I entered the former DDR after crossing the bridge over the Oder river. The ‘R1’ bicycle route guided me via quiet roads into the heart of Berlin, the biggest city I’m cycling through on this trip. Thanks to the help of Roxane, a Berlin resident who really went out of her way to help me find some accommodation, I ended up in the ‘Sunflower Hostal’ where I booked a double room for a night.
It must have been 22 or 23 years since I last visited Berlin.

My room in the Sunflower Hostel.
Small section of ‘the wall’ near the former Checkpoint Charlie.


One side of the wall has all sorts of graffiti paintings, the other side is now painted with war stories.


The ‘Fernseheturm’ (television tower) in Berlin.


Humboldt University
The bike in front of Brandenburger Tor
‘Reichstag’, the German parliament building.

I kept following the R1 cycle route towards Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Next year, the city will celebrate 500 years of the reformation.

After Lutherstadt, I followed the paths along the Elbe river for a while, before heading into the ‘Harz’ mountains and crossed the now invisible line between the former East- and West Germany.. I was still extremely lucky with the weather. Temperatures going as high as 36 degrees.
Since Latvia I am cycling against the wind, all the way through Lithuania Poland and now Germany. In the end you give up, hoping for a tailwind and you just say to yourself, “well, only another 800 km against the wind before I’m home”.

Münster was the last bigger town I cycled through before entering the Netherlands.



One day my Rohloff hub was leaking oil. I guess because of the extremely hot weather at that moment. I did another oil change when I came home, and there was still some oil inside, so nothing to worry about, I guess.


Lunch break at a very friendly Vietnamese restaurant.


I’ve spend one night in this beautiful shelter in the Harz mountains. A good decision, as the night was very stormy. A couple of trees fell down near the bungalow that night.
Inside my shelter for the night.






Total kilometer in Germany: 1.038 km
Average km per cycling day: 86,5 km

Total kilometer so far: 10.510 km
Total altimeter so far: 76.107 meter
Total time on the bike: 692 hrs 19 min

Nights slept inside: 1
Nights slept outside: 12 (5 on campgrounds, 7 wild camping)
Average daily cost Germany: 25 euro


3 thoughts on “Germany”

  1. Hoi Koen,
    Nou je kunt nu België alweer bijna ruiken vanuit Berlijn.
    Weer veel beleefd zo te zien. Wij zijn momenteel ook weer on route en zitten op het eiland Cres
    in Kroatië. Hebben vee mooi weer maar dat heb jij ook denk ik zo te zien aan de foto,s.
    We wensen je nog vele laatste veilige kilometers tot aan thuis.
    Frans en Rinie uit Nederland


    1. Hoi Frans en Rinie,

      Kroatië zal wel ongelooflijk goed zijn deze tijd van het jaar. hopelijk kunnen jullie enkele van de donkere maanden hier zo overbruggen 🙂
      Zelf loop ik een beetje achter met de website. Ben inmiddels al enkele weken thuis en vertrek morgen naar….. verrassing 😉



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