Stage 5 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege is the North-South complement to the West-East route of Stage 1. I cycled from Buch along the lovely Pankeweg (Panke Route) right into the heart of Berlin. The way south continued through many green stretches before I reached the fields which the Berlin Wall used bisect. Here, I found a mobile phone and managed to reunite it with its owner!
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 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 second Stage of the Tour de Tall was more zig-zagging across Berlin to visit the twelfth to the eighth tallest structures. More impressive stacks from power plants and an Eiffel Tower imitation .. I mean .. inspiration, plus a bonus spaceship.
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.
Stage 55 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel toured the northeast districts of Berlin and beyond. On the way back to central Berlin, a stranger stopped me for advice of buying a bicycle – the perks of wearing all the cycling gear.
Stage 49 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel tackled the penultimate S-Bahn route between Oranienburg and Wannsee. This allowed me the visit many lakes in the north and south of Berlin plus Kaffeeklatsch (gossip over coffee) with friends too.
Stage 47 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel was a major win in blood glucose management – within range the whole Stage! Plus sightings of Highland Cattle, great gravel paths in Falkenberg and the Mörderberg (Murder Mountain!).
Nadja joined me during Stage 45 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel! After putting her mechanic skills to the test, we headed up to Frohnau to catch up with a friend before parting ways. I discovered a horrible example of border control but also some lovely areas in Niederschönhausen and Pankow.
The U8 was the backbone of Stage 42 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. This was very much a modern history tour by crossing along the path of the Berlin Wall and cycling by many of the “ghost stations” during the Cold War.