This is the first in a two part series of my Tour to all six of the Siedlungen der Berliner Moderne (Berlin Modernism Housing Estates). This post looks at the Großsiedlung Siemensstadt, Siedlung Schillerpark and Weiße Stadt. Enjoy these estates full of sleek lines, flat roofs and colour accents in some glorious sunshine.
Cycling the Berliner Mauerweg (Berlin Wall Path) has been on my To Do List for ages! I finally managed to complete the whole path in a single day and it was well worth it. Starting (and ending) in central Berlin, passing along waterways and along fields – the varied terrain and sights were fantastic. But also a reminder of how West Berlin was surrounded by a huge concrete wall and that many East Berliners risked their lives to cross that border.
The penultimate Stage of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel focused on bus and tram routes that serviced the “Müggel” areas in the south east of Berlin. Woods, canals, “mountains” and lakes were all on the menu. Plus an adorable bus route served by a mini-bus!
Stage 57 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel was a lesson in insulin sensitivity. I had to constantly eat to keep my blood glucose in a safe range! Thankfully wearing a CGM helped prevent any dangerous lows. Aside from ever present blood glucose issues, I explored some lovely urban and green areas within Berlin while ticking off another five bus and one tram route.
I finally completed all of the S-Bahn routes during Stage 53 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. This was the S3 running from West to East and I took in some brutalist architecture and cycled through the long stretches of forest. There was also a refreshing summer rainfall too on the way back to central Berlin.
Stage 44 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel focused on the tram routes that run through the eastern part of Berlin. After a non-start in the previous Stage, this time my special guest was plagued by chain drops!
During Stage 33 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel I enjoyed the springtime in some of Berlin’s idyllic nature while battling my self-inflicted high blood glucose.
It was peak cherry blossom time for Stage 31 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel so I completed a Stage that maximised the cherry blossom experience. Plus visiting most of the transport hubs of Berlin on a beautiful spring day.
Stage 29 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel was one of the toughest yet! I battled headwinds, my own energy levels and plenty of traffic during this huge loop in Berlin.
Visiting many of the industrial areas in Berlin was the focus of Stage 25 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. Plus a stark reminder of the measures taken to control the Covid-19 outbreak with so many empty areas.