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Top 11 of the most beautiful bike tours on the water in Berlin

Bike tours around and at lakes

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

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

Amerikasee im Botanischen Garten
Amerikasee im Botanischen Garten © Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Foto: I.Haas

Explore the southwest of Berlin - here we introduce you to one of the many cycling routes that run through this area. 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.  

Dahlem Route

Tip 2: Wannsee-Babelsberg Route

Heilandskirche Sacrow an der Wannsee-Babelsberg Route
© Wirtschaftsförderung Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Foto: Steven Ritzer

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 over 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. Here, too, you should bring your swimming costumes.

Wannsee Babelsberg Route

Tip 3: Nikolassee Route

Museumsdorf Düppel
© Wirtschaftsförderung Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Foto: Steven Ritzer

Peace and quiet in Grunewald, various bathing spots and, at Checkpoint Bravo Dreilinden, taking a trip back to the time of the German division - 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.

Nikolassee Route

Tip 4: Along the Spree

Foto: Berlin am Landwehrkanal im Sommer
Berlin am Landwehrkanal im Sommer © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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.

Along the Spree

Tip 6: Bike tour through Treptow-Köpenick

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

The south of Berlin awaits you with parks, the old town of Köpenick, castles and leisure facilities. Finding a nice resting place on the way shouldn't be too difficult. And if you like it a bit more sporty, you can continue on to Müggelsee and relax in the fresh water.

Bike tour through Treptow-Köpenick

Tip 7: Bike tour through Reinickendorf

Lake Tegel and Tegeler Fließ in Berlin
Lake Tegel and Tegeler Fließ © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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

With the rowing boat on the Schlachtensee in Berlin
At Lake Schlachtensee in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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 lawn and also the Wannsee offer bathing opportunities.

Bike tour through Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Tip 9: Still along the water

Müggelberge © visitBerlin, Foto: Verena Kneiske

This tour keeps what the title promises: Oder-Spree-Canal, Dahme-Seen-Cycle Path, Müggelsee, Strandbad Grünau, to name but 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. So the route requires some fitness, but is definitely worth it!

More about this tour

Tip 10: Spreeweg Circle - Shipping canal

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

This medium-difficulty route requires good basic fitness. You drive 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 in all of Europe: history comes alive here as you stroll through the grounds of the citadel.

Spreeweg Circle

Tip 11: Mauerweg at Heidekampgraben

Bike friendly Hotels in Berlin
Bike friendly Hotels in Berlin ©

And of course 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 make a detour to the Stralau peninsula.

More about this tour

If you want to spend three days in Berlin by bike, you can find our sightseeing tips here. See Berlin's most beautiful sights from your bike.   

P.S.: The bike-friendly hotels in Berlin offer you and your bikes special services and special offers for bike tourists. 



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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