Berlin - The Wallflower tour
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The Wallflower bicycle and walking tour
The Wallflower tour in Western Spandau Falkenhagener Feld West is about 9 km (5.59234073 miles) long and deals with history (f. ex. the Wall) and nature (f. ex. flowers).
The starting point is the Seegefelder Straße from the railway line, which is popularly called Bötzowbahn.
The Bötzowbahn railway connected from 1909 to1912 the cities Bötzow in Brandenburg and Spandau in Berlin. The 17.2 km (10, 6875845 miles) long route takes 33 minutes. The passenger transport was suspended between 1950 and 1953. The railway Havelländische Eisenbahn company operates a residual distance from the transfer station Berlin-Spandau to the freight depot Johannesstift.
Follow right after the railway line all the way up to a blocking barrier for the railway crossing, turn left, continue and turn to the right to the lake Kiesteich .
The Kiesteich or Spektesee originated in 1950 through the gravel extraction for the reconstruction of Berlin. From 1950 to 1955, it was filled with rubble and domestic waste. From the "80ies" on hills were built on the edge of the lake from the backfilling material.
Drive this road back on the edge of the lake to the bicycle lane up/ or sand road (pedestrian) on the right, follow it, pass the lake, cross under the concrete bridge. Then the Spektewiesen are on both sides of the bike path.
If not mowed, the meadows are a spectacle of colours and smells, with its wild- / garden flowers and grasses. Especially the meadow sages in blue and the yellow bedstraw fragrant are to notice.
Continue until the path meets the road Straße 603 left. Turn right, along a wooden bridge over. Follow the bicycle lane up / or sand road (pedestrian) left, go down the next sand path left and cross the wooden bridge above the Lake Spektelake on the left .
Based on nature conservancy reason, swimming is not allowed in the Spektelake. Despite the ban people swim in both Spektesee and Spektelake.
After crossing go to the road Finkenkruger Weg and turn right up to the memorial for Willi Block, a victim of the Wall.
Willi Block had two successful escapes. Because of his wife, he came back both times. He was seen as a double agent and followed by East and West. He was in a prison in the GDR. On 7 February 1966 he wanted to cross the border to the west again and got stuck in the barbed wire. He was shot 72 times, 4 times aptly, of which 3 with deadly consequence.
Follow this road to the end, right to the Wall Trail Mauerweg, then left to the avenue Falkenseer Chaussee.*
There is a memorial stone and a placard about the division of Berlin through the Wall.
Turn right and cross at the traffic light the Falkenseer Chaussee. Turn left, go along this road and before the border right to the way to the meadow. Continue on the bicycle lane / or sand road (pedestrians) to the end, then left, then right, follow the Wall Trail through the woods and along two hills (watch out, slipping / fast speed).
Then, on the left we see info columns for two victims of the Wall: Helmut Kliem and Klaus Schulze.
Helmut Kliem and his brother were on a motorbike on 13 November 1970, they missed the way, ended up 10 m (32.8084 feet) in front of a gate in the border area, they did not respond to the calls of the border guards, but they turned back. It was shot 7 times; both brothers were hit Helmut Kliem fatal.
Klaus Schulze had been attempting to flee at the age of 14. He and his friend Dieter Krause should go to a re-education camp because of loafing. After observing the border, they decided on 7 March 1972 to escape in the evening. With a ladder they climbed over the fence signal - silent alarm was triggered. Klaus fell on the tripwire and is fatally hit by shots, his friend reached the West.
Take the sand road right, then continue on the asphalt street Radelandstraße to the corner of the street Stadtrandstraße, turn right to the hospital Waldkrankenhaus, push the bike through the entrance, turn right and left and then right to the buildings 16a and 16b, where a memorial to the forced labourers of the settlement (city) "Arbeiterstadt Große Halle" and their listed houses, wich were built in 1939-1943, are located.
Hitler and the architect Speer, wanted to build the megalomaniac "World Capital Germania" in Berlin. The architect Carl Christoph Lörcher planned building for 8000 workers here in Spandau. From 1941 on, more and more forced labourers were employed. The warstopped the project.
Return to the Stadtrandstraße, turn right, cross it at the crosswalk (before the street Griesinger Str.) and turn left to the houses 548-562 - settlement and the commander's house of the city workers.
Go back to the Stadtrandstraße cross it, turn left to Falkenseer Chaussee, where the tour ends.
*If you are interested turn off left into the road Spandauer Straße (extension of the Falkenseer Chaussee), after 1,5 km, or 0,932056788 miles, turn left into the road Hamburger Straße, there is the remains of the Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen Außenlage Falkensee.
Train / Underground connection
- The tour Starts:
Train / Underground - S + U Rathaus Spandau: follow the Seegefelder Str. approximately 2.5 km (1, 55342798 miles) to the railway line Bötzowbahn.
- The tour ends:
- Underground - U Altstadt Spandau: 4 km (2.48548477 miles) through Falkenseer Chaussee, Falkenseer Platz till Am Juliusturm.
- Train / Underground - S + U Rathaus Spandau: 4.5 km (2, 79617037 miles) as before, from Falkenseer Platz right to Altstädter Ring.
Train / Underground - S + U Rathaus Spandau ► Bus 237 Staaken, Isenburger Weg ► get out at the bus stop Dyrotzer Str.
- Bus stop Falkenseer Chaussee / Stadtrandstraße ► Bus 137 Staaken, Reimerweg ► get out at the Train / Underground - S + U Rathaus Spandau.
- Bus stop Falkenseer Chaussee / Stadtrandstraße ► Bus 337 S + U Rathaus Spandau ► get out at the Train / Underground - S + U Rathaus Spandau.
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