Berlin Mauerweg

I decided it was a good idea to cycle the entire length of the Berlin Wall (Berlin Mauerweg). 160 km’s later, and I feel a tad wrecked, but it was definitely worth the effort :) There wasn’t much left to indicate the wall was there originally. The guard towers are mostly pulled down and most of the open spaces are overgrown or built on now. But it’s definitely a good trip to make. Cycling the wall route is an excellent way to get a feel for how long the border the communists were attempting to lock in was. Thanks to Marty, Martine, Robinson, James, Tina and Jenny for an awesome and exhausting day out :)

Jenny charging hard!

Me (Ryan Hellyer) standing in front of a guard tower on the Berlin wall route

early-morning-view

The group cycling on the Berlin wall route

The group cycling on the Berlin wall route

Abandoned amusement park

Whilst wandering around Treptower park, I stumbled across an amusement park called “Spreepark” which has been abandoned since 2001. Apparently the owners of the insolvent company shipped some of the rides to Peru in 2002. They were only allowed to ship them there for “repair” purposes. It turned out that the owner was setting up a new park in Peru, but after this failed, he attempted to send one of the rides back to Germany, but it was stopped at the border due to having 180 kg of cocaine inside it!

Ride at Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Ride at Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Train at Spreepark amusement park in Berlin

Messerschmitt Me 262

The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world’s first fighter jet, and I got see one at the Berlin airshow :) These things were the menace of the allied air forces towards the end of world war 2, and many experts believe that if they’d been operational a year earlier, that they could have helped Germany change the direction of the war and lead to a very different world than the one we live in today.

Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt Me 262