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Tour 59: Cycling tour of Prenzlauer Berg with Bernauer Straße Wall Memorial

In front of the Hotel Oderberger it means for you: Get on the saddle, ready? Go!

Start your tour at Hotel Oderberger, Oderberger Straße 57 in Prenzlauer Berg. Standing with your back to the hotel, turn right up Oderberger Straße and then turn left to cross Schönhauser Allee.

Kulturbrauerei 

On the left side of the street you will find the Kulturbrauerei, a former brewery site that has become a cultural and event venue known for its musical and culinary offerings. In the spring and summer months, a food market with numerous food trucks takes place every Sunday in the historic ambience of the inner courtyard between 12 and 4.

Water Tower

Ride along Sredzkistraße until you reach Rykestraße, where you'll take a right. At the end of the street is the oldest water tower in Berlin. A commemorative plaque commemorates when the water tower was used as a temporary concentration camp during the Nazi period. Today, the rental apartments in the tower are in great demand.

Insider tip: the restaurant Umami on the left side of the street before the water tower offers Indochinese cuisine at its best.

Volksbühne

Keep right at Umami and immediately turn left again onto Diedenhofer Straße. At the end of the street, turn left again and then turn right via Belforter Straße into Straßburger Straße. Follow this until it ends. Cross Torstraße and ride a little bit along  Zolastraße until you reach the Linienstraße. Here you will have a great view of the extravagant Volksbühne theatre.
The building was constructed in 1914 and financed only by donations. In the theatre, there is space for 800 spectators to experience dance, theatre, art, and other performances. The performances focus on current events, an uncertain future, and the  changes and opportunities to shape the city and society.

Sculpture on Koppenplatz

Now turn right and follow Linienstraße until you reach a small green space known as Koppenplatz.
Since 1996, the "Abandoned Space" memorial here has commemorated the deportations of Jews during the National Socialist era. The bronze sculpture shows a table with two chairs, one of which is upended on the floor. It symbolises the city's residents who were murdered in the concentration camps and never returned to their homes in Berlin.
Now turn right onto Ackerstraße. Stay on the street as you cross Torstraße and Invalidenstraße.

Our tip: for a break, take a stop at BrewDog at Ackerstraße 29. This pub run by the Scottish brewery offers 30 draught beers and a variety of craft beers, as well as pub food and pizza from a stone oven. Plus point: there is a large beer garden where you can sit outside and relax.

 
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Berlin Wall Memorial

Continue along Ackerstraße to the Bernauer Straße memorial site. Park your bike here and take a tour through the outdoor exhibition on the former border strip between East and West Berlin.

Chapel of Reconciliation

A little way up Bernauer Strasse, you will see the Chapel of Reconciliation on your right. This is the former site of the Church of Reconciliation (Versöhnungskirche). The church was blown up in 1985 after being abandoned for 24 years because it was caught between the two sides of the Wall.

Volkspark Humbolthain

Opposite the Chapel of Reconciliation, turn onto Hussitenstraße. Follow it to Gustav-Meyer-Allee and turn right there. On the left hand side is Volkspark Humboldthain, a fine spot to chill for a bit when the weather is fine. Children will also enjoy the large adventure playground here and the views over Berlin can be enjoyed on the historic platform of the former flak tower.

Gethsemanekirche

The route continues straight ahead, where Gustav-Meyer Allee becomes Rügener Straße and later Gleimstraße. Cross Schönhauser Allee and continue on Stargarder Straße. Here you will pass the Gethsemanekirche, where the East German civil rights movement used to meet and fight for their freedom, surrounded by Stasi informers. Today, the church offers a wide range of events.

Our tip: grab an ice cream at Hokey Pokey, one of the city's most popular ice cream shops, on the left side of Stargarder Straße. Be sure to try the unusual ice cream varieties such as apple basil or Indian mango.

Kastanienallee

Turn right at the next intersection onto Pappelallee. After just a few metres you will see the Becketts Kopf bar, where connoisseurs of whisky, gin, and other spirits can enjoy the evening with jazz and electro music. Follow Pappelallee straight ahead, cross the Danziger Straße/Schönhauser Allee intersection at the Eberswalder Straße U-Bahn station and ride along Kastanienallee until you turn left onto Oderberger Straße. You have reached your destination at Stadtbad Oderberger.

With the kind assistance of Hotel Oderberger.

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