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Berlin Wall Cycle Tours

Posted on November 8, 2014 by

This Sunday marks 25 years since the Berlin Wall crumbled. At 22:45 on the 9th of November 1989 the East German authorities bowed to overwhelming pressure and opened the gates allowing thousands of East Germans to cross over into West Germany for the first time. Around the world, news reports showed powerful images of tearful re-unions and ecstatic celebrations. The wall had gone up overnight on the 13th of August 1961 and stood for 28 years.

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Berlin Wall remnant

25 years later and Berlin has moved on but it is still possible to find remnants and signs of the old divide. Most of the actual wall was removed in the early 90’s, much of it by souvenir hunters armed with hammers and chisels, but sections still remain and are now protected for posterity.

To the east of the city centre you can visit the East Side Gallery – a 1.3 km stretch of the original wall now covered in murals by international artists. At the Berlin Wall Memorial you will find another short section preserved intact, complete with no-mans land and guard tower. Through much of the city a double row of cobblestones marks where the wall once stood

The excellent Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie in the centre of city provides a detailed history of the wall and includes stories of those affected by it. The many escape attempts are well documented here, some successful, some not but all incredibly brave.

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Checkpoint Charlie

Besides its interesting Cold War history, Berlin is a vibrant, welcoming city with a deserved reputation for excellent restaurants and exciting nightlife. It also has an excellent network of cycle paths and is nearly completely flat making it the perfect choice for a cycling break. Checkout our 7 night Berlin Wall Cycling Holiday for more details.

One Response to “Berlin Wall Cycle Tours”

  1. geraldine gallois

    Thank you Andy, you’ve certainly whet my appetite for Berlin. I thoroughly enjoyed my Champagne and Burgundy tour last year. Now putting Berlin in my diary for next time. Cheers!

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Our easy cycling holidays offer short daily rides on mostly level terrain. A typical day’s ride will take 2 – 3 hours at a leisurely pace and the remainder of the day will be free for you to explore further or simply relax. These rides are particularly recommended for newcomers to cycling holidays and for families.

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Our leisurely cycle holidays will suit those who are reasonably fit through regular exercise of one kind or another – not necessarily cycling. On the whole, the terrain will be level but there may also be a few small hills to contend with along the way too. Daily rides will typically take around 3 – 4 hours to complete.

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