Pedaling along the history on 18 July 2017

Our last tour in this club season started at the Lichtenberg station heading to the Memorial to the Socialists where demonstrations to commemorate Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht used to take place in January during the German Democratic Republic (GDR) time. We rode across the scenic Herzberge park where a camp was built for the students to live during that period. They worked “voluntarily” in the state-owned factories or on the construction sites throughout the school vacation.

From our next stop at the Hohenschönhausen Memorial which served as the secret police prison for detention and interrogation, we continued the tour to Orankesee/Obersee. We visited the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Haus and a historic  water tower.
Heading southwest, we passed by “Sportforum Hohenschönhausen”. The 500.000 square meters was once the GDR center of competitive sports which at present is still used as a multi-purpose sports complex. We pedaled further to Prenzlauer Berg through Volkspark, across the Ernst Thälmann Park and passed the large Zeiss Planetary which was built in 1987 within only two years. Crossing Bürgerpark Pankow we arrived in Mauerpark with a nice view of Bösebrücke, better known as Bornholmer Brücke. Here, the first border control between East Berlin and West Berlin was opened on the night of 9 November 1989.

We cruised along the Mauerpark to the Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Straße passing through the huge terrain of the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst), the foreign intelligence agency of Germany.  It used to be the site of Stadion der Weltjügend (Stadium of the World Youth) which was demolished in 1992. On the Memorial for Günter Liftin, the first victim shot at the Berlin Wall, we reached Invaliedenfriedhof (the Invalid’s Cemetery), one of the oldest cemeteries in Berlin. From there, it was only a stone´s throw away to Potsdamer Platz where  our grand bicycle tour ended.