Stage 4 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege took me from bustling Prenzlauer Berg to the quiet village green of Lübars. The route used a lovely section of the Berliner Mauerweg (Berlin Wall Trail) – although I made some detours to further explore the countryside, like the lovely Köppchensee.
The third Stage of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege led me from the government quarter in central Berlin all the way to the wheat fields in the northwestern district of Heiligensee. I followed canals, stopped at lakes, cycled through dense forests and could even enjoy some of the best street art that Berlin has to offer.
Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege Stage 1/20 – Spreeweg/Berliner Urstromtal / Spree Trail/Berlin Glacial Valley
The start of a new Grand Tour is always exciting and this one would take me through Berlin’s numerous parks, forests and along waterways using the official Grüne Hauptwege (Green Routes). The first route followed roughly the path of the river Spree to connect the west and east borders of Berlin. This was a lovely Stage passing through the old towns of Spandau and Köpenick as well as the hustle and bustle of central Berlin.
I visited the three tallest structures in Berlin during the final Stage of the Tour de Tall. All three were built to transmit radio/TV signals and built when Berlin was divided, which played a role in their final states. I mainly cycled through the lush forests of Berlin before the final stop in central Berlin where loads of people were enjoying the sun.
The penultimate Stage of the Tour de Tall took me to the extreme north and south of Berlin on the hunt for the 7th to the 4th tallest structures of Berlin. The structures were all related to power generation – mainly stacks from natural gas power plants but also impressive wind turbines. This was a fantastic cycle in Berlin with ideal conditions.
The Tour de Tall consists of four separate Stages visiting the 17 highest structures in Berlin in ascending order. This first Stage zig-zagged through central Berlin to reach the five “shortest” structures – all stacks from different power plants. This was a lovely ride in the sun and I could even visit Nadja and the cats for lunch.
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.
This recap of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel looks at the history of the public transport network in Berlin. And takes a deep dive into the highs and lows (pun intended) of blood glucose management during the 59 stages.
The final Stage of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel arrived! A beautiful sunny day meant I could really enjoy this lovely ride between Berlin and Potsdam. Once finishing the final route – the U3 – I celebrated with Nadja at the Brandenburg Gate. Very proud to have completed all the public transport routes.
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!