Berlin cycle tour

June 24th 2010katie

We’re not usually the touristy-tour types, but were recommended the Fat Tire tours as a great way to see a lot of Berlin’s historic sites in one swoop. We took the tour on Monday afternoon when the scorching-hot weather was a bit more chilled out – not that it was a tough cycle as we stopped every few minutes for a new sight. Berlin is a much more laid-back city to cycle around than London with a mutual respect (or at least tolerance) between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, so it was very enjoyable.

The 6-mile ride took us through a big chunk of the centre-west of the city including most of the main squares, churches and palaces, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, into the pretty Tiergarten (with a beer stop in the middle), and more sober sites such as Hitler’s death place and the Memorial to Murdered Jews. Our guide Nick was funny and informative, filling in my woeful knowledge gaps of German history.

On a semi-related note, we also visited the Stasi Museum which is way out in the east of the city. It’s quite hard to find the entrance amongst the complex of faceless concrete buildings that made up the Stasi HQ, but once you’re in the museum contains a good collection of memorabilia, including all the ingenious places they hid cameras and spy equipment. There’s a whole floor of rooms – offices, boardrooms and even a kitchen – done out in the style of the time which makes it feel quite eerie, like the officers have only just upped and left.

More photos of the Stasi Museum on Flickr

More photos of the cycle tour on Flickr

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Comments (5)

  • Sarah Wu

    June 24th 2010 at 10:57 pm

    lovely post, the Stasi Museum seems very interesting.

  • Han

    June 25th 2010 at 10:29 am

    I'm def going to do this when i go to berlin next summer – thanks for the tips!

  • sophiewearing

    June 25th 2010 at 12:01 pm

    WOW Katie I really wish I had done that when I went to Berlin! There is just so much to see in that city, think I will need to go again! xxx

  • James

    June 25th 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Re Stasi Museum, have you seen "The Lives of Others"? A magnificent film, and the DVD can be had for only £5 at HMV etc.

  • Sarah

    July 7th 2010 at 9:55 am

    Love your blog Katie. I've just booked some days away to Berlin and staying in the Michelberger hotel thanks to your lovely posts! :)
    Do you think 4 days is enough there? If you have any other other things to see & do let me know…
    Sarah xx

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