Stage 9 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege followed the river Dahme from Köpenick towards Schmöckwitz and its border with Wernsdorf in Brandenburg. I visited the historic old town and palace in Köpenick before cycling along the Dahme – easily one of my favourite parts of Berlin. Green and blue as far as the eye can see! Highly recommended.
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!
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.
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.
For the 10 year anniversary of when Nadja and I met, we hunted out some of the cherry blossoms around Berlin. We cycled through some lovely parks, and made it to the Kirschblütenallee (Cherry Blossom Avenue) on the site of the former Berlin Wall to enjoy this amazing area. Spring may finally be here!
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.