Since the two-millionth geocache is right around the corner, we thought this would be a great time to take a look back into Geocaching’s past. This week’s Geocache of the Week takes us to the capital and most populous city in Germany: Berlin. First Berlin Cache (GC2EB4) was hidden by geocacher error404 on December 29, 2001—that’s only about a year and a half after the first geocache was placed in the United States. Since then, this geocache has earned over 1,000 smileys and (as of this writing) 48 Favorite Points.
This historic geocache is on the must-find list for many geocachers worldwide. However, just because it’s been around for a long time doesn’t mean it’s an easy find. The difficulty and terrain ratings are both 1.5, however, according to the description, a bit of stealth and a decent walk are required. “Oh man, that was a long a bitter march to this historic place. But it was worth it and we were able to log Berlin’s first geocache,” said geocacher wullebaer in their log. (The original log is in German and was translated for this blog.)
A lot has happened in the 12 years since the geocache was first hidden. The surrounding environment, land-owners and land-use policies have all changed, which meant the geocache had to evolve. Berlin’s first geocache has began as a small traditional geocache, changed to a multi-cache, and is now a micro. This geocache has even changed owners: the cache is now maintained by geocacher Jack_Sparrow and crew. Regardless of the changes, this geocache remains a significant part of German geocaching history.
As we get closer and closer to the two-millionth geocache, be sure to take a moment to look back at the historical geocaches in your area. Who knows, you might find inspiration for your next hide.
If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to firstname.lastname@example.org.