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Top 11 bike tours in and around Berlin

Beautiful bike tours into the countryside, to the water or on the traces of history

Fahrradtour in Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Cycling is best when the sun is shining. That's why we've picked out some beautiful routes for you here. And we're sure there are some new tours for you, but also some tried-and-tested ones that you might have always wanted to try. We want to inspire you - whether you're in the mood for stories, lakes or green landscapes. And there are insider tips for every tour. Here are our top 11 cycling tours through Berlin, but also as far as Brandenburg.

Safety first: That's why you can find our 15 tips for safe cycling in Berlin here.

Tip 1: Jewish life in Mitte

Neue Synagoge Berlin
Neue Synagoge in Berlin © Centrum Judaicum, Foto: Jana Blechschmidt

If you follow this tour, you will learn a lot about Jewish life in Berlin-Mitte. The tour takes you from Rosenthaler Platz to Weinbergspark, passing the New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery.

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Tip 2: On the trail of Berlin's history

East Side Gallery  - Theodor Tehzik "Big Kremlin's Wind"
East Side Gallery - Theodor Tehzik "Big Kremlin's Wind" © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

On the trail of the Wall - the Berlin Wall Cycle Route is the absolute classic and actually everyone should have cycled it at least once. The cycle path leads from the East Side Gallery via Potsdamer Platz to the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. This section of the Berlin Wall Cycle Route is where you will find most of the sights. If you want to cycle the entire route, split it into two or three stages - depending on your fitness and desire. After all, that's almost 160 kilometres.

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Tip 3: To the Berlin Wall Memorial

Memorial Bernauer Straße
Memorial Bernauer Straße © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

For even more Wall history, we recommend this bike tour through the former East Berlin. On the way to the Berlin Wall Memorial, you'll pass Mauerpark, Eberswalder Straße, Hackesche Höfe and, of course, Museum Island.

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Tip 4: Urban art in Berlin

Streetart at Mehringplatz: Make Art not War by Shepard
Streetart at Mehringplatz: Make Art not War by Shepard © 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 the messages behind them. Let us explain the details of the murals to you and immerse yourself in Berlin's street art scene.

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Tip 5: Through Berlin's government district

Regierungsviertel Berlin-Mitte
Regierungsviertel Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Once across the centre of Berlin: the Federal Chancellery, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, these are just a few of the famous sights you will pass on this small but nice bike tour. Take enough time for the individual stops and enjoy a day through Berlin's government district.

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Tip 6: Through Schönefeld

married couple on a cycling tour
a cycling tour in the nature © Getty Images, Foto: kzenon

Out of Berlin and past Schönefeld Airport: This tour takes you through the small village of Schönefeld, past the old village centre. After a short climb up the Dörferblick, enjoy a great view over the surrounding villages and the new airport and cycle past green countryside.

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Tip 7: Along the Spree

The river Spree with a view at the government district
The river Spree and the Kanzleramt (chancellery) © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

From Mitte to Charlottenburg - and always along the water through green Berlin. On your bike tour you will pass the Brandenburg Gate, Bellevue Palace, the green lungs of Berlin - the Tiergarten and Charlottenburg Palace.  

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Tip 8: Historical memorial sites from Berlin-Mitte to Wannsee

Mockup Radtour Kriegsende
Radtour zum Kriegsende in Berlin © Wirtschaftsförderung Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Foto: Steven Ritzer

On this thematic bicycle tour on 8 May 1945, you will pass numerous historical sites and memorials that bear witness to the time of World War II. In our story app ABOUT BERLIN you will find detailed background stories on the individual sites. Historical images, video interviews with contemporary witnesses and an audio log of original diary entries from the last days of the war complete the offer.

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Tip 9: Through Treptow-Köpenick

Köpenick palace with a pond
Köpenick palace © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The south of Berlin has no less to offer. Drive right past Berlin's largest lake, Müggelsee. In Treptower Park you can take a break and visit the Russian Memorial. The imposing memorial is the largest of its kind in Germany and also the cemetery for 5,000 Soviet soldiers. Through the Plänterwald forest you will reach the old town of Köpenick with its castle and town hall, where you will meet the Captain of Köpenick.

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Tip 10: Through Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Two cyclists take a break at the Glienicker Bridge in Berlin
Cycle tour to the Glienicke Bridge © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

"Pack your swimming trunks and head out to Wannsee: castles, parks and clear lakes with many bathing spots. This bike tour takes you through Berlin's southwest past Wannsee and the Liebermann Villa to Glienicke. There, too, a castle awaits you, embedded in the magnificent park landscape designed by Peter Joseph Lenné.

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Tip 11: Always follow the water

River Dahme in Köpenick
River Dahme © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

This bike tour also takes you along the water. Don't forget your swimsuit, because you can cool off at the Grünau lido. If you want to do a little climbing first, you can climb the 126 steps to the Müggelturm and reward yourself with a magnificent view.

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Verena: visitBerlin Blogger for visitBerlin.de/blog

Verena

lived already in Kiel, Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Gothenburg, but she was always sure she would return to her hometown Berlin. And she is going to stay a while. For the blog she is exploring the food scene of Berlin and looking for the best hummus in town (besides her own homemade hummus).

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