Posts Tagged ‘Cycling’
Jenny Seifert gives some tips on how to travel slowly in the Bavarian capital... Munich is one of those European cities that get trampled by tourists. According to the Deutscher Tourismusverband, in 2011 it was second only to Berlin in terms of overnight visitors, with Bavaria – the state of which it is capital – topping the list for German Länder. It’s easy to understand why people flock to Munich. The city is a veritable museum of iconic landmarks and German stereotypes (think [...]
Paul Sullivan finds a curious mix of derelict buildings and pretty lakes and forests on a 100km bike ride through the former East Germany... About The Author Paul Sullivan is a Berlin-based writer & travel photographer and the founder of Slow Travel Berlin. You can check out his personal website here and some of his photography galleries here.
Jenna Makowski cycles along the remains of the Berlin wall... I imagined the Wall long before I arrived in Berlin to cycle part of the trail. Barely old enough to remember (much less grasp) the events of 1989, my perceptions of the Berlin Wall had come from pictures in American-authored history books and post-Cold War History Channel specials. I’d collected a few of those impressions in my mind: a clip broadcasting Reagan’s keynote speech, the pulsating crowds storming the wall the [...]
The snappily-titled Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände is a not-so-well-known 18-hectare urban park at the southern end of Schöneberg. The park has blossomed from the ruins of an old railway hub that was built in the 1890s, and which for 70 years operated as one of the city's busiest (including during WWII). The area was closed and abandoned following the division of the city and nature slowly began to work its magic, reclaiming the old crumbling administrative buildings and rotting [...]
Kasey Klimes explains how bicycles encourage a more intimate relationship with our urban environment... Photo by Kasey Klimes We all know the talking points. The benefits of bicycles have been tirelessly elaborated upon; bicycles improve health, ease congestion, save money, use less space, and provide efficient transportation with zero fuel consumption and zero carbon emissions. The culmination of a population on two wheels can have a drastic impact on the overall wellbeing of a [...]
British journalist and cycling enthusiast Kevin Braddock changes gear for an inaugural Berlin bike ride... Everyone cycles in Berlin, and in Berlin everyone cycles in the same way: slowly. I recognised this one day not so long ago as I was riding north along Warschauer Strasse, from Kreuzberg to Friedrichshain. It was a hot sunny afternoon, and in common with very few other streets in Berlin, there’s a mild incline to the stretch running parallel to the S-Bahn just north of the [...]