Stage 12 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege was the perfect tour to appreciate autumn in Berlin. The paths along the Havel were amazing with lots of small harbours, and sandy beaches. The reflections of the autumn colours in these waters was simply breathtaking!
The second Stage of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege was a beautiful tour through the many sides of Spandau. I left the river Havel to head into the lush Spandauer Forst before circling back to the river for some beautiful waterside views. I encountered lots of sheep (yeyy!) and enjoyed spectacular views from the Hahneberg too.
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.
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.
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.
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 46 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel was a beautiful loop around Wannsee. I visited a friend and contended with needy blood glucose during a ride with perfect cycling conditions.
Stage 41 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel completed the S25 route between the towns of Teltow and Hennigsdorf. Along the way, I passed through forests, checked out new graffiti and passed two border towers.
This is first edition of a new series – NinJa Cycles – where Nadja and I head out to explore together! NinJa is our couple name by the way. In this ride, we went to the lovely Falkenhagener See and explored the Spandauer Forst around Eiskeller in Spandau.
Nadja joined me for the first part of the Stage 37 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. This was a decidedly social Stage, as we had lunch with a friend in Kladow before parting ways. Only for me to get lost in the abandoned barracks of Krampnitz!