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The Berlin Wall and the Cold War - Bike Tour

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Highlights

  • Forget the strain of walking and cover lots of ground on a comfortable bike instead
  • Bike along the fault line that once divided East and West Germany, and discover the scars the country still bears
  • Hear stories about brazen escape attempts by those that dared to challenge the Wall
  • Your bicycle will be a state of the art, comfortable cruiser
  • Cycling around Berlin allows you to cover more ground
  • The tour brings to life the events which split this great city in half
  • Tour is led by a knowledgeable English speaking guide

Overview

This bike tour lets you relive the tense, tragic days of the Cold War, when the Iron Curtain fell on Berlin and a city was walled off from itself.

Bike from the West end of the city to the East Side Gallery, one of the last-standing stretches of the Wall, where the torture of a nation torn in two is scrawled in loud, emotional graffiti.

Read the Stalinist propaganda on the Soviet war monument at Treptower Park and bike through the haunting stretch of watchtowers that line the former deathstrip, where snipers trained their sights on people who defied the tyranny of the Wall.

Lunch in a historic old train station and discuss the circumstances of the Cold War era that made Berlin a center stage for international tensions.

Itinerary

Please make your way to the main entrance of the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz, where you will meet your native English-speaking tour guide and collect your bike for this Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour.

With cushy seats, fat tires and handlebars that come up to meet you, your bike lets you navigate this cyclist-friendly city with the greatest of ease and comfort.

An expert guide will take you back to the strained, shadowy days on both sides of the Wall during the Cold War in this moving and educational ride through Berlin.

You will cover just eight lush and leisurely miles in five hours, feeling the exhilaration of the road without any of the exertion. Tours are suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Stop every few hundred yards to learn from your guide about the most historically significant remains of the Cold War era.

Bike from West to East along the wide boulevard of the Karl-Marx-Allee, which typifies the socialist classicism of Soviet design.

Visit the imposing Soviet Cenotaph in Treptower Park, sure to be one of the most impressive sights on your European vacation. More than 3200 fallen Soviet troops are buried here and the reliefs lining the memorial are a textbook example of Stalinist propaganda. It‘s off the beaten tourist path, yet quite accessible by bike, and not to be missed.

Explore the East Side Gallery, a kilometer-long stretch of still-standing Wall, famous for its politically-charged graffiti that returns you to the agonies and frustrations of a nation divided. Take plenty of time to soak it in and pull out your camera to capture the most arresting images.

Retrace more than 5km of where the Wall once stood and learn about the differences and misunderstandings that still fester between former East and West Berlin. Listen intently to anecdotal tales of espionage and harrowing escape, many on the exact site where they actually took place. Bike by the last of the deathstrip watchtowers to comprehend the unimaginable risk taken by those that tried to cross over.

Even your lunch stop illustrates that fault lines that once sprawled between East and West, as you break for a bite at a charming café in the remains of an old train station split off from its tracks by the Wall.

Your tour will conclude where it started at the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz.

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Reviews

Inexpensive, informative and fun. Blakely the guide was awesome. We saw heaps, learnt a lot and felt as we only had one full day in Berlin this activity was a great choi... Noel W Campbell

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

15 Mar - 31 Oct: Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Duration

4.5 hours approx.

Start time

Start time: 1030h (10:30am)
Duration: 4.5 hours approx.

Meeting point

Tours meet at the entrance of the giant TV Tower in Alexanderplatz. Our guides will be holding an orange sign saying "Tours Meet Here"
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point

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Inclusions

  • Native English speaking guide
  • New beach cruiser bicycle and helmet
  • Insurance
  • Rain poncho, if needed

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drink at the café break
  • Optional gratuities

Do/Dont's

Do remember your camera

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Kids’ seats, trailer chariots, and kids’ bikes are also available, so kids of all ages can be accommodated

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Tour operated in all weather conditions. Rain ponchos are available, should they be needed. For the cold days below 50F/10C free hot tea provided on the tour along with free gloves for use during the tour.
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  • "Great thing to do if you only have a short stay" Inexpensive, informative and fun. Blakely the guide was awesome. We saw heaps, learnt a lot and felt as we only had one full day in Berlin this activity was a great choi...
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