Bike tour from Friedrichshain to Müggelsee

Hello bike lovers! I took a little improvised tour to Müggelsee and back today. I biked quite fast; the average speed of only 25 kph comes from the fact that I also biked slowly on the little forest road by the lake, plus on bike paths.

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I hadn’t seen Müggelsee before. It was a dark yet shallow lake, and the bathing experience wasn’t very angenehm. Where I swam, seegrass constantly caressed my body – it was like swimming through a swamp. And there were 12 swans coming closer. Okay, that might not mean much to you, but for someone who was attacked by a swan as a kid, it was 12 swans too many. Trauma! So I got up pretty quickly and dried FKK with the old gay men on the little beach. About 90 percent of them were nude. And then I biked home to Friedrichshain again.

Today’s stats:

  • Total time: 14:45 – 17:15 = 2,5 hours
  • Biking time: 1 hour, 33 minutes
  • Distance: 39,2 km (24,4 miles)
  • Average speed: 25,1 kph (15,6 mph)
  • Max speed: 44,6 kph (27,7 mph)

There’s so much to explore in the area around Berlin and in Brandenburg, and the bike is the perfect way to do it. But I must also admit that I get a bit depressed by Berlin’s surroundings – it’s always a nice feeling to be back in the city.

Müggelsee is just on the left – so this photo was taken on my way back.

A phallos by Müggelsee.

There’s so much decay in the east.

Do people really live in this building?

It wasn’t so much the building itself that got me depressed, but the fact that …

… this was just across the street. Soma, anyone?



  1. Karl Andersson: Bike tour from Bad Saarow around Scharmützelsee and then to Erkner - July 27, 2010

    […] Monday evening. For some private reasons I decided to go home the same day. I had planned to bike back to Berlin, but it was getting late and I decided to only bike to Erkner and take the train from there, not the least since I had already “paved” the rest of the way from there since it’s the same way that goes to Müggelsee. […]

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