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11 Bike Tours off the Beaten Track

Explore Berlin's green side

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Cycling through Berlin is always something special. 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.

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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: Old Town Flair and Spandau Forest

medieval citadel in Berlin Spandau with moat
Citadel in Spandau © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

With almost 24 kilometres, this tour offers you incredible variety. You start in the old town of Spandau, see the Citadel, one of the most important Renaissance fortresses in Europe, and reach the Berlin-Copenhagen cycle path. This, in turn, takes you along the blue Havel and through the Spandau Forest.

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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: Bicycle tour through Marzahn

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

You can discover the green side of Marzahn along the Wuhle river. The well-known hiking trail is also suitable for cyclists and leads you along the Kienberg to the Gärten der Welt (Gardens of the World). Tip:for the Gardens of the World, it is worth interrupting the cycle tour at any time to stroll a little through the garden with its impressive garden arts from all over the world. The tour ends at the Ahrensfeld Hills, where you have a magnificent view of the Berlin TV Tower.

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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, 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: Streetart Tour

Streetart in Berlin: Mural by El Bocho "Eyes in the Big City
Streetart in Berlin: Mural by El Bocho "Eyes in the Big City © visitBerlin, Foto: Josefine Köhn-Haskins

On the bike tour along the Spree and through Friedrichshain you will discover the most impressive murals in the city. With our free app ABOUT BERLIN, you can learn about the stories behind the murals, which street artists were involved and what messages lie behind them. Let us explain the details of the murals to you and immerse yourself in Berlin's street art scene.
(free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store)

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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.