ROUNDTRIP ALONG THE COLD WAR-BORDER
The Berlin Wall is one of the most disputed constructions of the 20th century. After its fall in 1989, the monument which once secured the border between East and West was torn down. Today, only pieces are left, but what remains are the border tracks – now serving as bike-trails. Some former border fortifications such as watch-towers or control-points have been put under monument protection and many host interesting museums and documentation centers.
The Berlin Wall bike-trail leads through a very beautiful and diverse landscape as well as through the fascinating cityscapes of Potsdam and above all Berlin, where you can still distinguish, after all this years, the eastern and the western part. The bike trail is mostly paved and easy to cycle and the stages are deliberately short to leave enough time to visit the sights Berlin and its surroundings have to offer.DAY 1 - POTSDAM ARRIVALDAY 2 - FROM EAST TO WESTPotsdam - Spandau, ca. 35km
You start cycling, passing Cecilienhof Palace, where the Potsdam Conference was held in 1945 to decide over Germany's partition into occupation zones. You cross Glienicke Bridge, where the United States and the Soviet Union once exchanged their spies. And you ride along beautiful Lake Wannsee and River Havel to Spandau.DAY 3 - SPANDAUER FORSTSpandau - Hohen Neuendorf, ca. 40km
You cycle through the Spandauer Forst, a strip of mixed forest with thousand-year-old oak trees, situated in the former restricted zone of the GDR. Continue on the shores of River Havel and take a break at the former watchtower Nieder-Neuendorf, where a small museum covers the separation of the two Germanys.DAY 4 - INTO THE BIG CITYHohen Neuendorf - Berlin City, ca. 40km
Today you cycle into the heart of the big city. You ride along Bornholmer Straße, place of the first opening of the border in 1989, and stop at the Wall Memorial Site Bernauer Straße. There is a wealth of sights on your way and you will spend the night right in the center of Berlin.DAY 5 - WALLS AND CHECKPOINTSDAY 6 - RENAISSANCE TOWNBerlin Grünau - Potsdam, ca. 45km
Today, the Berlin Wall Cycle-Path zigzags along the southern edge of the city. In Marienfelde, an assembly and transit point helped more than 1,3 million refugees from the GDR to access the western German states. You visit the former checkpoint Dreilinden, today under monument protection. Finally, the shore of Griebnitzsee takes you back to Potsdam.DAY 7 - EXTENSION OR DEPARTUREDeparture or an extra night in Potsdam or Berlin?
You have the choice!
Per Person (Shared Double Room) 760 EUR Single Room Supplement 290 EUR
Accommodation: 6 Nights in Hotels averaging 3 Stars, with Breakfast Luggage Transfer Detailed Travel-Documents Telephone Briefing and 7-Days-Service Hotline
NOT INCLUDED (Services not mentioned above, i.e.)
Journey to / from Start and End Point Food and Drinks Entrance Fees Travel Insurance Transfers Personal Expenses and Tips
Airport Transfer (Hotel Potsdam) incl. Bicycle / One Way 50 EUR Airport Transfer (Hotel Berlin) incl. Bicycle / One Way 40 EUR Transfer (Potsdam – Berlin) incl. Bicycle / One Way 30 EUR Rental Bike:
7-Gear with Backpedal-Brake (Unisex/Gents)
21-Gear Freewheel (Unisex/Gents)
75 EUR Rental Electric Bike 200 EUR Extra Night in Potsdam (Shared Double, p.p.) 75 EUR Extra Night in Potsdam (Single Room) 120 EUR Extra Night in Berlin (Shared Double, p.p.) 75 EUR Extra Night in Berlin (Single Room) 115 EUR
Tour Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Travel Period: 20.04. – 29.09.2019
Starts Saturdays & Sundays
Minimum Number of Participants: 2, Additional Departures upon request for groups 6+
Total Distance: 200km
Daily Cycling: 35km – 45km
Highlights: Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace, Cold War Sights along the Berlin Wall Bike-Path, German Capital Berlin