OUR PRIVATE GUIDED Berlin Wall Ride Tours
Until 1989, West Berlin stood as an island of capitalism inside the socialist state of East Germany. Surrounded by 160km of ‘Death Strip’ – an inhospitable forbidden zone designed to stop East Germans fleeing West featuring barbed wire fence, anti-vehicle traps, guard towers, guard dogs – and bizarrely, thousands of metropolitan rabbits.
With the Fall of the Wall, much of this area was enthusiastically destroyed – few pieces of the Berlin Wall remain in the city. Fearful that the lessons of the Wall would vanish with its physical form, the Berlin government eventually agreed to establish a bicycle route along the entire 160km historic path of the Berlin Wall – known in German as the Mauerweg.
Pedalling the entire stretch of the Berlin Wall in the company of one of our expert guides ensures not only will you have the confidence and direction to complete the route but that you get the chance to experience the route for what it is – one of the most historically important stretches of cycle path on the planet. Cruise through Checkpoint Charlie, visit the Bridge of Spies, the first border crossing to open in 1989, the longest graffiti gallery in the world, and much more. All with the rolling commentary from one of our expert team of riders.
Our Berlin Wall Ride tours are a unique way of celebrating how the Hammer & Sickle became the Hammer & Chisel – while enjoying the relaxing beauty that the outskirts of Berlin and the agricultural state of Brandenburg surrounding the city has to offer.
The tour is designed for small groups, bike hire can be included in the price. If you have a large group and require more bikes, let us know and we can make arrangements for company outings/team building or just group adventures.
The route is mainly asphalt surface with a segregated bicycle route, which means little sharing of the ride with road traffic and pedestrians. Ideal bike riding conditions, with the rare patch of traditional Brandenburg sand and gravel and some grassier sections. There are a number of suitable spots for fueling up along the route, depending on the day of the week/time of the year. Classic German bakeries, beer gardens and restaurants. Alternatively, we can arrange for all sorts of supplies (protein bars, gels and snacks) for more determined riders looking to hit the route harder.
(All of our private tours are custom tailored to our clients’ needs and wishes and can include Berlin sights decided in advance or spontaneously organised on the day of the tour. If you have any specific requests for your tour, regarding sights and content, do not hesitate to ask – you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, previously inaccessible during the Cold War period as it sat in the ‘Death Strip’ of the Berlin Wall, the tour continues north along the path of the Mauerweg – a clockwise route around former West Berlin. Travelling through the current German government quarter you’ll snake past the site of Ronald Reagan’s 1987 ‘Tear Down This Wall’ speech, past the Reichstag building and German Chancellor’s office before crossing the river Spree to head towards the central Hauptbahnhof train station.
The tour then reaches the site of the first Berlin Wall fatality caused by East German bullets – as Gunter Litfin tried to escape East Berlin and was confronted by armed transportation police (a guard tower now commemorates this death) – and the Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall Documentation Centre. To the site of the famous Conrad Schumann escape in 1961 and Mauerpark (home to one of the city’s most famous flea markets). The first border crossing to open in 1989, the Bösebrucke (sometimes known as Bornholmer Strasse) is the next stop, as the tour continues through the district of Pankow to the Barnim plateau and the sandy land of the state of Brandenburg that surrounds Berlin. Through quaint villages, open fields and lush meadows, the tour snakes westward into the beautiful Spandau Forest before dipping south to end the day by crossing the Wannsee lake by ferry from Alt-Kladow. There are plenty of opportunities to stop during the summer months to swim or picnic break by the water, as the first day route passes along the banks of the Nieder-Neuendorffer See and theHavel. Not only does the tour pass near the Tegel Airport, built by French occupation forces in 1948, but also the former British airstrip at Gatow.
The single day option of the tour will then finish in Berlin’s neighbouring city of Potsdam – once the royal retreat for Prussian Kings and German Emperor.
For the more adventerous we also offer a single day – all inclusive 160km route ride. Or our two day option dividing the route in half.
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