open fields and lush meadows, the tour snakes westward into the beautiful Spandau Forest before dipping south to end the day by crossing the Wannsee lake by ferry from Alt-Kladow. There are plenty of opportunities to stop during the summer months to swim or picnic break by the water, as the first day route passes along the banks of the Nieder-Neuendorffer See and theHavel. Not only does the tour pass near the Tegel Airport, built by French occupation forces in 1948, but also the former British airstrip at Gatow.
The single day option of the tour will then finish in Berlin’s neighbouring city of Potsdam – once the royal retreat for Prussian Kings and German Emperor.
For the more adventerous we also offer a single day – all inclusive 160km route ride. Or our two day option dividing the route in half.
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