Velothon – Marathon in Berlin 2014
The Velothon Berlin is the second largest bicycle race of its kind in Europe. The beautiful race course runs along Berlin’s main sights.
Inspired by the concept of a city-marathon Velothon is an unique race for cyclists. It attracts more than 13,000 participants and 250,000 spectators every year. Altogether they create a cycling festival in Germany’s capital.
The routes of Velothon
Velothon offers three routes, a 60 kilometres city course for beginners, a 120 kilometres course for ambitious cyclists and the ProRace for professionals.
Both lead the cyclists along important sights of Berlin such as the Brandenburg Gate, the East Side Gallery, Siegessäule and Reichstag.
All races start and end on the “Strasse des 17. Juni“.
Velothon beginners race
The 60 kilometres route is ideal for amateur cyclists who want to experience Berlin by bike. The course is mainly flat with light climbs on the Havelchaussee and includes all sights to ensure a memorable experience.
The 120 kilometres age-group course is primarily for ambitious cyclists. Along Teltow and Neubeeren it leads through Nudow, Gröben and Ludwigsfelde back to the Bundesstraße 101 towards Berlin.
Velothon route for professionals
The route of the ProRace is almost identical to the age-group course. A special highlight is an eight kilometres long final round in the city centre of Berlin, which the professionals have to pass through for eight times. The “Straße des 17. Juni” will be the final straight and is the longest one in the world. The whole course is 182,9 kilometres long.
The One and Only Hotel Adlon Kempinski
The Hotel Adlon owes its
name to its original owner, Lorenz Adlon, who invested 20 million gold marks and
two years into the creation of the hotel, which first opened on 23 October, 1907. After
being re-born literally from the ashes after burning down in WWII, admittedly with
some decades delay, the new Adlon has quickly reclaimed its reputation as Berlin’s
most illustrious hotel since its re-opening in 1997. Today, the hotel is once again the
gathering place of heads of state, royals, politicians, stars and starlets, intellectuals,
artists, designers, entrepreneurs, charming roughs and quirky characters, which
ensures that there will never be a dull moment once one enters the magnificent world
that is the Adlon.
The “Sra Bua by Tim Raue”
Exotic, unconventional, Asian – the “Sra Bua by Tim Raue” is the first port of call for
lovers of Asian cuisine. The restaurant combines the multifaceted diversity of Asian
cuisine with the culinary expertise of the master chef Tim Raue. He is responsible for
the culinary concept which is implemented by the kitchen chef, Daniel Lengsfeld.
When compiling the menu, Tim Raue was inspired by the culinary diversity of Asia
and combined the world of tantalizing Thai spices with the flavours of Japan. Spicy
grilled food, such as Wagyu Onglet with Japanese fried potatoes, dashi jelly and chive
oil, raw marinated dishes sashimi-style, such as Hamachi Ceviche, elderflower
blossom dressing, melon, apple, lemon grass and wasabi, diverse sushi dishes and
energizing fresh salads can be found on the menu as well as steamed fish, seafood and
intensively flavoured curries. A special feature of the menu is the option of ordering
several dishes at the same time by selecting the set menu option “Ruam Gan” – Thai
for sharing. Three courses will then include six small starters, four main courses and
- The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most stunning squares in the city, located close toFriedrichstraße, Berlin’s exclusive shopping street in the central Mitte district. Three of the most impressive examples of architecture in the capital city are to be found here: the Concert House designed by Schinkel and the German and French Cathedrals (the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom).
Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
- The Berlin Television Tower, which is known to locals as the Fernsehturm, and is instantly recognisable from the distance, stand outs of the skyline at 368m, making it the tallest building in Berlin. Built in the 1960s, visitors to the tower can enjoy a unique 360° panorama of the city.
The Berlin Television Tower is located close to Alexanderplatz, right in the centre of what used to be East Berlin, and its multi-faceted architecture remains as intriguing as ever. Exiting the square are broad main streets such as the Karl-Marx-Allee, which is lined with buildings in the Socialist Classicism style.
Unter den Linden
- Going back as far as the 19th century, the “Linden” was Berlin’s most glamorous central boulevard, perfect for promenading and strolling. Nowadays, the boulevard is as charming as ever and home to buildings such as the Humboldt University, the German Historical Museum, the German Cathedral and the State Opera.
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