Japan feeling in Berlin
We started our bike tour on 30 April 2022 at the historic Lichterfelde- West. The suburban rain station was opened on 15 December 1872 and initially called Lichterfelde (Potsdamer Bahn). Johann Anton Wilhelm von Carstenn, the Hamburg entrepeneur, financed and initiated the construction in the style of a Tuscan villa. He foresaw Berlin's growth to the southwest and established the present Lichterfelde villa colony. To date, many beautiful houses listed from that period are still standing.
From the villa colony, we pedalled along the Teltowkanal heading to the Kirschblütenallee in Teltow. The cherry blossom avenue was initiated in 1990 by the japanese TV station, TV Asahi in commeoration of the German reunification. They called on its viewers to participate in a major fundraising campaign and raised about one million euros for the planting of japanese cherry blossom trees at the major sites of the German division. 1100 trees were planted along 1.5 kilometers of the former Berlin Wall in Teltow by local residents and friends in 1995 and 1996.
At the end of the tour, the happy WiB-bikers took a short break in the new port "Kleine Freiheit" in Teltow. The next bike tour in May will be an excursion from the Ruhleben metro station to the Palais Populaire.