Berlin-Copenhagen Bikeway

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Oranienburg to Furstenberg – train Furstenberg to Waren – Waren to Klein Gievitz

We took an early train to Oranienburg to get out of the clutches of Berlin. This small and somewhat unkempt town was not a lively place at 7am on a Sunday morning and the substantial Fruhstuck we thought we would find here did not materialise. We made do with coffee and pastries from a bakery and commenced our ride on the Berlin-Copenhagen Bikeway, Brandenberg stage which is charcterised by flat countryside, lakes, forest, canals and not many towns.

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The bikeway was fairly unpopulated for the first couple of hours but gradually we were joined by other cyclists and played hare and tortoise with a couple of parties. We travelled through an area between Zehdenick and Mildenberg where clay brick making was a huge industry in the past. But we were pretty much looking out for somewhere to have second breakfast. After eating our plain bread rolls in desperation (sans butter, jam or cheese), we found the kind of place that we’d expected to see more of – a roadside kiosk selling wurst!

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On the approach to Furstenberg we passed the site of the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp – a grim place during WW2.

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Detail of Müttergruppe Ravensbrück by sculptor Fritz Cremer

A review of progress achieved and still to be made revealed that we needed the assistance of Deutsche Bahn to get us to Waren from where we could ride the final leg to Klein Gievitz where our CouchSurfing host awaited us. Waren is proud of its location on Lake Muritz, the biggest lake in Germany.

Christian, our host, welcomed us to the tiny village where he lives with his family – who are all away on holiday waiting for him to join them shortly. He cooked us delicious paella and we enjoyed a long conversation over dinner and drinks.

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