experience - Berlin Wall by bike
Written by Burkhard Kieker, CEO Visit Berlin
Olympic host 1936
For 28 years, the Berlin Wall divided Germany’s capital city. This concrete monstrosity famously fell in 1989, and was subsequently torn down. So what is left of the Berlin Wall today?
The best way to find its remnants, and discover its significance in world history, is by bike along the Berlin Wall cycle path.
This 160-kilometre circular route leads through all notable Cold War locations, such as Glienicke Bridge, where the Americans and Soviets would often exchange captured spies; and Checkpoint Charlie, the most well-known of Berlin’s border crossings and the scene of various escape attempts – and many a nervous stand-off.
The Berlin Wall memorial (Bernauer Straße 111) shows how extensive the border posts were, extending right through the centre of Berlin. And don’t miss the East-Side Gallery, the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, which was transformed by artists and designers to be the largest open-air gallery in the world.
Photographs and inscriptions at more than 40 stops en route describe historical events and everyday life with the Wall. Special tip: Along the inner-city areas there is also an electronic GPS Wall Guide with original film and audio recordings. Numerous tour operators offer guided cycle tours along the Berlin Wall in various languages.
Games of the XI Olympiad
Architectural icon, historical site, and striking event location, the Berlin Olympic Stadium – with its trademark blue running track – is more than just a sports stadium. The facility was built for the 1936 Olympic Games and features some breathtaking period architecture. So it’s definitely worth a visit, even when there are no football games or concerts being held there. A path showcasing 26 plaques noting past events, in German and English, winds its way through the Olympic Stadium. For the complete experience, take a tour of the whole Olympic Park.