Berlin nurtures a true bike culture.
Bikes weave around cars, whirl down sidewalks, and lean against every building. Clusters of bikes are chained to every available post, sign, and handrail.
These humble vehicles are a quintessential part of life in Berlin. Because they’re so embedded in the lifestyle, they reflect a lot about the city and its citizens. Chipped paint, baskets, and even the chains used to secure the bikes speak of the people and the place.
In addition to a vibrant bike culture, Berlin and northeast Germany are striking places for tourism. On offer are a unique blend of architectural styles, a temperate seasonal climate, and a global city for culture, politics, media and science.
Visitors flock to Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and the Reichstag building to experience history. Alexanderplatz, a historic meeting place and market, still thrums with world-class shopping, as does Potsdamer Platz. Self-guided tours at the many city parks, palaces like those in Charlottenburg, and monuments like the Memorial to the Murdered Jews balance days spent in the museums.
During a two-month stay, Laine Cunningham discovered that each of Berlin’s many bikes had its own personality. While visiting the neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and more, she shot photos of single bicycles and clusters of bikes that conveyed a special vibe.
The thirty full-color photos in this book are paired with evocative titles that bring you the essence of the Bikes of Berlin.