EUROPEAN TOURING ROUTE ACCOMMODATION

SLEEP AT GREAT HOTELS

Your back is aching, your arms are shaking. A long days ride can take its toll, we present the best places to rest up, put the feet up and grab a refreshing beverage!

CULTURE

TAKE IN SOME LOCAL CULTURE

Tour in depth, and get immersed in local culture, wherever you stop. Enjoy the best aspects the diverse regions and people have to offer!

THE BEST OF EUROPEAN FOOD

DINNER TIME!

Europe is a place where travelling 50 kilometres, one can see the landscape, the language changing, and deliciously, the food also. The most mouth-watering delights await you. There is no hunger like a touring hunger!

ROUTES

THE BEST ROUTES

We do more than list off a load of directions, we curate our routes to include the absolute best that Europe has to offer.
We know this, because we have driven and ridden all of them ourselves, guaranteed!

GET MUSICAL

THE MUSIC IS IN YOU

Summertime in Europe offers many festivals and music events to take in. From Nordkapp to Cadiz, you will find the best places to take a pit stop and take in a festival that is to your taste!

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN

On the way southeast out of Berlin, you should take a ride along Mühlenstraße and visit the East Side Gallery. Famous for many reasons, the East Side Gallery is one of the largest open-air art exhibitions in the world, as well as the one that has existed for the longest time. It features murals by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990, just after East suddenly became West, and the overpowering desire for freedom dissolved what was known as the "Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart" (In German: Antifaschistischer Schutzwall).

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY

You could easily spend the best part of day in the area, both on the road-side of the wall, with the many different pieces of art, but you should also spend some time on the river-side of the wall, the Spree Park, where you can relax on the banks of the River Spree. But I didn't have a day, I had a couple of hours, and by the time I was finished, the camera was about 2 kilos heavier, and smoke was coming out of the lens...

 

THE VACUUM BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN

In the years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, many things changed in Berlin, and the residents of the former East Berlin were left in a vacuum of elation, disbelief, freedom, scepticism, hope, doubt, and a desire to express to the world, the effects of Soviet oppression throughout the Cold War, and afterwards. The remaining 1,300-meter stretch of 'Soviet Segregation Architecture' provided the perfect canvas for artists to express their many conflicting emotions, both freely and without consequence, possibly for the first time in decades.

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY

Here, even today, you can feel the atmosphere around this time of change, and in the paintings, you can find the expression of euphoria and great hopes for a better and free future, for all people of the world, felt by these artists, back in 1990.

"No more wars. No more walls. A united world."

The section of Berlin Wall that carries these 105 intense graphical messages to humanity, starts at Berliner Ostbahnhof and runs towards Oberbaumbrücke, which marks the start of the Spree Park, the area behind the East Side Gallery, facing the river. The most recently renovated sections are close to Ostbahnhof, and at the other end of the gallery, adjacent to the Oberbaumbrücke. You can either park the motorbike and walk the 1,300m stretch (just remember you have to walk back again), or take it in the same direction as the traffic, stopping the bike occasionally for a closer look at the main works.

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY

One of the more famous works on the East Side Gallery, is that of Russian artist Dmitry Vrubel from 1989, entitled: "God! Help me survive amid this mortal love" depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's passionate kiss with East Germany's leader Eric Honecker, symbolising a unity between the USSR and the DDR.

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY

RESTORATION TIME AGAIN

Through the 90's, over 60% of the artwork was damaged by erosion, polution, weather, vandalism and graffiti artists contributing their 'artwork' to the wall. Today, the eastern side is covered in graffiti, which would have been impossible to paint, when Die Mauer (The Wall) was guarded by the armed soldiers of East Germany. Previously, graffiti appeared only on the western side.

Around 25% of the severly deteriorated section was repaired in 2000, by The German Paint Makers' Association, with a fundraising initiative, accumulating 300,000 German Marks. 42 paintings were repainted by 40 artists, restoring that section of the East Side Gallery to its 'original' condition.

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY

A complete restoration began in 2009, but this has led to legal disputes between some of the artists and the organisors, and 8 of the original artists from 1990, refused to paint their own images again, after they had been completely destroyed by the renovation. Some of the other artist's works were reproduced without their permission, and this led to a legal battle about copyright ownership and permission to reproduce artwork which has been destroyed. Understandable, but the world would perfer to see these works again, painted by the original artists.

THE HOLE IN THE WALL

In July 2006, a 40-meter long segment of the gallery was removed, to create access to the River Spree from the nearby O2 World. The segments have been relocated parallel to the rest of the wall, a little further to the west. This break in the wall gives you access to Spree Park, where you can park the bike, process all the impressions you just received, take it all in, and then take a walk along the rear side of the wall, which also contains some interesting scars and inscriptions.

EAST SIDE GALLERY, BERLIN, GERMANY

Another great quotation, from the painting by Muriel Raoux & Kani Alavi, highlights the actual capacity of the individual when part of a collective, and given a focus:

"Many small people, who in many small places, do many small things, can alter the face of the world."