Bike tour in the south of Berlin

After almost 2 years of lockdown due to Corona, our first bike outing on 15 March 2022 was a tour from Zehlendorf-Mitte through Teltow to Stahnsdorf and Kleinmachnow. We met at the Zehlendorfer suburban railway station and rode through Teltow, partly through the forests and along the water towards Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf. In 1902, the land near Stahnsdorf was purchased for the establishment of the central cemetery. The design was based on the plans of Louis Meyer, a student of Lenné. In 1908-1911, the large wooden cemetery chapel was built by Architect Gustav Werner and the concept was taken after the Norwegian stave church.

In this cemetery, some famous people are buried: illustrator and photographer Heinrich Zille; Max Jordan, the first director of the National Gallery; Walter Gropius, the father of the famous Bauhaus architect; Gustav Langenscheidt, language teacher and the founder of a publishing house Werner von Siemens... and many more.

From Stahnsdorf we pedaled back to Kleinmachnow over the Kleinmachnow lock. The foundation stone of the lock was laid in 1901. Five years later after the construction, the listed lock was inaugurated by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1906. We cruised through Kleinmachnow, passed the tennis and field hockey Zehlendorfer Wespen heading to Königsweg. After 20 km of cycling for 2 hours, we rewarded ourselves a nice break at Derby Klause. The next tour on the program will be from Lichterfelde-West to the 1000 Japanese cherry trees.