You can discover the numerous lakes in Berlin and the green surrounding area wonderfully by bike. There are developed routes through the city and routes that lead through forests and along fields. But all the bike routes we have put together for you here have something in common: at some point they will lead along a lake, a river or a canal. And, of course, they will always lead you to exciting sights and attractions.
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Tip 1: Dahlem Route
The numerous lakes in Berlin and the green surrounding region can be discovered wonderfully by bike. The Dahlem Route takes you past the Botanical Garden, Dahlem Village and the Allied Museum - to name but a few highlights. And of course you will also pass lakes: the Krumme Lanke and Schlachtensee are on your way, so don't forget your swimming gear.
Tip 2: Wannsee-Babelsberg Route
This route crosses the Dahlem Route, but is definitely worth another day. It is a real lakes route: You ride along the banks of the great Wannsee and the Havel and on the way back, you pass the Griebnitzsee and the Stölpchensee. In between, you cycle right through the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin" and past places steeped in history. And again: Don’t forget your swimwear!
Wannsee Babelsberg Route
Tip 3: Nikolassee Route
Peace and quiet in Grunewald, various bathing spots and a trip back in time to the German partition at Checkpoint Bravo Dreilinden - all this is offered by the 19-kilometre tour in south-west Berlin. With a short detour to the Museumsdorf Düppel you will learn more about the beginnings of Berlin. How did people live 800 years ago? How did they work? These and other questions are answered by the open-air museum, which is unique in Germany.
Tip 4: Along the Spree
Even in the middle of Berlin there is a lot of water - why not cycle along the banks of the Spree. The tour starts at Potsdamer Platz and takes you past the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt), Bellevue Palace (Schloss Bellevue) and other sights. The section along the Landwehrkanal is particularly beautiful.
Tip 6: Bike tour through Treptow-Köpenick
The south of Berlin awaits you with parks, the old town of Köpenick, castles and leisure opportunities. Finding a nice resting place on the way shouldn't be too difficult. And if you like it a bit more sporty, expand your tour to the Müggelsee and rest in the fresh water.
Bike tour through Treptow-Köpenick
Tip 7: Bike tour through Reinickendorf
This tour takes you to the north of Berlin. Along the Tegeler See and Berlin's oldest tree to the Märkisches Viertel, you will travel a good 21 kilometres on mainly paved roads. A small detour to Tegeler Schloss is definitely worthwhile. The prime example of classicist architecture was the parental home of the Humboldt brothers. And as always in fine weather: don't forget your swimming costume!
Bike tour through Reinickendorf
Tip 8: Bike tour through Steglitz-Zehlendorf
This section of the Wannsee cycle route leads past enchanting castles, extensive parkland and beautiful lakes with many bathing opportunities. Right at the beginning is the Domäne Dahlem, an old manor house with a village green. Along splendid villas you continue to the Zehlendorf lake district. The Schlachtensee with its sunbathing areas and also the Wannsee offer bathing opportunities.
Tip 9: Still along the water
This tour keeps what the title promises: Oder-Spree-Canal, Dahme-Seen-Cycle Path, Müggelsee, Strandbad Grünau, to name just a few parts of the route. A highlight is the trip from Grünau to Wendenschloss with a ferry, which already existed before the Second World War. In between you have to climb the Gosener Berge and the Müggelturm with 126 steps. Here you can enjoy a unique view, which, on good days, stretches from Alexanderplatz to the Spreewald. The route requires some fitness, but is definitely worth it!
Tip 10: Spreeweg Circle - Shipping canal
This medium-difficulty route requires some fitness. It takes you through a small park with a view of the Eiswerderbrücke, along the Berlin-Spandau shipping canal and along the Spreeweg. In between, make sure you make a detour to the Spandau Citadel. It is one of the best-preserved Renaissance fortresses throughout Europe: history comes alive here as you stroll through the grounds of the citadel.
Tip 11: Mauerweg at Heidekampgraben
The wall cycle path is also a must. There are many sections of the former Wall Trail that run along the water. One of these stretches is along the Heidekrampgraben. Here, the route is well developed and recommended in all seasons. Again and again you can have a look at the Spree. You drive along the Rummelsburg Bay, where you should take a detour to the Stralau peninsula.