Through the fields from east to west

By Ruben Alexander

GERMANY – The northern edge of Berlin is a very nice place to go for a bike ride when spring is coming into full bloom. So in this post, I will take you on through the fields and forests from the former east to the former west, through an area Berliners definitely consider part of the city despite its rural character.

From Rosenthal to Frohnau

I will start in the former village of Rosenthal, in the borough of Pankow. Rosenthal mostly consists of one street, Mönchmüller Straße, which used to run parallel to the wall about a hundred meters to the west.

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Now the previous evening’s bike ride:

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Mönchmüller Straße continues northwards to Blankenfelde, another village within Berlin’s city limits:

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Turning left (and westwards), with Blankenfelde and its Mühlberg (I will take you there at the end of this post) in the distance) in the distance:

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Crossing the road to Lübars, I will now take you along a section of the Mauerweg, a foot and bike path that follows the former course of the Berlin for about 360 kilometers. This section now separates the former eastern bourough of Pankow from Reinickendorf in the west.

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Mauerweg (which, with an extra space between mauer and weg, could also translate as ‘Wall Gone’) passes through a lot of nature reserves. This lake is in Naturpark Barnim, which is mostly in Brandenburg (the state that surrounds Berlin and was formerly part of East Germany).

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Leaving Mauerweg in Frohnau, a part of Reinickendorf that is one of the most upmarket parts of Berlin:

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Heading south, I’ll leave you with this shot of the Märkisches Viertel, one of the biggest housing estates in former West Berlin:

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Märkisches Viertel/Wittenau

Finding the area (which I had already started to explore in winter) quite intriguing, I continued to make pictures of it in May and June.

Not far from where the last picture was taken, in Märkisches Viertel:

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Quickborner Strasse, which is seperated from Rosenthal by a few fields, through which the Berlin wall used to run:

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As in other places on the edge of Berlin, there are a lot of dead-end railway lines here. Someone told me that they used to be used to transport freight around the cities industrial districts:

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Lübarser Straße industrial estate:

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WW2 bunkers can be found in various places in Berlin, including a big one near Friedrichstraße in the city center. Two of them stand next to each other on this industrial estate:

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Gewerbehof Lübarser Straße:

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Lübarser Feld, which is pretty near the northern edge of town:

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Lübars

Lübars, a former village in the north-eastern corner of Reinickendorf, was founded in the 12th century as Angerdorf, making it older than Berlin itself.

The elementary school:

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An old telephone now used as a place to share books. German is the only language I know that sometimes translates the word ‘telephone’ (fernsprecher means ‘far speaker’):

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Lübars looks similar to Rosenthal, but even nicer. There is also a cafe in this house:

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The eighteenth-century village church:

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Leaving Lübars in an easterly direction (this road crosses the route along the Mauerweg I took in the post I mentioned at the beginning of this post):

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Out in the countryside, but still in Berlin

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Back near photo 14 and 15, Lübarser Feld with apartment buildings in Waidmannslust in the background:

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At the Foot of Garbage Mountain

The road on photos 20 to 25 leads through the former village of Blankenfelde (now in Pankow):

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Arkenberge Lake:

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The Mühlberg (literally: ‘Garbage Mountain’), or garbage dump near Blankenfelde, which someone told me was built from the rubble of buildings destroyed in WW2 (There are a number of such hills in Berlin, Teufelsberg and Müggelberg being the most famous ones). You can see the Mühlberg in the distance on photo 15 of the post I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

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A house on an allotment at the foot of the Mühlberg:

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Retrospectively posted on 2019-04-27.

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