A sunny but chilly autumn day was a great chance to cycle through the Barnim Villages for Stage 13 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege. I cycled from the Tegeler See towards the east of Berlin through some amazing landscapes – many of which are nature reserves too. Despite some blood glucose troubles at the end, this was an amazing ride and I really loved the autumn colours just popping everywhere.
A hot summer’s day was a great opportunity for the eighth Stage of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege. This route led me through nature reserves and along small lakes in the east of Berlin. All the greenery was a nice touch to these primarily residential districts. A great ride and even my blood glucose was relatively well-behaved!
Stage 7 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege started at the lovely Märchenbrunnen (Fairy Tale Fountain) and ended at the border between Berlin and Hönow. On the way, I encountered a huge bull fountain, some fantastic street art, lakes and high-rise blocks. A great mixture of all that Berlin has to offer!
Stage 6 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege was a nice tour through some of the central parts of the former East Berlin. It was a mixture of green paths, Plattenbau apartment blocks and some stunning green areas developed on former industrial grounds. My blood glucose was pretty high during the days before this Stage so it was quite a physical struggle – but at least I got to see plenty of sheep.
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.
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 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.
A beautiful autumn day was ideal for visiting all 8 of Berlin’s mills. This was a lovely loop in the city focussing on buildings not really associated with big cities! The back stories, as well as the current uses, of these mills is also very interesting – featuring a “Murder Mill” going up in flames, World War II and people getting caught in the vanes.
This is the second 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 Wohnstadt Carl Legien, Gartenstadt Falkenberg and the Hufeisensiedlung Britz. These three estates feature some amazingly colourful designs which really popped when I visited.