Summer Bike Ride in Eastern Germany

By Ruben Alexander

GERMANY – On another short holiday in Berlin (little knowing that I would move there a mere three months later), I decided to continue my exploration of the surrounding countryside. So I picked another random destination that looked nice on Wikipedia (Neustrelitz), borrowed my friends bike and took a train there. In contrast to my first visit to the east German countryside, which took place in winter, my second impression was much sunnier!

1. I didn’t take the train all the way to Neustrelitz, but got off at Fürstenberg an der Havel because a ticket there cost at least 20 euros less than one Neustelitz, which is the next stop. This is because Fürstenberg is the last station in the state of Brandenburg, and train travel between German states is considerably more expensive than within them (which is pretty cheap)

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4. The Havel river

The main road through Fürstenberg:

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7. Fürstenberg, which has a history dating as far back as 1287, turned out to be pretty nice

8. Fürstenberg church, which was completed in 1845

9. The 18th century Schloss Fürstenberg

10. A typical east-German house, who’s inhabitant looked at me suspiciously when he saw me with a camera


11. Heading north

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13. Crossing the border into the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpomern (and adding another administrative division to World People’s Places)

14. One of the regions many lakes (the region isn’t called the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau for nothing)

15. An abandoned hotel

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17. Neustrelitz is visible in the distance

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19. This building more or less looks like the cliche image of east Germany I had before I had ever been there

But as usual, most of the houses don’t fit that cliche image

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22. The road into town

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A neighbourhood on the edge of the center:

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26. The main square

And the main street:

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33. Neustrelitz’s brand-new harbour on the Zierker See

I left Neustrelitz by the road I had come in on, which brought me back to
Fürstenberg, from where I continued southwards. But first two more pictures of Fürstenberg :

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36. The village of Dannenwalde

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Gransee, which looked so nice when it suddenly appeared by the side of the cycle path that I had to stop to make some pictures:

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The 12th century church of Saint Marien:

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43. The Ruppiner Tor, which is part of Gransee’s intact battlements

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I cycled the remaining 30 kilometers back to Oranienburg in the dark, and took the S Bahn back to Berlin.

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