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Bike tour by Michael Cramer
This bike tour offers you the possibility to discover the Berlin Wall Trail which traces the course of the former GDR border fortifications encircling West Berlin, the former western half of the city, along a total of around 160 kilometers. In most sections, this hiking and bike trail runs along the former patrol road used by customs officers in West Berlin or along the border control road used by GDR border troops for their own patrols. Sections of historic interest, with traces or remains of the old Wall, alternate with stretches of natural beauty. This ride will combine a historic experience with an actual overview of the main social movements that take place along the route.
The Berlin Wall Trail became the model for the 10.000 km long Iron Curtain Trail (ICT) from the Barents Sea along the former western border of the Warsaw Pact states to the Black Sea. It passes through 20 countries, 15 of them are EU Member States today. This project has been adopted by a large majority of the European Parliament from all countries and all political groups.
Moreover, the guide of this tour will be Michael Cramer, a German Green Member of the European Parliament since 2004. He fights for sustainable, safe and affordable mobility in Europe and he is member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. You can find his strategy for sustainable mobility in Europe here.
- When? Sunday 25 from 14:00 to 15:30h
- Where can I rent the bike? Bike rental shop, Poststraße 11, 10178 Berlin (900 meters away -11 minutes by foot- from Telekom)
- How much it costs (bike rental)? 8€
- Where is the meeting point? In front of the bike rental shop at 14:00h
- Contact person? Alexander Kaas Elias - 0049 163 496 8975
|Michael Cramer, Member of the Eruopean Parliament, Greens - EFA Group, Germany
1969-1974: Trained as a teacher (music, sport, education) in Mainz
1977 – 1995: Worked as teacher in Berlin
1989-2004: Member of the Berlin Chamber of Deputies, transport policy spokesman for the Alliance ‘90/The Greens parliamentary group and member of the Committee on Federal and European Affairs
1989-1990: Chair of the Committee on Transport
2004- ...: Member of the European Parliament
2004- ...: Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
2001: Initiator of the 'Berlin Wall Trail' und 'Iron Curtain Trail' projects - cycle paths which combine low-impact tourism with history and culture
Facebook: Michael Cramer MEP
Berlin Wall and Social Movements
In the Shadow of the Wall: People, Buildings and Social Movements in the Boroughs of Mitte (Former East Berlin) and Kreuzberg (Former West Berlin) - from the 20thCentury until today. A Walking Tour with Martin Forberg
In the shadow of the former wall you are invited to stroll through the streets of the old center of Berlin which is at the same time the center of former East Berlin. The walk will last 90 minutes.
Via the Leipziger Street with its characteristic multi-storey buildings close to the former wall we will pass residential areas in the former East and former West. We can read them as expressions and mirrors of the social conditions and town planning during the wall, we will find traces of the wall, and also of oppression and resistance. The subject of resistance includes resistance against the Nazi dictatorship which was also quite present in this area. We will look at social movements for equal rights and emancipation in Kreuzberg in the 1980s, the time when the origins of the Green Party were also formed here – including the important, often forgotten contributions of immigrants and their children as an in inclusive part of the social movements of that time.
And we get a short impression of the social movements of today: for the rights of tenants to stay in their homes – especially in this area this is a very important issue today. We can also learn about the political and cultural work of the organizations of the civil right movement of Roma and Sinti today, which partly have their offices in this area.
So this will be a short look also on the beautiful aspects of democratic resistance in the landscape of the city of Berlin close to the former wall.
- When? Sunday 25 from 15:00 to 16:30h
- Where is the meeting point? In the Telekom's entrance (Venue)
- Contact person? Martin Forberg (0049 160-870 5744)
Martin (M.A. in Modern History, Sociology, Social Anthropology) works in the area of civic education and has worked as a free lance journalist. As a member of the „International League for Human Rights“ (the member organization in Germany of the FIDH - ) he was active for years against racism and worked on the human right situation in the so-called „Middle East“. He is presenting different walks in Berlin on human rights issues and on other political-historical subjects focusing local social movements and persons. He is a member of „Friends of Combatants for Peace - CfP – Germany“. CfP is an egalitarian, bi-national Israeli-Palestinian grassroots organization.
Tempelhof Airport Tour
Templehof Airport was -and it is- an important place in Berlin in many aspects. A Walking Tour with Susanna Kahlefeld
The former airport is composed by a field and building:
The Field: After a successful referendum -started by an initiative located in Neukölln- in 2014, the field is protected by its own special law. It is not allowed to build anything and any change is strictly limited. The referendum was a reaction on the plans of the former senate to build houses and a library on the field. The Greens in Berlin gave support to the referendum. Nowadays, by many, the field is seen as symbol for (temporary) victory over the overwhelming real estate speculation.
The Building: It was built by the Nazi-Government and is declared a historic monument (no entrance allowed). There are remains of a concentration camp in the ground nearby. During the soviet blockade of Berlin, the citizenship was supplied over an airlift: planes started and landed at Tempelhof. Refugees lived inside for some time after 2015. Nowadays it is partly rented and restored step by step.
The tour guide will be Susanna Kahlefeld Member of Parliament in Berlin and Spokesperson for Participation Politics
- When? Sunday 25 from 15:00 to 16:30h
- Where is the meeting point? "Boddinstraße" metro station (Line 7). Take the exit in direction to the last station of line 7 (Hermanstraße -not Hermanplatz-).
- Contact person? Susanna Kahlefeld - 0049 176 29733942
|Susanna Kahlefeld, Member of the Parliament in Berlin, Spokesperson for Participation Politics
Doctors degree in Philosophy
Member of the green party since 1990
Living in Berlin since 1986, in Neukölln since 1994
Member of the local parliament in Neukölln from 2000 to 2008
elected diretcly into the Berlin Parliament 2011 and again 2016
Facebook: Susanna Kahlefeld