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11 Bike Tours off the Beaten Track

Explore Berlin's green side

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© Tourismusverein Berlin Treptow-Köpenick e.V. (www.tkt-berlin.de)

After the many hours by yourself in the home office, a little sport in the fresh air might be a great idea. That's why we have put together the most beautiful bike routes in and around Berlin for you. Here, off the beaten track, you can relax in the green - and, if necessary, really work off your energy.

Tip 1: Dahlem Route

Domäne Dahlem - Frühling
Domäne Dahlem © Wirtschaftsförderung Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Foto: Steven Ritzer

This 18-kilometer route starts at the Botanical Garden. The next highlight is the area of the Domäne Dahlem estate. Here you cycle through meadows and fields and you may even meet some cows and chickens. The route continues towards Krumme Lanke and Schlachtensee. On the way you will also pass through Berlin's grand villa district. Some of them now house faculties of the FU Berlin.

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Tip 2:  Warm light and cool beer

Abspannwerk Scharnhorst
Abspannwerk Scharnhorst © Fridolin Freudenfett (CC BY-SA 3.0) by wikimedia commons

Combine your bike trip with a discovery tour of Berlin's industrial culture. Visit the backyard workshop where Siemens & Halske, a global corporation, began. Find out from where Berlin was once supplied with electricity, water and gas. This 24-kilometer route is dedicated to the remaining monuments, factories, power plants and substations that made it possible to turn Berlin into a vibrant metropolis in the first place. And yes, breweries were already part of real big city life back then.

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Tip 3: Grunewald Tour

Bike path next to the river Havel in Berlin
Bike path next to the Havel © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Start at Ernst-Reuter-Platz directly on the car-free Königsweg. And from there further and further out into nature. Other highlights of this 50-kilometre-long route, some of which leads over loose ground, are the Grunewald Tower and the Havel-Chaussee.

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Tip 4: Always follow the water

Rathaus (town hall) Köpenick as landmark of Köpenicker Altstadt
town hall Köpenick behind trees © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Do you long so much for at least one little trip to the sea? Then we have a suitable bicycle tour for you. On this 27.8 kilometer long tour you cycle through Köpenick always along the shore. The tour starts at the Academy Berlin-Schmöckwitz through Müggelheim and Grünau to the Dahme-Seen cycle path.

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Tip 5: Beautiful tour along the Panke

Altstadt von Bernau in Brandenburg
Altstadt Bernau © visitBerlin, Foto: Arlene Gärtner

The starting and end point of this bicycle tour through the north of Berlin is the Westhafen S-Bahn station. You cycle along the Panke River to Bernau, past the idyllic carp ponds. Here the weeping willows slope deep into the water. Through the castle park of Niederschönhausen you finally reach the cherry blossom path Bornholm Straße. Send us some pictures! On the way back we pass the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Berlin North Harbour.

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Tip 6: Gatow Route

Bockwindmühle (windmill) in summer
Bockwindmühle (windmill) in summer © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

On this route where you can explore the remote west of Berlin. The route starts at the underground station Sophie-Charlotte-Platz, passes the Olympic Stadium, crosses the Havel river and reaches the fishing village Alt-Pichelsdorf. Here you turn southwest, cycle up the Weinmeisteranhöhe into the vastness of the Gatow Rieselfelder.

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Tip 7: From House to House - Art at Grunewald

The way to the "Haus am Waldsee"
exterior view "Haus am Waldsee" © Pressestelle BA Steglitz-Zehlendorf

From House to House is a cooperation between the Haus am Waldsee, the Brücke Museum and the Georg Kolbe Museum. Like all other museums and cultural institutions, they are also closed for the time of the Corona crisis. Nevertheless, you can explore the architectural features of the three listed houses on a trip to Berlin's Grunewald.

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Tip 8: Bike tour through Reinickendorf

Tegeler Fliess in Berlin Reinickendorf
Discover Tegeler Fliess by bike © Bezirksamt Reinickendorf

From Lake Tegel to the Märkisches Viertel, this 21-kilometre tour takes you past some rather remote, green sights. Enjoy the idyllic cycle path along the Tegeler See and through the Tegeler Fliess. In Tegeler Forst you can then make the acquaintance of Berlin's oldest tree. And did you know that Tegel Castle, built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, was the parental home of the Humboldt brothers?

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Tip 9: Shipping canal - Spreeweg tour

Havelradweg Spandau
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The route starts from Berlin-Spandau station. After only a few kilometres you will be rewarded with a view of the Eiswerder Brücke and a little later of the Spandau Citadel. Then it's through the tree avenue of the cycle path along the Berlin-Spandau shipping canal to the Nordhafen and along the Spree back to Spandau.

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Tip 10: Bicycle tour through the Tiergarten

Tiergarten - Spring
Tiergarten - Spring © visitBerlin, Foto: Maxi-Lena Schuleit

If you don't have that much time and just want to relax a little after work in your home office, we recommend a tour through Berlin's Tiergarten. The trip from the youth hostel at the main station over the Moltke Bridge to the Reichstag takes about 40 minutes. And after the tour you may reward yourself with an ice cream from Pingolino.

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Tip 11:The end of the war in Berlin

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche
© GettyImages, Bild: philipp_eder

75 years ago, on May 8, 1945 World War II came to an end. To mark this occasion we have put together a thematic bike tour. It starts at the former employment office in Gormannstraße and leads through the city, past numerous historical sites and memorials, along the Königsweg-Kronprinzessinnenweg expressway to the House of the Wannsee Conference.

In our story app ABOUT BERLIN you will find detailed background stories about the individual locations, historical pictures, video interviews with contemporary witnesses and an audio collage of original diary entries from the last days of the war. (free download in Apple App Store and Google Play Store)

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And as always...

Bike repair and bike rentals

  • If you need to get your bike ready for spring, Berlin on Bike is the right place for you. Here you can also buy a good, used bike or just rent one. 
  • In Potsdam you can bring your bike to the pitstop at Potsdam pedales. The bike repair shop is open, as well as the kayak and SUP rental
  • Bikegreen.de rents bikes in Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg
  • Urban Bike Tours offers bike rental in Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg
  • Fat Tire Tours do not offer tours up to and including May 15th, but you can support the company by purchasing a voucher
  • You can also make reservations at Free Berlin Bike Tours for the time after the crisis.
Catrin

Catrin

lives in Berlin for over 20 years and loves to travel the city. Preferrably by bike, she discovers the most exciting and interesting sides of Berlin. Across the city, across country and also off the beaten track.

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