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city by bike (berlin)

To wrap up my Berlin posts, I would like to share (in detail) how we spent our Saturday… exploring the city on bikes! I posted a few weekends ago about this day but since it was a “weekend in 3″ post I didn’t share too many photographs with you. So here’s the day in more detail!

So as I mentioned, we rented bikes from our hotel in the morning and made our way to Schloß Charlottenburga palace constructed in the late 17th as a residence for Sophia Charlotte, wife of the Elector of Brandenburg,Frederick III. Here’s a photograph of the beautiful palace…

From there we biked back through Charlottenburg, in former West Berlin (our hotel was in Schöneberg), past the Berlin Zoological Garden to the Tiergarten park, the largest urban park in the city of Berlin. We biked down the Straße des 17. Juni to the Victory Column…

Then turn a turn into the park…

(This is how I biked all day, map in hand, haha)

And found a small rose garden…

We ended up at the eastern rim of Tiergarten, at the Brandenburger Tor, the former frontier between East and West Berlin. From there we biked along the water, with the Reichstag to our left, up Friedrichstraße and parked our bikes at the U-bahn station Oranienburger Tor. We went to Dada Falafel, located at Linienstraße 132 in Mitte, for plates of falafel and shoarma. It was absolutely delicious!

We then came across the Kunsthaus Tacheles or “Art House Tacheles,” a large 9000 square meter art center on Oranienburger Straße in the district Mitte. It is identifiable by the huge graffiti-style murals painted on the exterior walls, and the modern art sculptures that are featured inside…

Across the street from the Kunsthaus Tacheles in the Neue Synagoge or “New Synagogue,” originally built from 1895-1866 but demolished for the most part in World War II. Today, services are held in the synagogue and the building next door is used as a Jewish museum and center.

From there we biked a small part alongside the former Berlin Wall in the East, to Bernauer Straße, where the Berlin Wall Memorial stands today (it so happened that it was the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 2011, the day we were there). Here are some photographs of the memorial…

From there we biked through the neighborhood Prenzlauer Berg, and down to Oderberger Straße, recommended by a friend of mine who spent a semester abroad in Berlin…

She said we HAD to stop by Kauf Dich glücklich (Oderbergerstraße 44) for “trinkets and waffles” and oh my goodness, were the waffles a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

Check out my previous post for a picture of the waffles. Oh and don’t you like the seating outside?

From there we biked back (mind you, this was at least a 45 minute bike ride!) to our neighborhood and stopped at the Kurfürstendamm – I spotted the United Buddy Bears exhibition! The United Buddy Bears are an international art exhibition with more than 140 two metre tall fibreglass bears. “Under the motto, ‘We have to get to know each other better, it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more, and live together more peacefully,’ more than 140 countries acknowledged by the United Nations are represented, promoting tolerance, international understanding and the great concept of different nations and cultures living in peace and harmony” (source).

Not so sure what to make of the Dutch bear…

Or the Canadian one for that matter…

Berlin is an amazing city. I definitely recommend it for history-buffs, art-lovers, students and parents… everyone. See all my Berlin posts by clicking on the following links: weekend in 3 (#17), Berlin (Favorites), Berlin (Buildings), Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie), Berlin (Street Corner), Berlin (East Side Gallery) and Berlin (Friedrichshain).

weekend in 3 (#17)

This past weekend was spent in BERLIN! As I mentioned in last weekends’ post, my boyfriend arrived from Calgary to visit me for two weeks, and even though I wanted to show him a different side to Holland that he had already seen (just Amsterdam), I wanted to take a short trip to another city. I had visited Berlin once before, but in the winter a few years ago. He had never been to Berlin so it seemed like the perfect place to spend a long weekend. We left by car on Thursday morning, arrived in the mid-afternoon and spent the rest of the days exploring this incredible city.

I’m going to be posting a lot about Berlin in the next few days so I’m going to focus on Saturday, the day we spent biking around Berlin (yes, I know, I’m obsessed with biking, especially in different cities, aka Paris, Montreal, San Francisco, Amsterdam, etc.) We had rented bikes from our hotel in the morning and made our way to Schloß Charlottenburg, a palace constructed in the late 17th as a residence for Sophia Charlotte, wife of the Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick III.

From there we biked back through Charlottenburg, in former West Berlin (our hotel was in Schöneberg), past the Berlin Zoological Garden to the Tiergarten park, the largest urban park in the city of Berlin. We biked down the Straße des 17. Juni to the Victory Column and then took a right turn into the park to the Rose Garden. Here’s a picture of how I biked all day, map in hand (it worked quite well, surprisingly)…

We ended up at the eastern rim of Tiergarten, at the Brandenburger Tor, the former frontier between East and West Berlin. From there we biked along the water, with the Reichstag to our left, up Friedrichstraße and parked our bikes at the U-bahn station Oranienburger Tor. We went to Dada Falafel, located at Linienstraße 132 in Mitte, for plates of falafel and shoarma. It was absolutely delicious! From there we biked a small part alongside the former Berlin Wall in the East, to Bernauer Straße, where the Berlin Wall Memorial stands today (it so happened that it was the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 2011, the day we were there). Here’s a photograph of the memorial…

From there we biked through the neighborhood Prenzlauer Berg, and down to Oderberger Straße, which was recommended by a friend of mine who spent a semester abroad in Berlin. She said we HAD to stop by Kauf Dich glücklich (Oderbergerstraße 44) for “trinkets and waffles” and oh my goodness, were the waffles a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I know this is supposed to be a “weekend in 3 photographs” post but I have to share this waffle with you – a fresh waffle with warm cherries and a vanilla custard…

Also, if you’re on this street, my friend recommended Bonanza Coffee (Oderbergerstraße 35) for the “best coffee in Berlin.” From there we biked back (mind you, this was at least a 45 minute bike ride!) to our neighborhood and stopped along the Kurfürstendamm before meeting my parents for dinner at Savignyplatz. What a wonderful last day in Berlin! More posts to come!

Update! Check out all my Berlin posts: weekend in 3 (#17)Berlin (Favorites)Berlin (Buildings),Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie)Berlin (Street Corner)Berlin (East Side Gallery)Berlin (Friedrichshain) and Berlin (City by Bike).