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Berlin, street art and cycling

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Cycling from Copenhagen to Berlin

Foto_mapa_K-BeWhen I moved to Berlin I found out about the cycling route from Berlin to Copenhagen and planned to do this summer. After the experience traveling alone on the Elberadweg, I was prepared to Copenhagen. I decided to do the inverse way, starting in Copenhagen and come back home little by little. The plan was to do alone the Danish part of the trip and, in Rostock, meet Katharina Funke to travel together the German part.

It was a 7-day trip. If you want follow our steps, bellow you have the gpx file of each day to download. On this trip I decided not to do travelog, only some points “highlights” of each day. On the German part, Katharina wrote the travelogues.

See the posts of each stage:

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Cycling B-KO: From Linum to Berlin

kb_de14_04879Route day 7: Linum – Tietzow – Börnicke – Schönwalde-Glien – Hakenfelde – Havel – Berlin Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal – Berlin

  • This was the last day of the trip. We woke up with the feeling of “goal achieved”, after all, we were near Berlin.
  • The route was crowded, there was more cars and bicycles on the roads. Near Berlin we got by mistake a part of the mauerradweg and later we had to back to the previous route.
  • At our arrival in Berlin, for me the landmark was crossing the Wasserstadtbrücke. By that I felt I had finshed the journey from Copenhagen to Berlin. We stopped to take a photo on the bridge. The phrase “wir haben es geschafft” (yes we made it) was in our minds.
  • We had a lunch stop at Restaurant Fährhaus. Enjoying the arrival on a sunny day looking at boats, river and being home…

Day total: 60.05 km – 4h:12m:46s (gpx)

aspas_abremWeather was still cold in the morning and we stayed inside till the temperatures went a little higher...

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Cycling B-KO: From Wredenhagen to Linum

kb_de14_04830Route day 6: Wredenhagen - Wittstock – Dossow – Fretzdorf – Katerbow – Kränzlin – Neuruppin – Buskow – Linum

  • Our first stop was in Wittstock, we wanted to see the wall around the city. We cycled a bit around the wall and continued our way.
  • In Neuruppin we stopped for lunch at the lake shore and got some sun to heat up the skin a bit.
  • Later we decided to innovate and do a new track, create a new route. We went through a almost deserted forest and the tracks were very confusing. We had to stop a few times to look at the gps location. In one of these stops we met a man came to talk to us and told us the right direction. He was going to another way. Few minutes later we saw that he was following us. We got a bit tense because he said he was going the opposite direction. When he reached us he said he want to accompanied us so we don’t get lost. He seems to be a lonely man, just wanted to chat a bit. I was luck that I was with Katharina...
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Cycling B-KO: From Güstrow to Wredenhagen

DCIM101GOPRORoute day 5: Güstrow – Inselsee – Marienholf – Krakow am See – Malcow – Kepkow – Wredenhagen

  • In this part of the journey there was no more head wind. It was cold but there was no strong wind.
  • We passed by many lakes and small towns on their shore.
  • In Malchow I ate the best fish sandwich of my life. Nothing better than fresh local fish smoked or marinated.
  • After days cycling by corn plantations on the Elba river (Elberadweg) and here (Berlim-Copenhague) I felt like eating corn. My desire was fulfilled on our dinner in Wredenhagen. Katharina prepared an excellent herbs butter to go with the cooked corn.

Day total: 79.87 km – 6h:17m:31s (gpx)

aspas_abremWaking up to eight degrees Celsius in Güstrow (who forgot to tell Petri that August is supposed to be summer in Germany?) we left the bed and breakfast at 8.50 am. The sun and a few clouds were greeting us on our way along side the beautiful lakes and through the old coniferous forests next to Mühl and Kirch Rosin...

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Cycling B-KO: From Marielyst to Güstrow

kb_de14_04606Day route: Marielyst – Marrebaek – Skelby – Gedser – Rostock – Groß Stove – Schwaan – Rukieten – Mistorf – Goldewin – Lüssow – Güstrow

  • I left Marielyst early because I had no idea how long I could take to the to the ferry in Gedser in case there was strong wind. I cycled so fast that I ended up geting there too early for the 11am ferry. I had to wait for more than an hour.
  • The ferry takes approximately 2 hours to do the 50km from Gedser to Rostock. There was not many cyclists, the majority does the opposite direction (from Berlin to Copenhagen). I just met a French speaking family, a couple and two children cycling towards the beaches in Rostock.
  • The way out of the ferry to the cycling lane to the city was a bit confusing. There was so many trucks and motorcycles getting out that I got a little lost among them.
  •  The meeting with Katharina near the train station was easy. From there on it was great, a had a friend traveling with me and there was no more head wind.

Day total: 124...

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Cycling B-KO: From Stege to Marielyst

DCIM101GOPRODay 3 route: Tastrup – Bissinge – Hjelm – Skovsøen – Grønsundvej – Stubbekøbin – Grønsund – Hesnaes – Ulslve – Elkenøre Strand – Marielyst

  • This was the most beautiful day of the cycling in Denmark, first I cycled around Møn island, then I went through a dense forest at Falster forest.
  • It was very windy in Møn and I got rain on the road. I decided to stopped on the only tree on the way. Getting there I realize there was other two German cyclist waiting for the rain under the tree. About 20 minutes later the rain was gone and the sun was shining.
  • The bridge between Møn and Bogø was large, about 1 km long. But this time it was easy, I was not afraid to cross it.
  • A highlight of the day was the cycling on the forest. No cars, no people… and boarding the Baltic sea.
  • It is worth a quick stop at Hesnæs port to see the fishing boats and enjoy the landscape
  • I got to Marielyst almost 5pm without having any stop for food or rest, no even a pause for toilet...
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Cycling B-KO: From Rødvig to Stege

15301627680_0f9e2f3373_bDay 2 route: Rødvig – Lund – Lille Torøje – Strandskov – Fakse Ladeplads – Delhoved – Srandhuse – Praestø – Skibinge – Rekkende – Kragevig – Sandvig – Kalvehave – Koster – Stege – Keldby – Elmelunde/Møn

  • Before departing Rødvig I cycled in the port. I love ports, boasts, fishing nets…
  • Again, I got head wind the whole journey. Even when going down small hills I had to cycle.
  • There was so many apple trees on the way that I had to grab one. I decided to eat when I arrived at the hotel, as a precaution in case this wild apple would give me some stomachache.
  • My lunch stop was at Praestø port. It was great to be on a warm place to recharge the energies and continue cycling.
  • The Queen Alexandrine Bridge to Møn was huge and the wind very strong. I got afraid of the wind blowing me towards the cars and trucks, so I got out of the bicycle and carried it walking on the bridge.
  • At my arrival in Stege I stopped in the supermarket to buy my dinner since there was no supermarket or restaurant...
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Cycling B-KO: From Copenhagen to Rødvig

15485791482_7f84cf60e9_oDay 1 route: Copenhague – Greve Strand – Solrød Strand – Køge – Strøby – Magleby – Hollug – Sigerslev – Stevns Klint – Højerup Rødvig

  • I left the hotel at 8.30am. The cycling lanes were completely crowded and everybody was cycling very fast that I couldn’t stop to read the name of the streets. I got lost a bit,  went out on the wrong bridge and had go back.
  • It took more than one hour to get out of Copenhagen. In town there was not signs of the bicycle routes like in Berlin. I took the wrong way twice and had to stop a few time to look on the gps.
  • Scooter and motorcycles were using the cycling lane. I thought it was strange but maybe it was legal. I saw them on Copenhagen and later again in Køge. I believe slow motorcycle were allowed on the bike lane based on a sign I saw on the road.
  • The wind around the island Amager was very strong, hard to cycle. This way was not on the official track from B-KO, I chose for it once I got lost...
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Elberadweg: from Wittenberg to Dessau

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