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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

Cycling at the Müggelsee in Berlin
Cycling at the Müggelsee in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Spring is here: The sun is shining, it is warm and we can finally cycle to work. But since this is the same way every morning, it's time for some cool bike tours through and around Berlin for the weekend. We have chosen beautiful tours for you and us - no matter if you fancy history, lakes or green landscapes. There are insider tips for every tour. 

Here are our top 11 bike tours through Berlin, but also to Brandenburg:

Cycling tours on the traces of Berlin history

Berlin was often the scene of world history - and you can still see this in the cityscape. Grab a bike and cycle through Berlin's history: from former Jewish life in Mitte, along the former Berlin Wall or into today's government district.

Tour tip 1: Berlin Wall bike tour

 

Tracking the Wall - the Berlin Wall bike tour is the absolute classic and we think everyone should have ridden it at least once. The cycle path leads from the East Side Gallery via Potsdamer Platz to the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. If you're really motivated, you can ride the entire Wall bike tour.

Length (complete Wall bike tour): 159 km

Duration: 10 hours

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Tour tip 2: Bike tour to the Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin Wall Memorial in Summer
Berlin Wall Memorial in Summer © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Berlin Wall Memorial

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

Length: 14,2 km

Duration: 63 minutes

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Tour tip 3: Jewish Life bike tour in Mitte

Oranienburger Straße Berlin
Oranienburger Straße © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Oranienburger Straße

Follow this tour and get a lot of information about Jewish life in Berlin Mitte. The bike tour takes you from Rosenthaler Platz to the Weinbergspark - you will pass the New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery.

Length: 4,3 km

Duration: 16 minutes

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Tour tip 4: Bike tour through the Berlin government district

Reichstag & Goverment district Berlin
Reichstag & Goverment district © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Berlin government district

Right through the centre of Berlin: On this tour you will pass the Federal Chancellery, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate and won’t miss any famous sights in the city centre. Especially suitable for Berlin beginners.

Length: 8,6 km

Duration: 32 minutes

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Bike tours through parks and the surrounding area

Cycling to the countryside - that is the motto of the following bike tours. Why don't you take a trip to the countryside around Berlin? And if you don't want to cycle that far - even in the middle of the city it's very green.

Tour tip 5: Bike tour through the green centre

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

Tiergarten is Berlin's green lung and the third largest inner-city park in Germany. A large part of the bike tour takes you right through Tiergarten and shows you how green Berlin's centre is. 

Length: 11,7 km

Duration: 48 minutes

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Tour tip 6: Bike tour through Schönefeld

married couple on a cycling tour
a cycling tour in the nature © Getty Images, Foto: kzenon
By bike through green landscapes

Out of Berlin and past Schoenefeld Airport: This tour takes you through the small village of Schoenefeld and along the green countryside.

Length: 23,2 km

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

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Tour tip 7: Bike tour along the Spree

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

From Mitte to Charlottenburg - and always along the water through green Berlin. On your tour you will go by Bellevue Palace, the Landwehr Canal and the Zoo.  

Length: 21,8 km

Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes

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Shore cycle paths and bike tours to the Spree and lakes

Out of the big city and into the blue - and don't forget your swimsuits. With the following bike tours you will find your way to lakes, rivers or to beautiful bathing spots. In Berlin and Brandenburg there are numerous, clear lakes that you can reach quickly by bike. Of course, the further you drive out of Berlin, the higher the probability of finding a bathing spot that you have all to yourself.

Tour tip 8: Bike tour through Reinickendorf

Tegeler See in Berlin Reinickendorf
Tegeler See © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Lake Tegel

Lake Tegel is Berlin's second largest lake - and definitely worth a trip. You can also visit Berlin's oldest tree in Reinickendorf, called Dicke Marie (Fat Mary). On this tour you will get to know the north of Berlin better.

Length: 14,9 km

Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes

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Tour tip 9: Bike tour through Treptow-Köpenick

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

This tour takes you past Berlin's largest lake, the Müggelsee. You will also see Treptower Park and the old town of Köpenick with its palace and town hall, where you will meet the captain of Köpenick.

Length: 14,8 km

Duration: 2 hours 22 minutes

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Tour tip 10: Bike tour through Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Glienicker Brücke
Glienicker Brücke © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Bridge of Glienicke

"Pack your swimming trunks and get out to Wannsee" - that is a line from a famous German song. Castles, parks and clear lakes with many bathing spots. This bike tour takes you through the southwest of Berlin past Wannsee to Glienicke. 

Length: 16,6 km

Duration: 1 hour

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Tour tip 11: Bike tour Always follow the water

River Dahme in Köpenick
River Dahme © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
On the banks of the Dahme

This tour takes you through the southeast of Berlin - and always along the water. It goes by Müggelheim, to the Müggel tower and to the lido Grünau.

Length: 27,8 km

Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes

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We have put together some more destinations for day trips in and around Berlin for you.

Tips for riding your bike in Berlin

12 districts - 12 bike tours: In our App Going Local you will find a bike tour for each district, where you can discover places apart from the classic sights.

You don't want to go on tour alone? Maybe you will find a suitable guided bike tour here.

Did you know that some hotels in Berlin offer special services and offers for cyclists? Find out more here.

Safety first: Therefore you can find here our 15 tips for safe cycling in Berlin.

Wherever you go, cycling is sustainable and fun, especially in spring and summer. We wish you a lot of fun! 

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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