Hello and welcome to the start of another week! I can not believe on Wednesday it is actually going to be August but that means Thursday is something very special – stay tuned. And until then, apologies for the long overdue blog post but I hope you are excited to read all about my Berlin bike tour.
I went to Berlin at the end of May and now at the end of July I am just getting around to writing more about our great long weekend in the German capital. I went with one of my roommates from university to kick off our weekend I convinced Samantha that a bike tour would be a great way to explore the massive city. I have done a FatTire Bike Tour before and when I saw that the Berlin City Bike Tour had 4.9 out of 5 stars with over 1,700 reviews I was sold. I was really pleased by the end, if not a bit exhausted after nearly five hours of biking around the city but it was well worth it. The tour started at the Alexanderplatz and famous Berliner Fernsehturm tower, below, where it looked like the sky was going to open up but then luckily the clouds passed. From there it was on to the Berlin City Hall Rotes Rathaus and the Bebelplatz – a public square in the central Mitte district.
And then it was great to take in a ton of the history that Berlin has experienced in the last 100 years – everything from the recreation of the Checkpoint Charlie, to pieces of still standing of the original Berlin Wall, one of the last remaining Nazi watch towers (Deathstrip Watchtower), and the site of Hitler’s bunker which is now a parking lot. Definitely a sobering experience but I am glad we had the chance to learn and see it first hand. I also found the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe so moving and really well done.
^ The parking lot over what was Hitler’s bunker
Then it was on to the gorgeous Tiergarten park which we entered through the historic Brandenburg Gate. Once in the park we had a hard time biking through the park due to a road race but it was still fun to see different parts of the park including the Victory Column and a stop for lunch at traditional beer garden.
After the beer it was getting dark and Samantha really wanted to watch the Champions League final so we breezed by the Reichstag building at sunset and through Museum Island to end our Berlin bike tour.
Would you ever go on a bike tour?