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Revolutions Radtour – das Ende der Monarchie in Berlin

a group of people walking in front of a building

Orte der Revolution 1918/19 1918 – der Erste Weltkrieg ist schon lange nicht mehr zu gewinnen, die Menschen hungern, sind des sinnlosen Sterbens überdrüssig. Nachdem es schon im Vorjahr nach der russischen Oktoberrevolution erste Streiks gegeben und die SPD sich unter dem stärker werdenden Druck der Kriegsgegner gespalten hatte, spitzte sich die Lage im Herbst…

Wien-Radtour – zwischen Hundertwasser und Hofburg

a group of people standing in front of a bicycle

Wien per Velo – die K.u.K.  Fahrradtour [Can’t read German? Check pedalpower’s english website] Wann immer es sich ergibt, nutzen wir auch unsere privaten Ferien, um fremde Städte kennen zu lernen. Dabei hilft uns die Mitgliedschaft bei Cycle Cities, einem weltweiten Verbund von Unternehmen wie unserem. Im Juli war die Hauptstadt Österreichs an der Reihe….

Berlin’s watery west pt. 1: Wannsee

The church of the Redeemer ~Heilandskirche Sacrow, built in the 1840s by order of King Frederic-William IV. in the style of Italian Renaissance like so much else in Potsdam. In my humble opinion, the most beautiful church hereabout.

A slightly different style of sightseeing While almost nothing in the world of tourism has seen as much abuse as the term “off the beaten path” we actually do try to find and create experiences for those of you, who have already done the checkbox style things every Berlin visitor does sooner or later. So,…

Best of Berlin Street Art summer 2019

Detail of the

Murals, graffiti, 3D Have fun with our collection of new Berlin street art, from Tegel to Neukölln. All Infos about the artwork in the captions, or on our regular Street Art bike tour, which we also offer in German. As always we weren’t able to identify all artists shown here, so of course you’re very…

Bike tour Malaga

Malaga is incredible green, there are trees and lush parks everywhere. In the background is the Alcazaba, the old moorish fort/palace.

Cycling the Andalusian capital One of the great things about our membership in the Cycle Cities network is the fact that you get to meet like-minded people from all over the world that are the perfect first point of contact in a foreign city. In the past we were already lucky enough to go on…

27/06 Austria and Hungary open their borders – Grenzöffnung

a group of people standing in front of a crowd

Text auf deutsch Horn and Muck dismantle the Iron Curtain After Hungary’s first steps towards an open border to its neighbour Austria were largely ignored by the general public, what happened on June 27th 1989 showed everyone, that the Iron Curtain wouldn’t only become permeable – it would be history pretty soon. While Hungarians were…

04/06 1989 Tiananmen and Poland/Polen

Mahnmal in Wroclaw für die Opfer des Tiananmen-Massakers. Panzerspuren und ein zerbrochenes Fahrrad.

Text auf deutsch One day – two signals   #otd June 4th 1989 a few things happened that might not had a direct impact on the peaceful revolution in Germany but were an important part of the overall development. Mahnmal in Breslau für die Opfer des Tiananmen-Massakers. Zerbrochenes Fahrrad...
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13/06 Michail Gorbatschow in West-Germany/Staatsbesuch der BRD

Mikhail Gorbachev wearing a suit and tie

Text auf deutsch Gorbimania in the West Gorbachev was a darling of Western politicians from as early as 1986 when he first detailed his plans to “reconstruct” the Soviet Union under the twin labels of Perestroika (~change, redesign) and Glasnost (~openness, transparency) and a lot of freedom-minded citizens in the East took this as a…

31/05 George H.W. Bush in Germany

Hans-Dietrich Genscher wearing a suit and tie

deutsch Let Berlin be next “But the passion for freedom cannot be denied forever. The world has waited long enough. The time is right. Let Europe be whole and free.”   Hans-Dietrich Genscher wearing a suit and tie

02/05 The iron curtain becomes porous

Ungarn baut den Grenzzaun zu Österreich ab

deutsch Ungarn baut den Grenzzaun zu Österreich abUngarn baut den Grenzzaun zu Österreich ab (Quelle: Kronenzeitung/AP) Hungary opens its border to Austria The iron curtain ran the whole length of Europe north to south, separating the members of…

Sightseeing Berlin

Ungeplanten Besuch von einer unserer Gruppen gab es dank Pieter auch.

Sightseeing und Stadtrundfahrten für alle Gelegenheiten Die Touren von Berlin on Bike sind mehr als reines Sightseeing. Wir glauben daran, dass Geschichte mehr ist als Jahreszahlen und Höhenangaben – und wir glauben daran, dass Stadtführungen unterhaltsam sein können und sollten. Unsere Stadtführer sind sorgfältig ausgebildet und versorgen Euch bei Bedarf mit allen relevanten Daten und…

(not so) New Berlin Street Art

Bustart is extremely versatile and oscillates between very bright comic-style grafitti work involving typography sometimes reminding of Roy Lichtenstein and stencil work like this. Both approaches are held together with the frequent inclusion of pop-culture characters like Tigger in this piece

Urban Nation and beyond We run Berlin Street Art bike tours every Friday at 3 pm in English. Deutsche Streetart Touren gibt es jeweils Freitag und Sonntag. We realized there’s still a ton of unpublished street art photos rotting away on our hard-drive, because something’s missing to complete a certain collection. Problem is, it will…

Mein 9. November – My personal Nov. 9th

a man holding a sign

Deutsch The Day the Berlin Wall fell I always thought, that saying the Wall “fell” sounds a bit like it crumbled and just died of all age, while in truth thousands and thousands risked their careers, their freedom and ultimately their life pushing against it. On Novemer 9th this pushing became quite literally what opened…

26/04/89: Honecker about Hungary/über Ungarn

Erich Honecker (Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R0518-182 / CC-BY-SA)

  Text auf deutsch Honecker loosing his grip on reality Just days before the border between Austria and Hungary is opened, Erich Honecker, chairman of the Zentralkomitee (Central Committee) of the Socialist Unity Party (SED) is worried about the situation with his neighbours. Using a language that’s equally stinted and oldschool he rambles on and…

05/04/89 30 Years Later: Runder Tisch/Round Table in Polen

The Round Table displayed in the Round Table Hall at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw

Text auf deutsch A new form of political dialogue At the end of the 1980s a rather new approach was making its first appearances on the stage of international high-stakes policy-making: the Round Table. The basic idea today seems so simple, yet nobody really understood the terminology: get all stake-holders together and sit them at…

03/04/89 30 Years Later: No more shooting/Aufhebung des Schießbefehls

text, letter

Text auf deutsch The order that never was The legal processing of the order to shoot at the Berlin Wall has been a breaking test for the unified society that was just about to emerge. A lot has been left unsaid and buried deep in some archive. Bit by bit proof and details regarding the…

21/03/89 The soviet army shrinks/Truppenreduzierung der Sowjets

Mikhail Gorbachev wearing a suit and tie

A step towards independence A key factor leading to the revolution in 1989 is Michail Gorbatschow’s doctrine, that the “brother states” of the Warzsaw Pact will be responsible for their own destiny, meaning a) the Soviet Union won’t stand in the way of national reforms, but it b) won’t help against people “with contra-revolutionary”agendas (read:…

Munich sightseeing Bike Tour

We will explicitly not talk about what those Frauenkirche towers remind us of

Bike tour in the Germany’s biggest village As a member of the CycleCities network we’re always looking forward to our annual meeting in February. The main thing of course is the exchange with fellow tour operators and making new friends, but of course it’s a great excuse to play the tourist in a different place…

08/03/89 Winfried Freudenberg the last victim/das letzte Opfer

Portrait of the last victim of the Berlin Wall: Winfried Freudenberg.

Deutsch Flight and Crash with a DIY balloon The story of Winfried Freudenberg‘s life, flight and death is a tragic example of East-German ingenuity. Born in 1956 he later studies electrical engineering in Illmenau where he meets his future wife Sabine, a chemist. Even though thoroughly rooted in their community they had difficulties accepting, that…

05/02/89 Chris Gueffroy: der letzte Erschossene/the last one shot

a sign on the side of a building

Deutsch Chris Gueffroy: The last victim of the “shooting order” On February 5th 1989 Chris Gueffroy was shot at the Berlin Wall. He was the last victim of the “shooting order” and the overall penultimate victim that lost his life trying to leave the GDR to find a better life for himself. Chris was a…

18. Januar ’89: “The wall will still be standing in a 50 and 100 years”

Briefmarke zur deutsch-sowjetischen Freundschaft

Deutsch Honecker’s prophesy Erich Honecker was the most powerful politician in the GDR for nearly 20 years. What many people don’t know, even before he became 1st secretary of the Central Commitee of the ruling Socialist Party – SED – he shaped the history of his country. After spending more than two years in Moscow…

Hurricane Factory – wind tunnel

a person wearing a costume

Indoor Skydiving in Schönefeld tl;dr: Flying in a wind tunnel is fun and a really good bad-weather activity if you have some money to spend. Let’s be honest, at Berlin on Bike we’re not only checking out activities for our readers and guests. In fact, quite a few of the things we introduced here over the…

Street artist: El Bocho

Girl with blue hair, by El Bocho, 2018

Portrait of a Berlin street artist: El Bocho El Bocho (spanish for little donkey”) is not only one of Berlin’s most famous street artists but also one of the most recognizable.  Born in 1978, he’s been active in Berlin since 1997 and has a number of international exhibitions to his name. Being a designer and…

Schafe auf dem Tempelfeld

Irgendwie ein seltsamer Anblick; nur 5 Minuten von den Szenekiezen Bergmannstraße und Kreuzkölln, weiden Schafe mit Blick auf den Fernsehturm.

Herde mit Aussicht Er versucht, es sich nicht anmerken zu lassen, aber Schäfer Knut ist etwas genervt. Vor drei Tagen hat der einzige Berliner Schäfer, auf Einladung des Allmende-Kontors, mit seiner Herde Quartier auf dem ehemaligen Flughafen Tempelhof bezogen und spielt seitdem geduldig den Erklärbär für die Großstadtkinder. Umso netter, dass er sich auch für…

Spy Museum – Deutsches Spionagemuseum

a cup of coffee

The Capital of Spooks tl;dr: A well designed private museum with lots of things to actively try out that is definitely worth the entrance fee. Located at Potsdamer Platz – or Leipziger Platz to be precise – a few years ago a new, privately funded museum about spycraft opened its doors. We were invited for a…

Fläming-Radtour

Luftaufnahme Kloster Zinna

Rund um Jüterborg Bei Berlin on Bike arbeiten nahezu ausschließlich Radfahrer aus Leidenschaft, was bedeutet, dass wir es geschafft haben eine der schönsten Nebensachen der Welt zu einem Teil unseres Berufs zu machen. Leider bedeutet das aber auch, dass wir in der schönsten Radfahrerzeit nur selten dazu kommen, selber auf Expedition zu gehen und uns…

Hometown Berlin

Senor Schnu at Hometown Berlin

Street Art and beach feeling in the city west After taking over an old car workshop that has been scheduled for demolition the troupe behind Wandelism was looking for something a litte bit more permanent. One big difference of Wandelism compared to The Haus, was that it was much more accessible and down-to-earth. From the…

Radtour Neustrelitz – Templin

Wolken See Baum

Brandenburg-Ausflug (und ein bisschen Meck-Pomm) Leider schaffen wir es während der Saison viel zu selten, uns selbst mal aufs Rad zu setzen und unser schönes Umland zu erkunden. Vor kurzem hat sich jedoch die Gelegenheit ergeben, unseren Häuptling im Brandenburgischen abzuholen und dabei das Angenehme mit dem Nützlichen zu verbinden. Gestartet sind wir in Neustrelitz,…

BMF @Reemtsma – Berlin street art

Another mural by ICKE

Berlin Mural Fest in Wilmersdorf It’s already been quite some time since the guys from Berlin Mural Fest sent half the city in a streetart-frenzy creating over a dozen new large-scale walls all over the city – including some new favorites. There was one location a bit off the usual places for high-profile urban art: Wilmersdorf….

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Ab 29

Sie stand 28 Jahre, die Berliner Mauer. Und wurde immer weiter ausgebaut, bis ein Entkommen über die Sperranlagen fast unmöglich war. Eine Zeitreise in den „Kalten Krieg“. Mit oft unglaublichen Geschichten, von waghalsigen Tunnelfluchten bis…