This has been sitting on my draft for almost 6 months and to be honest, I already forgot the important details discussed by our tour guide. Today, I’m going to bring you in Berlin— the capital of Germany. I had accidentally added Berlin in my itinerary back when I was traveling in Europe in September 2016. The Berlin trip started with a bit of racism at the Tegel-Berlin Airport. I do not want to give you guys a background about what happened at the airport. Okay, since you guys are forcing me to tell the story, umm here it is. I landed at Tegel Airport from Paris CDG Airport. I was the only Asian in flight from Paris to Berlin. (Wow, really? How did you know that you were the only Asian?) I have some mind-power to check it. Haha!
We have safely disembarked from the plane but not from the ground crew of the airport. When I was about to go out of the airport, an officer called my attention and I was asked to go inside the room. I was already nervous during this time, I thought I would be deported back to the Philippines. She told me that she needs to check my luggage before I can go out of the airport. I did not want to complicate things so I let them investigate my stuff. When they were about to unzip my bags, they asked me where did I come from. So I proudly answered, “Philippines” like representing a country in a pageant. Then she replied (non-verbatim) “You flew from Philippines to Berlin?”. Then I replied, (non-verbatim) “No madam, I walked!” (Charing!) I told them, “No, I came from Paris, CDG Airport” and they talked in German blah blah blah and she replied, “That was my question. You may now go”. And I was like, Huh? Seriously? What if I came directly from Philippines or in Asia? Ah, just because I’m Asian. Okay, I got it. I don’t really want to judge them. Maybe they were just strict with Asians. Only with Asians.
Anyway, I was able to arrive in my hotel safe and sound. I already moved on to that scene and I was already looking forward to see Berlin the next day since I did not see Berlin with sun. I arrived late in the evening. I asked myself how would I see Berlin in a limited time? I was only there for 2 days and it was too short. I thought of looking for bike tours in Berlin and I found this Fat Tire Bike Tour on the internet. They are offering several tours not just in Berlin but in Paris, London and Barcelona. So I booked a tour but I chose the late afternoon tour since I had errands in the morning.
The tour will start at 16:00 but I arrived at the meeting point at 15:00 so I can still stroll around the area and grab some food since it will be a 4-hour bike tour and I was afraid to feel hungry in the middle of the tour. I took some photos around the area of the meeting point—at Alexanderplatz. If you are going to this tour, you can easily locate the meeting point since it is located right at the base of a giant TV Tower (Fernsehturm). You will see the flag of Fat Tire Bike Tour.
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And of course, the tour is not complete without visiting The Brandenburg Gate
Unfortunately, after the visit at The Brandenburg Gate, my camera battery died and I was not able to take good photos to the next spots. Anyhow, to summarize this tour, we went to a Beer Garden Restaurant to grab something to eat. I think I ordered their authentic German Sausage. I already forgot the name. Gosh, so many details that I forgot about this trip. Haha! After dinner, we head over to some parts of Berlin, I still remember how cold it was because it was already 7 in the evening and we were like biking inside a big park-forest in Berlin and the only light you can see is your bike light which gives you a better sight to avoid accident.
My co-tourist were a bit worried about me already because I was shaking. It was EXTREMELY cold, seriously. If you are going to choose 4PM tour that will last for 4 hours, please bring a jacket. It will get chilly in the evening. Imagine the wind while you are biking. Haha. It’s like you are inside a freezer with a fan inside.
I enjoyed this tour despite of the cold weather at night. I would recommend this tour to everyone as it is very informative. Their tour guides are well-trained about the history of Berlin. Two thumbs up Fat Tire Bike Tour!
Highlights seen on tour: The Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, The Reichstag (parliament building), The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, The Berlin Wall, a beer garden for lunch, and more!
Themes discussed during the tour: Berlin’s founding, Prussian Berlin, The rise of Hitler and the Nazi years, wartime Berlin, post-war Berlin and the division of Germany, and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.