Entlang der ehemaligen Mauer – Vom urbanen Berlin in die Peripherie
Bike Touring Highlight
Tourismusverein Berlin-Pankow e.V. went for a bike ride.
January 6, 2020
Construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961, and all streets and crossings were blocked with barbed wire and armed border guards overnight. Friends, families and couples were separated and did not know if they would ever see each other again. This situation continued for 28 years until - prepared by developments in Eastern Europe and within the GDR - the wall finally fell on November 9, 1989.The total length of the wall around West Berlin was 155 km. Within the city, between East and West Berlin, it was 43 km. A little more than a third of this route runs along the district border of Pankow, a good reason to start looking for traces within this district. The bike tour along this section of the former wall leads from the center to the periphery: on the one hand, the Pankow district with its over 400,000 inhabitants is an epitome of urbanity (for example in Prenzlauer Berg), on the other hand it gradually becomes a rural and rural idyll in the north lots of nature and an almost imperceptible transition to neighboring Brandenburg.The approximately 20 km long bike tour takes you past exciting and worth seeing stations on the subject of the Berlin Wall, places of world historical importance and those that relate more to personal stories and fates. In any case, you can learn a lot about the divided and the reunited city of Berlin. The route is equally suitable for visitors and residents of Berlin. It runs over long distances on the "Berlin Wall Trail".The tour starts at the S-Bahn station S Nordbahnhof and ends at the "Checkpoint Qualitz" in Blankenfelde. From there, the S Waidmannslust can be reached by bike about 5 km away.
February 3, 2020